Thursday, October 16, 2014

"American Politics" discussion for Monday, October 27, 2014 at the North Shore Senior Center

Irv Drobny will conduct this session. Topics will be posted several days before we meet. 

Note: to help us make more informed decisions when voting for judicial candidates, retired Judge Shelvin Singer suggests we refer to recommendations made by the Illinois State Bar Association. Open this link and click on Cook or Lake County for ISBA evaluations.

Early Voting began on Monday, October 20.

http://www.isba.org/judicialevaluations/bycounty





Monday, October 13, 2014

"Current Events" topics for Thursday, November 6, 2014. We meet at the Northbrook Village Hall.


Note:  There will be no Thursday discussion on 10/23 and 10/30 due to Early Voting at Village Hall.

Note: to help us make more informed decisions when voting for judicial candidates, retired Judge Shelvin Singer suggests we refer to recommendations made by the Illinois State Bar Association. Open this link and click on Cook or Lake County for ISBA evaluations. FYI, Early Voting begins on Monday, October 20:

http://www.isba.org/judicialevaluations/bycounty


Discussion topics for November 6 will be posted here several days before we meet.


Monday, October 6, 2014

"Great Ideas" is discussing "Zionism--Implementation in Israel" on Thursday, November 13, 2014. We meet at the Northbrook Village Hall.

Please note that for the remainder of 2014 "Great Ideas" meets only once each month on the 2nd Thursday due to Early Voting in Village Hall and Holiday closings.

Here is a link that will allow you to review, download and print the slides we will show and discuss at each session: IsraeliHistory

On Thursday November 13 we will continue discussing internal Israeli politics, inter-Arab relations, the effect of the U.S. & U.S.S.R on the region and the run-up to the 6-day war of 1967 beginning with slide 300. Also added to the bibliography is Michael Oren’s book "Six Days of War : June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East", which is highly recommended.  

Below is a list of books mentioned during our sessions:

  • "The Making of Modern Israel 1948-1967" by Leslie Stein
  • "Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict" by Charles D. Smith
  • “The Iron Wall: Israel & The Arab World” by Avi Shlaim
  • “Transformative Justice: Israeli Identity on Trial” by Leora Bilsky
  • "Six Days of War : June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East" by Michael Oren

  • “The Secret War Against The Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People” by John Loftus and Mark Aarons
  • “A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel” by Allis Radosh and Ronald Rados
  • "Truman" by David McCullough
  • “Louis D. Brandeis: A Life” by Melvin Urofsky
  • “The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership” by Yehuda Avner
  • “George C. Marshall” by Forest Pogue (a 4 volume work- the most definitive biography)
  • “1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War” by Benny Morris
  • “Woodrow Wilson: A Biography” by John Milton Cooper, Jr
  • “A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East” by David Fromkin
  • "Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews": A History by James Carroll
  • “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
  • “My Promised Land - The Triumph & Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit
  • "A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide" by Samantha Power
  • "The Physician" by Noah Gordon
  • "Start-up Nation: the Story of Israel's Economic Miracle" by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
  • "Eichmann in Jerusalem: a Report on the Banality of Evil" by Hannah Arendt
  • "The Eichmann Trial" by Deborah Lipstadt
  • "The House on Garibaldi Street" by Isser Harrel
  • "Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices" by Mosab Hassan Yousef

              Thursday, March 6, 2014

              Northbrook Library Discussion Groups have moved to Northbrook Village Hall during Library Renovation.

            • Renovation of Northbrook library meeting rooms began in March 2014 and will continue for approximately one year. The Library will remain open during this renovation.

            • Click this link to visit the Northbrook Library website, take a short "virtual tour" and see details about the renovation: http://www.northbrook.info/renovations

            • During this time, "Current Events" and "Great Ideas" will be held next door at the Northbrook Village Hall at the usual 10-11:30am time.
            • We meet in the Village Hall Board Room on the first floor
            • Please do NOT park in front of Village Hall. Park at the Library or across the street If you have a handicap sticker you can park in the south lot in back of Village hall for better access to the board room.
            • Coffee will NOT be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own in a covered cup


            • Thursday dates when we will NOT meet:

              October 23 - No "Great Ideas" - Early Voting taking place in Village Hall

              October 30 - No "Great Ideas" - Early Voting taking place in Village Hall

              December 25 - Christmas Day - No "Great Ideas" - Library Closed

              January 1 - New Year's Day - No "Current Events" - Library Closed