CIR Book Club

Great reads and great discussions. Indispensable to the global citizen.

Non-Fiction Club

Twelve times a year, members of the non-fiction book club select and discuss a book, which provides insights into current and historical international issues. Meetings are typically held from 5:00 -6:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month, at the CIR office: 413 Grant Avenue, Suite D.  The office is just north of Paseo de Peralta and right next to the concrete bridge that joins Grant with Rosario Street. NOTE that you can park on the west side of the Wells Fargo building.

Call Virginia McCallum, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 515-290-1221,

Discussion of the book is from 5:00 – 6:30 in the CIR conference room. We always have wine and cheese available and CIR members are welcome to join the group, even if you have not read the book, to sample whether you will enjoy the meeting. To be included on the book group email list or for more information about the CIR Non-Fiction Book Group, email Virginia McCallum at

Also if you have suggestions for future book selections, let Virginia know. We’re always interested in recommendations.

Present Reading Selection

JULY 9, 2019  Book Selection is:

A Savage Order : How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security

by Rachel Kleinfeld

Published 2018—5 Amazon Stars—295 pp

The book examines why some democracies, including that in the U.S., are crippled by extreme violence and how they can regain security. Kleinfeld’s research for the book was based on 15 years of study and firsthand field research done by interviewing generals, former guerrillas, activists politicians, mobsters, and law enforcement in countries around the world. Through stories of societies, which successfully fought seemingly ingrained violence, the book discusses how countries, from Colombia to the Republic of Georgia, have been able to recover.

Year’s Reading Schedule

August 6: Long Article Meeting

  • Rachel Kleinfeld: Reducing violence and Improving the Rule of Law: Organized Crime, Marginalized Communities, and the Political machine (Washington, D.C. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and World Justice Project, 2014.
  • Arce, Alberto, and Martha Mendoza. “Tragic Killing of Honduran Teen Leaves US Asking Questions”. Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 2012

September 3: Book Selection

Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media  P.W. Singer & Emerson T. Brooking

Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media. Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics.

October 1: :Long Article Meeting

Articles TBA following September meeting to book group members.

November 5: Book Selection

Homer, Aeschylus, Galileo, Melville, and Madison Go To China

By Martha C. Franks; published by Books Without Borders at St. Johns College in Santa Fe.

December 3: Long Article Meeting

Articles TBA following November meeting to book group members.