The Myth of Progress, by ecologist Tom Wessels is a powerful, compact read. At 130 pages, it's an easy book to finish in a quiet afternoon, and it's one that will stay with you long after you've put it down. Wessels uses elegant prose to weave ecology, economics and politics in an amazing web designed to build an image of exactly how it's come to this: a world full of entire ecosystems and human populations fated to be seen as throwaways should they a) fail turn a profit, b) stand in the way of progress, or c) fall short of wallstreet expectations. Wessels questions our assumptions about global competition and capitalism through comparisons between economic systems and natural environments, in the end making the argument that our current global market focus and fixation on ever expanding economies is a house of cards destined to collapse as we ignore it's very foundation and poison our air, water and soil. If you care about the state of our planet, and feel compelled to understand the "big picture" of how human activity effects the global environment, please read this book.