This newsletter will arrive in your inbox just as our World Affairs Council Book Group is approaching its annual summer break —a perfect time to reflect on the year’s book selections. This site contains a wealth of information on the Council and a list of past and current Book Group selections.  If you see a book you would like to discuss with a group who has read the same book, please consider contacting us to try out the Book Group. We encourage everyone who loves books to join us! For more information, please see our website (, email us at or call 573-6014

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario is a record of her journey to become a respected photojournalist, covering conflict areas of the world. The savage nature of the conflicts only hardened her resolve to inform the world, at her peril. She recounts frustrations and actual danger, only highlighted to her after her marriage and motherhood. After enduring capture and eventual release, she continued her quest to report and attempt to educate the world. We admired her spirit,
but we had a difficult time reconciling her prolonged absences during her daughter’s infancy with her professed humanitarianism, a perennial personal conflict for mothers everywhere.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander contains enough controversial assertions that it elicited a good discussion. The book is about the increased percentage of incarcerations among the African-American population in the United States, and the segregation that is imposed on them and controls them. The author feels that it is actually a continuation of the Jim Crow legal system that was present in the United States of America prior to the Civil War.

Our last selection was Scott Reynolds Nelson’s book, A Nation of Deadbeats, a lively recounting of the numerous boom and bust economic cycles in our nation’s history. The thesis of the book is that the combination of banks, brokers, moneylenders, and insurance companies convinced consumers to take on more debt than they could repay. It became impossible to distinguish good loans from bad. The resulting cycle of defaulting borrowers created the crash. The repercussions then spread through the entire economy and across the world.

— Pat








World Affairs Book Club


Jan. The True Flag by Stephen Kinser

Feb. The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google   by Scott Galloway

Mar. It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario

Apr. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

May  A Nation of Deadbeats by Scott Reynolds Nelson


June What's the Future and Why It's Up to Us by Tim O'Reilly


July Enlightenment Now by Stephen Pinker


Oct. The Dictator's Handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alistar Smith



Jan. This Brave New World: India, China and the United States by Anja Manuel


Feb. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer


Mar. A World in Disarray: America Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass


Apr. Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World by Robert Kaplan


May Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joi Ito and Jeff Howe


Jun. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and the Grander View of Life   by Ed Yong


Sep. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant


Oct. Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich


Nov. How Emotions Get Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett



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