New Arrivals · Politics

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Political tribes : group instinct and the fate of nations

February 22, 2018
Chua, Amy, author.
©2018
293 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographic references (pages 213-282) and index
American exceptionalism and the sources of U.S. group blindness abroad -- Vietnam -- Afghanistan -- Iraq -- Terror tribes -- Venezuela -- Inequality and the tribal chasm in America -- Democracy and political tribalism in America.
Discusses the failure of America's political elites to recognize how group identities drive politics both at home and abroad, and outlines recommendations for reversing the country's foreign policy failures and overcoming destructive political tribalism at home.

The common good

February 22, 2018
Reich, Robert B., author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
viii, 193 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Includes discussion guide (pages 161-193).
"...Clear-eyed manifesto for re-centering our economics and politics on the idea of the common good. Robert B. Reich...demonstrates that a common good not only exists but in fact constitutes the very essence of any society or nation...We must weigh the moral obligations of citizenship and carefully consider how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership...A fundamental statement about the purpose of society and a cri de coeur to save American soul."--Dust jacket flap.

Everything you love will burn : inside the rebirth of white nationalism in America

February 22, 2018
Tenold, Vegas, author.
New York, NY : Nation Books, 2018.
xiii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Election Day, 2016 -- The battle of Trenton -- The Little F赨rer -- The defender of Western civilization -- Kiggy -- The NSM turns forty -- The soldiers of the Earl Turner -- National Kill-a-White-Person Day -- The ANA -- Hammerskins -- Harrisburg -- The suits -- The college boys -- Hail Heimbach -- Postscript: the Hard Right.
"Six years ago, Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America's most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups--the KKK, the National Socialist Movement, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. At the time, these groups were part of a disorganized counterculture that felt far from the mainstream. But since then, all that has changed. Racially-motivated violence has been on open display at rallies in Charlottesville, Berkeley, Pikesville, Phoenix, and Boston. Membership in white nationalist organizations is rising, and national politicians, including the president, are validating their perceived grievances. Everything You Love Will Burn offers a terrifying, sobering inside look at these newly empowered movements, from their conventions to backroom meetings with Republican operatives. Tenold introduces us to neo-Nazis in Brooklyn; a millennial Klanswoman in Tennessee; and a rising star in the movement, nicknamed the "Little F赨rer" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who understands political power and is organizing a grand coalition of far-right groups to bring them into the mainstream. Everything You Love Will Burn takes readers to the dark, paranoid underbelly of America, a world in which the white race is under threat and the enemy is everywhere."--Dust jacket.

Mothers of massive resistance : white women and the politics of white supremacy

February 21, 2018
McRae, Elizabeth Gillespie, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
xiv, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Segregation's constant gardeners -- Massive support for segregation, 1920-1942 -- The color line in Virginia: the home grown production of white supremacy -- Citizenship education for a segregated nation -- Campaigning for a Jim Crow south -- Jim Crow storytelling -- Massive resistance to the black freedom struggle, 1942-1974 -- Partisan betrayals: a bad woman, weak white men, and the end of a party -- Jim Crow's international enemies and nationwide allies -- Threats within: black southerners, 1954-1956 -- White women, white youth, and the hope of the nation -- Conclusion: the new national face of segregation: Boston women against busing.
"They are often seen in photos of crowds in the mid-century South--white women shooting down blacks with looks of pure hatred. Yet it is the male white supremacists who have been the focus of the literature on white resistance to Civil Rights. This groundbreaking first book recovers the daily workers who upheld the system of segregation and Jim Crow for so long--white women. Every day in rural communities, in university towns, and in New South cities, white women performed a myriad of duties that upheld white over black. These politics, like a well-tended garden, required careful planning, daily observing, constant weeding, fertilizing, and periodic poisoning. They held essay contests, decided on the racial identity of their neighbors, canvassed communities for votes, inculcated racist sentiments in their children, fought for segregation in their schools, and wrote column after column publicizing threats to their Jim Crow world. Without white women, white supremacist politics could not have shaped local, regional, and national politics the way it did, and the long civil rights movement would not have been so long. This book is organized around four key figures--Nell Battle Lewis, Florence Sillers Ogden, Mary Dawson Cain, and Cornelia Dabney Tucker--whose political work, publications, and private correspondence offer a window onto the broad and massive network of women across the South and the nation who populate this story. Placing white women's political work from the 1920s to the 1970s at the center, this book demonstrates the diverse ways white women sustained twentieth century campaigns for white supremacist politics, continuing well beyond federal legislation outlawing segregation, and draws attention to the role of women in grassroots politics of the 20th century."--Provided by publisher.

To fight against this age : on fascism and humanism

February 14, 2018
Riemen, Rob, 1962- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
171 pages ; 20 cm
Translated from the Dutch.
The eternal return of fascism -- The return of Europa : her tears, deeds, and dreams.

What you are getting wrong about Appalachia

February 14, 2018
Catte, Elizabeth, author.
Cleveland, Ohio : Belt Publishing, 2018.
146 pages ; 18 cm
An insider's perspective on Appalachia, and a frank, ferocious assessment of America's recent fascination with the people and the problems of the region.

The United States government manual.

February 13, 2018
Washington, D.C. : Office of Government Reports,
v. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Vols. for <2016-2017> published: Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press.

The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency

February 13, 2018
Davis, Lanny J., author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The wary candidate -- The Times gets the story half-wrong -- The Times gets it wrong again -- The FBI criminal investigation -- Policy and fairness be damned -- Giuliani in the shadows? -- The fallacy of the false choice -- Comey's letter elects Donald Trump.
Argues that FBI Director James Comey's fateful letter to Congress, sent in the crucial days leading up to the presidential election, was the ultimate factor in shifting the election to a Trump victory.

The politics book

February 13, 2018
New York : DK Publishing, 2018.
352 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
Ancient political thought, 800 BCE-30 CE -- Medieval politics, 30 CE-1515 CE -- Rationality and enlightenment, 1515-1770 -- Revolutionary thoughts, 1770-1848 -- The rise of the masses, 1848-1910 -- The clash of ideologies, 1910-1945 -- Postwar politics, 1945-present.
From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today--Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more--The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought. With easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and accessible text, The Politics Book is an essential reference for students and anyone wondering how politics works.

Media madness : Donald Trump, the press, and the war over the truth

February 12, 2018
Kurtz, Howard, 1953- author.
©2018
ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A catastrophic media failure -- Trump works the refs -- Trump trauma -- A question of loyalty -- A leaky ship of state -- The dossier surfaces -- Spicer goes to war -- Bannon as Darth Vader -- Kellyanne under siege -- Trump targets media "enemies" -- The war over wiretapping -- "The knives are out" -- Answering with airstrikes -- White House game of thrones -- Jared and Ivanka fight back -- The Comey firestorm -- The media go to DEFCON 1 -- Collusion confusion -- Climate change calamity -- The Mueller escalation -- Investigative overreach -- The secret Russia meeting -- The mooch's moment -- Charlottesville catastrophe -- Tackling the sports world -- The fight over "fake news" -- The era of harassment.
"According to the media, Donald Trump could never become president. Now many are on a mission to prove he shouldn't be president. The Trump administration and the press are at war -- and as in any war, the first casualty has been truth.This book offers a stunning expose of how supposedly objective journalists, alarmed by Trump's success, have moved into the opposing camp. Kurtz's exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes interviews with reporters, anchors, and insiders within the Trump White House reveal the unprecedented hostility between the media and the president they cover." -- From book jacket.

An African American and Latinx history of the United States

February 8, 2018
Ortiz, Paul, 1964- author.
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2018]
xi, 276 pages ; 24 cm.
"Killed helping workers to organize": reenvisioning American history -- The Haitian revolution and the birth of emancipatory internationalism, 1770s to 1820s -- The Mexican War of Independence and US history: anti-imperialism as a way of life, 1820s to 1850s -- "To break the fetters of slaves all over the world": the internationalization of the Civil War, 18502 to 1865 -- Global issues of reconstruction: the Cuban solidarity movement, 1860s to 1890s -- Waging war on the government of American banks in the global South, 1890s to 1920s -- Forgotten workers of America: racial capitalism and the war on the working class, 1890s to 1940s -- Emancipatory internationalism vs. the American Century, 1945 to 1960s -- El gran paro Estadounidense: the rebirth of the American working class, 1970s to the present -- Epilogue. A new origin narrative of American history.
"Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the "Global South" was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Scholar and activist Paul Ortiz challenges the notion of westward progress as exalted by widely taught formulations such as "manifest destiny" and "Jacksonian democracy," and shows how placing African American, Latinx, and Indigenous voices unapologetically front and center transforms US history into one of the working class organizing against imperialism. Drawing on rich narratives and primary source documents, Ortiz links racial segregation in the Southwest and the rise and violent fall of a powerful tradition of Mexican labor organizing in the twentieth century, to May 1, 2006, known as International Workers' Day, when migrant laborers--Chicana/os, Afrocubanos, and immigrants from every continent on earth--united in resistance on the first "Day Without Immigrants." As African American civil rights activists fought against Jim Crow laws and Mexican labor organizers warred against the suffocating grip of capitalism, Black and Spanish-language newspapers, abolitionists, and Latin American revolutionaries coalesced around movements built between people from the United States and people from Central America and the Caribbean. And in stark contrast to the resurgence of "America first" rhetoric, Black and Latinx intellectuals and organizers today have urged the United States to build bridges of solidarity with the nations of the America. Incisive and timely, this bottom-up history, told from the interconnected vantage points of Latinx and African Americas, reveals the radically different ways that people of the diaspora have addressed issues still plaguing the United States today, and it offers a way forward in the continued struggle for universal civil rights."--Jacket flaps.

Building the Great Society : inside Lyndon Johnson's White House

February 8, 2018
Zeitz, Joshua, author.
2018
xviii, 378 pages ; 24 cm
Put the ball through the hoop -- Participation in prosperity -- Second day -- Revolutionary activity -- Frontlash -- A frustrating paradox -- Completing the Fair Deal -- Get 'em! Get the last ones! -- The fabulous Eighty-ninth -- Guns and butter -- Backlash -- You aren't a man in your own right -- The thirty-first of March -- Conclusion.
LBJ's towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are the stuff of legend: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and environmental reform. But what happened after the bills passed? One man could not and did not go it alone. Joshua Zeitz reanimates the creative and contentious atmosphere inside Johnson's White House as a talented and energetic group of advisers made LBJ's vision a reality. They desegregated public and private institutions throughout one third of the United States; built Medicare and Medicaid from the ground up in one year; launched federal funding for public education; provided food support for millions of poor children and adults; and launched public television and radio, all in the space of five years, even as Vietnam strained the administration's credibility and budget. Bill Moyers, Jack Valenti, Joe Califano, Harry McPherson and the other staff members who comprised LBJ's inner circle were men as pragmatic and ambitious as Johnson, equally skilled in the art of accumulating power or throwing a sharp elbow. Building the Great Society is the story of how one of the most competent White House staffs in American history - serving one of the most complicated presidents ever to occupy the Oval Office - fundamentally changed everyday life for millions of citizens and forged a legacy of compassionate and interventionist government.

Rise and kill first : the secret history of Israel's targeted assassinations

February 7, 2018
Bergman, Ronen, author.
©2018
xxiv, 753 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
In blood and fire -- A secret world is born -- The bureau for arranging meetings with God -- The entire Supreme Command, with one blow -- "As if the sky were falling on our heads" -- A series of catastrophes -- "Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine" -- Meir Dagan and his expertise -- The PLO goes international -- "I have no problem with anyone that I've killed" -- "Wrong identification of a target is not a failure. It's a mistake." -- Hubris -- Death in the toothpaste -- A pack of wild dogs -- "Abu Nidal, abu shmidal" -- Black flag -- The Shin Bet coup -- Then came a spark -- Intifada -- Nebuchadnezzar -- Green storm rising -- The age of the drone -- Mughniyeh's revenge -- "Just one switch, off and on" -- "Bring us the head of Ayyash" -- "Sly as a snake, naive as a little child" -- A low point -- All-out war -- "More suicide bombers than explosive vests" -- "The target has been eliminated, but the operation failed" -- The rebellion in Unit 8200 -- Picking anemones -- The radical front -- Killing Maurice -- Impressive tactical success, disastrous strategic failure.
"The first definitive history of the Mossad, Shin Bet, and the IDF's targeted killing programs. The Talmud says: 'If someone comes to kill you, rise up and kill him first.' This instinct to take every measure, even the most aggressive, to defend the Jewish people is hardwired into Israel's DNA. From the very beginning of its statehood in 1948, protecting the nation from harm has been the responsibility of its intelligence community and armed services, and there is one weapon in their vast arsenal that they have relied upon to thwart the most serious threats: Targeted assassinations have been used countless times, on enemies large and small, sometimes in response to attacks against the Israeli people and sometimes preemptively. In this page-turning, eye-opening book, journalist and military analyst Ronen Bergman offers a riveting inside account of the targeted killing programs--their successes, their failures, and the moral and political price exacted on the men and women who approved and carried out the missions. Bergman has gained the exceedingly rare cooperation of many current and former members of the Israeli government, including Prime Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as high-level figures in the country's military and intelligence services: the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), the Mossad (the world's most feared intelligence agency), Caesarea (a "Mossad within the Mossad" that carries out attacks on the highest-value targets), and the Shin Bet (an internal security service that implemented the largest targeted assassination campaign ever, in order to stop what had once appeared to be unstoppable: suicide terrorism). Including never-before-reported, behind-the-curtain accounts of key operations, and based on hundreds of on-the-record interviews and thousands of files to which Bergman has gotten exclusive access over his decades of reporting, Rise and Kill First brings us deep into the heart of Israel's most secret activities. Bergman traces, from statehood to the present, the gripping events and thorny ethical questions underlying Israel's targeted killing campaign, which has shaped the Israeli nation, the Middle East, and the entire world."--Dust jacket.

Windfall : how the new energy abundance upends global politics and strengthens America's power

February 6, 2018
O'Sullivan, Meghan L., author.
©2017
xii, 479 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The new energy abundance -- Behind the price plunge -- The new oil order -- Natural gas becomes more like oil -- The American phenomenon -- America's unrequited love -- Hard power accelerator -- Soft powering up -- Energy abundance, climate, and the environment -- The international environment -- Europe: catching a break -- Russia: more petulant, less powerful -- China: greater degrees of freedom -- The Middle East: trying to make the most of a tough situation -- Conclusion: from serendipity to strategy.
The Harvard professor argues that fears of energy scarcity have resulted in energy abundance, and describes how new energy realities create a strategic environment to Americas advantage.

Enemies and neighbors : Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

February 5, 2018
Black, Ian, 1953- author.
©2017
xxii, 605 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Enemies and Neighbors is a balanced account of over 100 years of the Israel-Palestine conflict, published on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (the famous pledge made by the British government on Nov. 2, 1917 expressing sympathy for a national Jewish home in Palestine). 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in June 1967, during which Israel seized its current borders. Much of the existing literature on the Israel-Palestine conflict focuses on the era post-Israeli independence (starting in 1948), has a clear bias, and/or comes at the subject from an academic angle. This is a major, engagingly written trade history covering the entire arc of the conflict up to the present, and Black has done an extraordinary job of telling it from both sides.

Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic

January 31, 2018
Frum, David, 1960- author.
©
xvi, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Pre-existing conditions -- Enablers -- Appeasers -- Plunder -- Betrayals -- Enemies of the people -- Rigged system -- America alone -- Autoimmune disorder -- Resentments -- Believers -- Hope.
"From Russia to South Africa, from Turkey to the Philippines, from Venezuela to Hungary, authoritarian leaders have smashed restraints on their power. Media freedom and judicial independence have eroded. The right to vote remains, but the right to have one's vote counted fairly may not. Until the US presidential election of 2016, the global decline of democracy seemed a concern for other peoples in other lands... That complacent optimism has been upended by the political rise of Donald Trump. The crisis is upon Americans, here and now. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably. As he and his family enrich themselves, the presidency itself falls into the hands of the generals and financiers who surround him. While much of the country has been focused on Russia, David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. In Trumpocracy, he documents how Trump and his administration are steadily damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy. During his own White House tenure as George W. Bush's speechwriter, Frum witnessed the ways the presidency is limited not by law but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened. Whether the Trump presidency lasts two, four, or eight more years, he has changed the nature of the office for the worse, and likely for decades."--Inside dust jacket.

When they call you a terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir

January 30, 2018
Khan-Cullors, Patrisse, 1984- author.
©2017
xiv, 257 pages ; 20 cm
Foreword / Angela Davis -- Part one: All the bones we could find. Introduction: We are stardust ; Community, interrupted ; Twelve ; Bloodlines ; Magnitude and bond ; Witness ; Out in the world ; All the bones we could find -- Part two: Black Lives Matter. Zero dark thirty: the remix ; No ordinary love ; Dignity and power. Now. ; Black Lives Matter ; Raid ; A call, a response ; #SayHerName ; Black futures ; When they call you a terrorist.
"A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America--and the founding of a movement that demands restorative justice for all in the land at the tree Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood In Los Angeles, Patrisse KhanCullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin's killer went free, Patrisse's outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love, to tell the country--and the world--that Black Lives Matter. [This book] is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele's reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable."--Dust jacket.

Finks : how the CIA tricked the world's best writers

January 30, 2018
Whitney, Joel, (Journalist), author.
©2016
329 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Graduates -- The responsibility of editors -- Pasternak, the CIA, and Feltrinelli -- The Paris Review goes to Moscow -- Did the CIA censor its magazines? -- James Baldwin's protest -- Into India -- The US coup in Guatemala -- Cuba : a portrait by Figueres, Plimpton, Hemingway, Garcia Marquez, part 1 -- Cuba : a portrait by Plimpton, Hemingway and Garcia Marquez, part 2 -- Tools rush in : Pablo Neruda, Mundo Nuevo and Keith Botsford -- The vital center cannot hold -- Blowback -- Coda. Afghanistan.
"When news broke that the CIA had colluded with literary magazines to produce cultural propaganda throughout the Cold War, a debate began that has never been resolved. The story continues to unfold, with the reputations of some of America's best-loved literary figures--including Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and Richard Wright--tarnished as their work for the intelligence agency has come to light. Finks is a tale of two CIAs, and how they blurred the line between propaganda and literature. One CIA created literary magazines that promoted American and European writers and cultural freedom, while the other toppled governments, using assassination and censorship as political tools. Defenders of the 'cultural' CIA argue that it should have been lauded for boosting interest in the arts and freedom of thought, but the two CIAs had the same undercover goals, and shared many of the same methods: deception, subterfuge and intimidation. Finks demonstrates how the good-versus-bad CIA is a false divide, and that the cultural Cold Warriors again and again used anti-Communism as a lever to spy relentlessly on leftists, and indeed writers of all political inclinations, and thereby pushed U.S. democracy a little closer to the Soviet model of the surveillance state."--Publisher description.

It's even worse than you think : what the Trump administration is doing to America

January 29, 2018
Johnston, David Cay, 1948- author.
©2018
306 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: A president like no other. The Trump factor ; Kleptocracy rising ; Emoluments ; Refusals to pay ; Appointees -- Part II: Jobs. Hiding in the budget ; A mighty job creator ; Forgetting the forgotten man ; Washington apprentice -- Part III: Taxes. The tax expert ; Trump's tax return ; Trump's wall -- Part IV: Fossil fuels and climate and science denial. Polluters' paradise ; Go FOIA yourself ; Interior purging ; Stripping science ; Stocking the swamp -- Part V: Global affairs. Diplomacy ; Trade ; Digital delusions -- Part VI: Education. Promises and performances ; Bankers before brains -- Part VII: Law and order, veterans, race and guns, immigration. Above the law ; Wounding the veterans ; The road to Charlottesville ; Immigration -- Part VIII: Conclusion. The con unravels.
"No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn: The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall--if it ever gets built. Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don't leak prematurely. Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners, to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families. The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is pass⥮ When Trump isn't in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest--but not the reality."--Dust jacket.

The republic of virtue : how we tried to ban corruption, failed, and what we can do about it

January 29, 2018
Buckley, F. H. (Francis H.), 1948- author.
©2017
261 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Our Machiavellian moment -- Excusing corruption -- The silent killer -- The dream of a virtuous republic -- An anticorruption covenant -- What corruption meant to the framers -- The promise of virtuous government -- How did that work out? -- Federalism and corruption -- The Mississippi story -- Designing a virtuous justice system -- The silver bullet -- Bribes -- The republic of defection -- Policing crony capitalism : what doesn't work -- Three reforms -- The heavenly city of the enlightened reformer.
Public corruption is the silent killer of our economy. Weve spawned the thickest network of patronage and influence ever seen in any country, a crony capitalism in which business partners with government and transfers wealth from the poor to the rich. This is a betrayal of the Framers vision for America, and of the Constitution they saw as an anti-corruption covenant. Most Americans get it, and this explains the otherwise improbable rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

Supreme myths : why the Supreme Court is not a court and its justices are not judges

January 26, 2018
Segall, Eric J.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, ©2012.
xvii, 219 pages ; 24 cm
Supreme mythology -- Marbury v. Madison and the birth of judicial review -- Racial discrimination : Dred Scott, Plessy, and the Reconstruction amendments -- The economy -- Abortion -- Guns -- Affirmative action -- Freedom of religion -- Proposals.
"Eric Segall, professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law for two decades, explains why this third branch of the national government is an institution that makes important judgments about fundamental questions based on the Justices' ideological preferences, not the law. A complete understanding of the true nature of the Court's decision-making process is necessary, he argues, before an intelligent debate over who should serve on the Court--and how they should resolve cases--can be held. Addressing front-page areas of constitutional law such as health care, abortion, affirmative action, gun control, and freedom of religion, this book offers a frank description of how the Supreme Court truly operates, a critique of life tenure of its Justices, and a set of proposals aimed at making the Court function more transparently to further the goals of our representative democracy"--Provided by publisher.

How democracies die

January 25, 2018
Levitsky, Steven, author.
New York : Crown, 2018.
312 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Fateful alliances -- Gatekeeping in America -- The great Republican abdication -- Subverting democracy -- The guardrails of democracy -- The unwritten rules of American politics -- The unraveling -- Trump against the guardrails -- Saving democracy.
"Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die--and how ours can be saved."--Dust jacket.

The political Pope : how Pope Francis is delighting the liberal left and abandoning conservatives

January 25, 2018
Neumayr, George, author.
New York : Center Street, 2017.
277 pages ; 24 cm
The Pope they have been waiting for -- "Who am I to judge?" -- The left's long march to the papacy -- The liberal Jesuit from Latin America -- The unholy alliance -- The first radical green Pope -- The open-borders Pope -- The pacifist Pope -- "I don't want to convert you" -- The permissive Pope -- How Francis is undoing the legacy of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI -- Will Paul correct Peter?
Although Pope Francis is beloved by many, George Neumayr argues that some conservative Catholics believe he embraces many of the policies and rhetoric of the hard left, possibly as a consequence of being educated in socialist Argentina. Neumayr argues that for many decades, the left has worked to undermine the Catholic Church--perhaps the most powerful conservative institution in the world. He states that In the twentieth century, communists and leftists spread liberation theology and modernism throughout the Church, and now--via Pope Francis--the radical left has succeeded at the Church's highest level. Neumayr offers an untold story of the left's effort to enlist the Vatican in its global world order, and of the right's battle to stop it.

The trade : my journey into the labyrinth of political kidnapping

January 25, 2018
Van Dyk, Jere, author.
©2017
xxvii, 418 pages : map ; 25 cm
The White House, June 24, 2015 -- New York, December 23, 2001 -- Kabul, January 2002 -- Yunus Khalis, Spring 2002 -- Family feuds -- Smugglers and fixers in the borderlands -- The trade -- Back homeland -- Michael Semple -- The first Daniel Pearl -- Local and international -- Meetings with four important men -- Your input is very welcome... -- The work of ghosts -- The story of Fazul Rahim -- A rising star -- Closer -- The Pakhtun Festival -- The mystery of Gohar Zaman -- Ibrahim -- A promise kept -- Taliban Military Council -- The families -- Ripple effects.
In 2008, American journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped and held for 45 days. At the time, he had no idea who his kidnappers were. They demanded a ransom and the release of three of their comrades from Guantanamo, yet they hinted at their ties to Pakistan and to the Haqqani network, a uniquely powerful group that now holds the balance of power in large parts of Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. After his release, Van Dyk wrote a book about his capture and what it took to survive in this most hostile of circumstances. Yet he never answered the fundamental questions that his kidnapping raised: Why was he taken? Why was he released? And who saved his life? Every kidnapping is a labyrinth in which the certainties of good and bad, light and dark are merged in the quiet dialogues and secret handshakes that accompany a release or a brutal fatality. In The Trade, Jere Van Dyk uses the sinuous path of his own kidnapping to explain the recent rise in the taking of Western hostages across the greater Middle East. He discovers that he was probably not taken by the anonymous "Taliban," as he thought, but by the very people who helped arrange his trip and then bargained for his release. It was not a matter of chance: CBS, Van Dyk's employer at the time, launched a secret rescue and, he learned later, paid an undisclosed ransom to a tribal chief who controlled the area in which he was kidnapped and who delivered him and his guide safely to a US Army base. In 2013, Van Dyk returned to the Middle East to unravel the links among jihadist groups, specifically that of the Haqqani network. His investigation finally paid off in 2015, when Van Dyk was taken to a discreet room in a guesthouse in Islamabad where he met Ibrahim Haqqani, part of the leadership of the Haqqani network who has been seen by very few outsiders since 9/11. There, Van Dyk learned of the Haqqanis' links to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the ISI, and the CIA and their involvement in the kidnapping of Bowe Bergdahl and many others. Back in the United States, Van Dyk saw the other side of the kidnapping labyrinth as he became involved with other former hostages and the families of recent kidnapping victims murdered by the Islamic State. Van Dyk's investigation shows how America's foreign policy strategy, the terrible cynicism of the kidnappers, and a world of shadowy interlocutors who play both sides of many bargains combine to create a brutal business out of the exchange of individual human lives for vast sums of money -- publisher's website.

Hitler's monsters : a supernatural history of the Third Reich

January 24, 2018
Kurlander, Eric, 1973- author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
xxii, 422 pages, 12 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Supernatural Roots of Nazism : Ario-Germanic Religion, Border Science, and the Austro-German Occult Revival, 1889-1914 -- From the Thule Society to the NSDAP : Fashioning the Nazi Supernatural Imaginary, 1912-24 -- Exploiting Hitler's Magic : From Weimar's Horrors to Visions of the Third Reich -- The Third Reich's War on the Occult : Anti-Occultism, Hitler's Magicians' Controversy, and the Hess Action -- The Stars Come Down to Frozen Earth : Border Science in the Third Reich -- Lucifer's Court : Ario-Germanic Paganism, Indo-Aryan Spirituality, and the Nazi Search for Alternative Religions -- The Supernatural and the Second World War : Folklore and Border Science in Foreign Policy, Propaganda, and Military Operations -- Monstrous Science : Racial Resettlement, Human Experiments, and the Holocaust -- Nazi Twilight : Miracle Weapons, Supernatural Partisans, and the Collapse of the Third Reich.
"The definitive history of the supernatural in Nazi Germany, exploring the occult ideas, esoteric sciences, and pagan religions touted by the Third Reich in the service of power. The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler's personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion. In this eye-opening history, Eric Kurlander reveals how the Third Reich's relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire"-- Provided by publisher.

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