Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed - and Why It Still Matters (William Morrow) by Andrew Gumbel and Roger G. Charles shows the case is still important.
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (Knopf) by Anne-Marie O'Connor is a study of big slices of twentieth century history.
In Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology (Basic Books), John Long tells how to make robot fish, and what it means to do so.
Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong (Knopf) by Raymond Bonner shows flaws in our way of administering capital justice.
Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press) by Michael Dobson gives the history of how amateurs kept Shakespeare in performance.
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design (Lawrence King Publishing) by Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne has good graphics to show a history of graphics.
In Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image (The Free Press) Toby Lester gives the history of a famous drawing's ideas.
Type Matters!: Simple Tips for Everyday Typography (Merrell Publishers) by Jim Williams gives the basics on how to lay out a page.
Thomas Ince: Hollywood's Independent Pioneer (The University Press of Kentucky) by Brian Taves rescues an early Hollywood innovator from a phony scandal around his death.
A new translation of Pocket Philosophical Dictionary by Voltaire from Oxford University Press