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United for Peace of Pierce County - DIGGING DEEPER: May 2011 books for discussion
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MAY 2011 READING SCHEDULE

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.[1] ...

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May 2, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLVIII: Robert Reich's Aftershock

Robert Reich, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future (Knopf, September 2010; Vintage paperback April 2011). — "Obama's stimulus package will not catalyze real recovery because it fails to address forty years of increasing income inequality. . . . Despite occasional muddled analyses (of the offshoring of industrial production in the 1990s, for example), Reich's thesis is well argued and frighteningly plausible: without a return to the 'basic bargain' (that workers are also consumers), the 'aftershock' of the Great Recession includes long-term high unemployment and a political backlash. " —Publishers Weekly.

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May 9 & 16, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLIX: Ideologies of the future

John Gray, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2007; paperback 2008). — "Gray [argues] that we must reconcile ourselves to a world of multiple truths and incompatible freedoms, where there is no overarching meaning and human values and desires can never be fully harmonized. . . . Gray traces the course of apocalyptic-utopian politics from early Christianity through its secular variant in the Enlightenment and into modern political thought from Marx to Francis Fukuyama, the French Revolution to radical Islamism."  —Publishers Weekly.

Chris Williams, Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (Haymarket Books, August 2010). — "Around the world, consciousness of the threat to our environment is growing.  The majority of solutions on offer, from using efficient light bulbs to biking to work, focus on individual lifestyle changes, yet the scale of the crisis requires far deeper adjustments.  Ecology and Socialism argues that time still remains to save humanity and the planet, but only by building social movements for environmental justice that can demand qualitative changes in our economy, workplaces, and infrastructure."  —Book description.

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May 23, 2011: DIGGING DEEPER CLX: A narrative of the Great Financial Crisis

Andrew Ross Sorkin, Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves (Penguin, Oct. 2009; updated edition Sept. 2010). — "Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.  From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy."  —Book description.

[No meeting on May 30, 2011—Memorial Day]

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Since July 2004, United for Peace of Pierce County’s “Digging Deeper,” a Monday-evening book discussion group, has examined more than 350 books. (Summaries of most of them have been posted online on the website Scribd.) Topics discussed have included the Iraq war, Peak Oil, climate change, torture, the corporation, Islam, Iran, U.S.-Iran relations, Barack Obama and the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the writings of Robert Baer, parallels between the U.S. and ancient Rome, Israel/Palestine, sustainability, war and human nature, the nature of money, September 11, energy geopolitics, the debt crisis, American immigration policy, the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections, financial crisis, the politics of assassination, and Saul Alinsky’s life and writings, as well as abiding themes of war, peace, 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 — Participation is free and open; anyone interested is welcome. Try King’s Books (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma) or other local bookstores for copies of books. More information: contact Mark Jensen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see www.ufppc.org.