Is there interest in a Wonkblog book club?

April 17, 2013

A question for readers and commenters: How many of you would be interested in a Wonkblog book club?


A few of us here in the office were planning to read Ira Katznelson's new book, "Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time." The back cover says it's all about how, "during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power." (Here's one great review from Rich Yeselson.)

Here's how it would work: We'd set a schedule for reading the book, putting up a post with some thoughts on the current section every week or every other week, and then have a discussion in comments. Perhaps we'd invite a few special guests to join us, too. This book's 486 pages long if you don't include endnotes, so figure four or five chunks.

If all goes well, we could do this for other books too. But we wanted to gauge interest in something like this. What say you all?

Update: It sounds like there's a fair bit of interest in this, so let's do this. Stay tuned for a post soon laying out the reading schedule and more info. (Though obviously feel free to keep voting yes in comments.)

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