Global Issues Book Group
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30 PM
Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era by: Daniel J. Levitin
It's raining bad data, half truths,and fake news out there--and some of this nonsense is having devastating consequences. Daniel Levitin shows how corporate and government reports, statistics, and news stories can mislead, and reveals the ways lying weasels use them. What makes lies dangerous is the certainty with which people are prone to believe in them. Here is how to fix that. "Serves as a kind of Strunk and White for sloppy thinkers."-New York Journal of Books
Tuesday, July 11th at 6:30 PM
The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology by: Aldon Morris
In this groundbreaking book, Aldon D. Morris delivers a wholly new narrative of American Intellectual and social history that places one of the nation's key thinkers, W.E.B. Du Bois, at the center. "Don't miss this pioneering text!"-Cornel West. * Winner of 2016 Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award, American Sociological Association; *2016 Robert Ezra Park Award for Sociological Practice, Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology; *2016 R.R. Hawkins Award, PROSE Award for Excellence; *2016 Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award, Association for Humanist Sociology.
Tuesday, August 8th at 6:30 PM
The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since Worl War II by: John W. Dower
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, September 14th at 6:30 PM
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by: Matthew Desmond
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.