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Current Events and Politics Discussion Questions

  1. For the person who chose this book: What made you want to read it? What made you suggest it to the group for discussion? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?

  2. What did you know about the subject prior to reading this book? How has this book changed or enhanced your view of the subject?

  3. Did the book seem adequately researched? Why or why not?

  4. What did you find to be the most interesting events in this book? What, if anything, surprised you?

  5. What impact do you think the central figure (or figures) portrayed in this book will have on history? Can you see this book being discussed in later years?

  6. With omnipresent media influences around us all day—cable television, talk radio and blogs, as well as traditional media outlets like print and broadcast—do you look for books in this genre (currents events & politics) to deliver a different perspective to you? Did this book do that?

  7. If the subject is political and is not in line with your personal political beliefs, how did you feel about reading it? Has it changed your opinion at all? Why or why not?

  8. Compare this book to others your group has read. Is it similar to any of them? Did you like it more or less than other books you've read? What do you think will be your lasting impression of the book?

  9. What did you like or dislike about the book that hasn't been discussed already? Were you glad you read this book? Would you recommend it to a friend? Do you want to read other works by this author? Are you inclined to read more books on the topic? Why or why not?