CIR Book Club

Great reads and great discussions.  Six times a year, members of the book club select and discuss a book that provides insights into current and historical international issues.

Meetings are typically held at 5:00 pm on the first Tuesday of odd-numbered months.  However, due to the New Year’s Day holiday, the meeting for January 2017 will take place on January 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Meetings take place 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.  Refreshments are welcome.

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 January 2017 is:industries-of-the-future

The Industries of the Future  

320 Pages

(2016) By Alec J. Ross  (Amazon rating: 4 ½ stars)

Alec Ross, explores the industries that will drive the next 20 years of economic change and how we can navigate them. He explains the best opportunities for progress and explains why countries thrive or sputter.

The book includes the following six chapters: 1. Here Come the Robots, 2. The Future of the Human Machine, 3. The Code-ification of Money, Markets, and Trust, 4. The Weaponization of Code, 5. Data: The Raw Material of the Information Age, and 6. The Geography of Future Markets.