So I wrote a little book review a while back. The book is Together by Richard Sennett. Sennett does great work showing how society is de-skilling people in practicing cooperation. No matter what side you are on in the "ice bucket challenge" I think you will find this book important. Please take a look.
A quote: "Increasingly our national communication style can best be described by what Richard Sennett calls "f*ck you, f*ck you." More here