If you read one book this year, make it Michael Crichton's STATE OF FEAR.
As a thriller, it's fair to middling, with some exciting parts and Crichton's usual flat characters and contrived situations.
As a polemic, it's absolutely brilliant.
You will come away from this book, which deals with global warming, asking yourself some pretty hard questions. You will start to question just about everything you see in the media. You will start seeing agendas everywhere you look. You will wonder how it is so many people can be played for fools.
Crichton's position--and he makes a very compelling case--is that global warming is vastly overblown. According to him, they haven't proven a consistent link between the supposed global temperature rise and anything human beings have done. Every hyped report you hear about glaciers melting masks another, much-less-publicized report of a glacier somewhere else expanding. For every city whose average temperature has risen over the last century, Crichton can show you three whose temperature has remained static and two that have gotten colder. The assertions keep coming, contradicting much of what you've heard over the last fifteen years: carbon dioxide helps plants grow; sea levels have not risen perceptibly in the last thirty years; those fantastic windmills everyone environmentally positive have been touting for years are enormous bird guillotines; DDT was not carcinogenic; it's probably impossible to reduce carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere without a total reversion to the Stone Age; and on and on and on, with references from journals for each. The ecology of your mind will regenerate, like a forest does after a fire.
(Oh, did you think forest fires were bad?)
In case you're thinking that Crichton is obviously a shill for industry, he makes it abundantly clear he's shilling for nobody: somebody accuses his hero of being a spy for corporate interests and not caring about the environment at all: "You can oppose the death penalty but still favour punishing criminals...I can say that global warming is not a threat but still favour environmental controls..."
It's pretty clear that the only thing Crichton is for is the truth. And it may not be what you think.
Give STATE OF FEAR a read. It'll at least make you think. Few thrillers manage that.