New Arrivals · Politics

October 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

All the truth is out : the week politics went tabloid

September 30, 2014
Bai, Matt.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014].
xv, 263 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Preface: What It Took -- Troublesome Gulch -- Tilting Toward Culture Death -- Out There -- Follow Me Around -- "I Do Not Think That's a Fair Question" -- All the Truth Is Out -- Exile -- A Lesser Land -- A Note on Sourcing -- About the Author.
"The former chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine brilliantly revisits the Gary Hart affair and looks at how it changed forever the intersection of American media and politics. In 1987, Gary Hart--articulate, dashing, refreshingly progressive--seemed a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination for president and led George H.W. Bush comfortably in the polls. And then: rumors of marital infidelity, an indelible photo of Hart and a model snapped near a fatefully named yacht (Monkey Business), and it all came crashing down in a blaze of flashbulbs, the birth of 24-hour news cycles, tabloid speculation, and late-night farce. Matt Bai shows how the Hart affair marked a crucial turning point in the ethos of political media--and, by extension, politics itself--when candidates' 'character' began to draw more fixation than their political experience. Bai offers a poignant, highly original, and news-making reappraisal of Hart's fall from grace (and overlooked political legacy) as he makes the compelling case that this was the moment when the paradigm shifted--private lives became public, news became entertainment, and politics became the stuff of Page Six"-- Provided by publisher.

Losing our way : an intimate portrait of a troubled America

September 29, 2014
Herbert, Bob, 1945-
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
283 pages ; 25 cm
"In a searing indictment of America's decline, former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert profiles struggling Americans--casualties of decades of government policies that have produced underemployment, inequality, and pointless wars--and offers a ringing call to arms to restore justice and the American dream. The United States needs to be reimagined. Once described by Lincoln as the last best hope on earth, the country seemed on the verge of fulfilling its immense promise in the mid 1960s and early 1970s: unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation's wealth--by today's standards--was distributed in a remarkably equitable fashion. America was a society confident that it could bring a middle-class standard of living (at the very least) and the full rights of citizenship to virtually everyone. This sense of possibility has evaporated. In this book longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert combines devastating stories of suffering Americans with keen political analysis to show where decades of corporate greed, political apathy, and short-term thinking have led: America's infrastructure is crumbling, our schools fail our children, unnecessary wars maim our young men, and underemployment plagues a generation. He traces how the United States went wrong, exposing the slow, dangerous shift of political influence from the working population in the 1960s to the corporate and financial elite today, who act largely in their own self-interest. But the situation isn't entirely hopeless. Herbert argues that by tapping the creative ideas of people across the country who are implementing solutions at the local level, the middle class can reassert its power, put the economy back on track, and usher in a new progressive era"-- Provided by publisher.

Political order and political decay : from the industrial revolution to the globalization of democracy

September 26, 2014
Fukuyama, Francis.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
viii, 658 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1: The State -- Part 2: Foreign institutions -- Part 3: Democracy -- Part 4: Political decay.
"Taking up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, Fukuyama follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West"-- Provided by publisher.

After Lincoln : how the north won the Civil War and lost the peace

September 26, 2014
Langguth, A. J., 1933-2014.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xv, 444 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
Charles Sumner (1865) -- William Henry Seward (1865) -- Jefferson Davis (1865) -- Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (1865) -- Andrew Johnson (1865) -- Oliver Otis Howard (1865) -- Thaddeus Stevens (1865-1866) -- The Fourteenth Amendment (1866) -- Edwin Stanton (1867-1868) -- Salmon Portland Chase (1868) -- Benjamin Franklin Wade (1868) -- Nathan Bedford Forrest (1868) -- Ulysses S. Grant (1869) -- Gold and Santo Domingo (1869-1870) -- Ku Klux Klan (1870-1872) -- Horace Greeley (1872) -- Hiram Revels (1872-1873) -- Grant's second term (1873-1876) -- Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1876) -- Jim Crow (1877)

Embattled rebel : Jefferson Davis as commander in chief

September 24, 2014
McPherson, James M.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
pages cm
We must prepare for a long war -- Winter of discontent -- War so gigantic -- The clouds are dark over us -- We should take the initiative -- We must beat Sherman -- The last resort.
From the Pulitzer Prize--winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy shows how Davis shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity and force and, like no other chief executive in American history, exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.

Insurrections of the mind : 100 years of politics and culture in america

September 24, 2014
xxvii, 568 pages ; 24 cm
At head of title: New Republic.
Essays collected from ten decades of the New Republic explore pivotal issues of modern America.

The real Benghazi story : what the White House and Hillary don't want you to know

September 24, 2014
Klein, Aaron.
Washington, D.C. : WND Books, [2014]
xvi, 219 pages ; 22 cm
The real "security" situation at U.S. Special Mission -- "Fast and Furious" of the Middle East -- Why no special forces or air support were sent -- Ambassador Stevens kidnapped? -- Whodunit? -- The real reason Benghazi suspects not captured -- Game changer: Hillary's central, unreported role in Benghazi -- The real story of those pesky talking points -- News media snagged in Benghazi deception -- From Benghazi to the Boston bombing?

Death to the infidels : radical Islam's war against the Jews

September 23, 2014
Bard, Mitchell Geoffrey, 1959- author.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, [2014]
pages cm
Islam and the Jews -- Jews invade the heart of Islam -- Arab unity and disunity -- From terrorists to jihadists -- Jerusalem, ground zero of the conflict -- The Arab Spring's transformation into the Islamic winter -- Iran and little Satan -- The global Jihad -- Shattered dreams of peace: from Camp David's success to Obama's fiasco -- Can the Islamic-Jewish/Israeli conflict be resolved?
"For more than a century, much of the attention given to the Middle East has focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict. The rise of a Palestinian offshoot of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, transformed the nature of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. According to Bard, the dispute, in the view of Hamas, is not over a division of Palestine, but rather about Jews ruling over Muslims and the presence of Jews on Islamic land. However, this Islamic-Jewish conflict is not simply confined to the Middle East. Muslim terrorist attacks have been directed at Jews all around the world, from Europe to Asia to Latin America. Radical Muslims in European countries are becoming more brazen, particularly in France, where the Muslims constitute nearly ten percent of the population. In just the last year, there have been several Muslim attacks on Jews throughout France. Death to the Infidels documents the growth of radical Islam in the Middle East and how, from the author's interpretation, it has transformed what had primarily been a political conflict into a one-sided religious war limiting the prospect for peace, particularly in Israel"-- Provided by publisher.

Enlightenment 2.0 : restoring sanity to our politics, our economy, and our lives

September 23, 2014
Heath, Joseph, 1967-
Toronto : HarperCollins Canada [2014], ©2014
417 pages ; 24 cm.

Latino America : how America's most dynamic population is poised to transform the politics of the nation

September 22, 2014
Barreto, Matt A.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2014.
vi, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Latino America : an introduction -- Unity and diversity -- Ronald Reagan was wrong -- Now you see us, now you don't -- The 2008 Democratic primary -- November 2008 -- What the GOP victory in 2010 has to say about Latino political power -- A "decisive voting bloc" in 2012 -- The Prop 187 effect -- Immigration politics and the 2014 election -- Obamacare from the Latino perspective -- Latino environmental attitudes -- Some final thoughts.

Deeply divided : racial politics and social movements in postwar America

September 22, 2014
McAdam, Doug.
New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
v, 396 pages ; 25 cm
How did we get into this mess? -- Postwar America: bipartisan consensus, the median voter, and the absence of social movements -- The center will not hold: the 1960s and the shifting racial geography of American politics -- The strange, consequential seventies -- The Reagan revolution? -- The slow-release revolution: 1988-2008 -- The Obama years: uncivil war -- Restoring American democracy.

An indigenous peoples' history of the United States

September 19, 2014
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-
Boston : Beacon Press, [2014]
xiv, 296 pages ; 24 cm

To make men free : a history of the Republican Party

September 18, 2014
Richardson, Heather Cox.
New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xviii, 393 pages ; 25 cm
The west as a land of promise -- Government of the people, by the people, for the people -- Republicans or radicals? -- Abandoning equality -- Republicans and big business -- Republicans become liberals -- The business of America is business -- Republicans and the New Deal -- A new Republican vision -- The rise of movement conservatism -- Movement conservatives capture the GOP -- The west as an idea.

A race for the future : how conservatives can break the liberal monopoly on Hispanic Americans

September 18, 2014
Gonzalez, Mike, 1960-
280 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"A landwork work examining the impact of Hispanic immigration on American politics, with a blueprint for what conservatives must do to recapture the American electorate"--From dust jacket.

Landslide : LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the dawn of a new America

September 17, 2014
Darman, Jonathan.
New York : Random House, 2014.
xxx, 448 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Stories : November 23, 1963 -- Watching : November 22-24, 1963 -- Myths : November 25-29, 1963 -- Home : December 25, 1963-January 6, 1964 -- B movie : February to July 1964 -- Everybody's scared : Summer 1964 -- Sacrifice : October to December 1964 -- Valley of the black pig : January 23 to April 9, 1965 -- Lonely acres : Summer 1965 -- Like a winner : September 1965-June 1966 -- A thousand days : August to December 1966.

City of rivals : restoring the glorious mess of American democracy

September 17, 2014
Grumet, Jason, author.
xxi, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: A tale of two Washingtons -- The roots of collaboration -- Howling at the moon -- Mr. Smith goes overboard -- Cracking the monocle -- The dark side of sunlight -- True laboratories of democracy -- Breakfast at signatories -- The best and the brightest? -- Conclusion: Two hands on the wheel.
"The first truly bipartisan book about the partisan gridlock that has paralyzed our government and how the answer lies in channeling and harnessing the partisanship"-- Provided by publisher.

Let me be clear : Barack Obama's war on millennials, and one woman's case for hope

September 17, 2014
Kieffer, Katie.
New York : Crown Forum, [2014]
xiii, 337 pages ; 25 cm
"A SEARING INDICTMENT OF THE MASTER OF CHARM, BARACK OBAMA, FOR HIS HISTORIC WAR ON AMERICAN YOUTH "Let me be clear." It was his come-hither call, his winsome whistle, his lingual lure. Barack Obama employed this phrase to sell his lies as maxims and his ineptitude as expertise. Obama seduced a generation of 95 million young Americans he used for his own political gain. Katie Kieffer is a gutsy commentator who gives it back to Barack. She turns his words against him. She grabs the high bar of transparency that Obama set for himself and snaps it with her wit. In Let Me Be Clear, Kieffer gives us an unflinching yet entertaining account of this administration's exploitation of Millennials.

Menachem Begin : the battle for Israel's soul

September 17, 2014
Gordis, Daniel, author.
New York : Nextbook/Schocken, [2014]
295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Between the Kaiser and the Czar -- A pit of decay and dust -- This year we are slaves -- We fight therefore we are -- A brutal act -- Deadly road to Jerusalem -- A civil war with the enemy at our gates -- Say "no" to forgiveness -- Of whom were we afraid? -- The style of a good Jew -- Give those people a haven -- A time for war and a time for peace -- It belongs to my people -- Crazy like a fox -- Nobody's cowering Jew -- I cannot go on.
Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist movement. A powerful orator, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization's violent acts. Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin's right-leaning Herut party became a fixture of the opposition, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt throughout the world.--From publisher description.

Cracking the AP U.S. government and politics exam.

September 16, 2014
New York, NY : Random House,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Arctic thaw : climate change and the global race for energy resources

September 16, 2014
McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino.
64 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm

Mountain to mountain : a journey of adventure and activism for the women of Afghanistan

September 15, 2014
Galpin, Shannon.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm
"Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some it's taking a weekend to volunteer, but for Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. As if launching a nonprofit wasn't enough, in 2009 Galpin became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. Now she's using that initial bike ride to gain awareness around the country, encouraging people to use their bikes "as a vehicle for social change and justice to support a country where women don't have the right to ride a bike." In her lyric and honest memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep desire to help women and girls halfway across the world, her love for adventure and sports, and her own inspiration to be so much more than just another rape victim. During her numerous trips to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and journalists as well as everyday Afghanis -- teachers, prison inmates, mothers, daughters -- to cross a cultural divide and find common ground. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating bike rides, humorous episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a country that is still recovering from decades of war and occupation"-- Provided by publisher.

Be a changemaker : how to start something that matters

September 12, 2014
Thompson, Laurie Ann.
New York : Simon Pulse ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Beyond Words, 2014.
x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Utopia or bust : a guide to the present crisis

September 11, 2014
Kunkel, Benjamin.
London ; New York : Verso, 2014.
180 pages ; 20 cm
David Harvey: crisis theory -- Fredric Jameson: the cultural logic of neoliberalism -- Robert Brenner: full employment and the long downturn -- David Graeber: in the midst of life we are in debt -- Slavoj Žižek: the unbearable lightness of "communism" -- Boris Groys: aesthetics of utopia.
""The deepest economic crisis in eighty years prompted a shallow revival of Marxism," writes Benjamin Kunkel of the 2008 recession--and the shallowness was undoubtedly a result of the complex, sometimes difficult nature of contemporary Marxist thought. Enter Kunkel's Utopia or Bust, which leads the uninitiated reader through the biggest names in critical political theory today. Written with the wit and verve of a novelist, Utopia or Bust engages with the revolutionary philosophies of Slavoj Žižek, the economic analyses of David Graeber and David Harvey, and the cultural diagnoses of Fredric Jameson. Discussing the crisis of capitalism alongside the idea of full employment and the right to work, Utopia or Bust is not only a tour through the world of Marxist thought, but also an examination of the state of Western society today"-- Provided by publisher.

Demon's brood : a history of the Plantagenet dynasty

September 11, 2014
Seward, Desmond, 1935-
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxix, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Constable, 2014.
The demon and her heirs -- The first Plantagenets. The first Plantagenets ; The Eagle : Henry II ; The Lionheart : Richard I ; The Madman : John ; The Aesthete : Henry III -- Plantagenet Britain? The Hammer : Edward I ; The Changeling : Edward II -- Plantagenet France? The Paladin : Edward III ; The Absolutist : Richard II ; The Usurper : Henry IV ; The 'Gleaming King' : Henry V -- Lancaster and York. The Holy Fool : Henry VI ; The Self-Made King : Edward IV ; The Suicide : Richard III -- The Kings in the national myth.
A vivid and colorful history of the most dominant royal dynasty in English history, from Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince to Henry IV and Richard III.

Gaza : a history

September 10, 2014
Filiu, Jean-Pierre, author.
New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xiv, 422 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Gaza before the strip -- 1947-67 : the generation of mourning -- 1967-87 : the generation of dispossession -- 1987-2007 : the generation of the intifadas -- The generation of impasses/
"Through its millennium-long existence, Gaza has often been bitterly disputed while simultaneously and paradoxically enduring prolonged neglect. Squeezed between the Negev and Sinai desert on the one hand and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Gaza was contested by the Pharaohs, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Fatimids, the Mamluks, the Crusaders, and the Ottomans. Napoleon had to secure it in 1799 to launch his failed campaign on Palestine. In 1917, the British Empire fought for months to conquer Gaza, before establishing its mandate on Palestine. In 1948, 20,000 Palestinians sought refuge in Gaza, a marginal area that neither Israel nor Egypt wanted. Palestinian nationalism grew there, and Gaza has since found itself at the heart of Palestinian history. ." --Publisher's website.

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