New Arrivals · Politics

February 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Forged through fire : war, peace, and the democratic bargain

February 24, 2017
Ferejohn, John A., author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
xi, 460 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The twenty-first-century wars without citizen armies -- War and democracy in classical Athens -- The glory that was Rome -- A millennium of landed aristocracy -- The emergence of monarchy in France and Spain -- War and representation in England, the Netherlands, and Sweden -- Italian republics -- Eastern lands in early modern Europe -- Mountain republics -- The nineteenth-century pivot -- Twentieth-century wars of full mobilization -- War, racism, and civil rights in the United States.
"Is democracy dependent on war to survive? Peace, many would agree, is a goal that democratic nations should strive to achieve. Considering the question of whether democracy is dependent on war, two celebrated political scientists trace the ways in which governments have mobilised armies since antiquity. They find that our modern form of democracy not only evolved in a brutally competitive environment but also was quickly excised when the powerful no longer needed their citizenry to defend against existential threats. Bringing to life many of the battles that shaped our world, the authors show how centralised monarchies replaced feudalism, why dictatorships can mobilise large forces but often fail at long-term military campaigns and how drone warfare has weakened democracy. In the spirit of Francis Fukuyama and Niall Ferguson, Forged Through Fire has far-reaching implications and will become the centrepiece of the democratic debate." -- Publisher's website.

Mere civility : disagreement and the limits of toleration

February 22, 2017
Bejan, Teresa M., 1984- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.
x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.--Yale University, 2013).
Introduction: Wars of words -- "Persecution of the tongue" -- "Silver alarums": Roger Williams's "meer" civility -- "If it be without contention": Hobbes and civil silence -- "A bond of mutual charity": Locke and the quest for concord -- Conclusion: The virtue of mere civility -- Epilogue: Free speech fundamentalism.
Civility is often treated as an essential virtue in liberal democracies that promise to protect diversity as well as active disagreement in the public sphere. Yet the fear that our tolerant society faces a crisis of incivility is gaining ground. Politicians and public intellectuals call for "more civility" as the solution--but is civility really a virtue? Or is it something more sinister--a covert demand for conformity that silences dissent? Mere Civility sheds light on this tension in contemporary political theory and practice by examining similar appeals to civility in early modern debates about religious toleration. In seventeenth-century England, figures as different as Roger Williams, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke could agree that some restraint on the wars of words and "persecution of the tongue" between sectarians would be required; and yet, they recognized that the prosecution of incivility was often difficult to distinguish from persecution.-- Provided by publisher

Lincoln on leadership for today : Abraham Lincoln's approach to twenty-first-century issues

February 22, 2017
Phillips, Donald T. (Donald Thomas), 1952- author.
©2017
x, 324 pages ; 22 cm
A just and generous and prosperous system -- Nonintervention in other countries as a sacred principle of international law -- To emancipate the mind -- Rising with the occasion -- The eternal struggle between right and wrong -- The tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants -- The better angels of our nature -- With firmness in the right -- The middle ground -- No less than national -- The fiery trial -- The thunderbolt -- A more elevated position -- A fair chance in the race of life -- This terrible, bloody war -- With malice toward none -- Peace with all nations.
"Abraham Lincoln is recognized as one of history's finest leaders, a great president when the United States was under tremendous strain. But suppose he were alive today? How would Lincoln deal with today's high-pressure issues, from politics to business? Based on a lifelong study of Lincoln's life, writings, and speeches, best-selling author Donald T. Phillips offers compelling ideas on how Lincoln would employ his exemplary leadership and executive style. How would Lincoln handle today's frayed race relations, terrorism at home and abroad, gun control, and the influence of special interest groups on Congress? What would have been Lincoln's reaction to the invasion of Iraq? How would he have handled the Great Recession? What would be his stance on science and climate change? How did Lincoln feel about government entitlement programs? Would he have them at all? How would he feel about the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, a worker's right to strike, the minimum wage, and labor unions? Would Lincoln have a mobile phone and embrace the whirl of social media? Phillips hews very closely to Lincoln's extensive writings and records to offer a fascinating look at how we might solve some of our most challenging problems, Lincoln-style,"--Amazon.com.

The vaccine race : science, politics, and the human costs of defeating disease

February 17, 2017
Wadman, Meredith, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The cells. Beginnings ; Discovery ; The Wistar reborn ; Abnormal chromosomes and abortions ; Dying cells and dogma ; The Swedish source ; Polio vaccine "Passengers" ; Trials -- Rubella. An emerging enemy ; Plague of the pregnant ; Rabies ; Orphans and ordinary people ; The devils we know ; Politics and persuasion ; The great escape ; In the bear pit ; Cell Wars ; DBS defeated ; Breakthrough -- The WI-38 wars. Slaughtered babies and Skylab ; Cell, Inc. ; Rocky passage ; The vaccine race ; Biology, Inc. ; Hayflick's limit explained ; Boot-camp bugs and Vatican entreaties ; The afterlife of a cell -- Where they are now.
"The epic and controversial story of a major breakthrough in cell biology that led to the creation of some of the world's most important vaccines. Until the late 1960s, tens of thousands of American children suffered crippling birth defects if their mothers had been exposed to rubella, popularly known as German measles, while pregnant; there was no vaccine and little understanding of how the disease devastated fetuses. In June 1962, a young biologist in Philadelphia, using tissue extracted from an aborted fetus from Sweden, produced safe, clean cells that allowed the creation of vaccines against rubella and other common childhood diseases. Two years later, in the midst of a devastating German measles epidemic, his colleague developed the vaccine that would one day wipe out homegrown rubella. The rubella vaccine and others made with those fetal cells have protected more than 150 million people in the United States, the vast majority of them preschoolers. The new cells and the method of making them also led to vaccines that have protected billions of people around the world from polio, rabies, chicken pox, measles, hepatitis A, shingles and adenovirus. Meredith Wadman's masterful account recovers not only the science of this urgent race, but also the political roadblocks that nearly stopped the scientists. She describes the terrible dilemmas of pregnant women exposed to German measles and recounts testing on infants, prisoners, orphans, and the intellectually disabled, which was common in the era. These events take place at the dawn of the battle over using human fetal tissue in research, during the arrival of big commerce in campus labs, and as huge changes take place in the laws and practices governing who "owns" research cells and the profits made from biological inventions. It is also the story of yet one more unrecognized woman whose cells have been used to save countless lives."--Provided by publisher.

Age of anger : a history of the present

February 16, 2017
Mishra, Pankaj, author.
©2017
ix, 406 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: Forgotten Conjunctures -- Clearing a Space : History's Winners and their Illusions -- Loving Oneself Through Others : Progress and its Contradictions -- Losing My Religion : Islam, Secularism and Revolution -- Regaining My Religion : I. Nationalism Unbound; I I. Messianic Visions -- Finding True Freedom and Equality : The Heritage of Nihilism -- Epilogue: Finding Reality.
"One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis. How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world--from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present. He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfill its promises--freedom, stability and prosperity--were increasingly susceptible to demagogues. The many who came late to this new world or were left, or pushed, behind, reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. It was from among the ranks of the disaffected that the militants of the 19th century arose--angry young men who became cultural nationalists in Germany, messianic revolutionaries in Russia, bellicose chauvinists in Italy, and anarchist terrorists internationally. Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity--with the same terrible results. Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a book of immense urgency and profound argument. It is a history of our present predicament unlike any other"-- Provided by publisher.

Pretend I'm not here : how I worked with three newspaper icons, one powerful first lady, and still managed to dig myself out of the Washington swamp

February 14, 2017
Feinman, Barbara, author.
©2017
303 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue: Chameleon -- Moses and me -- The man who knew too much -- Loyalties -- Ben -- The Jewish Amy Tan -- The Senator and his war -- Ghost in the machine -- Losing my religion -- Village people -- Giving up the ghost -- Haunted -- Learning to vanish -- Torches lit.
"An accomplished ghostwriter and book researcher goes behind the scenes of America's capital to document the story of how she survived cutthroat Beltway dynamics and discovered her voice at the sides of such figures as Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Hillary Clinton"--NoveList.

The fourth way : the conservative playbook for a lasting GOP majority

February 14, 2017
Hewitt, Hugh, 1956- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
235 pages ; 21 cm
Preface: "With all deliberate speed" -- Introduction: Governing in the "Key of We": jaguars in the water, clinics on the ground, an immigration overhaul in the air -- The new and renewed American military -- A Supreme Court and Federal Judiciary that umpires, not plays -- The free market flourishing -- "Impeachment's just another word for nothing left to lose" -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: The Homestead Act of 1862 -- Appendix B: The military rebuild: scenarios for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps -- Appendix C: President Trump's list of twenty-one potential Supreme Court nominees -- Appendix D: Framing the tax reform debate / by Hank Adler.
Hewitt spells out how Trump and a unified GOP can transform the country and earn a lasting place in history. From defense to immigration, from entitlements to health care, Hewitt outlines how the new President, with the top leaders in Congress and with allies in fifty statehouses, can find a way out of the gridlock and the destructive showdowns that have marked the past quarter century of American politics.

The making of the president 2016 : how Donald Trump orchestrated a revolution

February 9, 2017
Stone, Roger J., author.
©2017
xliii, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I. How Donald Trump hijacked the Republican presidential nomination -- Trump vs. the elites -- Round one: GOP candidates debate -- Round two: GOP primaries pick Trump -- Part II. How Hillary Clinton stole the Democratic presidential nomination -- Bernie Sanders, the old socialist, challenges Hillary Clinton, the president presumed -- Round one: Hillary declares victory over Sanders -- Round two: Hillary pivots to attack Trump -- Part III. How Trump won the White House -- The vice presidential picks and the national nominating conventions -- The presidential and vice presidential debates -- Closing arguments -- Conclusion: Trump wins.
"In the tradition of Theodore White's landmark books, the definitive look at how Donald J. Trump shocked the world to become president,"--Amazon.com.

Debriefing the president : the interrogation of Saddam Hussein

February 6, 2017
Nixon, John (Middle East expert), author.
©2016
242 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: unfinished business -- Holy shit, it's Saddam! -- Dare to be right -- Destination Baghdad -- Winging it -- Getting under Saddam's fingernails -- The Persian menace -- Turbans in politics -- Death to Shiites and Zionists -- Saddam blows his top -- Deep dive in the Oval Office -- Crosswise with the president -- In the shadow of his father -- The first draft of history -- Leaving with regrets -- Epilogue: a hanging in the middle of the night.
The first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of Saddam Hussein after his capture explains why preconceived ideas about the dictator led Washington policymakers and the Bush White House astray.

Fever swamp : a journey through the strange Neverland of the 2016 presidential race

February 6, 2017
Patterson, Richard North, author.
©2016
xiv, 448 pages ; 24 cm
Plutocrats, birthers, climate deniers, a reality star, a Socialist from Vermont, a scrum of candidates killing each other, and an entire political party gone mad. The faux humility of Dr. Ben Carson ; The shallow salesmanship of Carly Fiorina ; Marco Rubio's empty suit ; Ted Cruz ; The Biden dilemma ; The paradox of Bernie Sanders ; Trump's character is his fate ; Debating Hillary Clinton ; Plutocrats and their pets ; The GOP's faith-based climate ; Fun questions for the next GOP debate ; The GOP's tax warfare ; Ted Cruz's holiday spirit ; The GOP establishment's not so happy new year ; Dog whistles and hypocrisy -- Primaries, guns, the court, Bernie vs. Hillary, the rise of Trump, and the collapse of the GOP establishment. The rise of the unfit ; Hillary, Bernie, and the future of the court ; The GOP's super doomsday ; The GOP's morning after ; The GOP's strongman syndrome ; An open letter to my Republican friends ; Partners in death; The reckoning of 2016 ; The sound and fury of Donald Trump ; Closing polls and slamming doors ; Why Bernie lost-- and what to do about it -- The Donald, Hillary, narcissism, racism, political insanity, and the surprising fatefulness of two conventions. Why Hillary Clinton ; Too sick to lead ; From golden boy to fool's gold ; The 2016 veepstakes ; Kidnapped by a narcissist ; The GOP reaps the whirlwind ; Leading the lemmings ; A tale of two conventions ; America meets Hillary Clinton -- Russian hackers, a media awakening, videotapes, charges of groping, claims of voter fraud, three debates, a dogged Democrat, and a GOP candidate cracking up until an FBI director throws him a lifeline. Coming this fall ; The fateful August of Donald J. Trump ; Trump 3.0 ; Public disservice ; Clinton vs. Trump ; Turning point ; Losing it ; Beyond debate ; Apocalypse soon ; Making America hate again ; Hillary Clinton's final test -- The very last scary days, an election filled with dread, and an extremely sober national reckoning. The imperative of voting for Hillary Clinton ; Where does America go now?.
During the 2016 presidential election cycle, novelist Richard North Patterson wrote one column per week for The Huffington Post about the presidential race. Those essays are collected here for the first time in a highly personal 'journal' chronically Paterson's observations in real time.

A world in disarray : American foreign policy and the crisis of the old order

February 6, 2017
Haass, Richard, author.
©2017
xii, 339 pages ; 22 cm
From war through world war -- Cold War -- The other order -- The post-Cold War world -- A global gap -- Regional realities -- Pieces of process -- What is to be done? -- Thwarting Thucydides -- World order 2.0 -- Regional responses -- A country in disarray.
"An examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder and a United States unable to shape the world in its image, from the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. The rules, policies, and institutions that have guided the world since World War II have largely run their course. Respect for sovereignty alone cannot uphold order in an age defined by global challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace. Meanwhile, great-power rivalry is returning. Weak states pose problems just as confounding as strong ones. The United States remains the world's strongest country, but American foreign policy has at times made matters worse, both by what the United States has done and by what it has failed to do. The Middle East is in chaos, Asia is threatened by China's rise and a reckless North Korea, and Europe, for decades the world's most stable region, is now anything but. As Richard Haass explains, the election of Donald Trump and the unexpected vote for Brexit signals that many in modern democracies reject important aspects of globalization, including borders open to trade and immigrants. In A World in Disarray, Richard Haass argues for an updated global operating system--call it World Order 2.0--that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the United States should act towards China and Russia, as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He suggests, too, what the country should do to address its dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and the lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world. A World in Disarray is a wise examination, one rich in history, of the current world, along with how we got here and what needs doing. Haass shows that the world cannot have stability or prosperity without the United States, but that the United States cannot be a force for global stability and prosperity without its politicians and citizens reaching a new understanding."--Dust jacket.

How civility works

February 3, 2017
Bybee, Keith J., 1965- author.
Stanford, California : Stanford Briefs, an imprint of Stanford University Press, [2016]
80 pages ; 21 cm
The promise of civility -- Civility defined -- The excellence of free expression -- Are you just being polite? -- Strength in weakness.

Big agenda : President Trump's plan to save America

February 3, 2017
Horowitz, David, 1939- author.
©2017
viii, 188 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Restoring the nation to greatness -- The adversary. New wars to fight ; Diversions on the right ; The roots of executive tyranny ; The Progressive movement ; The race card ; Hatred in their hearts ; No rules for radicals -- The agenda. Obamacare: an attack on individual freedom ; The environment: a pretext for government control ; The myth of systemic racism ; Globalism and radical Islam -- The strategy. The goal and the path ; It's time to take the gloves off ; The Achilles' heel of the Democratic Party ; The Democrats' wars on men and women ; Obstructionism is a good thing if the policies are bad ; Ending leftist indoctrination in our schools ; Fixing the political universe that doesn't exist ; Government unions: a conflict of interest that needs to be ended ; Corruption and cowardice ; Part of the people ; Go on the attack and stay on it ; A postelection agenda ; A party for all the people -- Conclusion: The battle plan: the first 100 days.
Horowitz presents a White House battle plan to halt the Democrats' march to extinguish the values America holds dear. He details President Trump's like moves, and explores the opportunities he will have to reshape the American political landscape while securing the nation's vital security interests abroad.

Audacity : how Barack Obama defied his critics and created a legacy that will prevail

February 2, 2017
Chait, Jonathan, author.
New York, NY : Custom House, an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
xxii, 240 pages ; 24 cm
America's primal sin -- Preventing the second Great Depression -- Obama cares -- To halt the rise of the oceans -- To stanch a bleeding world -- The inevitability of disappointment -- Obama's America.
"Jonathan Chait ... digs deep into Obama's record on major policy fronts-- economics, the environment, domestic reform, health care, race, foreign policy, and civil rights-- to demonstrate why history will judge our forty-fourth president as among the greatest in history"-- Provided by publisher.

Bill Clinton

February 2, 2017
Tomasky, Michael, 1960- author.
©2017
xviii, 184 pages ; 22 cm.
A young fellow in a hurry -- The comeback kid -- The new realities of politics -- The limits of power -- The president is relevant -- The culture wars -- Hitting his stride -- That woman -- Unbreakable -- Ducking lightning bolts till the end.

The true flag : Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the birth of American empire

February 2, 2017
Kinzer, Stephen, author.
©2017
306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
White and peaceful wings -- There may be an explosion -- The great day of my life -- Islands or canned goods -- If they resist, what shall we do? -- Stinkpot -- I turn green in bed at midnight -- What a choice for a patriotic American! -- The Constitution does not apply -- You will get used to it -- The deep hurt.
Recalls the forgotten political debate at the beginning of the twentieth century over America's role in the world, with the country's political and intellectual leaders advocating either imperial expansion or restraint.

A very expensive poison : the assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's war with the West

February 2, 2017
Harding, Luke, 1968- author.
©2016
454 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Prologue. The men from Moscow -- Mafia state -- Journalist, exile, campaigner, spy -- First deployment -- The German waiter -- Murder in Mayfair -- A bit of a puzzle -- Ruslan and Lyudmila -- An inspector calls -- Death of a oligarch -- Gelsemium elegans -- A small victorious war -- The inquiry -- Leviathan -- Blunt force -- The man who solved his own murder.
On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died twenty-two days later. The cause of death? Polonium--a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story--complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters. He shows how Litvinenko's murder foreshadowed the killings of other Kremlin critics, from Washington, DC, to Moscow, and how these are tied to Russia's current misadventures in Ukraine and Syria. In doing so, he becomes a target himself and unearths a chain of corruption and death leading straight to Vladimir Putin. From his investigations of the downing of flight MH17 to the Panama Papers, Harding sheds a terrifying light on Russia's fracturing relationship with the West.

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 : an experiment in literary investigation

January 30, 2017
Solzhenit︠s︡yn, Aleksandr Isaevich, 1918-2008.
New York : HarperPerennial, 2007.
xxii, 472, 24 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Translation of: Arkhipelag Gulag, 1918-1956.
Abridged.
The prison industry -- Perpetual motion -- The destructive-labor camps -- The soul and barbed wire -- Katorga -- Exile -- Stalin is no more.
Describes individual escapes and attempted escapes from Stalin's camps.

The mayor of Mogadishu : a story of chaos and redemption in the ruins of Somalia

January 26, 2017
Harding, Andrew, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xxi, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: Villa Somalia -- Part 1. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean : 1956-1976 -- A Constellation of Nomads -- A Slate Scrubbed Clean -- Us Against the World -- A Girl Called "Mosquito" -- Part 2. The Sky Has Turned To Smoke : 1977-2009 -- A Lonely Impulse -- From a Trickle To a Flood -- Leave to Remain -- Filling the Vacuum -- Part 3. Picking Up the Pieces : 2010-2016 -- A Man with a Plan -- Wild Dogs -- Believe Me -- Mogadishu Mud -- Epilogue: Lido Beach -- A Note on Spelling.
"In The Mayor of Mogadishu, one of the BBC's most experienced foreign correspondents, Andrew Harding, reveals the tumultuous life of Mohamoud 'Tarzan' Nur--an impoverished nomad who was abandoned in a state orphanage in newly independent Somalia, and became a street brawler and activist. When the country collapsed into civil war and anarchy, Tarzan and his young family became part of an exodus, eventually spending twenty years in north London. But in 2010 Tarzan returned, as mayor, to the unrecognizable ruins of a city now almost entirely controlled by the Islamist militants of Al Shabab. For many in Mogadishu, and in the diaspora, Tarzan became a galvanizing symbol of courage and hope for Somalia. But for others, he was a divisive thug, who sank beneath the corruption and clan rivalries that continue, today, to threaten the country's revival. The Mayor of Mogadishu is a rare an insider's account of Somalia's unraveling, and an intimate portrayal of one family's extraordinary journey"-- Provided by publisher.

War against war : the American fight for peace, 1914-1918

January 26, 2017
Kazin, Michael, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xix, 378 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Against a great, forgotten war -- A better world in birth? -- Ever widening circles : August 1914 to May 1915 -- Cry peace and fight preparedness : May 1915 to May 1916 -- Keep us out : June 1916 to April 1917 -- Do people want war? : February 1917 to April 1917 -- The war-- or American promise : one must choose : April 1917 to November 1917 -- A strange set of criminals : December 1917 to December 1918 -- Legacies.
"The untold story of the movement that came close to keeping the United States out of the First World War. This book is about the Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history's most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back down. In the riveting War Against War, Michael Kazin brings us into the ranks of the largest, most diverse, and most sophisticated peace coalition up to that point in US history. They came from a variety of backgrounds: wealthy and middle and working class, urban and rural, white and black, Christian and Jewish and atheist. They mounted street demonstrations and popular exhibitions, attracted prominent leaders from the labor and suffrage movements, ran peace candidates for local and federal office, and founded new organizations that endured beyond the cause. For almost three years, they helped prevent Congress from authorizing a massive increase in the size of the US army--a step advocated by ex-president Theodore Roosevelt. Soon after the end of the Great War, most Americans believed it had not been worth fighting. And when its bitter legacy led to the next world war, the warnings of these peace activists turned into a tragic prophecy--and the beginning of a surveillance state that still endures today. War Against War is a dramatic account of a major turning point in the history of the United States and the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Three days in January : Dwight Eisenhower's final mission

January 25, 2017
Baier, Bret. author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2017]
xviii, 346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part one: The setting. The measure of Ike ; Ike in command ; A nonpolitician in the political arena ; Ike's hidden card -- Part two: The speech. Farewell in black and white ; Intimacy and interdependence ; The hostile landscape ; Dust to dust ; The military-industrial complex -- Part three: The final mission. An unknowable successor ; The day before ; The passage ; A spring day at Camp David.
January 1961: President Eisenhower has three days to secure the nation's future before his young successor, John F. Kennedy, takes power--a final mission by the legendary leader who planned D-Day and guided America through the darkening Cold War. Bret Baier, the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel, illuminates the underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower by taking readers into Ike's last days in power.--Adapted from dust jacket.

The resistible rise of Benjamin Netanyahu

January 20, 2017
Lochery, Neill, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xiii, 378 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Rise. Interview ; Madrid ; Earthquake -- Opposition. Rebuilding ; Dangerous games ; Dark nights -- Arrival. Election night ; Campaign ; Cheques -- Power. Arafat's hand ; Hebron ; Wye -- Decline. Deal breaker ; Home ; End -- Exile. Loss ; Father ; Invisible ; False start -- Return. Invitation ; November ; Finance ; Separation -- King. The speech ; Challenge ; Relationships ; Protests -- Comeback. Indeed ; Hail ; D-Day -- Postscript. A stranger in a strange land.
One of the longest-serving Prime Ministers of Israel, Netanyahu has been at the very centre of Arab-Israeli politics since 1990, when he became the telegenic Israeli spokesman for CNN's coverage of the Persian Gulf War, arguably ushering in the Americanization of the Israeli media. Using the juncture of the Oslo Accords to take the reader back to Netanyahu's formative years, Lochery chronicles not only the Prime Minister's life but also the issues his career has encompassed, from the rise of militant Islam to the politics of oil, and the changing role of the U.S. in the Middle East.

Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

January 20, 2017
Steele, Philip, 1948- author.
St. Catharines, ON ; New York, NY : Crabtree Publishing Company, 2017.
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
Explores the global issues surrounding the politics, conflict, and violence of revolution and change in recent years in these regions.

Gender politics

January 19, 2017
©2017
116 pages ; 24 cm.
US women trail the world in political equality / Mia Bush -- The gender pay gap remains consistent over the last decade / Council of Economic Advisors -- The gender pay gap is not due to discrimination / Howard J. Wall and Alyson Reed -- A universal basic income would provide opportunities for parents / Anna Oman -- Sexism prevents gender equality in the music industry / Stacie Huckeba -- Women's voices are silenced in the tech industry / Vivian Maidaborn -- Ethnic minority women are excluded in the workplace / Human Wrongs Watch -- Women in power are constrained by clothing choices / Jane Goodall -- Educating girls and women has huge payoffs / Lori S. Ashford -- Girls are outperforming boys in school / The Economist -- Female infanticide is leading to a world of "missing women" / Manisha Sharma -- Women are using social media to combat violence against women in elections / Gabrielle Bardall -- Organizations to contact.

A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama

January 19, 2017
D'Antonio, Michael, author.
©2016
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ending the Great Recession : it was the economy, stupid -- Auto industry rescue : "the doomsayers were wrong" -- Health care reform : saving Spike Dolomite -- Energy : sun, wind, and market forces -- Environment : saving the planet -- Foreign policy : Obama's world -- Education : racing to the top -- Financial reform : boring is better -- Equality : expectations, limits, progress -- Unfinished business (and failures) -- Postscript: the benefits of cool -- Addendum: Antagonism and false alarms.
Recounts the accomplishments of President Obama during his eight years in office, considering his major successes and how he was able to govern while facing both racial hostility and unrealistic expectations.

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