For those who want to understand what is going on in the financial markets, I suggest The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises (1912). Mises foretold our current state, not through a Nostradamus-like prognostication, but through a book of sound theory and explication.
Mises.org has the book available for sale and as a free download.
Or, try Murray Rothbard's Case Against the Fed (also at Mises.org).
Other excellent books for the times are Fooled by Randomness (Taleb) and Crap: A Guide to Politics (Arthur).
Get them now. You'll learn about our current state, and you'll be able to read them under incandescent lighting -- don't forget that the do-gooders and the bureaucrats are taking away incandescent lighting in the near future (we are sheep, aren't we?).