New Arrivals · Politics

March 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lincoln's last speech : wartime reconstruction and the crisis of reunion

March 27, 2015
Masur, Louis P.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xv, 247 pages ; 22 cm
"A large share of thought from the first" -- "Proper, practical relation" -- "A pernicious abstraction" -- "A plan of re-construction" -- "We, the loyal people, differ" -- "Fraught with difficulty" -- "A righteous and speedy peace" -- "The egg is to the fowl."

Our Auntie Rosa : the family of Rosa Parks remembers her life and lessons

March 25, 2015
Keys, Sheila McCauley.
New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
xvi, 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
The woman we knew -- Preface: pleased to meet you, Mrs. Parks -- Family -- Forgiveness -- Strength -- Encouragement -- Vision.
In Our Auntie Rosa the family of Rosa Parks presents a collection of personal remembrances, reflections, and never-before-seen photos and letters that pay tribute to Rosa Parks's incredible strength and determination. Parks's brave act on a bus in Alabama on December 1, 1955, was just one moment in a life lived with great humility and decency. Our Auntie Rosa is a life's instruction manual from one of the most famous figures in American history that will inspire generations to come.--Publisher's description.

The contender : Andrew Cuomo, a biography

March 19, 2015
Shnayerson, Michael.
New York : Hachette Book Group, [2015]
viii, 529 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

In God's hands

March 19, 2015
Tutu, Desmond, author.
vi, 151 pages ; 22 cm.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014."
In God's Hands is the 2015 Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book. In this little gem of a book, Archbishop Desmond Tutu distils the wisdom forged through a childhood of poverty and apartheid, an adulthood lived in the glare of the world's media, and the long and agonising struggle for truth and reconciliation in South Africa, into the childlike simplicity which Jesus tells us characterises the Kingdom of God. Archbishop Tutu has produced a meditation on the infinite love of God and the infinite value of the human individual. Not only are we in God's hands, he says, our names are engraved on the palms of God's hands. Throughout an often turbulent life, Archbishop Tutu has fought for justice and against oppression and prejudice. As we learn in this book, what has driven him forward is an unshakeable belief that human beings are created in the image of God and are infinitely valuable. Each one of us is a God-carrier, a tabernacle, a sanctuary of the Divine Trinity. God loves us not because we are loveable but because he first loved us. And this turns our values upside down. In this sense the Gospel is the most radical thing imaginable. It is extremely moving that in this book Archbishop Tutu returns to something so simple and so profound after a life in which he has been involved in political, social and ethical issues that have seemed to be so very complex.

Frank : a life in politics from the Great Society to same-sex marriage

March 16, 2015
Frank, Barney, 1940- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
387 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
From Bayonne to Boston -- City Hall -- Beacon Hill -- The Congressman -- Coming out -- The true story of Don't Ask Don't Tell -- Welcome to an earmark -- Defending Clinton -- The unnecessary crisis -- Reforming Wall Street -- Triumphs, setbacks, and love -- Appendix 1. Who did what on suprime lending and regulating Fannie Mac and Freddie Mac -- Appendix 2. Conservative support for subprime loans to minority and very low-income people before the economic crisis.
"The candid political memoir of Barney Frank, former House Representative from Massachusetts ... and a pioneering, openly gay politician"-- Provided by publisher.


March 16, 2015
Farmington Hills, Mich : Greenhaven Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
How should recent political events in Egypt be viewed? -- The military takeover of Egypt should be deemed a coup / Robert Scheer -- The military takeover of Egypt should not be classified as a coup / Mark Ulrich -- Is what happened in Egypt a coup or a revolution? It's both / Max Fisher -- Egypt's military coup was a legitimate expression of the people's will / Reese Neader -- Egypt's military coup is illegitimate and undemocratic / Peter Osborne -- Egypt's new constitution is a step toward democracy / Hafez Ghanem -- Egypt's constitutional referendum : it's not about democracy anymore / Dan Murphy -- Egypt's constitutional referendum has solved nothing / Sharif Nashashibi -- What is the impact of recent political and social upheaval in Egypt? -- Civil liberties are being violated in Egypt / Sharif Abdel Kouddous -- Sexual harassment of and violence against women are on the rise / Brian Rohan -- Egypt's military coup is undoing the gains of the Arab Spring / Tim Black -- Egypt will rise again / Ross Harrison -- Egypt's democratic revolution has stalled / HA Hellyer -- Egypt is hobbled by a culture of corruption and cronyism / Talal Salman -- Egypt's military coup could doom democracy / Mohammad Fadel -- What political, economic, and social policies should Egypt adopt? -- Egypt should embrace secular governance / Salma El Shahed -- Egypt will not be a truly secular country / Raymond Stock -- Religious figures must avoid partisanship and sectarianism / Asma Afsaruddin -- The Egyptian government must be inclusive to Islamist factions / Anando Bhakto -- Economic reform : the only way forward for Egypt / Jamal Khashoggi -- Egypt's rape culture must be confronted and not used for political gain / Anna Lekas Miller -- What should be US policy on Egypt? -- The United States will support democratic and economic reform in Egypt / Barack Obama -- The United States should realize the limitations of its influence in Egypt / Steven A. Cook -- As Egypt erupts, U.S. dithers / John Bolton -- The United States must clearly repudiate the Egyptian military coup / John Esposito -- The United States should resume military aid to Egypt / Eric Trager -- The United States should not resume military aid to Egypt / Sarah Marusek.

The Great Leader and the fighter pilot : the true story of the tyrant who created North Korea and the young lieutenant who stole his way to freedom

March 11, 2015
Harden, Blaine, author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
x, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 24 cm
Documents the rise of Kim Il Sung, the origins of North Korea's anti-American stance and the daring theft of a Soviet MiG-15 warplane to benefit the United States by fighter pilot No Kum Sok.

The barefoot lawyer : a blind man's fight for justice and freedom in China

March 10, 2015
Chen, Guangcheng, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xvi, 330 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Includes index.
An electrifying memoir by the blind Chinese activist who inspired millions with the story of his fight for justice and his belief in the cause of freedom.

Washington's circle : the creation of the president

March 10, 2015
Heidler, David Stephen, 1955- author.
New York : Random House, 2015.
xx, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic notes and references (pages 435-499) and index.
A group portrait of America's first President and the men who served with him to create the office shares insights into their personalities and the consequences of Washington's decision to heed or disregard specific advice.

The other side of the Wall

March 9, 2015
Schwartz, Simon, 1982-
Minneapolis : Graphic Universe, 2015.
112 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in the GDR (East Germany). One and a half years later, he left the country with his parents, and the family resettled in West Berlin. As political dissidents, his parents experienced harassment by the Stasi and a lack of understanding from members of their own family. This striking graphic novel memoir chronicles the family's difficult journey to get to the other side of the Berlin Wall.

Machiavelli : a portrait

March 5, 2015
Celenza, Christopher S., 1967-
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
240 pages ; 22 cm
Renaissance, conspiracies, bonfires: Machiavelli's little-known youth -- Highs and lows : Machiavelli emerges -- Interlude : Machavelli's letter -- The prince -- Conversing with the ancients : The discourses -- The comedy of life : letters and plays, wives and lovers -- History -- Ghosts.

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture : committee study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program

March 5, 2015
United States. Congress. Senate. Select Committee on Intelligence, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House Publishing, [2014]
xiv, 549 pages ; 21 cm
Also known as the Torture report or the CIA torture report.
Background on the committee study -- Overall history and operation of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program -- Intelligence acquired and CIA representations on the effectiveness of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques to multiple constituencies -- Overview of CIA representations to the media while the Program was classified -- Review of CIA representations to the Department of Justice -- Review of CIA representations to the Congress -- CIA destruction of interrogation videotapes leads to Committee investigation, Committee votes 14-1 for expansive terms of reference to study the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program -- Appendix 1: Terms of reference -- Appendix 2: CIA detainees from 2002-2008 -- Appendix 3: Example of inaccurate CIA testimony to the Committee, April 12, 2007.
The complete official summary report of the Senate Intelligence Committee Investigation of the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation and detention program launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Based on more than six million internal CIA documents, the report details secret prisons, prisoner deaths, interrogation practices, and cooperation with other foreign and domestic agencies. It also examines charges that the CIA deceived elected officials and governmental overseers about the extent and legality of its operations.

A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877

March 5, 2015
Foner, Eric, 1943-
New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2015.
xxx, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Abridged from: Reconstruction: America's unfinished revolution. c1988.
The world the war made -- Rehearsals for Reconstruction -- The meaning of freedom -- Ambiguities of free labor -- The failure of presidential Reconstruction -- The making of radical Reconstruction -- Blueprints for a republican South -- Reconstruction : political and economic -- The challenge of enforcement -- The Reconstruction of the North -- The politics of depression -- Redemption and after.
Looks at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the South after the Civil War.

Mr. Putin : operative in the Kremlin

March 4, 2015
Hill, Fiona, 1965- author.
x, 533 pages ; 23 cm.
PART I: THE OPERATIVE EMERGES -- Who is Mr. Putin? -- Boris Yeltsin and the Time of Troubles -- The statist -- The history man -- The survivalist -- The outsider -- The free marketeer -- The case officer -- The system -- PART II: THE OPERATIVE ENGAGES -- The stakeholders' revolt -- Putin's world -- The American education of Mr. Putin -- Russia resurgent -- The operative abroad -- CODA: The operative in action.
"Who is Vladimir Putin? In Mr. Putin, Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy argue that Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, is in fact a man of many and complex identities. Drawing on a range of sources, including their own personal encounters, they describe six that are most essential: the Statist, the History Man, the Survivalist, the Outsider, the Free Marketeer, and the Case Officer. Understanding Putin's multiple dimensions is crucial for policymakers trying to decide how best to deal with Russia."--Publisher's website.

Becoming Madison : the extraordinary origins of the least likely founding father

March 4, 2015
Signer, Michael.
New York : Public Affairs, [2015]
xi, 371 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"Our passions are like torrents" -- The good doctor -- A nexus imperii -- The high tract of public life -- "The annals of heaven" -- "If this be treason, make the most of it!" -- Suspending his intellectual functions -- All men are equally entitled -- Councilor to Governor Henry -- "Distrust of the public ability" -- A defect of adequate statesmen -- The "coercive power" -- A sad reunion -- Kitty -- A remonstrance -- Solitude and reform -- "A little rebellion" -- The vices -- "On my right & left hand" -- The campaign begins -- Several mad freaks -- Ratification in Richmond -- Extremely feeble -- Bugbears and hobgoblins -- The revelations of Zachariah Johnson -- Retaliation -- Sedition.

17 carnations : the royals, the Nazis and the biggest cover-up in history

March 4, 2015
Morton, Andrew, 1953- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
xii, 370 pages, 16 un-numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Syria : a history of the last hundred years

March 3, 2015
McHugo, John, 1951- author.
New York, NY : The New Press 2015.
291 pages : maps ; 25 cm

Resister : a story of protest and prison during the Vietnam War

March 2, 2015
Dancis, Bruce, author.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014.
vi, 371 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Boy from the Bronx -- Socialism in two summer communities -- First year at Cornell : runs, pledges and sit-ins -- Tenant organizing in East Harlem -- From protest to resistance -- Draft cards are for burning -- The summer of love and disobedience -- The resistance -- SDS, South Africa and the Security Index -- From resistance to revolution -- Trials and tribulations -- Rebellion and factionalism in black and white -- Brinksmanship, or, Cornell on the brink -- Safety and survival in my new Kentucky home -- A typical day in prison, and a few that weren't -- Politics in prison, or, Keeping up with the outside world -- Getting out -- Did we end the war? Did draft resistance matter?.

Galileo's middle finger : heretics, activists, and the search for justice in science

March 2, 2015
Dreger, Alice Domurat, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
337 pages ; 25 cm
"An investigation of some of the most contentious debates of our time, Galileo's Middle Finger describes Alice Dreger's experiences on the front lines of scientific controversy, where for two decades she has worked as an advocate for victims of unethical research while also defending the right of scientists to pursue challenging research into human identities. Dreger's own attempts to reconcile academic freedom with the pursuit of justice grew out of her research into the treatment of people born intersex (formerly called hermaphrodites). The shocking history of surgical mutilation and ethical abuses conducted in the name of "normalizing" intersex children moved her to become a patient rights' activist. By bringing evidence to physicians and the public, she helped change the medical system. But even as she worked to correct these injustices, Dreger began to witness how some fellow liberal activists, motivated by identity politics, were employing lies and personal attacks to silence scientists whose data revealed inconvenient truths. Troubled, she traveled around the country digging up sources and interviewing the targets of these politically motivated campaigns. Among the subjects she covers in the book are the anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon, falsely accused in a bestselling book of committing genocide against a South American tribe; the psychologist Michael Bailey, accused of abusing transgender women; and the evolutionary biologist E. O. Wilson, accused of fomenting rightwing ideas about human nature. Galileo's Middle Finger describes Dreger's long and harrowing journey back and forth between the two camps for which she felt equal empathy: social justice warriors and researchers determined to put truth before politics"-- Provided by publisher.

Rockin' the boat : 50 iconic revolutionaries : from Joan of Arc to Malcolm X

February 27, 2015
Fleischer, Jeff, author.
223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
We love to root for the underdog, and that's part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America--Provided by publisher.

Voices of the Arab Spring : personal stories of the Arab revolutions

February 25, 2015
al-Saleh, Asaad.
New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
xxiv, 244 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword: Understanding recent social and political developments in the Middle East and North Africa : a personal odyssey / Peter Sluglett -- Tunisia -- Egypt -- Libya -- Yemen -- Syria.
"Narrated by dozens of activists and everyday individuals involved in the Arab Spring, this book documents the unprecedented events that led to the collapse of dictatorial regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen. Arab citizens were called to join the revolt during the second half of 2011, while the revolutionary moment was still unfolding. Their stories offer unique access to the message that inspired citizens to act, their experiences during revolt, and the lessons they learned from some of the most dramatic changes and appalling events to occur in the history of the Arab world. The riveting, revealing, and at times heartbreaking stories in this volume also include voices from Syria. Featuring participants from a variety of social and educational backgrounds and political commitments, these personal stories of action represent the true phenomenon of the Arab Spring's united though broad social movements, collective identities, and youthful character. For years, these participants lived under regimes that brutally suppressed free expression and protest. Their testimony speaks to the multifaceted emotional, psychological, and cultural factors motivating citizens to join together and fight, putting a human face on events that might seem abstract or impersonal to many in the West"--Provided by publisher.

Our only world : ten essays

February 25, 2015
Berry, Wendell, 1934- author.
Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2015]
178 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle in pre-publication: Eleven essays.
Paragraphs from a notebook -- The commerce of violence -- A forest conversation -- Local economies to save the land and the people -- Less energy, more life -- Caught in the middle -- On receiving one of the Dayton Literary Peace Prizes -- Our deserted country -- For the 50-year farm bill -- On being asked for "a narrative for the future"
"In this new collection of [ten] essays, Berry confronts head-on the necessity of clear thinking and direct action. Never one to ignore the present challenge, he understands that only clearly stated questions support the understanding their answers require. For more than fifty years we've had no better spokesman and no more eloquent advocate for the planet, for our families, and for the future of our children and ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Beyond the wall : art and artifacts from the GDR = Jenseits der Mauer : Kunst und Alltagsgegenstände aus der DDR

February 20, 2015
Köln : Taschen, c2014.
903 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, ports. ; 33 cm
Features over 2500 items from its extraordinary collections. Never before has a book included this full a spectrum of art, archives, and artifacts from socialist East Germany: official symbols and dissident expressions, the spectacular and the routine, the mass-produced and the handmade, the funny and the tragic.

Sand opera

February 16, 2015
Metres, Philip, 1970- author.
Farmington, Maine : Alice James Books, [2015]
103 pages ; 21 cm
"Sand Opera emerges from the dizzying position of being named but unheard as an Arab American, and out of the parallel sense of seeing Arabs named and silenced since 9/11. Polyvocal poems, arias, and redacted text speak for the unheard. Metres exposes our common humanity, while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture"-- Provided by publisher.

The Professor and the President : Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House

February 13, 2015
Hess, Stephen, author.
xviii, 172 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes index

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