As earlier mentioned here I'm reading E.F. Schumacher's Small is Beautiful. It is a fascinating read. He is very critical of the (then, 35 years ago) current realities. From my point of view today most of his negative predictions have become more or less reality and we haven't taken many measures to reach what he calls "health, beauty and permanence".
The specific focus on small is still a little sketchy so far. But being only about half way through, I'm convinced he'll get to the "juice" in later chapters. Still, he has set of a cannon shot or two already. Consider:
"Our reason has become beclouded by an extraordinary, blind and unreasonable faith in a set of fantastic and life-destroying ideas inherited from the nineteenth century. It is our foremost task of our reason to recover a truer faith than that."