New Arrivals · Politics

October 17, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Nasty women : feminism, resistance, and revolution in Trump's America

October 16, 2017
vi, 248 pages ; 21 cm
"I'm a woman, vote for me": why we need identity politics / Samhita Mukhopadhyay -- Are women persons? / Kate Harding -- She will / Cheryl Strayed -- As long as it's healthy / Sarah Michael Hollenbeck -- We have a heroine problem / Carina Chocano -- Advice to Grace in Ghana: Trump, the global gag rule, and the terror of misinformation / Jill Filipovic -- Beyond the pussy hats / Katha Pollitt -- Is there ever a right time to talk to your children about fascism? / Kera Bolonik -- Country crock / Samantha Irby -- Refusing to numb the pain / Sarah Hepola -- Dispatches from a Texas militarized zone / Melissa Arjona -- Pulling the wool over their eyes: the blindness of white feminists / Collier Meyerson -- A nation groomed and battered / Rebecca Solnit -- The pathology of Donald Trump / Sady Doyle -- Nasty native women / Mary Kathryn Nagle -- Farewell to meritocracy / Jamia Wilson -- Permission to vote for a monster: Ivanka Trump and faux feminism / Jessica Valenti -- Donald Trump's war on the working class / Sarah Jaffe -- We've always been nasty: why the feminist movement needs trans women and gender-nonconforming femmes / Meredith Talusan -- X cuntry: a Muslim-American woman's journey / Randa Jarrar -- Trust black women / Zerlina Maxwell -- How to build a movement / Alicia Garza -- All-American / Nicole Chung.
"In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, there was shock, outrage, and, for some, satisfaction. When 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite as a political class in Trump's America? The misogyny, racism, and xenophobia that were features of the campaign have long been a part of American life, but many people are just now waking up to them. Can the 'nasty' among us find ways to better support and fight for one another? Here are inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented feminist writers on how we got there and what we need to do to move forward." -- Back cover.

Fire road : the Napalm girl's journey through the horrors of war to faith, forgiveness, and peace

October 13, 2017
Kim Phúc, 1963- author.
xv, 317 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates (some color) ; 22 cm
"Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now! These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames--before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death. Against all odds, Kim lived--but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country's freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul? Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant--and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God's mercy and love."--Provided by publisher.

The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

October 12, 2017
Gessen, Masha, author.
xii, 515 pages ; 24 cm
Part one. Born in the USSR -- Born in 1984 -- Life, examined -- Privilege -- Homo sovieticus -- Part two. Revolution -- Swan Lake -- The execution of the White House -- Everyone wants to be a millionaire -- Part three. Unraveling -- Grief, arrested -- Old songs -- It's all over all over again -- Part four. Resurrection -- Life after death -- The orange menace -- All in the family -- Part five. Protest -- The future is history -- Budushchego net -- White ribbons -- Masha: May 6, 20112 -- Part six. Crackdown -- Seryozha: July 18, 2013 -- Lyosha: June 11, 2013 -- A nation divided -- Zhanna: February 27, 2015 -- Forever war.
Hailed for her zfearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russiay (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their ownas entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of todays terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

Not a daycare : the devastating consequences of abandoning truth

October 12, 2017
Piper, Everett, author.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Faith, [2017]
225 pages ; 22 cm
Crying ourselves to death -- The snowflake insanity -- I'll bet you think life is about you -- Pro-woman; and proud of it! -- Corrupted and compromising Christian universities -- Ideas have consequences -- The prodigal university -- The intolerance of the tolerant left -- Do we really trust ourselves? -- Our cultural aversion to adversity -- Our education nightmare -- Sex in the family -- Thank God for the church -- Advice for concerned parents -- The university leadership vacuum -- Conclusion the unity of first things -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
What has happened to the American spirit? We've gone from "Give me liberty, or give me death!" to "Take care of me, please." Our colleges were once bastions of free speech; now they're bastions of speech codes. Our culture once rewarded independence; now it rewards victimhood. Parents once taught their kids how to fend for themselves; now, any parent who tries may get a visit from the police. In Not a Day Care, Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and author of the viral essay, "This Is Not a Day Care. It's a University!," takes a hard look at what's happening around the country -- including the demand for "safe spaces" and trigger warnings at universities like Yale, Brandeis, and Oberlin -- and digs in his heels against the sad and dangerous infantilization of the American spirit. - Publisher.

One nation after Trump : a guide for the perplexed, the disillusioned, the desperate, and the not-yet deported

October 11, 2017
Dionne, E. J., Jr., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
344 pages ; 22 cm
Part I. Trump and Trumpism: Trumpian misconceptions: what Trump's election meant, what it didn't, and why Trumpism doesn't own the future ; When the truth doesn't matter: the crisis of the media and the rise of "alternative facts" ; Bad behavior: the disappearing norms of American politics ; A penchant for authoritarianism: how Trump intimidates opponents, promotes kleptocracy, and challenges the rule of law ; Phony friend of the working class: Trump, "populism," and the new politics of the far right ; Race, immigration, culture, or economics? The complicated motivations of the Trump voter -- Part II. The way forward: With opportunity and justice for all: building a new economy ; Yearning to breathe free: discovering a new patriotism ; Our little platoons: the urgency of a new civil society ; What "draining the swamp" really looks like: bringing a new democracy to life ; "Show up, dive in, stay at it": building one nation after Trump.

A moonless, starless sky : ordinary women and men fighting extremism in Africa

October 11, 2017
Okeowo, Alexis, author.
xv, 240 pages ; 21 cm
Uganda: An LRA love story -- Mauritania: Not restrained by chains -- Nigeria: No regrets -- Somalia: War and basketball -- Uganda: In a perfect life -- Mauritania: Caravan of freedom -- Nigeria: Nobody rescued them -- Somalia: The last two stadiums in Mogadishu.
Presents accounts of everyday men and women living amidst war and extremism.

Orders to kill : the Putin regime and political murder

October 9, 2017
Knight, Amy W., 1946- author.
viii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Covert violence as a Kremlin tradition -- How the system works : Putin and his security services -- Galina Starovoitova : Putin's first victim? -- Terror in Russia : September 1999 -- Silencing critics -- Mafia-style killings in Moscow : Kozlov and Politkovskaya -- The Litvinenko story -- The poisoning -- Continued onslaught against Kremlin challengers -- Boris Berezovsky : suicide or murder? -- The Boston Marathon bombings : Russia's footprint -- Another democrat falls victim : the Nemtsov muder and its aftermath -- Kadyrov, Putin, and power in the Kremlin.
"'Western leaders should be aware that when they shake hands with Putin, they shake hands with a murderer.'--Leonid Martyniuk. In Russia, the twenty-first century belongs to Vladimir Putin. His political dominance has lasted two presidential terms, an appointment to prime minister, and a controversial election to a third presidential term. And like the violent tsars and Soviet revolutionaries who came before him, he maintains his grip on power through coercion and intimidation. As journalists, activists, and political opponents in the Putin era continue to fall victim to suspicious illnesses and outright murder, a pattern has emerged. No matter who is charged with a specific death, the order to kill appears to come from above. Amy Knight, whom The New York Times called the West's foremost scholar of the KGB, presents a thorough and provocative examination of murders under the Putin regime. Knight offers new information about the most famous victims, such as Alexander Litvinenko, the former FSB officer poisoned while living in London, and the statesman Boris Nemtsov, murdered outside the Kremlin in 2015. She puts faces on many others forgotten or less well-known in the West. And she links Putin to acts of terrorism--including the Boston Marathon bombing. She also explores what these murders mean for Putin's future, for Russia, and for the West, where Donald Trump has claimed, 'Nobody has proven that he's killed anyone .... He's always denied it .... It has not been proven that he's killed reporters.' Orders to Kill is a timely and chilling read in a world increasingly subject to one man's thirst for revenge."--Jacket.

In the shadows of the American century : the rise and decline of US global power

October 5, 2017
McCoy, Alfred W., author.
Chicago, IL : Haymarket Books, 2017.
359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
"Dispatch Books."
Introduction. US global power and me -- Part I. Understanding the US empire. Ch. 1. The world island and the rise of America -- Ch. 2. "Our S.O.B.s" : America and the autocrats -- Ch. 3. Covert netherworld -- Part II. US strategies for survival. Ch. 4. A global surveillance state -- Ch. 5. Torture and the eclipse of empires -- Ch. 6. Beyond bayonets and battleships : the Pentagon's wonder weapons -- Part III. Dynamics of US decline. Ch. 7. Grandmasters of the great game -- Ch. 8. Five scenarios for the end of the American century.
"In a completely original analysis, prize-winning historian Alfred W. McCoy explores America's rise as a world power--from the 1890s through the Cold War--and its bid to extend its hegemony deep into the twenty-first century through a fusion of cyberwar, space warfare, trade pacts, and military alliances. McCoy then analyzes the marquee instruments of US hegemony--covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and worldwide surveillance. Peeling back layers of secrecy, McCoy exposes a military and economic battle for global domination fought in the shadows, largely unknown to those outside the highest rungs of power."--Page 4 of cover.

Thanks, Obama : my hopey changey White House years

October 4, 2017
Litt, David, 1986- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
310 pages ; 24 cm
A note regarding facts -- Introduction. Arugula on Air Force One -- Part one. Obamabot -- The rapture -- How to not land a White House job -- Cleared to work -- the corridors of power -- The salmon in the toilet -- Is Obama toast? -- Going Eastwood -- That first real taste of blood -- Part two. Our (teensy) place in history -- Hitler and Lips -- Juice in purgatory -- The holy war -- In the barrel -- Bucket -- The big rock candy mountain -- The finish line -- Epilogue. Squishing the scorpion.
"A different kind of White House memoir, presidential speechwriter David Litt's comic account of his years spent working with Barack Obama and his reflection on Obama's legacy in the age of Trump. Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss's boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss's boss was President Obama. At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech (the "State of the Union of jokes"), he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments, including Keegan-Michael Key's appearance as Luther, Obama's "anger translator." With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student--a self-described "Obamabot"--to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail? In between lighthearted observations, Litt uses his experience to address one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Donald Trump"-- Provided by publisher.

The politics of water scarcity

October 3, 2017
191 pages ; 23 cm.
The importance of Opposing Viewpoints introduction -- Do we take clean water for granted? We can no longer take water for granted / Paul Alois ; Our drinking water is safe / Daniel Moss ; water is not a human right / Louie Glinzak ; Water accessibility affects all parts of society / Moses Mozart Dzawu ; We must work together to solve drought problems / Daniel Polk - What is causing water scarcity? Fracking contributes to water scarcity / Joshua Pringle ; To solve water scarcity, slow the human population growth / Robert Engelman ; Water scarcity is caused by excessive extraction of groundwater / Feng Hao ; Groundwater overdrafting must be regulated / Tara Moran, Janny Choy, Carolina Sanchez ; Water scarcity is the result of mismanagement / Prasenjit Chowdhury ; A combination of solutions must be used to solve the problem of water scarcity / Nadia Halim - How is water used as a political tool? Global water shortages pose threat of terror and war / Suzanne Goldenburg ; Water scarcity leads to internal strife for nations / Pallava Bagla ; Water scarcity in Central Asia may lead to conflict / Emily Singer Hurvitz ; Water can be a source of disagreement among neighboring nations / Cyril Ferrand ; Water access contributes to a region's stability / Christopher Tatlock - What is the solution for reducing water scarcity? Stop population growth to end water scarcity / Laurie Mazure ; Learn nature's lessons for water conservation / Stephanie Vierra ; We should learn to replicate natural desalination / Adity aSood ; Technology and engineering can fix water scarcity in China / Yu Yang, Lei Yin, Qingzong Zhang ; It's time to declare war on water scarcity / Gabriel Wong ; Save water through irrigation innovation / Mary Kay Magistad.
Clean water is something we take for granted. It s there when we turn on our taps to fill a glass, take a shower, or wash our hands. But for many of the world s citizens, water is a precious commodity. Many don t have access to clean water. Others must use the same water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Is access to clean water a human right? Should water be provided by governments or private entities? Will water become a commodity of the rich? And how are our environmental practices affecting the world s supply of water? Full-Color Photographs, Bibliography, Charts, Graphs, Tables, Detailed Table of Contents, Further Information Section, Index, Primary Sources, Sidebars, Websites.

Twilight in America : the untold story of Islamic terrorist training camps inside America

October 2, 2017
Mawyer, Martin.
[United States] : PRB Pub., c2012.
293 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
White collar terrorists -- Pillar of lies -- The beheading of Daniel Pearl -- Soldiers of Allah -- The gang that couldn't shoot straight -- The Beltway snipers -- The original ground zero -- Muslims of the first state -- The Muslim Brotherhood -- The coming of the Madhi -- The blueprint for disaster -- The jackal -- Modern warrior slaves -- No official comment -- Dust in our eyes.
It's happening right now-- maybe even in your neighborhood! Protected under the guides of religious freedom, in the privacy of Muslim compounds across our land, they are preparing our own citizens to wage a holy war-- jihad-- against America. As many state and federal authorities turn a blind eye, these Islamic extremists convert our own citizens, then teach them how to kill./

Trumped up

October 2, 2017
Dershowitz, Alan M., author.
193 pages ; 23 cm
"A Bombardier Books book"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- The run up to the campaign: Bernie Sanders v Hillary Clinton -- The campaign: Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton -- The transition -- The Trump presidency.

Stoicism and the statehouse : an old philosophy serving a new idea

October 2, 2017
McGeehan, Pat author
Proctorville, Ohio : Wythe-North Publishing, 2017
xxxii, 152 pages ; 22cm

Crossing the River Kabul : an Afghan family odyssey

September 29, 2017
McLean, Kevin, author.
[Lincoln, Nebraska] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
xvi, 257 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Kabul airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, October 1980 : flight -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1980 : Behsood Bridge -- Abdien, Afghanistan, October 1980 : Nasir -- Somewhere near Afghanistan-Pakistan border, October 1980 : minefield -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1920 : the British -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1920 : General Nadir -- Paris, France, 1920 : Hélène -- Kabul, Afghanistan 1929 : Nadir Shah -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1933 : Zahir Shah -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1934 : Tajwar -- Kabul, Afghanistsan, 1947 : Pashtunistan -- Faizabad, Afghanistan 1955 : Badakhshan -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1959 : Baba Naeem -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1961 : kite flying -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1962 : the new great game -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1963 : the king acts -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, winter 1963 : duck hunting -- A farm north of Kabul, Afghanistan, 1964 : Buzkashi -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1965 : lessons -- Ghazni, Afghanistan, 1967 : Sia -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1966 : the mystic -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1967 : basketball -- Jalabad, Afghanistan, 1969 : Afsana -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1970 : a Turkish bride -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 1971 : Daoud -- Kandahar, Afghanistan, 1972 : the wind -- Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1973 : coup d'état -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1974 : sitar lessons -- Paghman, Afghanistan, 1974 : Shabir leaves for Japan -- Moscow, USSR, 1977 : Daoud and Brezhnev -- Kabul, Afghanistan, April 1978 : Russia invades -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1978 : Professor Wazir -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1979 : Hafizullah Amin -- Kabul Afghanistan, February 1979 : Pol-i-charki Prison -- Kabul University, 1979 : the final exam -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1979 : Kandahari -- Kabul, Afghanistan, October 1980 : exodus -- A minefield somewhere near the Pakistan border, October 1980 : Landi Kotal -- Landi Kotal, Pakistan, 1980 : prison -- Landi Kotal, Pakistan, 1980 : connections -- Peshawar, Pakistan, 1980 : Pir Gailani -- Peshawar, Pakistan, 1980 : Hazrat Sepgotolah -- Peshawar, Pakistan, 1980 : the United Nations Humanitarian Aid Office -- Afghanistan, somewhere near the Pakistan border, 1980 : Mujahideen -- Karachi, Pakistan, 1981 : train ride -- Ankara, Turkey, 1981 : shoeshine -- Istanbul, Turkey, 1981 : U.S. Consulate -- U.S. Consulate, Istanbul, 1981 : Hazaras -- Frankfurt, Germany, 1981 : the parcel -- Frankfurt, Germany, 1981 : the interview -- Frankfurt, Germany, 1989 : warlords -- San Diego, California, 1992 : SpeeDee Oil -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 1995 : the Taliban -- New York City : September 11, 2011 -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 : the dance of the dead -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 : Karta-i-char -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 : the gate -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 : ghosts -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 2002 : Hazrat Ali -- A cemetery near Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 : the cemetery -- Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2002 : Wali Karzai -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002 : money -- San Diego, California, July 4, 2002 : citizens -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003 : number three -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003 : rebuilding -- Kabul, Afghanistan, 2003 : orders -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 2003 : Din Mohammad -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 2003 : Hazrat Ali -- Office of the Governor of Jalalabad, 2003 : Gul Agha Sherzai -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan 2003 : Hadji Jawid -- Security headquarters, Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 2003 : the gardener -- Abdien, Afghanistan, 2003 : the funeral -- Compound Hazrat Ali, Afghanistan, 2003 : Jirga -- Jalalabad, Afghanistan, 2004 : the King's Arabians -- Karta-i-char, Kabul, Afghanistan 2008 : Rasoul.
In Crossing the River Kabul, author Kevin McLean tells the true story of Baryalai Popal's amazing excape from Afghanistan during the Communist takeover and his return after 9/11.

Bloomberg : a billionaire's ambition

September 27, 2017
McNickle, Chris, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
xvi, 444 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The making of a billionaire -- Restoration interrupted -- Money manager -- The safest big city in America -- Creative destruction in the school system -- The entrepreneurial city -- Healthy economy, healthy city -- Rich man, poor man -- The politics of a billionaire mayor -- Third-term disasters and triumphs -- Legacy.

Twilight of American sanity : a psychiatrist analyzes the age of Trump

September 27, 2017
Frances, Allen, 1942- author.
326 pages ; 24 cm
Trump isn't crazy. We are. -- Confronting the facts of life -- Why we make such bad decisions -- American exceptionalism -- How could a Trump triumph? -- Trump, tribalism, and the attack on democracy -- Defending democracy: the path forward -- Sustaining our brave new world -- The pursuit of happiness -- Team Earth -- Whither mankind?
It is comforting to see President Donald Trump as a crazy man, a one-off, an exception, not a reflection on us or our democracy. But in ways I never anticipated, his rise was absolutely predictable and a mirror on our soul. What does it say about us, that we elected someone so manifestly unfit and unprepared to determine mankind's future? Trump is a symptom of a world in distress, not its sole cause. Blaming him for all our troubles misses the deeper, underlying societal sickness that made possible his unlikely ascent. Calling Trump crazy allows us to avoid confronting the craziness in our society, if we want to get sane, we must first gain insight about ourselves. Simply put: Trump isn't crazy, but our society is. More than three years in the making: the world's leading expert on psychiatric diagnosis, past leader of the American Psychiatric Association's DSM (the bible of psychology), and author of the influential international bestseller on the medicalization of ordinary life, Saving Normal, draws upon his vast experience to deliver a powerful critique of modern American society's collective slide away from sanity and offers an urgently needed prescription for reclaiming our bearings. Widely cited in recent months as the man who quite literally wrote the diagnostic criteria for narcissism, Allen Frances, M.D., has been at the center of the debate surrounding President Trump's mental state; quoted in Evan Osnos's May 2017 New Yorker article (How Trump Could Get Fired) and publishing a much-shared opinion letter in the New York Times (An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump's Mental State). Frances argues that Trump is "bad, not mad" and that the real question to wrestle with is how we as a country could have chosen him as our leader. Twilight of American Sanity is an essential work for understanding our national crisis.

A force so swift : Mao, Truman, and the birth of modern China, 1949

September 26, 2017
Peraino, Kevin, author.
xvi, 379 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Missimo -- The greatest force -- The old devils -- Bedbugs -- The dean -- All the aces -- Riverdale -- Wait, look, see -- A new world -- Heaven and hell -- A vast and delicate enterprise -- Neverland -- Heat -- Killing the tiger -- The great crescent -- Firecracker -- No devil shall escape -- Dig up the dirt -- First lightning -- Risky business -- The voice -- Through a glass, darkly -- A rather spectacular triumph -- A force so swift -- Epilogue, the mills of the gods.
"A compelling year-long narrative of America's response to the fall of Chiang Kai-shek and Nationalist China in 1949, and Mao Zedong and the Communist Party's rise to power, forever altering the world's geopolitical map."--Provided by publisher.

Twitter and tear gas : the power and fragility of networked protest

September 22, 2017
Tufekci, Zeynep, author.
xxxi, 326 pages : 24 cm
Making a movement -- A protester's tools -- After the protests.
To understand a thwarted Turkish coup, an anti-Wall Street encampment, and a packed Tahrir Square, we must first comprehend the power and the weaknesses of using new technologies to mobilize large numbers of people. Tufekci explains the nuanced trajectories of modern protests-how they form, how they operate differently from past protests, and why they have difficulty persisting in their long-term quests for change. Tufekci speaks from direct experience, combining on-the-ground interviews with analysis. She describes how the internet helped the Zapatista uprisings in Mexico, the necessity of remote Twitter users to organize medical supplies during Arab Spring, the refusal to use bullhorns in the Occupy Movement that started in New York, and the empowering effect of tear gas in Istanbul's Gezi Park. These details from life inside social movements complete a moving investigation of authority, technology, and culture-and offer essential insights into the future of governance.

Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution

September 22, 2017
Randall, Willard Sterne, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
viii, 452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"A glow of patriotic fire" -- "Salutary neglect" -- "Force prevails now everywhere" -- "For cutting off our trade" -- "To the shores of Tripoli" -- "The reign of witches" -- "Free trade and sailors rights" -- "War now! war always!" -- "A mere matter of marching" -- "Purified as by fire" -- "Father, listen to your children" -- "You shall now feel the effects of war" -- "Destroy and lay waste" -- "Hard war" -- "So proudly we hail" -- "I must not be lost".
"Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Williard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade. Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty. Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world's second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world's largest independent maritime power"--Provided by publisher.

Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards

September 22, 2017
Ostovar, Afshon, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xiii, 306 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Brief Overview of the IRGC ; Conceptualizing the IRGC ; Pro-clerical activism ; Primacy of the leader ; Conflict and state formation ; Chapters and questions -- From Ali to Khomeini: The formation of Shiite Islam ; Rise of the clergy ; The Islamic Movement ; Revolutionary ideology -- Vanguard of the Imam: Enter the vanguard ; Roots and radicals ; Khomeini Über Alles ; One system to rule them all -- The Imposed War: Invasion ; A stymied war effort ; Death of the opposition ; The Islamic Republic strikes back -- The Long War: The international dimension ; Running into walls ; In the path of the divine ; A fleeting taste of victory ; The bitter end -- Exporting the Revolution: Revolutionary internationalism ; A conservative turn ; Onward to Jerusalem ; The revolution comes to Lebanon ; Fall of the radicals -- Warriors of Karbala: The Islamic model army ; Power of the pen ; Wartime cultural activism ; Visual identity ; Iconology of the self ; Warriors of Karbala -- When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Postwar reconstruction under Rafsanjani ; Propagating virtue, prohibiting vice ; Taking back the revolution -- The War on Terror: Axis of evil ; Electing Ahmadinejad ; An Iran ascendant ; The specter of war -- Big Bang, Big Crunch: "Death to the dictator!" ; The soft war ; Springtime ; The instruments of coercion ; Knives out -- In Defense of the Family of the Prophet: In defense of Sayyida Zaynab ; A return to Karbala.
"Iran's Revolutionary Guards are one of the most important forces in the Middle East today. As the appointed defender of Iran's revolution, the Guards have evolved into a pillar of the Islamic Republic and the spearhead of its influence across the region. Their sway has spread across the Middle East, where the Guards have overseen loyalist support to Bashar al-Assad in Syria and been a staunch backer in Iraq's war against ISIS-bringing its own troops, Lebanon's Hezbollah, and Shiite militias to the fight. Links to terrorism, human rights abuses, and the suppression of popular democracy have long shrouded the Revolutionary Guards in controversy. In spite of their prominence, the Guards remain poorly understood to outside observers. In Vanguard of the Imam, Afshon Ostovar provides the first comprehensive history of the organization. . The book simultaneously serves as a history of modern Iran, and provides a crucial and engrossing entryway into the complex world of war, politics, and identity in the Middle East"--Provided by publisher.

The unexpected president : the life and times of Chester A. Arthur

September 21, 2017
Greenberger, Scott S., author.
x, 304 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Elder Arthur -- "This Is the Place" -- Bleeding Kansas -- Playing the Game -- Barracks and Blankets -- The Shoddy Aristocracy -- The Lordly Roscoe -- The Collector -- From Grant to Hayes -- His Fraudulency, the President -- "The One I Loved Dearest" -- Dark Horse -- "A Great Deal of Soap" -- "An Ugly Wound" -- A Mysterious Correspondent -- "He Is Our President" -- "A Splendid Henry V" -- A Surprise Visit -- An Attack in Savannah -- "Between Two Stools" -- "Fame is a Bubble" -- Epilogue.
"An exquisitely written, comprehensive biography of Chester A. Arthur, our virtually forgotten 21st president, who unexpectedly occupied the nation's highest office and surprised everyone with his moral character and reformist policies"--Provided by publisher.

Unbelievable : my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in American history

September 20, 2017
Tur, Katy, 1983- author.
xii, 291 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"Katy hasn't even looked up once at me." -- "You'll never be president!" -- "I had to grab Katy and kiss her." -- "She's back there, Little Katy." -- "Katy. It's Donald." -- "Find that asshole Tur!" -- "Pop the trunk. I'm going to run for it." -- "Look at those hands. Are they small hands?" -- "Be quiet. I know you want to, you know, save her." -- "Donald Trump doesn't lose." -- "Grab 'em by the pussy." -- "There's something happening, Katy."
"Called 'disgraceful,' 'third-rate,' and 'not nice' by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on--and took flak from--the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history. Katy Tur lived out of a suitcase for a year and a half, following Trump around the country, powered by packets of peanut butter and kept clean with dry shampoo. She visited forty states with the candidate, made more than 3,800 live television reports, and tried to endure a gazillion loops of Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer'--a Trump rally playlist staple. From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump's inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her car. None of it worked. Facts are stubborn. So was Tur. She was part of the first women-led politics team in the history of network news. The Boys on the Bus became the Girls on the Plane. But the circus remained. Through all the long nights, wild scoops, naked chauvinism, dodgy staffers, and fevered debates, no one had a better view than Tur. [This book] is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of how America sent a former reality show host to the White House. It's also the story of what it was like for Tur to be there as it happened, inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited. Tur was a foreign correspondent who came home to her most foreign story of all. Unbelievable is a must-read for anyone who still wakes up and wonders, Is this real life?"--Jacket.

Finding magic : a spiritual memoir

September 20, 2017
Quinn, Sally, author.
416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"The author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life--and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, D.C.'s elite. Quinn reveals how 'it's all magic'--the many forms of what draws us together and provides meaning to all we do. Her roller coaster and irreverent but surprisingly spiritual story allows us to see how the infinite wonder of God and the values of meaningful conversation, experience, and community are available to us all."--Provided by publisher.

How do I explain this to my kids? : parenting in the age of Trump

September 20, 2017
New York : New Press, [2017]
xii, 170 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction / Dr. Ava Siegler -- Part one. How do I explain this to my kids. Here's what I'm telling my brown son about Trump's America / Mira Jacob -- How do I explain to my daughters what happened in this election / Dan Kois -- As a Muslim, how do I tell my child the new president doesn't like us / Mebdi Hasan -- Parenting in the shadow of Trump / John Culhane -- "Only white people," said the little girl / Topher Sanders -- How kids talk about Donald Trump / Molly Knefel -- Can the Muslim American family survive Trump? / Huda Al-Marashi -- Arm them with facts : raising my girls in Gainesville, Flordia / Darlena Cunha -- Making kids feel safe in a Trump world isn't easy / Kera Bolonik -- "I love you, but..." what your Trump vote tells my family / David Valdes Greenwood -- The day after the election, I told my daughter the truth / Nicole Chung -- Fliers on the train / Carlos Sandoval -- In a time of Trump, millennial Jews awaken to antisemitism / Benjamin Wofford -- "I had a scary dream about Donald Trump" : Muslim parents face a tense election / Samantha Schmidt -- Should I teach my kids to value truth in the era of Trump? / John Ziegler -- Is Donald Trump dangerous for children? / Robin D.G. Kelley -- Trump is a great storyteller. We need to be better / Viet Thanh Nguyen -- Talking to kids about Trump's victory / Adam Gopnik -- Part two. How you explain this to your kids : Dr. Ava Siegler offers her best advice. Raising civilized children in an uncivilized world -- Protecting your children in the Trump era -- Explaining Trump to your kids -- The call to action: facing the future.
"In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, parents across the country found themselves at a loss for words. And with the Trump administration now well underway, parents continue to struggle to respond thoughtfully and appropriately to these unprecedented times"--Back cover.

How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape

September 20, 2017
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2017.
ix, 359 pages ; 25 cm
The body politic : how underrepresented groups can gain political power / Christopher M. Whitt -- The right to vote, 50 years later : do we still need the 1965 VRA? / Blanche M. Radford-Curry -- The Latino vote : growth, influence, and how Obama changed the game / Andrew Martinez and Paola Esmieu -- African Americans, voting, and the Republican party / Donna L. Taylor -- Barack Obama and the youth vote / Glenn L. Starks -- New definitions of progressivism in the age of Obama / Linda D. Tomlinson -- You can't call that mentoring : the fallacy of mentoring in Obama's My brother's keeper / Torie Weiston-Serdan and Arash Daneshzadeh -- The great divider : Obama's influence on trust in government and racial attitudes / Clarissa Peterson and Emmitt Y. Riley III -- Body cameras and policing : from Ferguson to Baltimore / MaCherie M. Placide -- President Obama : code-meshing and the power of speech in racial politics / Cassandra Chaney and Kyomi Gregory -- The duplicitous commodification of the Obama presidency : interrogating Barack Obama's sociopolitical assent and relevance through a conscious hip-hop pedagogy / Ahmad R. Washington, Belema Idoniboye, and Marta N. Mack-Washington -- Black women as agents of social change during the Obama presidency / Melissa Brown -- The Black president and the Black body : the intersection of race, class, gender, and violence in America / David O. Fakunle, Calvin J. Smiley, and Marisela B. Gomez -- HBCUs and activism in the post-Obama era / Felecia Commodore and Robert T. Palmer -- Standardized testing, teacher accountability, and the school choice debate / Nicole McZeal-Walters -- Use of deadly force : policing and accountability during the Obama administration / Kimberly J. Rice, Keith Boeckelman, and Casey LaFrance.

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