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Ben MacIntyre's book, the Spy and the Traitor, is about Oleg Gordievsky who was Russian KGB that became an agent for M-16 in England and over the course of the Cold War was able to feed England important information that may have led not only to our world being safe from nuclear disaster but perhaps also to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We will initially make introductions and discuss the selection for the October 2019 meeting. Then we will delve into a discussion of the book with the thinker who selected to book leading and I will add supplemental points as needed. Judging from past meetings, we will spend about an hour discussing the book directly. For the time remaining, we can individually and collectively examine other titles that we have read and we think might be of interest to the Thinkers.
We will take a few minutes at the beginning of the meeting to introduce ourselves. We may order drinks or food anytime at this restaurant. Then, we will begin the discussion of the book. I will offer some discussion questions and other Thinkers are most welcome to add theirs. We can conclude by entertaining ideas for the next meeting's venue and comment on books we have read that we think might be interesting. ABOUT THE BOOK From the Evicted website: From Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America. Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. Washington Post: Thank you, Matthew Desmond. Thank you for writing about destitution in America with astonishing specificity yet without voyeurism or judgment. Thank you for showing it is possible to compose spare, beautiful prose about a complicated policy problem. Thank you for giving flesh and life to our squabbles over inequality, so easily consigned to quintiles and zero-sum percentages. Thank you for proving that the struggle to keep a roof over one’s head is a cause, not just a characteristic of poverty... Evicted is an extraordinary feat of reporting and ethnography. Desmond has made it impossible to ever again consider poverty in America without tackling the role of housing—and without grappling with Evicted.”