New Arrivals · Politics

April 17, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A fighting chance

April 16, 2014
Warren, Elizabeth.
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Choosing battles -- The bankruptcy wars -- Bailing out the wrong people -- What $1 million a day can buy -- An agency for the people -- The battle for the Senate.

Big tent : the story of the conservative revolution : as told by the thinkers and doers who made it happen

April 16, 2014
New York : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2014.
xliv, 418 pages ; 23 cm
Pillars of conservatism / Alfred S. Regnery -- Edmund Burke and the origins of modern conservatism / David A. Norcross -- The American Revolution and what it means / Newt Gingrich -- Fragility of ordered liberty: Tocqueville and conservative conceptions of liberty, equality, and community / Michael Barone -- New Deal progressivism, the Jeffersonian revival, and the agrarian tradition / Burton W. Folsom Jr. -- The emergence of Libertarianism / Yaron Brook -- WIlliam F. Buckley Jr., fusionism, and the three-legged stool of conservatism / David A. Keene -- Cultural conservatism and the religious right / Phyllis Schlafly -- Reagan revolution / Edwin Meese -- Cold War, anti-communism, and neoconservatism / Douglas J. Feith -- Everything you wanted to know about economic policy / Daniel J. Mitchell -- Bush doctrine, compassionate conservatism, and the war on terror / Donald Henry Rumsfeld -- How social conservatism can win / Ralph E. Reed Jr.-- Why national security drives our future / R. James Woolsey -- Toward a more Libertarian conservatism / Rand Paul.

Best editorial cartoons of the year.

April 15, 2014
Gretna, La. : Pelican Publishing Co.
v. : ill. ; 29 cm.

Seriously not all right : five wars in ten years

April 15, 2014
Capps, Ron.
Tucson, Arizona : Schaffner Press, Inc., 2014.
pages cm
Prologue -- Part I. KOSOVO, 2000-2002 -- My New Favorite Person -- Klaxon -- Yellow -- Istinic -- Podujevo -- Shqiptar -- Skopje -- The Duke of Dragobilje -- Malisevo -- Racak -- Celebratory Gunfire -- Part II. CENTRAL AFRICA, 1995-1998 / 2000-2002 -- No Deed Goes Unpunished -- The Banyamulenge War -- Count the Feet -- Prostrates -- Our Ndoki -- Part III. AFGHANISTAN and IRAQ, 2002-2004 -- Hold the Javelinas : Bagram -- A Danger to Myself or Others -- Seriously Not Alright -- Here be Monsters -- An Unruly Garden -- The Northern Alliance -- Part IV. DARFUR, 2004-2007 -- A Trick of the Geographers -- Three Mohammeds -- An Empty Auditorium -- Uncle Wiggily in Darfur -- All Things Being Equal -- The French Lieutenant's iPod -- Part V. THE WAR AT HOME -- Who Will Apologize? -- Plan B -- Walking the Halls -- The Whole Megillah -- Writing My Way Home -- Epilogue: Forgive and Forget.
"SERIOUSLY NOT ALL RIGHT : Five Wars in Ten Years is a memoir by Ron Capps, who served both in military intelligence and in the foreign service and as an observer over the span of ten years in wars raging in three continents and over a span of a decade, from Kosovo to Darfur. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan, and the William Rivkin Award for his work in Darfur. The victim of PTSD as the result of the human rights abuses he witnessed over this period, he subsequently obtained a medical discharge, earned a double masters degree in writing at Johns Hopkins University, and founded the Veterans Writing Project. He currently teaches at Walter Reed Hospital and George Washington University, and is the editor of the literary magazine Zero Dark Thirty"-- Provided by publisher.

Silent revolution : how the left rose to political power and cultural dominance

April 15, 2014
Rubin, Barry.
New York : Broadside Books, ©2014.
331 pages ; 24 cm

Defending a new nation, 1783-1811

April 15, 2014
Maass, John R.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, 2013.
59 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2014-0081-P.
Building on Washington's legacy, 1783-1790 -- Securing the frontier -- The Whiskey Rebellion, 1794 -- Institutional changes to meet new challenges, 1795-1800 -- The Army of the early Jefferson administration, 1801-1805 -- The Army and the second Jefferson administration, 1805-1809 -- Clouds on the horizon, 1809-1812.
"Tells the story of several military campaigns against Indians in the Northwest Territory, the Army's role in suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion (1794), the quasi-war with France and confrontations with Spain, the influence of Jeffersonian politics on the Army's structure, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition"--Publisher's website.

Eating fire : my life as a lesbian avenger

April 14, 2014
Cogswell, Kelly.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
1 online resource.
When Kelly Cogswell plunged into New York's East Village in 1992, she had just come out. An ex-Southern Baptist born in Kentucky, she was camping in an Avenue B loft, scribbling poems, and playing in an underground band, trying to figure out her next move. A couple of months later she was consumed by the Lesbian Avengers, instigating direct action campaigns, battling cops on Fifth Avenue, mobilizing 20,000 dykes for a march on Washington, D.C., and eating fire-literally-in front of the White House. At once streetwise and wistful, Eating Fire is a witty and urgent coming-of-age memoir spannin

Midnight's descendants : a history of South Asia since partition

April 11, 2014
Keay, John, author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxxiv, 392 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Casting the die -- Counting the cost -- "Who has not heard of the Vale of Cashmere?" -- Past conditional -- Reality check -- Power to the people -- An ill-starred conjunction -- Two-way tickets, double standards -- Things fall apart -- Outside the gates -- India astir.
"In Midnight's Descendants, John Keay presents the first general history of present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and its peoples. The book examines the complex web of affiliations--of kinship, locality, language, tribe, clan, profession, and caste--that shape relations among the countries in the region. Keay argues that correlating and contrasting the fortunes of all the constituent nations since the 1947 partition affords unique insights into the tensions and conflicts that divide the region to this day"-- Provided by publisher.

An idea whose time has come : two Presidents, two parties, and the battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

April 10, 2014
Purdum, Todd S., author.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2014.
xii, 398 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The Administration. A century's unfinished business ; A great change is at hand ; The heart of the problem ; Tell'em about the dream! -- The House. A compromise between polar positions ; A good man in a tight spot ; A great big vote -- The Senate. You listen to Dirksen! ; We shall now begin to fight ; Alternatives and substitutes ; It can't be stopped ; The law of the land.
"A top Washington journalist recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law that created modern America, on the fiftieth anniversary of its passage. It was a turbulent time in America--a time of sit-ins, freedom rides, a March on Washington and a governor standing in the schoolhouse door--when John F. Kennedy sent Congress a bill to bar racial discrimination in employment, education, and public accommodations. Countless civil rights measures had died on Capitol Hill in the past. But this one was different because, as one influential senator put it, it was "an idea whose time has come."In a powerful narrative layered with revealing detail, Todd S. Purdum tells the story of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recreating the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made its passage possible. From the Kennedy brothers to Lyndon Johnson, from Martin Luther King Jr. to Hubert Humphrey and Everett Dirksen, Purdum shows how these all-too-human figures managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support. He evokes the high purpose and low dealings that marked the creation of this monumental law, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of new interviews that bring to life this signal achievement in American history. Often hailed as the most important law of the past century, the Civil Rights Act stands as a lesson for our own troubled times about what is possible when patience, bipartisanship, and decency rule the day. "-- Provided by publisher.

No end save victory : how FDR led the nation into war

April 9, 2014
Kaiser, David E., 1947- author.
©2014
408 pages : black and white maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

April 7, 2014
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

The myth of the strong leader : political leadership in modern politics

April 7, 2014
Brown, Archie, 1938-, author.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
x, 466 pages ; 25 cm

491 days : prisoner number 1323/69

April 7, 2014
Mandela, Winnie, author.
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2014].
xi, 251 pages ; 23 cm.
Journal -- Arrest -- Detention -- Acquittal and re-detention -- State of mind -- The decision -- Health -- Interrogation -- Interrogation and other issues -- Attitude of the interrogators -- May diary -- June diary -- July diary -- My husband -- New trial -- Letters -- Epilogue / by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela -- Twenty years in the life of Winnie Mandela -- Sixteen months in the life of Winnie Mandela, 12 May 1969 to 14 September 1970.

Why government fails so often : and how it can do better

April 7, 2014
Schuck, Peter H.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2014].
x, 471 pages ; 24 cm.
"From healthcare to workplace conduct, the federal government is taking on ever more responsibility for managing our lives. At the same time, Americans have never been more disaffected with Washington, seeing it as an intrusive, incompetent, wasteful giant. The most alarming consequence of ineffective policies, in addition to unrealized social goals, is the growing threat to the government's democratic legitimacy. Understanding why government fails so often--and how it might become more effective--is an urgent responsibility of citizenship. In this book, lawyer and political scientist Peter Schuck provides a wide range of examples and an enormous body of evidence to explain why so many domestic policies go awry--and how to right the foundering ship of state.Schuck argues that Washington's failures are due not to episodic problems or partisan bickering, but rather to deep structural flaws that undermine every administration, Democratic and Republican. These recurrent weaknesses include unrealistic goals, perverse incentives, poor and distorted information, systemic irrationality, rigidity and lack of credibility, a mediocre bureaucracy, powerful and inescapable markets, and the inherent limits of law. To counteract each of these problems, Schuck proposes numerous achievable reforms, from avoiding moral hazard in student loan, mortgage, and other subsidy programs, to empowering consumers of public services, simplifying programs and testing them for cost-effectiveness, and increasing the use of "big data." The book also examines successful policies--including the G.I. Bill, the Voting Rights Act, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and airline deregulation--to highlight the factors that made them work.An urgent call for reform, Why Government Fails So Often is essential reading for anyone curious about why government is in such disrepute and how it can do better"-- Provided by publisher.

The news : a user's manual

April 4, 2014
De Botton, Alain.
©2014
268 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Includes index.
Politics -- World news -- Economics -- Celebrity -- Disaster -- Consumption.
The news is everywhere. We can't stop constantly checking it on our computes, but what is this doing to our minds? We are never really taught how to make sense of the torrent of news we face every day, writes Alain de Botton, but this has a huge impact on our sense of what matters and of how we should lead our lives. Here, de Botton takes twenty-five archetypal news stories--including an airplane crash, a murder, a celebrity interview and a political scandal--and submits them to unusually intense analysis with a view to helping us navigate our news-soaked age. He raises such questions as: Why are disaster stories often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy watching politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far-off lands often so boring? De Botton has written the ultimate guide for our frenzied era, certain to bring calm, understanding and a measure of sanity to our daily (perhaps even hourly) interactions with the news machine.--From publisher description.

Dog whistle politics : how coded racial appeals have reinvented racism and wrecked the middle class

April 4, 2014
Haney-López, Ian.
©2014
xiv, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preface. Learning about racism at Harvard Law -- Introduction. Racial politics and the middle class -- The GOP's rise as "the white man's party" -- Beyond hate : strategic racism -- The wrecking begins : Reagan -- The false allure of colorblindness -- Shifting the tune : Clinton and W. -- Getting away with racism -- Makers and takers : the Tea Party and Romney -- What's the matter with white voters? : Commonsense racism -- Obama's post-racial strategy -- Conclusion. To end dog whistle politics.

A world without Jews : the Nazi imagination from persecution to genocide

April 2, 2014
Confino, Alon, author.
©2014
xv, 284 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The perplexing event has not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments of how and why the Holocaust occurred. In this gripping new analysis, Alon Confino draws on an array of archives across three continents to propose a penetrating new assessment of one of the central moral problems of the twentieth century. To a surprising extent, Confino demonstrates, the mass murder of Jews during the war years was powerfully anticipated in the culture of the prewar years. The author shifts his focus away from the debates over what the Germans did or did not know about the Holocaust and explores instead how Germans came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews. He traces the stories the Nazis told themselves--where they came from and where they were heading--and how those stories led to the conclusion that Jews must be eradicated in order for the new Nazi civilization to arise. The creation of this new empire required that Jews and Judaism be erased from Christian history, and this was the inspiration--and justification--for Kristallnacht. As Germans imagined a future world without Jews, persecution and extermination became imaginable, and even justifiable"-- Provided by publisher.

Guardian of the republic : an American ronin's journey to faith, family and freedom

April 1, 2014
West, Allen, 1961-
New York : Crown Forum, [2014]
viii, 216 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Prologue -- Early lessons -- Shaping operations -- My warrior's code -- Philosophical foundations -- Governing principles -- Pillars of conservative thought -- Conflicting philosophies of governance -- The soul of our souls -- The big lie and the 21st century economic plantation -- The hunt for Black conservatives -- Republic or democracy -- The dilemma for the American republic -- Servant leadership versus self-service -- Bravo-Foxtrot-Oscar.

The embrace of unreason : France, 1914-1940

April 1, 2014
Brown, Frederick, 1934-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xi, 345 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Reconsiders the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France's embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism, exploring the tumultuous forces unleashed by the Dreyfus Affair, and examining how the clashing ideologies and the blood-soaked political scandals and artistic movements following the horror of World War I resulted in the country's era of militant authoritarianism; and how rioting, violent racism, and nationalistic fervor overtook France's sense of reason, sealed its fate, and led to the rise of the Vichy government.

The wrong enemy : America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

April 1, 2014
Gall, Carlotta, author.
©2014
xxi, 329 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The Taliban surrender -- The people turn -- Pakistan's proteges -- The Taliban in exile -- Al Qaeda regroups -- The wrong enemy in the wrong country -- The Taliban returns -- The suicide bomb factory -- Militancy explodes in Pakistan -- The Taliban closes their grip -- Karzai's turn -- Obama's surge -- Osama's safe haven -- Springtime in Zangabad.
In this sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood, and could not truly engage, Gall argues that Pakistan fueled the Taliban and protected Osama bin Laden for the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation.

A taste for intrigue : the multiple lives of François Mitterrand

April 1, 2014
Short, Philip.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014]
xiii, 620 pages ; 25 cm
"A John Macrae Book"--Title page.
A family apart -- The captive -- Schisms of war -- Loose ends, new beginnings -- The staircase of power -- Requiem for empire -- Crossing the desert -- De Gaulle again -- Union of the left -- Politics is war -- The novitiate -- The sphinx -- The Florentine -- The monarch -- The survivalist -- The testament.

The rule of nobody : saving America from dead laws and broken government

April 1, 2014
Howard, Philip K., author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
x, 244 pages ; 22 cm
The rule of nobody -- Rethinking the rule of law -- Regulating with human responsibility -- The framework of law, properly understood -- Ending bureaucratic amorality -- History of human choice in american law -- Government by real people, not theories -- Democracy without leaders -- A new charter for public leadership -- Citizen supervision of government.
Discusses how dead rules and outmoded laws inhibit policy changes and paralyze officials and citizens and argues how setting goals and boundaries instead of dictating choices can mobilize the democracy.

Thermonuclear monarchy : choosing between democracy and doom

March 28, 2014
Scarry, Elaine.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
582 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
In this incisive, masterfully argued new book, award-winning social theorist Elaine Scarry demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon--a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War--deeply violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy. According to the Constitution, the decision to go to war requires rigorous testing by both Congress and the citizenry; when a leader can single-handedly decide to deploy a nuclear weapon, we live in a state of "thermonuclear monarchy," not democracy. The danger of nuclear weapons comes from potential accidents or acquisition by terrorists, hackers, or rogue countries. But the gravest danger comes from the mistaken idea that there exists some case compatible with legitimate governance.

The Republican Party's civil war : will freedom win?

March 27, 2014
Hudgins, Edward Lee, 1952-, editor, author.
©2014
ix, 134 pages ; 22 cm.
Crisis in the Republican Party / Edward Hudgins -- Is there a Libertarian alternative? / Edward Hudgins -- Memo to Social Conservatives / Edward Hudgins -- Seizing the moral high ground for political liberty / Edward Hudgins -- Completing the American Revolution / David N. Mayer -- The fourth revolution / David Kelley -- Crony capitalism versus "making" money / Walter Donway -- Freedom, achievement, individualism, reason: objectivism / William R. Thomas.
"The Republican Party is in a civil war among three factions: establishment Republicans, who simply want to make the welfare state work efficiently; social conservatives who give priority to limiting liberty; and limited-government Republicans, who favor freedom. Will chronic GOP fratricide mean the long-term decline of the party--and the country? In this volume, Edward Hudgins analyzes the GOP's woes and calls for radical realignment. Constituencies rejecting the restoration of liberty should be allowed--or asked--to leave. A modernist GOP should renew itself with fresh blood: entrepreneurial wealth creators, young people, and immigrants. Atlas Society founder David Kelley, legal historian David N. Mayer, and longtime Objectivist Walter Donway contribute essays on America's founding principles and the difference between true free markets and crony capitalism. A brief introduction to Objectivism by William R Thomas, the Atlas Society's director of programs, is included as well."--P. [4] of cover.

Tyranny of experts : economists, dictators, and the forgotten rights of the poor

March 26, 2014
Easterly, William, 1957-
©2013.
viii, 394 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Pt. 1. The debate that never happened -- pt. 2. Why the debate never happened: the real history of the development idea -- pt. 3. The blank slate versus learning from history -- pt. 4. Nations versus individuals -- pt. 5. Conscious design versus spontaneous solutions.
Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with "benevolent autocrats," leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor.

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