All this and no one has mentioned Sagan's Cosmos
? I mean, the show was great, but the book is really good too... even if elements of it are dated.
That being said, I tend to be a retro reader... I have Clarke's Man and Space
that he did for Time-Life before the Saturn I series had finished the unmanned test flights. I also have Powers' Shuttle
from 1978... talk about your OPTIMISTIC predictions!
Any astronomy book by Patrick Moore is good, particularlly his Night Sky with Binoculars