The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy - What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America's Next Rendezvous with Destiny is a fantastic insight into the world today. It explores in-depth how the cycles of history, while not repeating, have defined cycles. It explains that we act the way we act because of how our family and society are structured and how that loops back around, and more rapidly than you might think.
This book, written in the 90s, discusses what we know from past generations and how it can shine a light on what is happening today. I think you'll be surprised by what you read and how accurate some of the things mentioned are. I truly think it helps us gain perspective on the fact that we aren't above it all. The world as we see it is more definable and broad than society acts as though it is.