CIR Book Clubs

Great reads and great discussions. CIR is proud to host two book clubs, one that focuses on non-fiction works and the other on fiction. We think both are 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,

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

The book selection for March 6, 2017 is:

America’s War for the Greater Middle East

by Andrew J. Bacevich

• A searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades from retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich

Long listed for the National Book Award

480 pages, Published April 5th, 2016 by Random House
ISBN – 0553393944 (ISBN13: 9780553393941)

Book Overview

‘A critical examination of the four decades-long failed U.S. policy of using military force to solve ongoing crises in the Middle East.’ A very readable, non-didactic study of how the continuing wars in the greater Middle East is not enhancing American freedom, economy, or security.

Fiction Book Club

New for 2017, the Fiction Book Club explores culture through story and imagination. We agree completely with the statement from Adm. James Stavridis at our 2016 Gala that reading fiction is essential to our cultural consciousness. We are presently determining the next title for this club, and we’ll let you all know ASAP!!!