Our discussion book for November is a selection from Burk. He provides the following information about his selection:
We have had some heavy nonfiction reading of late and I think it is time for a change of pace to some fiction.
A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer published in 2010 by Harper Collins came to my attention quite by accident. In early September I was rowing at the world’s master’s championships in Poznan, Poland and following the races traveled around Poznan and vicinity with a rowing friend from Massachusetts and his wife. Before they returned home she offered me the book she had just finished. I did not start A Fierce Radiance till my return to Tacoma and have not quite finished reading it. I have found it to be a page turner set in the early days of WW II in New York City, One of the major themes seems to be greed – a timely subject in view of the current Wall Street protests. A good example of greed in the US is the finding that the ratio between CEO’s pay and that of the average worker in the US is way out of line with the rest of the world. See chart below:
This is a chart of Ratio between CEOs pay and that of the the average worker in a variety of countries. Japan has the lowest at 11:1; Venezuela is the next to highest at 50.1; the US is 475:1
Note: For this month we will be meeting on November 10 (the SECOND Thursday) instead of our usual date of the first Thursday.