I did not have much time to read much non fiction this year, but among the books I did read was The Great Escape by Kati Marton.
The book tells the story of nine Hungarian Jews who fled Hitler and subsequently had a tremendous scientific and intellectual impact on our world.
Among the nine were four scientists, who helped usher in the nuclear age and the computer,
Edward Teller, John von Neumann, Leo Szilard, and Eugene Wigner; two great movie myth-makers, Michael Curtiz, director of Casablanca, and Alexander Korda; two immortal photographers, Robert Capa and Andre Kerstesz; and one seminal writer Arthur Koestler, author of Darkness at Noon.
This was a very inspirational story which I can highly recommend even if you don't know the difference between a neutron and an electron.