I've started reading George Dyson's “Turing's Cathedral”, and really enjoying it - I love reading the historical context of technological progress, feels like a lot of sociological reading, filling in another of the endless jigsaw pieces of a larger all-encompassing narrative.
Here's George Dyson doing a lecture on the material in the book :
I started reading James Gleick's “The Information” last week and haven't been able to put it down yet - so good! I just found this video of a talk he presented at Google last year on the book, looks ace, i'll save it for watching this evening.
This video ties in so well with a lot of other recent histories - from Adam Curtis' “All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grave” to the Ken Holling's book I'm in the middle of reading - “Welcome To Mars”.