Lawrence Wright's Going Clear is less a general history of Scientology than a consideration of some of its particular aspects as a “new religious movement.”
Odd Arne Westad’s Restless Empire is far more complex and interesting than a simple account of China’s adoption of Western ways in science, culture, or politics. It includes the activities of Chinese themselves.
Paul Elie's book is a great song of love and admiration for Bach's music and its performers.
A short & unfinished history