If you want a book which can shed light on the trajectory we are on, from a philosophical view point, try 10 Books That Screwed Up the World: And 5 Others That Didn’t Help by Benjamin Wiker.
It is also available as an audiobook which you could listen to also on your Kindle.
This is a book pretty much everyone can read. It might be good for bright highschool age students, but for sure give this book to every college student and seminarian and priest you know. No, really.
Wiker (pronounced like the letter Y + ker) also has others I haven’t yet read: