Global Issues Book Group

The Global Issues Book Group, reads and discusses books on the vital Political, Economic, Environmental and Social issues that challenge humankind in the 21st Century. 

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781608467235
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Published: Haymarket Books - April 11th, 2017

August 2017

The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II

The Violent American Century addresses the US-led transformation in military strategy and war-making that followed--beginning with proxy wars, continuing with Cold War nuclear terror, and ending with the asymmetrical conflicts of today. The American military playbook now combines brute force with a focus on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, clandestine operations, a vast web of overseas military bases, and the fiction of "precision" warfare. The culmination of decades of scholarly research and thoughtful analysis, The Violent American Century provides a devasting critique of American power and a sobering tally of its appalling toll.

"A timely, compact, and utterly compelling expose." -Andrew J. Bacevich

Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

September 2017

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

In Evicted, Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they each struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Hail as "wrenching and revelatory" (The Nation), "vivid and unsettling" (New York Review of Books). Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploration while providing fresh ideas for solving one of twenty-first-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Winner of the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 PM


The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062316554
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

October 2017

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life

In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships--parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist "nanny states", revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than the American way. " A passionate and intelligent argument." Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30 PM