New Arrivals · Politics

November 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation

November 24, 2014
Bicknell, John.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2015.
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: New Year's Day at the White House -- "This glorious hope" -- A prophet for president -- "Annexation and war...are identical" -- "Who the devil is Polk?" -- The missionary and the publicist -- To Oregon and California -- Summer of discontent -- The great disappointment -- "The severest struggle ever witnessed" -- Epilogue: the shaping of America.

Second Avenue caper : when goodfellas, divas, and dealers plotted against the plague

November 24, 2014
Brabner, Joyce, author.
New York : Hill and Wang a division of Straus and Giroux, 2014.
147 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
"A novel graphic from Hill and Wang"--Title page.

Citizens of the green room : profiles in courage and self-delusion

November 24, 2014
Leibovich, Mark.
New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
xxiv, 278 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Author of the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, Mark Leibovich returns with a masterly collection of portraits of Washington's elite, and wannabe elites. Hailed by The Washington Post as a 'master of the political profile,' Leibovich has spent his career writing memorable, buzz-worthy, and often jaw-dropping features about politicians and other notables. Currently chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Leibovich punctures the inflated personas of the powerful, and in Citizens of the Green Room, he reveals the lives, stories, and peculiarities behind the public masks. A brilliant reporter with a talent for subversive, engaging storytelling, Leibovich maintains a refreshing conviviality with many of his subjects even as he renders incisive and unflinching assessments. His features have driven the national conversation while exposing the fallibilities of the kingmakers and media stars: consider his 2007 profile of Hillary Clinton, which unearthed a treasure trove of old letters that the then senator had written as a vulnerable young college student; or his much-talked-about 2010 portrait of Glenn Beck, which laid bare the tortured soul and precarious standing of the once invincible host and his uneasy relationship with his soon-to-be ex-employer FOX News. In the political arena, Leibovich's portraits of John Kerry, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and John McCain are already classics; they invariably remind us that great journalism and stylish writing are not only essential to the Republic but necessary to maintain the citizenry's sanity and humor in the face of made-for-TV government"-- Provided by publisher.

Word for word : a translator's memoir of literature, politics, and survival in Soviet Russia

November 24, 2014
Lungina, L. Z.
New York : Overlook, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"First published in Russia in 2010 by Oleg Doorman"--Title page verso.
"A bestselling sensation in Russia, where it was called 'the most significant cultural event of the year,' Word for Word is nothing less than the story of a nation's literary conscience--the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a single person. A child of the 1920s, Lilianna Lungina was a Russian Jew born to privilege, spending her childhood in Germany, France, and Palestine. But when her parents moved to the USSR when she was thirteen, Lungina became witness to many of the era's greatest upheavals. Exiled during World War II, dragged to KGB headquarters to report on her cosmopolitan friends, and subjected to her new country's ruthless, systematic anti-Semitism, Lungina nonetheless carved out a remarkable career as a translator who introduced hundreds of thousands of Soviet readers to Knut Hamsun, August Strindberg, and, most famously, Astrid Lindgren. In the process, she found herself at the very center of Soviet cultural life, meeting and befriending Pasternak, Brodsky, Solzhenitsyn, and many other major figures of the era's literature. Her extraordinary memoir--at once heartfelt and unsentimental--is an unparalleled tribute to a lost world"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jew who defeated Hitler : Henry Morgenthau Jr., FDR, and how we won the war

November 24, 2014
Moreira, Peter.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the slogan 'The Arsenal of Democracy' to describe American might during the grim years of World War II. The man who financed that arsenal was his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau Jr. This is the first book to focus on the wartime achievements of this unlikely hero-- a dyslexic college dropout who turned himself into a forceful and efficient administrator and then exceeded even Roosevelt in his determination to defeat the Nazis." -- Provided by publisher.

Overruled : the long war for control of the U.S. Supreme Court

November 24, 2014
Root, Damon, author.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
274 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : The Long War -- "The Right of Free Labor" -- The Devil and Oliver Wendell Holmes -- "Robert Bork's America" -- Libertarians vs. Conservatives -- Litigating for Liberty -- Guns, Lawyers, and Butchers -- Obamacare on Trial -- Epilogue : No Peace.
"Can the federal government make you eat your fruits and vegetables? Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan seemed to think so when asked if she thought Congress possessed the constitutional power to force every American to "eat three fruits and three vegetables every day." Kagan laughed and said that while it sounded like "a dumb law," that did not make it an unconstitutional one. In other words, if you don't like what your lawmakers have done, take your complaint to the ballot box, not to the courthouse. It was a classic case of judicial restraint, the idea that judges should defer to the will of the majority and refrain from striking down most democratically-enacted laws, even the really dumb ones. Judicial restraint and judicial activism cut across the political spectrum in surprising ways and make for some unusual bedfellows. Judicial restraint is not only a touchstone of the Progressive left, it is also a philosophy adopted by many members of the modern right. The growing camp of libertarians and free-market conservatives, however, has no patience with judicial restraint and little use for majority rule. Chief Justice Roberts' 2012 ruling in favor of Obama's health care law is an excellent case in point, though only the most recent. This is the story of two competing visions, each one with its own take on what role the government and the courts should play in our society, a fundamental debate that goes to the very heart of our constitutional system"-- Provided by publisher.

Nation wholly free : the elimination of the national debt in the age of Jackson

November 20, 2014
Lane, Carl. author
Yardley, Pennsylvania : Westholme Publishing, 2014.
xi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Crisi and promise : December 1824-March 1825 -- The crisi and promise of 1824-1825 in historical context -- The national debt and the failure of the Adams administration -- The accession of Jackson and the end of internal improvements -- Jackson, the Bank War, and the national debt -- The nullification crisis and debt freedom -- Awaiting debt freedom, 1833-1834 -- Debet freedom and the mesning of Jacksonian democracy -- Surplus, distribution, and the end of debt freedom.
When President James Monroe announced in his 1824 message to Congress that the [nation's] large public debt, [accumulated since the Revolution], would be extinguished on January 1, 1835, Congress crafted legislation to transform that prediction into reality. Yet John Quincy Adams, Monroe's successor, seemed not to share the commitment to debt freedom, resulting in the rise of opposition to his administration and his defeat for reelection in the bitter presidential campaign of 1828. The new president, Andrew Jackson, was thoroughly committed to debt freedom, and when it was achieved, it became the only time in American history when the country carried no national debt. Lane shows that the great and disparate issues that confronted Jackson, such as internal improvements, the "war" against the Second Bank of the United States, and the crisis surrounding South Carolina's refusal to pay federal tariffs, become unified when debt freedom is understood as a core element of Jacksonian Democracy.-- from Jacket.

Founders as fathers : the private lives and politics of the American revolutionaries

November 18, 2014
Glover, Lorri, 1967- author.
x, 324 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The last colonial patriarchs -- Independence -- Sacrifice -- Liberty and power -- A "natural aristocracy" -- "All other persons" -- "Ourselves and our posterity" -- Reputation -- Epilogue: Going home.
Surprisingly, no previous book has ever explored how family life shaped the political careers of America's great Founding Fathers--men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. In this original and intimate portrait, historian Lorri Glover brings to life the vexing, joyful, arduous, and sometimes tragic experiences of the architects of the American Republic who, while building a nation, were also raising families. The costs and consequences for the families of these Virginia leaders were great, Glover discovers: the Revolution remade family life no less than it reinvented political institutions. She describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by nineteenth-century descendants.--From publisher description.

41 : a portrait of my father

November 10, 2014
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
x, 294 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : ill.(chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Beginnings -- War -- Heading West -- Hat in the ring -- Man of the house -- Diplomacy -- Runner-up -- Within a heartbeat -- The road to the White House -- Number 41 -- The hardest year -- The afterlife.
George W. Bush covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush's life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and 41st President of the United States.

The new censorship : inside the global battle for media freedom

November 10, 2014
Simon, Joel, 1964-
New York : Columbia University Press, [2014]
x, 236 pages ; 22 cm
Informing the global citizen -- The democratators -- The terror dynamic -- Hostage to the news -- Web wars -- Under surveillance -- Murder central -- Journalists by definition -- News of the future (and the future of news).

America in retreat : the new isolationism and the coming global disorder

November 10, 2014
Stephens, Bret.
New York : Sentinel, 2014.
xvi, 269 pages ; 24 cm
Come Home, America -- Pax Americana and Its Critics -- The Overdose of Ideals -- The Retreat Doctrine -- Republicans in Retreat -- Decline, and Retreat -- The Coming Global Disorder (Theory and History) -- The Coming Global Disorder (Practice and Present) -- A Scenario for Global Disorder -- A Way Forward.
"Americans are weary of acting as the world's policeman, especially in the face of our unending economic troubles at home. President Obama stands for cutting defense budgets, leaving Afghanistan, abandoning Iraq, appeasing Russia, and offering premature declarations of victory over al Qaeda. Meanwhile, some Republicans now also argue for a far smaller and less expensive American footprint abroad. Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens rejects this view. As he sees it, retreating from our global responsibilities will ultimately exact a devastating price to our security and prosperity. In the 1930s, it was the weakness and vacillation of the democracies that led to war and genocide. Today the regimes in Tehran, Damascus, Beijing, and Moscow continue to test America's will. Americans have often been tempted to turn our backs on a world that fails to live up to our idealism and doesn't easily bend. But succumbing to that temptation always leads to tragedy. The mantle of global leadership is a responsibility we must shoulder for the sake of our freedom, our prosperity, and our safety"-- Provided by publisher.

Don't be afraid of the bullets : an accidental war correspondent in Yemen

November 7, 2014
Kasinof, Laura.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2014.
299 pages ; 24 cm
"Laura Kasinof studied Arabic in college and moved to Yemen a few years later--after a friend at a late-night party in Washington, DC, recommended the country as a good place to work as a freelance journalist. When she first moved to Sanaa in 2009, she was the only American reporter based in the country. She quickly fell in love with Yemen's people and culture, in addition to finding herself the star of a local TV soap opera. When antigovernment protests broke out in Yemen, part of the revolts sweeping the Arab world at the time, she contacted the New York Times to see if she could cover the rapidly unfolding events for the newspaper. Laura never planned to be a war correspondent, but found herself in the middle of brutal government attacks on peaceful protesters. As foreign reporters were rounded up and shipped out of the country, Laura managed to elude the authorities but found herself increasingly isolated--and even more determined to report on what she saw. Don't be Afraid of the Bullets is a fascinating and important debut by a talented young journalist"-- Provided by publisher.

The [un]documented Mark Steyn : don't say you weren't warned

November 6, 2014
Steyn, Mark., author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2014]
xviii, 442 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"He's brash, brilliant, and drawn to controversy like a moth to a flame. Mark Steyn is America's most brutally honest columnist, ready to sound off on every hot issue in the news-and always ready to ruffle feathers. Prepare to be shocked and entertained by this curated compendium of Steyn's most provocative, hilarious, and thought-provoking columns"-- Provided by publisher.

Lone star nation : how Texas will transform America

November 5, 2014
Parker, Richard, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xv, 272 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Stonewalled : my fight for truth against the forces of obstruction, intimidation, and harassment in Obama's Washington

November 4, 2014
Attkisson, Sharyl, 1961-
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014].
422 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Prologue: big brother: my computer's intruders -- Media mojo lost: investigative reporting's recession -- Fast and furious redux: inside America's deadly gunwalking disgrace -- Green energy going red: the silent burn of your tax dollars -- Benghazi: the unanswered questions -- The politics of (and covering it) -- I spy: the government's secrets -- Conclusion: the "Sharyl Attkisson problem".
A CBS reporter reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisive critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today's media.

Hacker, hoaxer, whistleblower, spy : the many faces of Anonymous

November 4, 2014
Coleman, Gabriella, author.
London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2014.
452 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says "knows all of Anonymous' deepest, darkest secrets."Half a dozen years ago, anthropologist Gabriella Coleman set out to study the rise of this global phenomenon just as some of its members were turning to political protest and dangerous disruption (before Anonymous shot to fame as a key player in the battles over WikiLeaks, the Arab Spring, and Occupy Wall Street). She ended up becoming so closely connected to Anonymous that the tricky story of her inside-outside status as Anon confidante, interpreter, and erstwhile mouthpiece forms one of the themes of this witty and entirely engrossing book.The narrative brims with details unearthed from within a notoriously mysterious subculture, whose semi-legendary tricksters--such as Topiary, tflow, Anachaos, and Sabu--emerge as complex, diverse, politically and culturally sophisticated people. Propelled by years of chats and encounters with a multitude of hackers, including imprisoned activist Jeremy Hammond and the double agent who helped put him away, Hector Monsegur, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy is filled with insights into the meaning of digital activism and little understood facets of culture in the Internet age, including the history of "trolling," the ethics and metaphysics of hacking, and the origins and manifold meanings of "the lulz.""-- Provided by publisher.

The deluge : the Great War, America and the remaking of the global order

November 4, 2014
Tooze, J. Adam.
New York : Viking Adult, 2014.
xxiii, 643 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Eurasian crisis -- Winning a demcratic victory -- The unfinished peace -- The search for a new order.
"A century after the outbreak of the First World War, a powerful explanation of why the war's legacy continues to shape our world. The war would make a celebrity out of Woodrow Wilson and would ratify the emergence of the US as the dominant force in the world economy"-- Provided by publisher.

The stranger : Barack Obama in the White House

November 3, 2014
Todd, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Little, Brown, 2014.
viii, 518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-bladed. NBC's award-winning Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's tumultuous first term and campaign to win another.

The Ohio House of Representatives.

October 31, 2014
Ohio. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Columbus, Ohio : The House of Representatives
v. : col. ill., map, ports. ; 28 cm.
Title from cover.

Corruption in America : from Benjamin Franklin's snuff box to Citizens United

October 31, 2014
Teachout, Zephyr.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
viii, 376 pages ; 22 cm
Four snuff boxes and a horse -- Changing the frame -- Removing temptations -- Yazoo -- Is bribery without a remedy? -- Railroads ties -- The forgotten art of lobbying -- The gilded age -- Two kinds of sticks -- The jury decides -- Operation Gemstone -- A West Virginia state of mind -- Citizens United -- The new snuff boxes -- Facts in exile, complacency, and disdain -- The anticorruption principle -- Appendix 1. Anticorruption constitutional provisions -- Appendix 2. Major nineteenth- and twentieth-century anticorruption laws.


October 31, 2014
Brand, Russell, 1975-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xiv, 299 pages ; 25 cm
Heroes' journey -- Serenity now -- One hand clapping -- Top right corner -- Is everybody in? -- Tiny problems in infinite space -- A few rotten apples -- I am an anarchist-a -- It's big but it's not easy -- Ich bin ein monarch -- A pair of dames and a double slit -- Within you, and without you -- Spider-man on line one -- Get money out of politics -- Spectacular -- On Earth, as it is in heaven -- War! What is it good for? Capitalism. Obviously -- U'KIP, if you want, we're awake -- Piketty, licketty, rollitty, flicketty -- Submarine -- Checky the phone -- "Corporacide" -- Co-operate -- Plug me in -- Give my regards to the basket -- Conversion? -- Es mejor morir de pie... -- Stick your blue flag -- Granma, we love you -- Manifest destiny -- Be the change -- Help me, help you -- Worth voting for?
A volume of blistering and uproarious essays by the British comedian, radio host and author of My Booky Wook explores topics ranging from politics and religion to consumerism and economic inequality.

George H. W. Bush : character at the core

October 30, 2014
Smith, Curt.
[Lincoln] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
xv, 325 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- Finding the water fine -- Perfectly clear -- Looking for Mr. Right -- Big jawn -- A phone call from the Gipper -- To the brink-and back -- The immaculate election -- Hopeful at the creation -- Bush at the summit -- Into the abyss -- A morning after -- America's "vision thing" -- Poetry of the heart.

The accidental superpower : the next generation of American preeminence and the coming global disorder

October 28, 2014
Zeihan, Peter.
New York : Twelve, 2014.
xi, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
" In the bestselling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER will be a much discussed, contrarian and eye-opening assessment of American power. In THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how geography, combined with demography and energy independence, will pave the way for one of the great turning points in history, and one in which America reasserts its global dominance. No other country has a greater network of internal waterways, a greater command of deepwater navigation, or a firmer hold on industrialization technologies than America. Zeihan argues that the future is undoubtedly bright for America, the only country with enough young adults to fill the capital-generating void that will be left behind by 2030. THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER also explores shale oil and its surprising key role in America's move towards energy independence and how it will shape (and is already shaping) American life for the next fifty years"-- Provided by publisher.

Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war

October 27, 2014
Moten, Matthew, 1960-
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
443 pages ; 25 cm
I. Setting precedents -- George Washington and the Continental Congress -- Adams, Washington, and Hamilton -- Mr. Madison's war -- Polk against his generals -- Lincoln's letter to Hooker -- The politics of collaboration -- Lincoln and Grant -- The pershing paradox -- Roosevelt, Marshall, and Hopkins -- The perils of partisanship -- Exit MacArthur -- Taylor's theory -- Powell's doctrine -- Rumsfeld's assumptions.

The first lady of radio : Eleanor Roosevelt's historic broadcasts

October 27, 2014
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962, author.
New York, NY : The New Press, 2014.
xv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The girl of today" -- "Woman's career vs. woman's home" -- "A mother's responsibility as a citizen" -- "Concluding broadcast" -- "Negro education" -- "When will a woman become president of the U.S.?" -- "Shall a woman be herself?" -- "A day in the White House" -- "Peace through education" -- "World Court broadcast" -- "Making the wheels go 'round in the White House" -- "Keeping house on a budget in the White House" -- "What it means to be the wife of the president" -- "Education of a daughter for the twentieth century" -- "Problems of working women" -- "Life in a tenement" -- "Eleanor Roosevelt interviewed on the causes and cures of war" -- "Domestic workers and government housing" -- "Questions about the White House" -- "Democracy" -- "Political conventions and campaign trips" -- "Planning for war and postwar periods" -- "Peace, democracy and ideals" -- "Address to the Democratic National Convention" -- "Shall we arm merchant ships?" -- "Freedom of speech" -- "Propaganda" -- "Isolationists" -- "Pearl Harbor attack" -- "Civilian defense" -- "Preparedness for war" -- "Enemy aliens and women in war work" -- "Answering her critics" -- "Broadcast from Liverpool" -- "Wartime conditions in Great Britain" -- "D-Day message" -- "V-E Day radio message" -- "V-J Day radio message."

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