New Arrivals · Large Print History

June 1, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American values : lessons I learned from my family

May 31, 2018
Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1954- author.
©2018
672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
Grandpa -- Grandma -- The Skakels -- The White House -- Hickory Hill -- Attorney General -- JFK : in pursuit of peace -- A farewell to Camelot -- Senator Robert F. Kennedy -- The final campaign -- Lem -- My mother.
The son and namesake of Robert F. Kennedy shares memories from his turbulent childhood, the lessons he learned from family mentors, and finding his calling as a passionate environmental activist.

Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster

May 31, 2018
Roker, Al, 1954- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
vi, 390 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Prologue: "Mr. Quinn is too fearful" -- Part I: Members and nonmembers. Up on the mountain ; Down in the valley ; How to make a lake ; "No danger from our enterprise" ; Rain -- Part II: When the dam broke. Tap-tap-tap ; A monster unchained ; Cauldron ; The night of the Johnstown Flood ; Alone in the world -- Part III: Justice and charity. Some convulsion ; Poor, lone woman ; Frozen with fear ; Strict liability -- Epilogue: Song and story.

The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

May 22, 2018
Gessen, Masha, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
879 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

RFK : his words for our times

May 18, 2018
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
New York, N.Y. : HarperLuxe, [2018]
xlvii, 653 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, an inspiring collection of his most famous speeches accompanied by commentary from notable historians and public figures. Twenty-five years after Robert Kennedy was assassinated, RFK: Collected Speeches, a celebration of Kennedy's life and legacy, was published and immediately became the standard for activists, elected officials, and lovers of language and history. Now, a quarter century later, this classic volume has been thoroughly edited and updated. Through his own words we gain a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy's views on civil rights and social justice, war and the quest for peace, poverty and the power of work, and the common aspirations that unify us across the divides of race, gender, age, and circumstances. With messages of hope in the midst of a fractured nation and globe, Kennedy's words speak to our times as strongly as they did to his own, a legacy testified to here by highly individualized reflections from notables, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, five Nobel Peace Prize laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, the holder of twenty-two Grammy Awards, Fortune magazine's Businessperson of the Year, and others. Placed in the context of Kennedy's life and times, accompanied by a rich selection of photographs (some never before published), and assembled with the cooperation of the Kennedy family, RFK: His Words for Our Times summons Robert Kennedy's vision of a truly greater America, as compelling now and for our future as it was in his lifetime."--Jacket.

Young Washington : how wilderness and war forged America's founding father

May 18, 2018
Stark, Peter, 1954- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xvii, 826 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian Wara conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships. By weaving together Washingtons harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

The fox hunt : a refugee's memoir of coming to America

April 16, 2018
Al Samawi, Mohammed.
©2018
482 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Weak ties, strong bonds -- Contradictions -- Reason and religion -- Rinse and repeat -- The economics of love -- The book of Luke -- The fox hunt -- Up, up, and away -- Consequences -- If at first you don't succeed -- You say you want a revolution -- Are you home? -- A man of my word -- Clear and present danger -- Call to prayer -- The Justice League -- The ones who said yes -- Good news and bad news -- A new hope -- Network of networks -- Luck be a lady -- The waiting game -- Fantasia -- Go, go, go -- What just happened? -- If you can't stand the heat, get out of Djibouti -- The promised land
The son of middle-class Shiite doctors in Yemen describes his harrowing escape from regional fanaticism and civil unrest through a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of Western interfaith activists.

The Trump White House : changing the rules of the game

April 16, 2018
Kessler, Ronald, 1943- author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
viii, 360 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Includes an exclusive interview with President Trump"--Cover.
Never before has an American president had so much impact on the country and the world in so short a time as Donald Trump. Yet no president has stirred so much controversy, dominating media coverage and conversation both pro and con. Months after Trump took office, consumer confidence hit a seventeen-year high, unemployment plummeted to the lowest level in seventeen years, and the stock market zoomed to repeated record highs. At the same time, ISIS was nearly defeated, Arab countries banded together to stop financing terrorists and promoting radical Islamic ideology, and Trump's decision to send missiles into Syria because of its use of chemical weapons and his strident warnings to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear to adversaries that they take on the United States at their peril. Yet for all the media coverage, Trump remains a cipher. Ronald Kessler has known Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for two decades and understands him better than any other journalist. The book includes an exclusive interview with Trump, the only interview he says he has given, or will give, for a book as president. Crammed with media-grabbing revelations. The Trump White House is the unvarnished and unbiased inside story that answers the question: Who is Donald Trump?

Lady in red : an intimate portrait of Nancy Reagan

April 11, 2018
Tate, Sheila, 1942- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
327 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Christmas at the White House -- The art lover -- Finding her voice -- Press contacts -- Diplomat in chief -- Planes, trips, and weather reports -- Protecting Nancy -- Up close and personal -- Blame it on Nancy -- No better friend -- White House humor -- Searching for privacy -- Staff memories -- The long goodbye -- No words.
"Lady in Red is the long-awaited collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of one of the most influential First Lady in modern history -- Nancy Reagan. Lovingly compiled by long-time close confidante and aide, Sheila Tate, the book provides a rare and much-anticipated look into the personal life of the president's wife, from her daily routines and travels as First Lady to her friendships and deep influence in the Reagan White House. Lady in Red depicts a nuanced portrait of this graceful yet strong woman who felt it was her mission to restore a sense of grandeur, mystique, and excitement to the presidency, showcasing the various roles that Mrs. Reagan played during her years in the White House, that of Wife, Mother, Protector, Host, Diplomat, and Advisor, among others. The book also features twenty-four pages of gorgeous color photographs, including "Nancy's Album," a collection of Mrs. Reagan's favorite photographs, which she entrusted to Sheila to share with the world after she and her beloved Ronnie had passed. To complete the portrait, Lady in Red includes interviews with the friends and politicians who knew Mrs. Reagan best: President George H. W. Bush, Chris Wallace, James Baker, Ed Meese, Maureen Dowd, and Marlin Fitzwater share their most cherished memories of the First Lady."--Provided by publisher.

King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea

March 29, 2018
Harden, Blaine, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
430 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Original edition has subtitle: the dark reign and ruin of an American spymaster.
Introduction: The spy who came in from the motor pool -- Part I. Most valuable spy -- Nichols of Korea -- Rhee and son -- Muzzling Mr. Nichols -- Part II. War spy -- Dark star -- Code break bully -- Any means necessary -- Empire of islands -- Famous in Pyongyang -- Part III. Ruined spy -- Sacked -- Shocked -- Adrift and accused -- Nolo contendere -- A spy's grave.
"The untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history sheds new light on the U.S. role in the Korean War"-- Provided by publisher.

The last castle : the epic story of love, loss, and American royalty in the nation's largest home

March 26, 2018
Kiernan, Denise, author.
©2017
665 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A winter's tale -- A lady of the long man rising -- Rhapsody in mauve -- Collaborations and consecrations -- A crossing of some consequence -- New mistress -- Forest for the tress -- Births of the century -- Trials and toymakers -- The more things change -- High and dry -- Final crossings -- Washed away -- Homespun and a great war -- Freedoms and flappers -- Glimpse of a castle -- You might go home again -- Epilogue.
Documents the story of the Gilded Age mansion Biltmore, tracing George Vanderbilt's construction of his European-style estate and the efforts of his bride, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, to become its protector in the face of changing fortunes and times.

The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown

March 21, 2018
Junor, Penny, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
587 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
The problem -- Deb's delight -- Medals not money -- History -- The foundation years -- The stuffed stoat -- Swinging sixties -- Mrs PB -- The attentions of a prince -- An education -- A suitable bride -- Dishonesty all round -- A state of mind -- The stuff of nightmares -- Princess of Wales -- A plea for help -- For king and country -- Annus horribilis -- The final salvos -- Dark days -- Divorce -- Blackadder -- Week of waiting -- A low profile -- Raw recruit -- Coming out -- A little local difficulty -- U-turn -- Final furlong -- It girl -- Staying sane -- Pillars of interest -- A good read -- Nothing to prove -- In the family -- Bedside manner -- Abroad -- WOW -- Making a difference -- Domestic violence -- Mending fences -- The future.
"In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall--the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana 'a bit crowded'--royal biographer Penny Junor tells the story of a woman reviled as a pariah who became the popular princess consort. Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy, she also played a central role in restoring the royal family's reputation, especially that of Princes Charles, the man who has always been the love of her life"--Back cover.

Grant

March 13, 2018
Chernow, Ron, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale , 2018.
1485 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Introduction: The Sphinx talks -- Part one, A life of struggle: Country bumpkin ; The darling young lieutenant ; Rough and ready ; The son of temperance ; Payday -- Part two, A life of war: The store clerk ; The quiet man ; Twin forts ; Dynamo ; A glittering lie ; Exodus ; Man of iron ; Citadel ; Deliverance ; Above the clouds ; Idol of the hour ; Ulysses the Silent ; Raging storm ; Heavens hung in black ; Caldron of hell ; Chew & choke ; Her satanic majesty ; Dirty boots ; A singular, indescribable vessel -- Part three, A life of peace: Soldierly good faith ; Swing around the circle ; Volcanic passion ; Trading places ; Spoils of war ; We are all Americans ; Sin against humanity ; The darkest blot ; A dance of blood ; Vindication ; A butchery of citizens ; The bravest battle ; Let no guilty man escape ; Saddest of the falls ; Redeemers -- Part four, A life of reflection: The wanderer ; Master spirit ; A miserable dirty reptile ; Taps.
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Something beautiful happened : a story of survival and courage in the face of evil

March 1, 2018
Corporon, Yvette Manessis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
446 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Howard Books.
Large print.
"Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a Jewish family on a Greek island during World War II, a woman sets out to track down their descendants--and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, forgiveness, and the power of kindness"-- Provided by publisher.

The kings of Big Spring : God, oil, and one family's search for the American dream

February 27, 2018
Mealer, Bryan, author.
©2018
605 pages (large print) : map, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
"In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history"--Provided by publisher.

Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America

February 20, 2018
Kerrison, Catherine, 1953- author.
2018
xii, 759 pages (large print) : illustrations, map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
First Monticello -- To Paris -- School life -- Families reunited -- Transitions -- Becoming America again -- A Virginia wife -- Harriet's Monticello -- An enlightened household -- Departure -- Passing -- Legacies.
"Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonniᥲes are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers." -- Publisher's description

Dare not linger : the presidential years

February 14, 2018
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
755 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

February 13, 2018
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, 2018.
827 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
The beginning -- A mother's duty -- Heady times -- The White House years -- Trouble brewing -- The assassination -- Recovery -- Transition -- Onassis -- Shifting tides -- Enduring -- "Well, happy and loved...".
"'Do you know what the secret to happily-ever-after is?' Janet Bouvier Auchincloss would ask her daughters Jackie and Lee during their tea time. 'Money and power,' she would say. If the Bouvier women personified beauty, style and fashion, it was their lust for money and status that drove them to seek out powerful men. Based on hundreds of new interviews with friends and family of the Bouviers as well as letters and journals, J. Randy Taraborrelli paints an extarordinary psychological portrait of two famous sisters and their ferociously ambitious mother,"--page [4] of cover.

Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House

February 1, 2018
Wolff, Michael, 1953- author.
2018
585 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Author's notes -- Prologue: Ailes and Bannon -- Election day -- Trump Tower -- Day one -- Bannon -- Jarvanka -- At home -- Russia -- Org chart -- CPAC -- Goldman -- Wiretap -- Repeal and replace -- Bannon agonistes -- Situation room -- Media -- Comey -- Abroad and at home -- Bannon redux -- Mika who? -- McMaster and Scaramucci -- Bannon and Scaramucci -- General Kelly -- Epilogue: Bannon and Trump -- Acknowledgments.
"The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous -- and absolutely mesmerizing. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself. In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations : What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers. Never before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion" -- Book jacket.

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

January 22, 2018
Dallek, Robert, author.
©2017
1049 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue: Everything to fear -- Chapter 1: The making of a patrician -- Chapter 2: The making of a politician -- Chapter 3: Polio -- Chapter 4: "Chameleon on plaid" -- Chapter 5: "Instrument of their wishes" -- Chapter 6: "Trustee of the existing social system" -- Chapter 7: Mastering Washington "bedlam" -- Chapter 8: Triumph of the new order -- Chapter 9: Second-term curse -- Chapter 10: The worst of times -- Chapter 1: Dangers abroad, uncertainties at home -- Chapter 12: Faux neutral -- Chapter 13: "Safe on third" -- Chapter 14: The path to war -- Chapter 15: Setbacks and losses: "We might lose this war" -- Chapter 16: The end of the beginning -- Chapter 17: "High promise of better things" -- Chapter 18: "Dr. Win the War" -- Chapter 19: The "good soldier" -- Chapter 20: Winning the war, planning the peace -- Chapter 21: Last full measure -- Epilogue.
"In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled strategic skills as a unifier and a consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions of his remarkable presidency: How did a man who came from so privileged a background become one of the greatest champions of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster such revolutionary innovations in our economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt bring about such a profound change in America's foreign relations, leading it from isolationism to become an international superpower? By the time he became president, Roosevelt already commanded the respect and affection of millions of people through his services as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York. Although many of his biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek views that affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms and advance a remarkably progressive agenda. He attributes Roosevelt's success to two perceptive political insights. First, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in the political system. Under his watch the country was able to recover from the Depression and entered World War II, but more controversially, he used that power in an unsuccessful attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Second, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building consensus and commanding stable, long-term popular support. In addressing the country's international and domestic challenges, Roosevelt recognized the critical importance of remaining attentive to the full range of public sentiment regarding policy decisions--perhaps his most important lesson in effective leadership, and one that remains vital today."--Dust jacket flaps.

1917 : Lenin, Wilson, and the birth of the new world disorder

December 15, 2017
Herman, Arthur, 1956- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
xv, 744 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

The saboteur : the aristocrat who became France's most daring anti-Nazi commando

December 15, 2017
Kix, Paul, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
viii, 435 pages ; 23 cm

Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

December 14, 2017
Biden, Joseph R., author.
©2017
359 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
"Thorndike Press large print basic."
Biden family Thanksgiving -- Have a purpose -- Solace -- Trust -- Keeping busy -- It has to be you -- Calculated risks -- Home base -- You have to tell them the truth -- Can you stay? -- Run, Joe, run.
In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years. It was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. The year that followed would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad, he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith. Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit

December 13, 2017
Matthews, Christopher, 1945- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
601 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Altar boy -- Ambassador's son -- Honor thy father -- Rites of passage -- Commitment -- Brother -- The Kennedy party -- Clan -- Hail Mary -- Irish cop -- Enforcer -- The enemy within -- Victory -- Freedom fighter -- General -- Two great men -- Civil rights -- Relic -- Brave heart -- Affirmation -- The movement -- Vigil -- Defiance -- Sacrifice -- Salute.
"Bobby Kennedy was a personal hero to a multitude of Americans. As the train carrying his body headed to Washington, whites and blacks alike stood along the tracks, saluting him. They loved him as a fellow patriot who believed a great country could also be a good one. Chris Matthews, has discovered what made him who he was...Drawing on extensive research and intimate interviews, Matthews shines a light on all the important moments of Bobby's life: his upbringing, his start in politics, his crucial role fighting for civil rights as attorney general, and his tragic run for president."--Dust jacket flap.

The last Republicans : inside the extraordinary relationship between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

December 12, 2017
Updegrove, Mark K., author.
New York, New York : Harperluxe, 2017.
721 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Part I. I never looked back -- A flash of light -- Bar -- Go west -- The sky's the limit -- More than tongue can tell -- Aggravation and pride -- A certain sort of expectation -- Part II. A debt to pay -- To do something of service -- Young and foolish -- A whole different life -- Up in the air -- Listen to your conscience -- Horizons -- Go east -- Coming home -- Defeat isn't defeat -- Part III. Turning points -- The big mo -- The call from Reagan -- A heartbeat away -- Arbusto or bust -- Why don't you come to Washington -- Awakening -- Junior -- Be tough -- Not so kind, not so gentle -- Part IV. 41 -- A new breeze -- Comfortable in the job -- A whole new ballgame -- Commander-in-chief -- You can't give in -- Coming of age -- Defeat with dignity -- Finish strong -- Part V. His turn now in the family" -- The l-word -- Joy and heartache -- Chart your own course -- No turning back -- Great expectations -- Part VI. 43 -- Mr. President -- Shock and awe -- Mourning in America -- Prelude to war -- A broader battle -- 41 and 43 -- Part VII. The decider -- To whom much is given -- Regards from President Bush -- The last campaign -- Brother from another mother -- The first Jewish president -- The toughest decision -- Last days -- Part VIII. The last Republicans -- It wasn't me -- Trumped -- What about George? -- Epilogue.
Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies. He examines the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, which derailed the Bush presidential dynasty. Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other's presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America's role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

Darkest hour : how Churchill brought England back from the brink

December 12, 2017
McCarten, Anthony, 1961- author.
©2017
xiii, 376 pages (large print), 8 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
A house divided -- The social wastrel -- A leader falls -- The holy fox -- The great "dictator" -- Blood, toil, tears and sweat -- The worsening situation -- Fear, doubts and pressures from within -- Cabinet crisis and leadership -- "Fight on the beaches" -- Epilogue: If the truth be told.
"May 1940. Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one Western European democracy after another fall in rapid succession to Nazi boot and shell. Invasion seems mere hours away. Just days after becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must deal with this horror--as well as a skeptical king, a party plotting against him, and an unprepared public. Pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, how could he change the mood and shore up the will of a nervous people? In this gripping day-by-day, often hour-by-hour account of how a sometimes uncertain Churchill turned Britain around, the celebrated BAFTA-winning writer Anthony McCarten exposes sides of the great man never seen before. He reveals how Churchill practiced and rewrote his key speeches, from 'Blood, toil, tears, and sweat' to 'We shall fight on the beaches'; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, above all, how twenty-five days helped make one man an icon. Using new archive material, McCarten explores the crucial behind-the-scenes moments that changed the course of history. It's a scarier--and more human--story than has ever been told."--Dust jacket flap.

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