CIR Book Clubs

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 September 4, 2018 is:

The Perfect Weapon,
by David E. Sanger

Book Overview

Story of how the rise of cyber weapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the nuclear weapons. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for many malicious purposes. Describes a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world’s powers in cyberspace, China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Presents the US as remarkably unprepared when its own cyber weapons were stolen and vulnerable to attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies.

David E. Sanger—is the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times covering foreign policy, globalization, national security, and nuclear proliferation. He is also an adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the first National Security and the Press fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.