New Arrivals · Politics

April 26, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The pope who would be king : the exile of Pius IX and the emergence of modern Europe

April 25, 2018
Kertzer, David I., 1948- author.
xxx, 474 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part one: The beloved -- The conclave -- The fox and the crow -- An impossible dilemma -- Papal magic -- The tide turns -- Fending off disaster -- The assassination -- The escape -- Part two: The reviled -- The reactionary turn -- Revolution -- Pressuring the Pope -- The friendly army -- The French attack -- Negotiating in bad faith -- Battling for Rome -- The conquest -- The occupation -- Part thee: The feared -- Applying the brakes -- Louis Napoleon and the Pope -- The unpopular Pope -- "Those wicked enemies of God" -- Returning to Rome -- Epilogue.
Days after his prime minister was assassinated in the middle of Rome in November 1848, Pope Pius IX found himself a virtual prisoner in his own palace. Only two years earlier Pius's election had triggered a wave of optimism across Italy: he was seen as a youthful, benevolent new pope who would at last bring the Papal States into modern times and help create a new, unified Italian nation. Kertzer documents the story of the violent revolution that signaled the end of the political power of the popes and resulted in the emergence of modern Europe.

Rising star, setting sun : Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the presidential transition that changed America

April 24, 2018
Shaw, John, 1957- author.
xvi, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Minority leader : how to lead from the outside and make real change

April 23, 2018
Abrams, Stacey, author.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
xxiv, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Dare to want more -- Fear and otherness -- Hacking and owning opportunity -- The myth of mentors -- Money matters -- Prepare to win and embrace the fail -- Making what you have work -- Work-life Jenga -- Taking power.
"Minority Leader is a guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by Stacey Abrams, slated to become the first black female governor in the U.S. Networking, persistence, and hard work are the crucial ingredients to advancing a career, but for people like Stacey Abrams, and many in the New American Majority, it takes more than that to get ahead. Stacey, who grew up in a working poor family in Gulfport, Mississippi, rose from humble roots to Yale Law School, and through a career in C-suite businesses, to become the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. In Minority Leader, Stacey combines aspects of memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color, offering hard-won insights for navigating worlds that, until now, were largely the territory of white men alone. Stacey encourages her readers both to leverage otherness to their advantage and to recognize their own underlying feelings of unworthiness and legitimate fears. Sure, networking helps, but so do well-chosen mentors, thoughtful self-advocacy, and, above all, pinpointing one's genuine passions. Stacey applies her lessons to the recent graduate taking her big idea to the startup level, the Latino city councilman eyeing the mayor's office, and the young assistant navigating her way to a higher position. There is precious little such wisdom out there. Stacey is determined to change that."--Provided by publisher.

Chasing Hillary : ten years, two presidential campaigns, and one intact glass ceiling

April 23, 2018
Chozick, Amy, author.
x, 382 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

The burning shores : inside the battle for the new Libya

April 19, 2018
Wehrey, Frederic M., author.
xiv, 326 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue -- No ownership -- "The tent conquered the castle" -- Uprising -- Intervention -- False hope -- Unraveling -- Young men with guns -- "We don't know who's who" -- The attack on the Americans -- The revolution devours its own -- Collapse -- "This is dignity" -- Civil war -- Europe's African shores -- The Islamic State's African home -- The strongman -- Epilogue.

The peacemakers : leadership lessons from twentieth-century statesmanship

April 19, 2018
Jentleson, Bruce W., 1951- author.
xxviii, 372 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction does history make statesmen or do statesmen make history? -- Henry Kissinger, Zhou Enlai, and the U.S.-China opening, 1971-1972 -- Mikhail Gorbachev : ending the Cold War, 1985-1991 -- Wilson and FDR : failure of the League of Nations, birth of the United Nations -- UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjøld : the "secular pope," 1953-1961 -- Nelson Mandela, iconic statesman of reconciliation, 1989-1999 -- Yitzhak Rabin, soldier as peacemaker, 1992-1995 -- Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams, Northern Ireland women for peace, 1972-1977 -- Gandhi : exemplar of anticolonialism, apostle of nonviolence, 1914-1948 -- Lech Walesa : from communism to democracy, 1980-1990 -- Aung San Suu Kyi : a cautionary tale, 1988-2015, 2016 -- Peter Benenson, Amnesty International and the global human rights movement, 1961-1967 -- Gro Harlem Brundtland : our common future, 1987-2003 -- Gates Foundation and global health : philanthropy statesmanship, 2000- -- Epilogue : twenty- first- century statesmanship : difficult, possible, necessary.
"Great leaders made the twentieth century safer and more peaceful. In The Peacemakers, a kind of global edition of John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, Bruce Jentleson shows how key figures in the previous century rewrote the zero-sum and transactional scripts they were handed and successfully prevented conflict, advanced human rights, and promoted global sustainability. Covering a broad range of historical examples, from Yitzhak Rabin's efforts for Arab-Israeli peace to Dag Hammarskjöld's effectiveness as secretary-general of the United Nations and Mahatma Gandhi's pioneering use of nonviolence as a political tool, Jentleson argues that individuals can shape policy--because they have. For each leader, Jentleson tells us who they were as an individual, why they made the choices they did, how they pursued their goals, and what they were able to achieve. An ambitious book for ambitious people, The Peacemakers is a useful guide for anybody who wants to achieve meaningful change on the global stage."--Provided by publisher.

The politically incorrect guide to climate change

April 19, 2018
Morano, Marc, author.
xvii, 413 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Foreword / John Coleman -- 1. The education of a climate denier -- 2. Climate change déjà vu (Two centuries of climate scare ; The inconvenient global coling scare of the 1970s ; The big switch) -- 3. "Pulled from thin air": the 97 percent 'consensus' (Fooling even the scientists ; Whole dozens of scientists! ; Dubious evidence for a ubiquitous number ; The fake science is not fooling the public) -- 4. The tail does not wag the dog (The origins of the global warming scare ; Human beings don't breathe out poison ; What really causes climate change ; The positive benefits of [carbon dioxide] ; If anything, it's the other way around) -- 5. The ice caps are melting! (The Antarctic ; Greenland and the Arctic ; Sea level ; The polar bears) -- 6. The hottest temperatures in a thousand years! Michael Mann's hockey schtick (Hiding the medieval warm period ; The hockey stick breaks under scrutiny ; Replicating error ; Dissension in the ranks) -- 7. A long cool pause (Satellites over surface ; The pause that refreshes ; The world is not burning) -- 8. Models do not equal evidence (Predictions are suddenly "evidence", models are now "data" ; Sub-standard software ; In violation of basic principles) -- 9. The eroding 'consensus' (Goaded into taking a stand ; Re-favaluating the evidence ; More skeptics on the left ; From true believers to heretics) -- 10. Climategate: the UN HPCC exposed (Breaking ranks ; Circling the wagons ; Thoroughly discredited ; Insiders speak out)
Less freedom. More regulation. Higher costs. Make no mistake: those are the surefire consequences of the modern global warming campaign waged by political and cultural elites, who have long ago abandoned fact-based science for dramatic fearmongering in order to push increased central planning. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change gives a voice-backed by statistics, real-life stories, and incontrovertible evidence-to the millions of "deplorable" Americans skeptical about the multibillion dollar "climate change" complex, whose claims have time and time again been proven wrong.

Eisenhower vs. Warren : the battle for civil rights and liberties

April 17, 2018
Simon, James F., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xvii, 427 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

God save Texas : a journey into the soul of the Lone Star State

April 16, 2018
Wright, Lawrence, 1947- author.
349 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be"-- Provided by publisher.

Excuse me, professor : challenging the myths of progressivism

April 16, 2018
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2015]
xiii, 299 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- #1 "Income inequality arises from market forces and requires government intervention" -- #2 "Because we're running out of resources, government must manage them" -- #3 "Equality serves the common good" -- #4 "The more complex the society, the more government control we need" -- #5 "Income inequality is the great economic and moral crisis of our time" -- #6 "Capitalism fosters greed and government policy must temper it" -- #7 "The free market ignores the poor" -- #8 "The economy needs more planning -- central planning, that is" -- #9 "Human rights are more important than property rights" -- #10 "I have a right!" -- #11 "Rich people have an obligation to give back" -- #12 "I prefer security to freedom" -- #13 "Cooperation, not competition!" -- #14 "Healthcare is a right" -- #15 "We are destroying the earth and government must do something" -- #16 "Ownership must be tempered by sharing" -- #17 "All we need is the right people to run the government" -- #18 "Humanity can be best understood in a collective context" -- #19 "Big government is a check on big business" -- #20 "Government can be a compassionate alternative to the harshness of the marketplace" -- #21 "Capitalism's sweatshops and child labor cry out for government intervention" -- #22 "Voluntary, market-based arrangements ùse' people" -- #23 "The balance of trade deficit requires government action" -- #24 "Americans squander their incomes on themselves while public needs are neglected" -- #25 "If government doesn't relieve distress, who will?" -- #26 "Historical preservation won't happen unless the government takes charge" -- #27 "Government must have the power to make people take better care of themselves" -- #28 "Government spending brings jobs and prosperity" -- #29 "Upton Sinclair's The Jungle proved regulation was required" -- #30 "Capitalism's industrial revolution cursed the world with the horror of child labor" -- #31 "Labor unions raise wages and the standard of living" -- #32 "FDR was elected in 1932 on a Progressive platform to plan the economy" -- #33 "The great depression was a calamity of unfettered capitalism" -- #34 "Government must subsidize the arts" -- #35 "Government is an inflation fighter" -- #36 "Outsourcing is bad for the economy" -- #37 "If FDR's New Deal didn't end the Depression, then World War II did" -- #38 "The minimum wage helps the poor" -- #39 "Free markets exploit women" -- #40 "The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer" -- #41 "Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company proved we needed antitrust laws to fight market monopolies" -- #42 "Jesus Christ was a Progressive because he advocated income redistribution to help the poor" -- #43 "The free market cannot provide public education" -- #44 "Warren Buffett's federal tax rate is less than his secretary's" -- #45 "Profit is evidence of suspicious behavior" -- #46 "Robots and computerization cause unemployment" -- #47 "Statistical disparities between races prove discrimination" -- #48 "The solution to over-population is population control" -- #49 "Resource-poor countries need strong central planning to develop" -- #50 "People love the Robin Hood story because he took from the rich to give to the poor" -- #51 "Greedy capitalists take advantage of people in natural disasters; price controls are the answer" -- #52 "Progressives have good intentions, so what else is required?".
"There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Excuse Me, Professor provides a handy reference for anyone actively engaged in advancing liberty, with essential essays debunking over 50 Progressive cliches. Does the free market truly ignore the poor? Are humans really destroying the Earth? If government doesn't relieve distress, who will? Compiled and edited by Lawrence W. Reed in collaboration with the Foundation for Economic Education and the Young America's Foundation, this anthology is an indispensable addition to every Conservatives arsenal of intellectual ammunition"-- Provided by publisher.

A higher loyalty : truth, lies, and leadership

April 13, 2018
Comey, James B., Jr., 1960- author.
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2018.
xii, 290 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The life -- This thing of ours -- The Bully -- Meaning -- The easy lie -- On the tracks -- Confirmation bias -- In Hoover's shadow -- The Washington listen -- Roadkill -- Speak or conceal -- Trump Tower -- Tests of loyalty -- The Cloud.
Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.

The view from flyover country : dispatches from the forgotten America

April 13, 2018
Kendzior, Sarah, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2018.
xv, 239 pages ; 21 cm
Collection of essays originally written between 2012 and 2014.
Offers a collection of essays on the state of America, including how labor exploitation, racism, gentrification, media bias, and other aspects of a post-employment economy have given rise to an autocrat leader.

The class of '74 : Congress after Watergate and the roots of partisanship

April 12, 2018
Lawrence, John A., 1949- author.
xi, 380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : we came here to take the Bastille -- Toothless, sapless, and secretive -- Seeds of rebellion -- The class : diverse and determined -- The reinforcements -- The revolution -- Time to put on the long pants -- Thermidor -- The Republican reformers -- Revolution or skirmish? -- Before you can save the world, save your seat -- Coda for reform -- Reform and the rise of polarization -- Conclusion : a hinge point in history.

Things that make white people uncomfortable

April 12, 2018
Bennett, Michael, 1985- author.
xxxviii, 220 pages : 1 illustration ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Martellus Bennett -- Preface: The sit-down/on fear -- Roots -- The NCAA will give you PTSD -- NFL reality -- Soap opera for men -- Brotherhood -- Without food, your ass is going to die -- "N---er" -- Time out : a moment of silence -- Black lives matter -- Intersectionality also matters -- Our daughters and the power of women -- Athletes for impact -- You have to forgive to grow -- Afterword: Get comfortable.

Sharp : the women who made an art of having an opinion

April 12, 2018
Dean, Michelle, 1979- author.
xiii, 362 pages ; 24 cm
Preface -- Parker -- West -- West & Hurston -- Arendt -- McCarthy -- Parker & Arendt -- Arendt & McCarthy -- Sontag -- Kael -- Didion -- Ephron -- Arendt & McCarthy & Lillian Hellman -- Adler -- Malcolm -- Afterword.

American Pravda : my fight for truth in the era of fake news

April 12, 2018
O'Keefe, James, 1984- author.
314 pages ; 25 cm
Meeting citizen Trump -- Defining the Veritas journalist -- Crossing borders -- Honoring a tradition -- the history of journalism and its demise -- Swilling chardonnay -- Practicing magic -- Meeting candidate Trump -- Recognizing propaganda -- Meeting Alan Schulkin -- Channeling Chicago -- Working our way in -- Going deep -- Pulling back the curtain -- Counting down -- Always be closing -- Banned from Twitter -- Closing up shop -- Spiking the news -- Breaking through -- Weaponized autism -- Going viral in Vegas -- Anticipating Hillary -- Fleeing Philly -- Making history -- Targeting the media -- Manufacturing consent -- Freezing the "anti-fascist" fascists -- Disrupting the disruption -- Backtracking in Wisconsin -- Editing the news -- Attacking Fox -- American Pravda.
The one real difference between the American press and the Soviet state newspaper Pravda was that the Russian people knew they were being lied to. To expose the lies our media tell us today, controversial journalist James O'Keefe created Project Veritas, an independent news organization whose reporters go where traditional journalists dare not. In American Pravda, the reader is invited to go undercover with these intrepid journalists as they infiltrate political campaigns, unmask dishonest officials and expose voter fraud. A rollicking adventure story on one level, the book also serves as a treatise on modern media, arguing that establishment journalists have a vested interest in keeping the powerful comfortable and the people misinformed.

The dawn prayer (or how to survive in a secret Syrian terrorist prison) : a memoir

April 12, 2018
Schrier, Matthew, author.
Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2018]
297 pages ; 24 cm

Rescue board : the untold story of America's efforts to save the Jews of Europe

April 11, 2018
Erbelding, Rebecca, author.
368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Two wars -- Revelation -- John Pehle -- State Department hubris -- On the acquiescence of this government -- A War Refugee Board -- Getting started -- Hirschmann in Turkey -- Warnings -- Protective papers -- Blood for goods -- Free ports -- Whether to bomb, whether to ransom -- The Horthy offer -- Adrift -- Midnight sun -- What kind of peace -- A coup in Hungary -- McClelland's report -- War at Christmas -- Prisoner exchanges -- Packages -- Liberation -- Afterword.
"America has long been criticized for refusing to give harbor to the Jews of Europe as Hitler and the Nazis closed in. Now a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum scholar tells the extraordinary story of the War Refugee Board, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's little-known effort late in the war to save the Jews who remained. In January 1944, a young Treasury lawyer named John Pehle accompanied his boss to a meeting with the president. For more than a decade, the Jews of Germany had sought refuge in the United States and had been stymied by Congress's harsh immigration policy. Now the State Department was refusing to authorize relief funds Pehle wanted to use to help Jews escape Nazi territory. At the meeting, Pehle made his best case--and prevailed. Within days, FDR created the War Refugee Board, empowering it to rescue the victims of Nazi persecution, and put John Pehle in charge. Over the next twenty months, Pehle pulled together a team of D.C. pencil pushers, international relief workers, pirates, diplomats, millionaires, confidence men, and rabble-rousers to run operations across four continents and a dozen countries. Together, they tricked the Nazis, forged identity papers, smuggled food into concentration camps, recruited spies, leaked news stories, negotiated ransoms, and funneled millions of dollars into Europe. They bought weapons for the French Resistance and ships to transport Romanian refugees to Palestine. Altogether, they saved tens of thousands of lives. In Rescue Board, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum scholar Rebecca Erbelding uses unrivaled access to archival materials and fresh interviews with survivors to tell the dramatic unknown story of America's last-ditch effort to save the Jews of Europe"-- Provided by publisher.

The list : a week-by-week reckoning of Trump's first year

April 11, 2018
Siskind, Amy B., 1953- author.
xiv, 509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime."--Dust jacket.

State of resistance : what California's dizzying descent and remarkable resurgence mean for America's future

April 9, 2018
Pastor, Manuel, 1956- author.
New York : New Press, [2018]
277 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
America fast-forward -- From dream to drag -- Things fall apart -- Setting the stage -- Making change -- What happens in California...
"Today, California is leading the way on addressing climate change, low-wage work, immigrant integration, overincarceration, and more. As white residents became a minority and job loss drove economic uncertainty, California had its own Trump moment twenty-five years ago but has become increasingly blue over each of the last seven presidential elections. How did the Golden State manage to emerge from its unsavory past to become a bellwether for the rest of the country?" -- provided by the publisher.

The presidency of Barack Obama : a first historical assessment

April 9, 2018
xvi, 346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

"Gentleman George" Hunt Pendleton : party politics and ideological identity in nineteenth-century America

April 6, 2018
Mach, Thomas S., 1966-
Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, ©2007.
ix, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The early years -- The young politician from Cincinnati -- The tortuous course : Pendleton and the peace Democrats -- Pendleton the obstructionist -- From victory came defeat -- Pendleton and party unity : the Ohio idea -- The Great Railroad Case and the road to the Senate -- "Kicking against the goads" : Pendleton and civil service reform -- Minister plenipotentiary and envoy extraordinary of the United States to Germany.

Orwell on truth

April 5, 2018
Orwell, George, 1903-1950, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
xviii, 197 pages ; 19 cm.
"Over the course of his career, George Orwell wrote about many things, but no matter what he wrote the goal was to get at the fundamental truths of the world. He had no place for dissemblers, liars, conmen, or frauds, and he made his feelings well-known. In Orwell on Truth, excerpts from across Orwell's career show how his writing and worldview developed over the decades, profoundly shaped by his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and further by World War II and the rise of totalitarian states. In a world that seems increasingly like one of Orwell's dystopias, a willingness to speak truth to power is more important than ever. With Orwell on Truth, readers get a collection of both powerful quotes and the context for them."-- Provided by publisher.

False black power?

April 5, 2018
Riley, Jason (Jason L.), author.
122 pages ; 18 cm.
"Black civil rights leaders have long supported ethnic identity politics and prioritized the integration of political institutions, and seldom has that strategy been questioned. In False Black Power?, Jason L. Riley takes an honest, factual look at why increased black political power has not paid off in the ways that civil rights leadership has promised. Recent decades have witnessed a proliferation of black elected officials, culminating in the historic presidency of Barack Obama. However, racial gaps in employment, income, homeownership, academic achievement, and other measures not only continue but in some cases have even widened. While other racial and ethnic groups in America have made economic advancement a priority, the focus on political capital for blacks has been a disadvantage, blocking them from the fiscal capital that helped power upward mobility among other groups. Riley explains why the political strategy of civil rights leaders has left so many blacks behind. The key to black economic advancement today is overcoming cultural handicaps, not attaining more political power. The book closes with thoughtful responses from key thought leaders Glenn Loury and John McWhorter."

New power : how power works in our hyperconnected world--and how to make it work for you

April 3, 2018
Heimans, Jeremy, author.
325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Welcome to the new power world -- Thinking old power, thinking new power -- From sound-bites to meme-drops: how ideas spread -- How to build a crowd -- What makes new power communities work (and why they sometimes don't) -- What makes new power communities work (and how they fuse with the wider world) -- The participation premium -- Taking the turn from old to new power -- Leadership -- The art of blending power -- New power at work -- The future.
"For the vast majority of human history, the rules of power were clear. To get ahead or get things done, you mastered "old power": closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. Once gained, old power is jealously guarded, and the powerful spend it carefully, like currency. But our ubiquitous connectivity has made possible a new form of power, one that operates differently, like a current. "New power" is power made by many; it is open, participatory, and peer-driven. Like water or electricity, it is most forceful when it surges. The challenge with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it. New power is what fuels the rise of participatory platforms like Facebook and YouTube, peer-based services like Uber and Airbnb, and rapid-fire social movements like #BlackLivesMatter. It propelled the unlikely success of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign and the unlikelier victory of Donald Trump in 2016. And it gives ISIS its power to propagate its brand and distribute its violence. Even old power institutions like the papacy, NASA, and LEGO have figured out how to channel new power to stage improbable reinventions. In New Power, the social visionaries Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms provide the tools for using new power to successfully spread an idea, lead a movement, or build a career in the twenty-first century. Drawing on examples from business, politics, popular culture, and social justice, they explain the new world we live in--a world of crowds, chaos, and hyperconnection. A world in which, more and more, everyone expects to participate"-- Provided by publisher.

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