New Arrivals · Politics

June 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

We are not such things : the murder of a young American, a South African township, and the search for truth and reconciliation

June 24, 2016
Van der Leun, Justine, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2016]
528 pages : illustration, map ; 25 cm
Recounts the story of a young American anti-apartheid activist and Fulbright scholar who was murdered by black residents of Cape Town, who ultimately were granted amnesty and worked with the woman's parents to create an educational foundation for justice.

The global Hillary : women's political leadership in cultural contexts

June 21, 2016
xix, 202 pages ; 23 cm
The global Hillary : smart power and the making of a woman president / Dinesh Sharma -- See Hillary run : Hillary Clinton, American exceptionalism and exceptions to the rule / Gregory W. Streich and Robynn Kuhlmann -- Hillary Clinton : feminist and activist / Florence L. Denmark, Hillary I. Goldstein, Kristin Thies and Adrian Tworecke -- Hillary and Eleanor : the rise of smart power and national security feminism / Dinesh Sharma -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 1995 Beijing International Conference on Women : gender and the nexus of global and domestic power dynamics / N'Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba -- Seeing red : Republicans and Democrats in Alaska view Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin / Grant J. Rich -- Hillary's soft power in France and Germany / Donald Morrison -- Can Hillary Clinton get Afghanistan right? / Prakhar Sharma -- Hillary Clinton : soft power, hard rhetoric and US foreign policy / Kenneth Christie -- Hillary Clinton and Israel : American Jewish and Israeli perceptions / Ellen Fleishman -- A translation of her own : Hillary, Japan and the pivot to Asia / Eijun Senaha.
"Bringing together two key aspects of Clinton's ongoing career--her advocacy for international women's rights and the mission to foster democratic development around the world--The Global Hillary critically analyzes Clinton's role as a transformative leader of global influence. Essays in this collection provide insight into Clinton's leadership style, particularly her use of American 'smart power' in foreign policy, while examining her impact of the continuing worldwide struggle for women's rights. Using international perspectives on the historical and cultural contexts of Clinton's leadership, this book also looks toward the future of women's political leadership in the 21st century with special attention to the prospect of electing a woman to the United States presidency."--Page 4 of cover.

Ratf**ked : the true story behind the secret plan to steal America's democracy

June 21, 2016
Daley, David (Editor-in-chief), author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, A Division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
xxviii, 257 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
The mastermind: "It will take years to recover" -- Pennsylvania: "So this wasn't a personal attack" -- North Carolina: truly space-age software -- Maptitude: "Donald Duck kicking Goofy" -- Michigan: a garbage dump is the cherry on top -- Ohio: "A small carve out down 77 in Canton" -- Democrats: "They just whistled past the graveyard" -- Florida: "Tampa is far from perfect" -- Wisconsin: "They put my district in a woodchipper" -- Iowa: the redistricting unicorn -- Arizona: "You can't get any more partisan than this" -- A theorem to detect ratfucking.
"The explosive account of how Republican legislators and political operatives fundamentally rigged our American democracy through redistricting,"--NoveList.

Wake up America : the nine virtues that made our nation great-and why we need them more than ever

June 21, 2016
Bolling, Eric, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xi, 226 pages ; 25 cm
Grit -- Profit -- Manliness -- Thrift -- Individuality -- Dominion -- Merit -- Pride -- Providence.
"A co-host of Fox News Channel's "The Five" draws on his life story to identify nine values on which America was built including manliness, profit and religious faith; arguing that said values are under attack by Democratic leaders and must be embraced to revive the nation's dominance,"--NoveList.

The Middle East

June 17, 2016
Thousand Oaks, California : CQ Press, [2017]
xxxiii, 1020 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The new Arab wars : uprisings and anarchy in the Middle East

June 17, 2016
Lynch, Marc, 1969- author.
xviii, 284 pages ; 25 cm
The new Arab wars -- The Arab uprising -- Intervention and militarization -- Syria's uprising -- Democracy's chance -- Autocrats on offense -- Syria in Hell -- The Saudi gambit -- Where do we go from here?
"Less than twenty-four months after the hope-filled Arab uprising, the popular movement had morphed into a dystopia of resurgent dictators, failed states, and civil wars. Egypt's epochal transition to democracy ended in a violent military coup. Yemen and Libya collapsed into civil war, while Bahrain erupted in smothering sectarian repression. Syria proved the greatest victim of all, ripped apart by internationally fueled insurgencies and an externally supported, bloody-minded regime. Amidst the chaos, a virulently militant group declared an Islamic State, seizing vast territories and inspiring terrorism across the globe. What happened? The New Arab Wars is a profound illumination of the causes of this nightmare. It details the costs of the poor choices made by regional actors, delivers a scathing analysis of Western misreadings of the conflict, and condemns international interference that has stoked the violence. Informed by commentators and analysts from the Arab world, Marc Lynch's narrative of a vital region's collapse is both wildly dramatic and likely to prove definitive. Most important, he shows that the region's upheavals have only just begun--and that the hopes of Arab regimes and Western policy makers to retreat to old habits of authoritarian stability are doomed to fail"--Front flap.

Panic at the pump : the energy crisis and the transformation of American politics in the 1970s

June 17, 2016
Jacobs, Meg, 1969-
viii, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: An energy Pearl Harbor -- Part I: Stuck in the past. 1. In search of oil -- 2. Coming up dry -- Part II: Washington conservatives. 3. Turning right -- 4. Finding a way out -- Part III: Divided Democrats. 5. Freeze a Yankee -- 6. Hot summer mad -- Part IV: Blaming government. 7. Running on empty ; 8. I can't drive fifty-five -- Conclusion: A new Project Independence?
"In Panic at the Pump, Meg Jacobs shows how a succession of crises beginning with the 1973 Arab oil embargo prompted American politicians to seek energy independence, and how their failure to do so shaped the world we live in."-- Provided by publisher.

If you can keep it : the forgotten promise of American liberty

June 15, 2016
Metaxas, Eric, author.
260 pages ; 22 cm
The promise -- The idea of America -- The golden triangle of freedom -- "The wonder of the age" -- Venerating our heroes -- The importance of moral leaders -- "The almost chosen people" -- Loving America -- This is America.
Eric Metaxas offers a thrilling review of America's uniqueness, and a sobering reminder that America's greatness cannot continue unless people truly understand what their founding fathers meant for them to be. The book includes a stirring call-to-action for every American to understand the ideals behind the 'noble experiment in ordered liberty' that is America. It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten - and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms. Metaxas believes America is not a nation bounded by ethnic identity or geography, but rather by a radical and unprecedented idea, based upon liberty and freedom.

The way to the spring : life and death in Palestine

June 13, 2016
Ehrenreich, Ben, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
xiv, 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
A brave and necessary immersion into the lives and struggles of a group of everyday Palestinians. In cities and small villages alike, men and women, young and old, a group of unforgettable characters share their lives with Ehrenreich and make their own case for resistance and resilience in the face of life under occupation. Ruled by the Israeli military, set upon and harassed constantly by Israeli settlers who admit unapologetically to wanting to drive them from the land, forced to negotiate an ever more elaborate and more suffocating series of fences, checkpoints and barriers that have sundered home from field, home from home, they are a population whose living conditions are unique, and indeed hard to imagine.

Spiral : trapped in the forever war

June 13, 2016
Danner, Mark, 1958- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
267 pages ; 24 cm
Bush: Imposing the Exception -- Obama: Normalizing the Exception.
"Trapped in a forever war by 9/11, in Spiral Mark Danner describes a nation that has been altered in fundamental ways. President Bush declared a war of choice and without an exit plan, and President Obama has proven unable to take the country off what he has called its "permanent war footing." The War on Terror has led to fourteen years of armed conflict, the longest war in America's history. Al Qaeda, the organization that attacked us on 9/11, has been "decimated" (the word is Obama's) but replaced by multiple jihadist and terror organizations, including the most notorious--ISIS. Spiral is what we can call a perpetual and continuously widening war that has put the country in a "state of exception." Bush's promise that we have "taken the gloves off" and Obama's inability to define an end game have had a profound effect on us even though the actual combat is fought by a tiny percentage of our citizens. In the name of security, some of our accustomed rights and freedoms are circumscribed. Guantanamo, indefinite detention, drone warfare, enhanced interrogation, torture, and warrantless wiretapping are all words that have become familiar and tolerated. And yet the war goes badly as the Middle East drowns in civil wars and the Caliphate expands and brutalized populations flee and seek asylum in Europe. In defining the War on Terror as boundless, apocalyptic, and unceasing, we have, Danner concludes, "let it define us as ideological crusaders caught in an endless war.""-- Provided by publisher.

William Howard Taft : the travails of a progressive conservative

June 13, 2016
Lurie, Jonathan, 1939- author.
xv, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The early years, 1857-1887 -- Judges and justice, 1887-1900 -- Roosevelt and Taft in the Philippines, 1900-1904 -- The unwilling heir, 1904-1908 -- President Taft : tensions and travail, 1909-1910 -- Jockeying on the court, 1910-1911 -- At the brink, 1911 -- The split, 1912 -- Relief and renewal, 1913-1921.

The intimidation game : how the Left is silencing free speech

June 13, 2016
Strassel, Kimberley, author.
New York : Twelve, 2016.
xiii, 396 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Uses first-person accounts to argue that the Left has hijacked free speech and free association in order to silence their opponents.

King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa

June 13, 2016
Hochschild, Adam.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
366 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"The traders area kidnapping our people" -- Walking into fire. "I shall not give up the chase" ; The fox crosses the dream ; The magnificent cake ; "The treaties must grant us everything" ; From Florida to Berlin ; Under the Yacht Club flag ; The first heretic ; Where there aren't no Ten Commandments ; Meeting Mr. Kurtz ; The wood that weeps ; A secret society of murderers -- A King at bay. David and Goliath ; Breaking into the thieves' kitchen ; To flood his deeds with day ; A reckoning ; "Journalists won't give you receipts" ; No man is a stranger ; Victory? ; The Great Forgetting -- Looking back : a personal afterword.
Documents the plundering of the territory.

North Korea : state of paranoia

June 13, 2016
French, Paul, 1966- author.
xx, 468 pages ; 20 cm

The price of prosperity : why rich nations fail and how to renew them

June 10, 2016
Buchholz, Todd G., author.
New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
xii, 367 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: The paradox of prosperity -- The paradox of borders, diapers, and golf courses -- Melancholia Madeleine and the paradox of trade -- The problem with other people's money: debt -- The problem with work: stuck in first gear -- Patriotism, immigration, and grit in the era of the selfie -- Alexander and the great empire -- The Orient Express heads west: Atatürk -- Can East meet West? The Meiji Revolution -- Two audacious leaders and no excuses: Don Pepe and Golda -- Conclusion: Do no go gentle.
"Part history and part manifesto, The Price of Prosperity exposes the economic, political, and cultural cracks that wealthy nations face, and makes the case for transforming those same vulnerabilities into sources of strength--and the foundation for a national renewal. To understand how great powers unravel, Buchholz identifies five potent and paradoxical forces that undermine nations after they achieve economic success. These include falling birthrates, globalized trade, rising debt loads, an eroding work ethic, and waning patriotism. Is the loss of empire inevitable? No. Can a community spirit be restored in the United States and in Europe? The answer is a resounding yes. The Price of Prosperity presents inspiring stories of historical leaders who overcame national disarray, from Kemal Atatürk to Japan's Meiji revolutionaries to Golda Meir. It is not too late to overcome the challenges we face now and to come together once again to protect the nation and to ensure our future." -- jacket.

The Burger Court and the rise of the judicial right

June 9, 2016
Graetz, Michael J., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
x, 468 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The fall and rise of the death penalty -- Taming the trilogy -- Closing the federal courthouse doors -- Still separate, still unequal -- Seeking a higher education -- Privacy at a price -- The rocky road to sex equality -- Expression and repression -- A religious people's court -- Corporations are people too -- Battling workplace inequality -- Power and its abuse -- Richard Nixon in Warren Burger's court -- Conclusion.
"Drawing on the personal papers of justices as well as other archives, a first-of-its-kind book provides a fresh perspective at the Warren Burger Supreme Court, digging down to the roots of its most significant decisions and shows how their legacy affects us today,"--NoveList.

The invention of Russia : from Gorbachev's freedom to Putin's war

June 9, 2016
Ostrovsky, Arkady, 1971- author.
374 pages ; 23 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Atlantic Books.
I: In the beginning was the word -- 1. Fathers and sons -- 2. New beginning or dead end -- 3. "We suffered a victory" -- 4. Kommersant or the birth of Russian capitalism -- 5. Loss -- II: "Image is everything" -- 6. Normal television in abnormal circumstances -- 7. The oligarchs' war -- 8. Lights, camera, Putin -- 9. Remote control -- 10. Aerial combat.
"A highly original narrative history by The Economist’s Moscow bureau chief that does for modern Russia what Evan Osnos did for China in Age of Ambition,"

Islamic exceptionalism : how the struggle over Islam is reshaping the world

June 9, 2016
Hamid, Shadi, 1983- author.
xiii, 306 pages ; 24 cm
To take joy in a massacre -- Is Islam "exceptional"? -- Islam's reformation -- The Muslim Brotherhood : from reform to revolution -- The Turkish model : Islamists empowered -- Tunisia : Islamists conceding their Islamism -- ISIS : after the State fails -- Islam, liberalism, and the State : a way out?
"From the founding of Islam in the seventh century, there had always been a dominant Muslim empire, or 'caliphate.' But in 1924, the Ottoman Caliphate was formally abolished. Since then, there has been an ongoing struggle to establish a legitimate political order in the Middle East. At the center of that struggle is the vexing problem of religion and its role in political life. In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, 'exceptional' in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. With unprecedented access to Islamist activists and leaders across the region, Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics-- and how the practice of politics shapes Islam. Despite the hopes of the Arab Spring, ideological and religious polarization has actually worsened. Divides among citizens aren't just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews across the region, Hamid examines different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying-- and alarmingly successful-- example of ISIS. Offering a panoramic and ambitious interpretation of the region's descent into violence, Islamic Exceptionalism is a vital contribution to our understanding of Islam's past and present, and its outsized, exceptional role in modern politics. We don't have to like it, but we have to understand it, because it will continue to be a force that shapes not just the region, but the West as well, in the coming decades"-- Provided by publisher.

From the war on poverty to the war on crime : the making of mass incarceration in America

June 9, 2016
Hinton, Elizabeth Kai, 1983- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
449 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The war on black poverty -- Law and order in the great society -- The preemptive strike -- The war on black crime -- The battlegrounds of the crime war -- Juvenile injustice -- Urban removal -- Crime control as urban policy -- From the war on crime to the war on drugs -- Epilogue : reckoning with the war on crime.
"In the United States today, one in every 31 adults is under some form of penal control, including one in eleven African American men. How did the "land of the free" become the home of the world's largest prison system? Challenging the belief that America's prison problem originated with the Reagan administration's War on Drugs, Elizabeth Hinton traces the rise of mass incarceration to an ironic source: the social welfare programs of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society at the height of the civil rights era. Johnson's War on Poverty policies sought to foster equality and economic opportunity. But these initiatives were also rooted in widely shared assumptions about African Americans' role in urban disorder, which prompted Johnson to call for a simultaneous War on Crime. The 1965 Law Enforcement Assistance Act empowered the national government to take a direct role in militarizing local police. Federal anticrime funding soon incentivized social service providers to ally with police departments, courts, and prisons. Under Richard Nixon and his successors, welfare programs fell by the wayside while investment in policing and punishment expanded. Anticipating future crime, policy makers urged states to build new prisons and introduced law enforcement measures into urban schools and public housing, turning neighborhoods into targets of police surveillance. By the 1980s, crime control and incarceration dominated national responses to poverty and inequality. The initiatives of that decade were less a sharp departure than the full realization of the punitive transformation of urban policy implemented by Republicans and Democrats alike since the 1960s."--Provided by publisher.

White rage : the unspoken truth of our racial divide

June 8, 2016
Anderson, Carol (Carol Elaine)
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2016.
246 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: Kindling -- Reconstructing reconstruction -- Derailing the Great Migration -- Burning Brown to the ground -- Rolling back civil rights -- How to unelect a black President -- Epilogue: Imagine.
"As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as 'black rage,' historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead, 'white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,' she writes, 'everyone had ignored the kindling.' Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America"-- Provided by publisher.

Cuba's baseball defectors : the inside story

June 6, 2016
Bjarkman, Peter C.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxxviii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- The essence of "Puigmania" -- Cuba's hidden "Béisbol Paradiso" -- Sugar Cane Curtain fiascos -- Ninety miles of sea, one hundred miles of "Heater" -- Brothers in exile -- "The Best There Ever Was" -- No reservations for Cuba -- Go east, young men, go east -- The unsustainable dream -- Epilogue.

The last days of Stalin

June 3, 2016
Rubenstein, Joshua, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
x, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Death of Stalin -- A New Purge -- Stalin's Paranoia and the Jews -- The Kremlin Moves On -- The Surprise of Reform -- A Chance for Peace? -- The End of the Beginning -- Epilogue.
"The Last Days of Stalin is an engaging, briskly told account of the dictator's final active months, the vigil at his deathbed, and the unfolding of Soviet and international events in the months after his death."-- Provided by publisher.

The long game : a memoir

May 27, 2016
McConnell, Mitch, author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, [2016]
viii, 278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A fighting spirit -- From baseball to politics -- Seeing greatness -- You can start too late, but never too soon -- Mitch who? -- Giving it all I've got -- Slow and steady -- Love -- Standing my ground -- The value of the team -- Resilience -- Practicing patience -- Frogs in a wheelbarrow -- A thick hide -- Bad news -- Professor Obama -- You can't make policy if you don't win the election -- Courage -- Making a point or a difference? -- Victory.
"A candid memoir by the Republican Senate Majority Leader traces his childhood battle with polio and the philosophies that have shaped his career, sharing his views on such topics as the strained relationship between Congress and the Obama administration, Hillary Clinton's moderate stance and the government shutdowns surrounding the Obamacare battles,"--NoveList.

The art of tough : fearlessly facing politics and life

May 27, 2016
Boxer, Barbara.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2016.
xii, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Barbara Boxer has made her mark, combining compassionate advocacy with scrappiness in a political career spanning more than three decades. Now, retiring from the Senate, she continues the work to which she's dedicated 30 years in Congress. Her memoir shares her provocative and touching recollections of service, and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, quality, environmental protection, all in a peaceful world.

The confessions of Congressman X : a disturbing and shockingly frank tell-all of vanity, greed and deceit

May 27, 2016
Congressman X, author.
Minneapolis, MN Mill City Press, [2016]
xv, 65 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword by Robert Atkinson.
"A devastating inside look at the dark side of Congress as revealed by one of its own! No wonder Congressman X wants to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. His admissions are deeply disturbing. . . "Most of my colleagues are dishonest career politicians who revel in the power and special-interest money that's lavished upon them." "My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything." "Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works." "It's far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification." "Fundraising is so time consuming I seldom read any bills I vote on. Like many of my colleagues, I don't know how the legislation will be implemented, or what it'll cost." "We spend money we don't have and blithely mortgage the future with a wink and a nod. Screw the next generation. It's about getting credit now, lookin' good for the upcoming election."

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