We have finished Half the Sky, had our discussion, and have watched the documentary. It is time for us to move to our next Amnesty book club reading, and this time around, we’re focusing on a book with an emphasis in U.S foreign policy and how our country is respecting/not respecting human rights. Our next Amnesty book club reading is:
Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield
Dirty Wars Synopsis (Taken from Amazon)
Dirty Wars follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, Scahill reports from the front lines in this high-stakes investigation and explores the depths of America’s global killing machine. He goes beneath the surface of these covert wars, conducted in the shadows, outside the range of the press, without effective congressional oversight or public debate. And, based on unprecedented access, Scahill tells the chilling story of an American citizen marked for assassination by his own government.
As US leaders draw the country deeper into conflicts across the globe, setting the world stage for enormous destabilization and blowback, Americans are not only at greater risk—we are changing as a nation. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute these secret wars and puts a human face on the casualties of unaccountable violence that is now official policy: victims of night raids, secret prisons, cruise missile attacks and drone strikes, and whole classes of people branded as “suspected militants.” Through his brave reporting, Scahill exposes the true nature of the dirty wars the United States government struggles to keep hidden.
It’s a Big One
This book is over 600 pages, so it’s not a quick read. Even though it’s a long book, all are welcome to come to the discussion even if you only have time to read part of the book. The discussion is tentatively scheduled for our meeting on October 8 at Hartford Coffee Company. We are also planning an event for the documentary based on this book, which is temporarily set for September/October. In the meantime, grab a copy of this book and get started, as it will take some time to finish.
However, because of the topic, the length, and the possibility that we’ll watch the documentary before our discussion, the discussion should be a healthy one. This is a book worth reading since it’s about something that is funded with our tax dollars.