I'm not really going to tell you anything my name doesn't already, but I'd like to tell all you literature buffs to read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It's an enjoyable read, but the value of the novel is in the importance of it's message. The novel seeks to explain (and does so brilliantly) how things came to be this way. Why is man seemingly doomed to be the destroyer of the world? Why are we unhappy?
My friends all explain reading the book like being extracted from the Matrix and seeing the real world for the first time. It is absolutely mind-bending. Furthermore, it is of the utmost importance. The novel is for anyone with an "earnest desire to save the world". If you want to save the world, read it.