Les Liaisons dangereuses. - Choderlos de Laclos I also read this for Liberte et Libertins. Honestly I haven't finished it yet as of now, but it is my goal to complete this book this year! It's intelligently written and just simply fascinating.
An Invisible Thread: The True Story of an 11-Year-Old Panhandler, a Busy Sales Executive, and an Unlikely Meeting with Destiny by Laura Schroff, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004T4KXYQ/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_k8davb0WFGSTT
“I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.