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 Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250181619
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Published: Picador - July 23rd, 2019

November 2019

The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy


In the first full account of this American tragedy, The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint's poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffering from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision-making. Places like Flint are set up to fail-- and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal. Winner of the 2019 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism
"Gripping and packed with meticulously sourced reportage...Clark's rich account intersperses policy and environmental science with vivid portraits of Flint and its citizens, ramping up the tension as the horror unfolds."--Nature


Tuesday, November 12th at 6:30 PM

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631495977
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - August 20th, 2019

January 2020

The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity


Gender. Religion. Race. Nationality. Class. Culture. Such affiliations give contours to our sense of self and shape our polarized world. They unite us and divide us; they can be weapons or wounds. Yet the collective identities they spawn are riddled with contradictions and cratered with falsehoods.The Lies that Bind is an incandescent exploration of the nature and history of identities that define us. "We need more thinkers as wise as Appiah."-Anand Giridharadas

Tuesday, January 14th at 6:30 PM

Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524761172
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Published: Broadway Books - September 10th, 2019

February 2020

Palaces for the People


We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn't seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can that be done?
In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rest not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries,  childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how "social infrastructure" is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.


Tuesday, February 11th at 6:30 PM