Animal Farm, George Orwell
As a person with a casual interest in the Russian Revolution, I found this book quite enjoyable. It was really short so I read it pretty much in one sitting. This is one of those books that you can’t really explain the plot line. So here’s the set up: animals were sick of their jerk of a farmer, so they kicked him out and started running things for themselves.
They have a list of commandments, and it eventually gets whittled down to “Four legs good, two legs bad” as a mantra that the sheep say all the time. The animals try to read, but some of them have a more difficult time of it than others.
The pigs become the “supervisors”, the ones who make the rules and decisions. And of course, they start getting tyrannical.
If you’ve got a few hours to kill, and you haven’t read it, definitely do it.