On Mon., Oct. 6, Andrew Bacevich's new book, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (Metropolitan Books, August 2008), will be examined at UFPPC's Monday evening book discussion group.[1]  --  Andrew Bacevich, who is professor of history and international relations at Boston University, is a graduate of West Point who has become one of the nation's most important critics of militarism.  --  In The Limits of Power, Bacevich argues that for a return to "realism," by which he means, among other things, "respect for power and its limits; sensitivity to unintended consequences; aversion to claims of American exceptionalism; skepticism of easy solutions, especially those involving the use of force; and a conviction that, at the end of the day, the books will have to balance."  --  Digging Deeper meets Mondays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mandolin Café (3923 S. 12th St., Tacoma)....

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WHAT:  Digging Deeper LIX: The end of American exceptionalism
WHO:  Led by Mark Jensen
WHEN:  Monday, October 6, 2008 -- 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Mandolin Café, 3923 South 12th St., Tacoma, WA 98405

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United for Peace
of Pierce County
Study Circle:
October 6, 2008
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http://www.ufppc.org
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UFPPC study circle

DIGGING DEEPER LIX: The End of American Exceptionalism

On October 6, Digging Deeper LIX will examine Andrew Bacevich's critique of American exceptionalism, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. From the dust jacket: "The Limits of Power identifies a profound triple crisis facing America today: the economy, in remarkable disarray, can no longer be fixed by relying on expansion abroad; the government, transformed by an imperial presidency, is a democracy in form only; the nation's involvement in endless wars, driven by a deep infatuation with military power, has been a catastrophe for the body politic. These pressing problems threaten us all, Republicans and Democrats. If the nation is to solve its predicament, it will need the revival of a distinctly American approach: the neglected tradition of realism."

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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.

Participation is free. No more copies of these books are available from UFPPC for purchase or loan at this time; try King's Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) or other local bookstores. More info: contact Mark Jensen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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United for Peace
of Pierce County
Study Circle:
October 6, 2008
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http://www.ufppc.org
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