Making Democracy Work

LWVCC Book Group

The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle hosts a book discussion several times a year, usually on Wednesday morning in the Concord Free Public Library on Main Street. For information, contact

Enjoy lively discussions of books chosen by group members. All are welcome.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Trustees Room, Main Branch, Concord Public Library 10:00 am - 11:30 am.

We will be discussing Alexander Keyssar's book The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. Professor Keyssar was the speaker at our League Membership Brunch on January 25th at the Colonial Inn. This will be a great opportunity for us to further talk about the ideas that he discussed at that meeting along with the ideas in his book.

Back cover description: "Originally published in 2000, The Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. In this revised and updated edition [2009], Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of 2000 through the 2008 campaign and the election of Barack Obama. The Right to Vote is a sweeping reinterpretation of American political history as well as a meditation on the meaning of democracy in contemporary American life."
Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

April Meeting (Date to be determined)

See past book selections below.

Meetings 2013-2014

Books and Dates for This Year

April: Date and Book to be Announced

Books We've Read

Past LWVCC Book Group Selections

  • The Making of a President, 1960 by Theodore Harold White (9/19/12)
  • Sisters : The lives of America's Suffragists by Jean H. Baker(11/14/12)
  • Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler (1/30/12)
  • On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder(3/20/13)
  • Rachel Carson: witness for nature by Linda Lear(3/20/13)
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson(3/20/13)
  • Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip by Peter Hessler (11/16/11)
  • The Gun and the Olive Branch : The Roots of Violence in the Middle East by David Hirst (1/25/12)
  • Corporations Are Not People by Jeffrey D. Clements (3/28/12)
  • Madame Chiang Kai-Shek: China's Eternal First Lady by Laura Tyson Li; The Soong Sisters by Emily Hahn; Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, by Jung Chang (5/30/12)
  • Descent into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, by Ahmed Rashid (10/12/11)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealert (5/25/11)
  • The Places in Between, by Rory Stewart (3/23/11)
  • Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, by Douglas A. Blackmon (1/26/11)
  • Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787-2005, by James T. Campbell (11/17/10)
  • Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World, by Margaret MacMillan (9/29/10)
  • Black Walden: Slavery and its Aftermath in Concord, Massachusetts, by Elise Lemire (6/9/10)
  • Stones into Schools and Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson (3/31/10)
  • Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, by Alan Burdick (1/27/10)
  • Hot, Flat and Crowded and The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman (10/21/09)
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies; Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed; and The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal, by Jared Diamond (5/13/09)
  • The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, by Megan Marshall (3/12/09)
  • Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2/18/09)
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, by Jeffrey Toobin (11/19/08)
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver (9/24/08)
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson (5/28/08)
  • Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, by Stephen Kinzer (3/26/08)
  • American Bloomsbury, by Susan Cheever (1/30/08)