Chicago Machine Learning Study Group Message Board › Non-academic books I've loved ...
Here are a couple books I highly recommend. They are non-technical, but informative and entertaining. I listened to both on audio CD while driving to and from work, and both were available from my local library.
by Ian Ayres
Lots of examples of real life applications of number crunching.
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Black Swan is about times when relying on statistics can cause you to draw the wrong conclusions.