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In the course of human history, knowledge advanced at breakneck speed in the last few centuries: breakthroughs in every discipline, wisdom handed down in a blink of evolution time. So much to learn and so little time to do it. A book club on the thoughts, discoveries and wisdom of our greatest thinkers, explorers, inventors and leaders may make it easier to absorb, and ponder the possibilities that await us.

We will read books on giants both past and present: their biographies, writings, achievements and legacies. Through discussions, we will gain further insights into who they are, what make them great and how they have influenced and reshaped our world.

This book club is open to anyone who loves to learn, is interested in history, politics, arts and sciences. We will read about 450 pages every month. Anyone can nominate a book to be read. We will vote on the list when there are more than 6 nominations. The person who nominates the book can serve as the group discussion moderator.

We will meet virtually on the second Sunday of every month at 4 PM Pacific via Zoom. You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting after registering for the event.

When vaccines are available and it is safe to travel, we will plan optional trips to visit places where these giants have lived and worked: including homes or estates, universities where they may have taught, attended or influenced, museums and sites which honor them, etc. These tours make the giants real, while traveling with fellow club readers can further enhance the learning experience.

The following books have been selected for August through November 2021. Members can nominate any number of entries for this period.

The Tyranny of Merit - Michael Sandel
The Moment of Lift - Melinda Gates
Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World - Linda Hirshman
Obsessive Genius: the Inner World of Marie Curie - Barbara Goldsmith

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Obsesive Genius-The Inner World of Marie Curie

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Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth—an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing scientific success, and the price she paid for fame.

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