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Monthly Book Nominations > January 2015 Group Read Nominations

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Doug Cornelius (dougcornelius) | 169 comments Mod
What book do you want to discuss as a group in January 2015?


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Doug Cornelius (dougcornelius) | 169 comments Mod
Trapped Under the Sea One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness by Neil Swidey

Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles Into the Darkness: In the 1990s, Boston built a sophisticated waste treatment plant on Deer Island that was poised to show the country how to deal with environmental catastrophe. The city had been dumping barely treated sewage into its harbor, coating the seafloor with a layer of "black mayonnaise." Fisheries collapsed, wildlife fled, and locals referred to floating tampon applicators as "beach whistles." But before the plant could start operating, a team of divers had to make a perilous journey to the end of a 10-mile tunnel-devoid of light and air-to complete the construction. Five went in; two never came out. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents, award-winning reporter Neil Swidey re-creates the tragedy and its aftermath in an action-packed narrative. The climax comes when the hard-partying DJ Gillis and his friend Billy Juse trade jobs at a pivotal moment in the mission, sentencing one diver to death and the other to a trauma-induced heroin addiction that eventually lands him in prison. Trapped Under the Sea reminds us that behind every bridge, highway, dam, and tunnel-behind the infrastructure that makes modern life possible-lies unsung bravery and extraordinary sacrifice.


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Doug Cornelius (dougcornelius) | 169 comments Mod
The Oath The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court: From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.

This book is automatically nominated after receiving over 25% of the votes.


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Doug Cornelius (dougcornelius) | 169 comments Mod
I will close nominations on the 15th. I'm sure there are other books you want to read.


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Doug Cornelius (dougcornelius) | 169 comments Mod
Last call for nominations.


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