November Book Selection
Lessons from the Edge by Marie Yovanovitch
“Lessons From the Edge is a brilliant, engaging, and inspiring memoir from one of America’s wisest and most courageous diplomats—essential reading for current policymakers, aspiring public servants, and anyone who cares about America’s role in the world.” —Madeleine K. Albright
A child of parents who survived Soviet and Nazi terror, Yovanovitch’s life and work have taught her the preciousness of democracy as well as the dangers of corruption. Lessons from the Edge follows the arc of her career as she develops into the person we came to know during the impeachment proceedings. (Goodreads Review)
Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call From Behind the Lines
By David Pepper
David Pepper will be the featured speaker for the LWVCC Fall Event on September 14, 2022. Join us the next day for a follow-up discussion of his book, Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call From Behind the Lines.
David Pepper's book Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call From Behind the Lines stands out … for three reasons: It brings the subject down to earth, connects democratic erosion to corruption and the decline in America's quality of life, and provides a wealth of ideas about how to fight back to protect democracy. The book's subtitle is well-earned. Pepper is a former city councilman, mayor, county commissioner, and head of the Democratic Party of Ohio, as well as a lawyer who has won important battles defending democracy in court. This is no armchair account — it reads more like a well-organized set of field notes from battles seen first-hand. – Salon, January 15, 2022