My favourite book about surveying is Andro Linklater's 'Measuring America', which is a fascinating account of surveying in the United States, particularly in the settlement of the west by Europeans. It also covers the history of cadastral surveying in Europe and addresses both the technical and social aspects of surveying. It's a great read for the layperson and the professional alike, but don't take my word for it - read Andy Beckett's review in the Guardian here.
Just in time for Christmas, Copy Press has published Surveying the Antarctic, Eugene Brian Fitzgerald's account of surveying on the 1957-58 NZ Geological Survey Antarctic Expedition. I'm sure Mr George will be adding this to his Christmas list.
Totally agree, The Great Arc was a good read. As for local/NZ books there are a few about but Mr Surveyor Thomson by John Hall-Jones is a great example of what the early surveyors got up to and the experiences JTT had himself in the South Island.