INCO Book Club
Wednesday, December 13th at 6:30pm

Carolyn Eady's Astoria Home

The majority selection for the book to be discussed at our December meeting is Dan Rather's What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.

Hope to see you at 6:30 p.m. at my house on Wednesday, December 13. Please RSVP:

Product description from Amazon:

“I find myself thinking deeply about what it means to love America, as I surely do.” —Dan Rather 

At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.

With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.

1 comment:

  1. Lessons from ON TYRANNY – INCO Book Club

    Members of the INCO Book Club read a fascinating new book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” by Timothy Snyder, at their first meeting on July 10. They identified these lessons as most significant or timely:
    • 3. Beware the one-party state. Hitler never had a majority vote, but he co-opted other small parties to establish a one-party State. We’re vulnerable now with neither of our major parties being highly regarded.
    • 10. Believe in truth. To abandon truth is to abandon freedom. This is “magical thinking.” Also “post-truth is pre-fascism.”
    • 13. Practice corporeal politics. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places and among groups that were not previously your friends. March! Demonstrate!
    • 18. Be calm when the unthinkable happens. Tyranny is fear management. They use these events to consolidate power. Don’t fall for it even if you’re fearful and it’s difficult.
    • 19. Be a patriot. The president is a nationalist, not a patriot. He encourages us to be our worse, then calls us the best. A nationalist has no universal ethics, values or aesthetic. A patriot wants the nation to live up to its ideals and be our best selves.

    The book club’s next book is “The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology” by Erich Fromm. Although this book was published in 1968 – nearly 50 years ago - it reads as if it were just published!

    For information about the next meeting – Thursday, August 24, at 6:30 pm – and for getting a copy of the book, contact Carolyn Eady at