For me, Jack London is one of the best authors of modern times, and The Iron heel, along with The Sea wolf are amongst his best books. Read this if you want to understand how the elites of the business and political world conspire to increase their wealth and secure it, at the expense of everyone else, whilst trying to maintain a facade of respectability and responsibility.
Then despair at how things have got progressively worse since this book was written, with MP's and big business' roles being virtually interchangable, all the time stealing and lying their way into the millionaires club. Its all the more pertinent in the aftermath of the `banking crisis' and the eurozone situation; which will see the elites come out richer yet again, at the rest of us suffer, thanks entirely to their machinations.
Oh, and its a good read too!