The only truly detailed and challenging book on typographic history that is also enjoyable to read comes out in a new edition this year. I know for a fact that intelligent nonexperts can read and understand Counterpunch by Fred Smeijers, and learn a lot in the process. And all this from a writer who isn’t a native English-speaker.
There’s a reason why Counterpunch is a classic. Throw your Bringhursts on the bonfire.