As you described the book you are searching for I thought of a book that fit that description except it may not be the same book.
I have a text book for a course given at Cal Berkeley by Professor Richard A. Muller. It is called "Physics and Technology for Future Presidents" with a subtitle of "An Introduction to the Essential Physics Every World Leader Needs to Know".
- Energy and Power and the Physics of Explosions
- Atoms and Heat
- Gravity, Force, and Space
- Nuclei and Radioactivity
- Chain Reactions, Nuclear Reactors, and Atomic Bombs
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Waves Including UFOs, Earthquakes, and Music
- Invisible Light
- Climate Change
- Quantum Physics
- The Universe
This is an excellent book describing physics for the lay person in a way that is fairly complete and detailed as you can be without the math. And, it covers modern everyday things as examples and illustrations. Chapter 7, about UFOs, in particular the Roswell, NM sighting, is illuminating and quite interesting.
Here is the Amazon link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/Physics-Technology-Future-Presidents-Introduction/dp/0691135045/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1463276770&sr=8-7&keywords=Richard+Muller
I include this link because the author has also written other popular armchair books with similar titles such as "Physics For Future Presidents". This book I am recommending is not that other book. This is actually used as a text book.
I would like to also make the comment that whatever book you were thinking of -- well, this one may be better. Go take a look at the Amazon page and spend some time with the brief contents Amazon makes available.