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Beyond the Page: Isaac Stone Fish on China's Growing Influence in the US

In our first Beyond the Page book club event for Council members, author Isaac Stone Fish leads a conversation with readers on his book, “America Second.”
Isaac Stone Fish
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About This Event

In the first edition of the new Beyond the Page book club, Council members are invited to join author and China expert Isaac Stone Fish for an interactive book club discussion. This conversation will explore America Second, his newly released exposé on how China has courted American elites in business, politics, and even Hollywood in a bid to advance Chinese interests in the United States and influence their global standing. 

About the Beyond the Page Book Club

Beyond the Page is a book club discussion series designed to take both readers and writers "beyond the page" on critical global topics. Participants engage in candid and often provocative dialogue with writers to explore their opinions, personal experiences, and perspectives. Fans of history, international romance, and espionagethis series is for you. See full list of book discussions.


Council members are able to attend in person in our conference center for this event. Space is limited. Not a member and want to participate in person? Join now.

In-person COVID-19 related safety measures will be followed.

Event Schedule

Time Agenda
5:00 pm CDT Doors and bar open
5:15 pm Welcome and introductions
5:30 pm Author's digest: Isaac Stone Fish shares overview of book
5:45 pm Beyond the Page deep dive: group discussion
6:30 pm Adjournment
About the Speakers
Author, "America Second: How America's Elites Are Making China Stronger"
Headshot of Isaac Stone Fish
Isaac Stone Fish is the author of "America Second: How America's Elites Are Making China Stronger," which details the deep web of Beijing's influence in America and how to push back without being McCarthyist or racist. Stone Fish is the founder and CEO of Strategy Risks.
Headshot of Isaac Stone Fish

To generate lively conversation, here are some questions to consider while reading the book.

  1. What was your favorite part of the book?
  2. What were your impressions of the author's writing style?
  3. Which scene, chapter, or illustration has stuck with you the most?
  4. Did this book remind you of any other books?
  5. What feelings did this book evoke for you?
  6. Are there lingering questions from the book you're still thinking about?
  7. How did it impact you? Do you think you'll remember it in a few months or years?
  8. How does the book's title work in relation to the book's contents? If you could give the book a new title, what would it be?
  9. If you could hear this same story from another person’s point of view, who would you choose?
  10. After reading this, what new things did you learn?
  11. What did you Google while reading the book?
  12. Did you agree with the author's conclusions? On what points do you disagree?