The Rand Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition has selected a really well-rounded and relevant list of books about the future. This is a great primer for anyone who wants to extrapolate factors that are likely to impact our culture and humanity at large in the coming years.
The intent of the list is twofold. The first intent is to act as a reading list for someone who wants to understand at a more-than-passing level the factors that we can say seem to be most pertinent today in thinking about the longer-range human condition. I would hope that anyone who had read all 50 of these books would have a good feel for history, for how to think about the future, for the kinds of trends that are likely to have a serious impact on the future, and for the kind of surprises that might befall us as we move into that future.