Book Club

The Book Club is open to AIA members. Join in discussions about books covering international issues of importance. The Book Club meets on select Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at an AIA member residence.

2020 Schedule

01-30 (Thu)“The Line Becomes a River” by Francisco Cantu
Named a top 10 Books of 2018 by NPR and the Washington Post. Winner of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Current Interest. Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Nonfiction Award

03-26 (Thu)“The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War”  by Antonio J. Mendez and Jonna Mendez
“An insider’s look at CIA operations in Moscow, the most challenging operational city in the world, revealing the tradecraft precepts used to keep priceless assets productive against overwhelming KGB surveillance. Written by two of the people who created these breakthrough tactics, The Moscow Rules takes you every step of the way on the snowy streets of Moscow.”― Jason Matthews, New York Times – bestselling author of the Red Sparrow trilogy

05-28 (Thu) – “The Future is Asian”  by Parag Khanna
“In an authoritative book which may well become a standard reference . . . Parag Khanna casts the net wider to deliver a compelling argument that Asia — rather than merely China — is the current and future lodestar for the global economy. Of Asia’s nearly 5 billion people, 3.5 billion are not Chinese.”—James Kynge, Financial Times

08-27 (Thu) – “The Zhivago Affair:  The Kremlin, The CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book”  by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
“Beautifully crafted and scrupulously researched. . . . A kind of intellectual thriller. . . . Well-paced and exciting.” —Alan Furst, The Washington Post
“A fascinating book that is thoroughly researched, extraordinarily accurate in its factual details, judicious in its judgments, and destined to remain the definitive work on the subject for a very long time to come.” —New York Review of Books

10-29 (Thu) – “The Girl with Seven Names:  A North Korean Defector’s Story”  by Hyeonseo Lee
A New York Times bestseller. An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world’s most ruthless and secretive dictatorships—and the story of one woman’s terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom.