I've heard of the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand but I never really knew what it was about. Well, I just read an opinion article in the Wall Street Journal that compared our current economic crisis with the events portrayed in Atlas Shrugged.
It was frightening. The gist is that the more government tried to help, the worse things got. The author of the article even made some fairly direct correlations from events in the book to things the government has already done (bank bailouts, auto bailouts, etc). True enough, for all the money government is spending, things don't seem to be getting any better.
I think I really need to read this book.