I have completed reading Theodore Dalrymple's latest excellent collection of essays, Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline. Dalrymple is one of the greatest living essayists; I highly recommend his work.
Dorron Katzin recommends Marci A. Hamilton's Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect its Children.
One of my best students, who hails from Italy, recommends Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System.
Several readers have recommended Amity Shlaes's The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression. I must add here my own recommendation of William Graham Sumner's excellent essay "The Forgotten Man," from which Shlaes gets her book's title. Sumner's essay is contained in On Liberty, Society, and Politics: The Essential Essays of William Graham Sumner.
I have received many more suggestions, too many to list; but I will give one more: Raymond Fisman and Edward Miguel's Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations. With a title like that, it must be good!
As always, I welcome other suggestions. Send them to me at jimotteson (at) gmail (dot) com.