Excellent article Ben - I write about nonfiction books as you know and you have definitely given me a few pointers to append to my list. I admire how you juxtaposed so many different themes and perspecties into a single, coherent, lucid blogpost! Well done and thanks for inspiring me to read more and read wide! Really electric, zesty writing.
My recommendations this year focus on a common theme: the human condition.
I'd really appreciate your feedback on my recommendations!
My list: The Righteous Mind, Factfulness (same as you), Drive, Human Compatible, Rebel Ideas and This Is Going To Hurt.