Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government looks at how we elect our government, how the various parts of government function (or not), how various policy areas are formulated and shaped, and how various entrenched interest groups operate. O'Rourke walks the corridors of assorted government agencies and interviews the folks responsible for spending our money. He looks at the wide range of what our government does, from the gross inefficiencies of our near-Stalinist farm policies to the efficiency and surprising economy of our military establishment. And, hey, as I mentioned before, it's a cheap read if you get it used from Amazon!
Staying somewhat "within genre", the next book moving into my politics/society reading slot is Hunter S. Thompson's Songs of the Doomed. I have been a "fan at a distance" of HST for years, more for his image than having read much of his stuff. I have some trepidation of coming in on "vol 3" of the Gonzo Papers, but I'm guessing that Thompson's writing is not based on a whole heck of a lot of linearity which would require me to have handy recall of the first two books in this grouping! Once again, like Parliament of Whores, this may suffer a bit in topicality from "shelf burn", but I'm trusting that HST will have enough biting wit in his observations that they will still find bone fourteen years after their writing.