WHAT: Digging Deeper LVI: Ron Suskind's The Way of the World
WHO: Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN: Monday, September 8, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405
United for Peace
of Pierce County
September 8, 2008
DIGGING DEEPER LVI: RON SUSKIND'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD
For several weeks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist-turned-author Ron Suskind's new book has been high on the nation's bestseller lists. The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism (Harper/HarperCollins, August 2008), follows the lives of a number of characters both famous and obscure in novelistic vignettes from the summer of 2006 into the present year.
Suskind's running commentary on the struggle of his characters to address fundamental moral, social, political, and religious issues makes of his book an extended meditation on what he calls, variously, "moral energy," "moral power," or "moral authority," and challenges America's post-9/11 embrace of what he calls "the will to power."
Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County has been conducting “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, often in the form of a study circle. Topics have included peak oil, climate change, the corporation, torture, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, the writings of Robert Baer, Islam, American immigration policy, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, war and human nature, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, the sustainability revolution, the debt crisis, 9/11, and energy geopolitics, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, politics, and social change. Occasionally, the group has spent several weeks reading longer works, like Daniel Yergin’s The Prize or Robert Fisk’s The Great War for Civilisation.
DIGGING DEEPER meets every Monday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café, 3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma, WA.