What we're about

Our Book Club & Discussion Group is for Conservative thinkers, who are interested in reading about World History and U.S. Foreign Affairs.

BOOK SELECTIONS

Our book selections give preference to: The Lionel Gelber Prize (best non-fiction books on foreign affairs), the Pulitzer Prize (History, Biography and some related Non-Fiction), Arthur Ross Literary Awards, Duff-Cooper Prize, recommendations from the Foreign Policy Association and the Foreign Affairs Magazine, and books recommended by the U.S. State Department to prepare for the Foreign Service Officers Examination.

GREAT DECISIONS

Our Group also participates in the Great Decisions discussion group as sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. You can learn more about Great Decisions and the Foreign Policy Association on their website. There are about eight individual topics in Great Decisions every year and we schedule these sessions about once a month. Our process is to read the text from the Great Decisions Workbook before the meeting, and then view the accompanying DVD at the meeting prior to our discussion. We meet at the Bloomingdale Library, in the evening, for each of these sessions.

THINKING ABOUT JOINING?

Start by sending an email to craigwiedder@comcast.net. I will send you a list of books that we have read and a list of books that are on our schedule for the year. If you would like to participate please let me know and we will extend an invitation for you to join us as a guest member.

PARTICIPATION IN OUR GROUP

Our most active members are retired, and we recognize that not everyone has the time available to read every book. Similarly, there may be some books that you might not be interested in. We welcome participation from those who do not have the time, or interest, to read every selection.

SCHEDULING OF MEETINGS

We meet once a month, in the evening, at the Bloomingdale Library for our discussion of the book. These meetings are currently scheduled for the third Thursday of the month. Our core members also usually meet (currently via teleconference) every Tuesday morning to discuss the portion of the book read that week.

THE RULES

Our discussion is narrowly focused on the material presented in the text. Our discussions are not debates, and we strongly discourage political commentary. We ask our members to employ the social skills of polite conversation, and to avoid lengthy commentary. An economy of words, and the opportunity for everyone to participate, makes for a much more pleasant session. Matters of partisan politics, personal opinion and debate are not part of our charter. Its all about the text, and improving our understanding of the author's work.

"AFTER MEETING"

Naturally, the COVID situation has caused us to modify not only our in-person meetings, but also our our "After Meeting" socializing. Our activities in the past have included:

Monthly. After the evening meeting would meet at a local establishment for a beer, snacks and conversation. Everyone is welcome, and invited to attend. The current spot is Pronto's Restaurant in the shopping center near the NW corner of Bloomingdale Road and Army Trail Road.

Weekly. In the past, we have done some of our weekly Tuesday morning meetings in-person at a coffee shop or Panera. Lately, we have shifted these sessions to teleconference. Hopefully, we will be able to get back to doing more of these sessions in-person again, and be able to enjoy a light breakfast/lunch during the meeting.

Upcoming events (4+)

World History & Foreign Affairs Book Club and Discussion Group

Teleconference for Members only

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.
Fred Kaplan

Pulitzer Prize...........................Finalist..................2014
Foreign Affairs Magazine........Best Books List.....2013

We will be discussing, approximately. Chapter 11 thru Chapter 17.

All Active Members are asked to RSVP, either "Yes" or "No".

Anyone interested in joining our group may attend as our guest by contracting: [masked].

World History & Foreign Affairs Book Club and Discussion Group

Teleconference for Members only

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War.
Fred Kaplan

Pulitzer Prize...........................Finalist..................2014
Foreign Affairs Magazine........Best Books List.....2013

We will be discussing, approximately. Chapter 18 thru Postscript.

All Active Members are asked to RSVP, either "Yes" or "No".

Anyone interested in joining our group may attend as our guest by contracting: [masked].

Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions Discussion Group

Bloomingdale Public Library

Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions
Topic #3. Brexit: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Preparation for this session includes the following:

Reading this chapter of the the Great Decisions Briefing Book. The Briefing Book is available from the Foreign Policy Association.

Viewing this chapter of the Great Decisions DVD. The DVD is available from the Foreign Policy Association. Alternatively, you may view this on-line at the Foreign Policy website.

It is suggested that participants also view the Great Decisions Master Class presentation, available on YouTube.

All Active Members are asked to RSVP, either "Yes" or "No". Anyone interested in joining our group may attend as our guest by contracting: [masked].

World History & Foreign Affairs Book Club and Discussion Group

Teleconference for Members only

The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide
Gary J. Bass

Pulitzer Prize...........................Finalist...............2014
Lionel Gelber Prize.................Winner................2014
Arthur Ross Book Award.........Gold Medal........2014
Cundill Prize...........................Winner................2014

We will be discussing, approximately, Chapters 1 thru 10

All Active Members are asked to RSVP, either "Yes" or "No".

Anyone interested in joining our group may attend as our guest by contracting: [masked].

Past events (95)

World History & Foreign Affairs Book Club and Discussion Group

Teleconference for Members only