CIR Book Club

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

Non-Fiction Club

Six 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 odd-numbered months, 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.

The book selection for November 6, 2018 is:

The War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
by Ronan Farrow

Book Overview

Using newly unearthed documents, Farrow makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. He describes how diplomacy has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice – but is still the best way to keep America out of a world war.

Ronan Farrow: Is a contributing writer to “The New Yorker”, television anchor, and investigative reporter. Attended Yale Law School and member of New York Bar Association. Part of Richard Holbrooke’s team for negotiating peace in Bosnia.