New Arrivals · Politics

February 13, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

And then all hell broke loose : two decades in the Middle East

February 12, 2016
Engel, Richard, 1973- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
ix, 241 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"Based on two decades of reporting, NBC's chief foreign correspondent's riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close--sometimes dangerously so. When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventure tale. Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel's vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land."

The most wanted man in China : my journey from scientist to enemy of the state

February 12, 2016
Fang, Lizhi, author.
©2016
xviii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
My ancestors -- My home in Beijing -- Elementary school in occupied Beijing -- My prime movers -- On campus at Peking University -- My first trip to the bottom -- Life in the fields -- Into the University of Science and Technology -- Days under the dynasty -- Re-education at Bagong Mountain -- Arrival in Hefei -- Turn toward astrophysics -- Modernization at the end of the 1970s -- Stepping out of China -- In the tides of reform -- Vice President of the University of Science and Technology of China -- Bourgeois liberalism -- Dissident -- Spring 1989 -- Thirteen months -- Afterword by Perry Link.
"A long-awaited memoir by the celebrated physicist whose clashes with the Chinese regime helped inspired the Tiananmen Square protests describes how in spite of his scientific contributions he was sentenced to hard labor for decades and eventually sought asylum from the U.S.,"--NoveList.

Foreign oil dependence

February 12, 2016
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
88 pages ; 23 cm.
The United States cannot attain energy independence / Jordan Weissmann -- Reducing US dependence on foreign oil will strengthen the economy / Jason Furman and Gene Sperling -- Reducing US dependence on foreign oil will not strengthen the economy / Sam Mutasem -- US foreign oil dependence is a security threat / John Miller -- Energy independence will not break OPEC influence / Gal Luft and Anne Korin -- The Keystone XL Pipeline is not a good energy choice / Brad Wieners -- Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia / David Usborne -- Energy innovation needed to reduce dependence on foreign oil, save money / Pew Charitable Trusts -- What it would really take to reverse climate change / Ross Koningstein and David Fork -- Ethanol can help to achieve energy independence / National Corn Growers Association -- Ethanol will not help to achieve energy independence / Jill Richardson.

Breakthrough : the making of America's first woman president

February 10, 2016
Cohen, Nancy L., author.
©2016
323 pages ; 24 cm
Outside in -- The new guard -- Leading while female -- Goldilocks nation -- Hillary -- A brief history of women's political inequality -- The Republican dilemma -- The politics of women's bodies -- Breakthrough -- Why women's leadership matters.
"From Hollywood to the halls of Congress, a lively conversation about women's leadership, equal pay, and family-work balance is underway. On the cusp of a historic breakthrough-- the potential election of America's first woman president-- Nancy L. Cohen takes us inside the world of America's women political leaders. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with women governors and senators from both parties, experts, political operatives, and a diverse array of voters, Breakthrough paints an intimate portrait of the savvy women who've built an alternative to the old boys club and are rewriting the playbook for how women succeed in politics. In this accessible and often surprising story, Cohen introduces us to the inspiring women behind the women who have brought us to this threshold, and to a dynamic group of young leaders who are redefining how we think about leadership, feminism, and men's essential role in achieving gender equality. Breakthrough takes on our cultural assumptions to show that the barriers that once blocked a woman's ascent to the presidency have fallen, even more than we realize"-- Amazon.com.

The First Congress : how James Madison, George Washington, and a group of extraordinary men invented the government

February 10, 2016
Bordewich, Fergus M., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xv, 396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preface: Nebuchadnezzar's monster -- An ocean always turbulent -- The fostering hand of government -- A new era -- Pomp and quiddling -- A very perplexing business -- A great and delicate subject -- Vile politics -- Propositions of a doubtful nature -- Paper guarantees -- A centre without parallel -- Interlude I -- The labyrinth of finance -- A gross national iniquity -- The trumpet of sedition -- Cabals, meetings, plots & counterplots -- A southern position -- Indians -- Interlude II -- Freedom's favorite seat -- A most mischievous engine -- Epilogue: American dawn.
"The First Congress was the most important in US history says prizewinning author and historian Fergus Bordewich, because it established how our government would actually function. Had it failed--as many at the time feared it would--it's possible that the United States as we know it would not exist today,"--NoveList.

Wait till I'm dead : uncollected poems

February 9, 2016
Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997, author.
©2016
xxvii, 242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
1980s. Second spontaneous collaboration into the air, circa 23 May 1980 ; A tall student ; Good god I got high bloodpressure answering ; Amnesiac thirst for fame ; A knock, look in the mirror ; The black man ; Thundering undies ; Trungpa lectures ; Pinsk after dark ; Two scenes ; Listening to Susan Sontag ; You want money? ; Cats scratching ; I used to live in gay sad Paris! ; As the rain drips from the gutter on the bushes of the imperial court lawn ; Having bowed down my forehead on the pavement on Central Park West ; Far away ; Back to Wuppertal ; Am I a spy from the moon? ; Awakened at dawn trying to run away- ; Grey clouds hang over ; 1/29/84 N.Y.C. ; CXXV ; Rose is gone ; 3'd day down Yangtze River, yesterday ; African spirituality will save the Earth ; Face to fact ; Who's gone? ; Bob Dylan touring with Grateful Dead -- 1990s. Asia minor for Gregory ; The moon in the dewdrop is the real moon ; New Years greeting ; Hermaphrodite market ; Las conversation with Carl or in memoriam ; Dream of Carl Solomon.
A posthumous collection of more than 100 Ginsberg poems is largely comprised of spontaneously penned or forgotten works included in letters or sent to obscure publications and is arranged in chronological order and complemented by extensive author notes. --Publisher's description.

The Black presidency : Barack Obama and the politics of race in America

February 9, 2016
Dyson, Michael Eric, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xvi, 346 pages ; 24 cm
The burden of representation -- How to be a Black president : "I can't sound like Martin" -- "Invisible man got the whole world watching" : race, bi-race, post-race in the Obama presidency -- Black presidency, Black rhetoric : Pharaoh and Moses speak -- Re-founding father : patriotism, citizenship, and Obama's America -- The scold of Black folk : the bully pulpit and Black responsibility -- Dying to speak of race : policing Black America -- Going Bulworth : Black truth and white terror in the age of Obama -- Amazing grace : Obama's African American theology -- President Obama's speeches and statements on race.
Michael Eric Dyson delivers a provocative exploration of the politics of race and the Obama presidency. Barack Obama's presidency unfolded against the national traumas of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott. The nation's first African American president was careful to give few major race speeches, yet he faced criticism from all sides, including from African Americans. How has Obama's race affected his presidency and the nation's identity? Dyson explores whether Obama's use of his own biracialism as a symbol has been driven by the president's desire to avoid a painful moral reckoning on race. And he sheds light on identity issues within the black power structure, telling how Obama has spurned traditional black power brokers, significantly reducing their leverage. Perhaps most movingly, Dyson illuminates the transformative moments, especially in his second term, when Obama has publicly embraced his blackness and used it as a powerful lens onto America, black and white. President Obama's own voice--from an Oval Office interview granted to Dyson for the book--along with that of Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and Andrew Young, among others, adds depth to this tour of the nation's first black presidency.--Adapted from book jacket.

The future we want : radical ideas for a new century

February 9, 2016
New York , New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, [2016]
viii, 195 pages ; 21 cm
Introduction / Sarah Leonard -- Working for the Weekend / Chris Maisano -- Small Not Beautiful / Tim Barker -- The Red and the Black / Seth Ackerman -- How to Make Black Lives Really, Truly Matter / Jesse A. Myerson and Mychal Denzel Smith -- Sex Class / Sarah Leonard -- Life as Education / Megan Erickson -- A Prison Revolution / Raven Rakia -- After Gay Marriage / Kate Redburn -- The Cure for Bad Science / Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones -- The Green and the Red / Alyssa Battistoni -- Laying the Terrain / Peter Frase and Bhaskar Sunkara.

Children of paradise : the struggle for the soul of Iran

February 4, 2016
Secor, Laura, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
xv, 508 pages : map ; 24 cm
Revolution. Little black fish ; Islamic Republic ; The period of constant contemplation ; Baptism of blood -- Rebirth. Expansion and contraction ; Thermidor ; The second of Khordad -- Reform. The chain murders ; The eighteenth of Tir ; Master plans ; The miracle room ; The spider's house ; Postmortem -- Resistance. A common man ; Asieh ; The epic of dirt and dust ; The end of the dirty wars of intellectuals.
In 1979, seemingly overnight-- moving at a clip some thirty years faster than the rest of the world-- Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been largely a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the horizon. But inside Iran, a breathtaking drama has unfolded since then, as religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists, and activists have imagined and reimagined what Iran should be. They have drawn as deeply on the traditions of the West as of the East and have acted upon their beliefs with urgency and passion, frequently staking their lives for them.-- Publisher

Exit right : the people who left the Left and reshaped the American century

February 3, 2016
Oppenheimer, Daniel.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
x, 403 pages ; 24 cm
In Spite of Noise and Confusion : Whittaker Chambers -- The Finest Brain : James Burnham -- When the Team's Up Against It : Ronald Reagan -- Mr. Yes, Mr. No : Norman Podhoretz -- The Betrayed : David Horowitz -- A Man Alone : Christopher Hitchens -- Postscript.
"A provocative, intimate look at the evolution of America's political soul through the lives of six political figures--from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens--who abandoned the left and joined the right. In Exit Right, Daniel Oppenheimer tells the stories of six major political figures whose journeys away from the left reshaped the contours of American politics in the twentieth century. By going deep into the minds of six apostates--Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens--Oppenheimer offers an unusually intimate history of the American left, and the right's reaction. Oppenheimer is a brilliant new voice in political history who has woven together the past century's most important movements into a single book that reveals the roots of American politics. Through the eyes of his six subjects, we see America grow, stumble, and forge ahead--from World War I up through the Great Depression and World War II, from the Red Scare up through the Civil Rights Movement, and from the birth of neoconservatism up through 9/11 and the dawn of the Iraq War. At its core, Exit Right is a book that asks profound questions about why and how we come to believe politically at all--on the left or the right. Each of these six lives challenges us to ask where our own beliefs come from, and what it might take to change them. At a time of sky-high partisanship, Oppenheimer breaks down the boundaries that divide us and investigates the deeper origins of our politics. This is a book that will resonate with readers on the left and the right--as well as those stuck somewhere in the middle"--Provided by publisher.

Brown is the new white : how the demographic revolution has created a new American majority

February 3, 2016
Phillips, Steve, 1964- author.
©2016
xix, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
51 percent (and growing every day): the new American majority -- Meet the new American majority -- Blinded by the white -- Requiem for the white swing voter -- Fewer smart ass white boys -- Invest wisely -- What is justice? Policy priorities for the new American majority -- Conservatives can count -- Conclusion: From fear to hope.

The senator from New England : the rise of JFK

February 3, 2016
Savage, Sean J., 1964- author.
Albany, New York : Excelsior Editions, State University of New York Press, [2015]
xii, 333 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 24 cm

Dorothy, "an amoral and dangerous woman" : the murder of E. Howard Hunt's wife : Watergate's darkest secret

February 3, 2016
Hunt, Saint John, 1954- author.
©2015
xvii, 185 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Born in Ohio -- Bern, 1944 -- Shanghai, 1945 -- Paris 1949 -- The Organization for European Economic Cooperation -- Mrs. E. Howard Hunt -- A clean slate -- Mexico City, 1950 -- Tokyo, 1954 -- Montevideo, 1957 -- Washington, D.C. 1960 -- Madrid, 1964 -- Witches Island, 1966 -- Who's on first? -- Watergate begins -- Watergate blues -- Hippie with a shotgun -- Dorothy : Watergate paymaster -- The $1,000,000 dollar question -- Watergate continues -- CIA shadows -- Chicago, 1972 -- We aren't in Kansas anymore -- Prison & hearings -- Escape from Witches Island -- The end?
Written by her son, this compelling tale of espionage presents the mysterious life and death of Dorothy Hunt, wife of CIA operative and Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt.

David's sling : a history of democracy in ten works of art

February 3, 2016
Gardner Coates, Victoria C.
New York : Encounter Books, [2016]
xiii, 310 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Throughout western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of works from the Parthenon to Michelangelo's David to Picasso's Guernica, histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon. Millions have admired the works of art covered in this book but relatively few know why they were commissioned, what was happening in the culture that produced them, and what they were meant to achieve. Even scholars who have worked on these objects for decades often miss the big picture as these objects have been traditionally studied in isolation. The goal of this book is to integrate the pursuits of creative excellence and human freedom on the grounds that this synthetic approach will bring a fresh, new perspective into both lines of inquiry. David's Sling places into context ten canonical works of art executed to commemorate the successes of free societies that exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected of them. The book thus fuses political and art history with a judiciously-applied dose of creative reconstruction to craft a lively narrative around each key work of art and the free system that inspired it. David's Sling tells their story"-- Provided by publisher.

Too dumb to fail : how the GOP betrayed the Reagan revolution to win elections (and how it can reclaim its conservative roots)

February 3, 2016
Lewis, Matt K., author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
xxvi, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Part One: the Great Thinkers Who Invented Conservatism -- 1. A History of Brilliant Conservatism -- 2. Ronald Reagan: A Student and a Star -- 3. Tear Down This Party! -- Part Two: The Great Betrayal -- 4. How the GOP Went South -- 5. Living on a Prayer -- 6. Surrending the Culture -- Part Three: What a Mess -- 7. Too Smart to Win -- 8. Meet the Vultures -- 9. The Conservative Echo Chamber -- Part Four: How to Fix It -- 10. Acceptance -- 11. Modernize, Don't Moderate -- 12. What Can I Do?.
"From a leading voice among young conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stay relevant the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and re-commit to historic conservative values,"--Amazon.com.

1916 : a global history

February 2, 2016
Jeffery, Keith, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain, 2015"--Title-page verso.
Gallipoli -- Verdun -- On the Isonzo -- 'Ypres on the Liffey' -- Jutland and the war at sea -- The Eastern Front -- Asia -- The war in Africa -- The Somme -- The Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans -- The USA -- Russia -- The potential for peace in 1916.
"This is eminent historian Keith Jeffery's accomplishment in his magisterial '1916: a global history,' which focuses on a sequence of key events that unfolded around the world that year, and casts the Great War in an entirely new light"-- Dust jacket flap.

Dark money : the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right

February 2, 2016
Mayer, Jane, author.
©2016
xii, 449 pages : chart ; 25 cm
Chart on lining papers.
The investors -- Weaponizing philanthropy : the war of ideas, 1970-2008. Radicals : a Koch family history ; The hidden hand : Richard Mellon Scaife ; Beachheads : John M. Olin and the Bradley brothers ; The Koch method : free-market mayhem ; The Kochtopus : free-market machine -- Secret sponsors : covert operations, 2009-2010. Boots on the ground ; Tea time ; The fossils ; Money is speech : the long road to "Citizens United" ; The shellacking : dark money's midterm debut, 2010 -- Privatizing politics : total combat, 2011-2014. The spoils : plundering Congress ; Mother of all wars : the 2012 setback ; The States : gaining ground ; Selling the new Koch : a better battle plan.
"Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But Mayer shows that a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Their core beliefs-- that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom-- are sincerely held. The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch. Mayer traces the trail of the billions of dollars spent by their network, and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy."--Publisher.

Liberty and coercion : the paradox of American government from the founding to the present

February 2, 2016
Gerstle, Gary, 1954-
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015.
xiii, 452 pages ; 24 cm
A liberal state emerges, 1780-1840 -- The states and their police power, 1790s-1920s -- An improvisational liberal state, 1860-1920 -- World War I : crisis and resurgence -- Money, parties, and extra-constitutional government, 1830-1930 -- From populism to the iron triangle : building the agricultural state, 1880-1940 -- From Gilded Age strikes to the treaty of Detroit : the challenge of labor, 1880-1960 -- Leviathan rising, 1945-1970 -- Breaking the power of the states, 1960-1980 -- Leviathan besieged, 1980-2015.

Our promised land : faith and militant Zionism in Israeli settlements

February 1, 2016
Selengut, Charles, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xxi, 179 pages : map ; 24 cm
The rise of the settlements -- From Zionism to messianic nationalism -- Faith, culture, and community life -- Inside the settlements : portraits, conversations and experiences -- Judaism, religious nationalism, and the Middle East conflict.
"Our Promised Land takes readers inside radical Israeli settlements to explore how these settlements were formed, what the people in them believe, and their role in Israel and the Middle East today. Drawing on three years of research in these settlements, Our Promised Land offers an in-depth exploration of a topic that is often mentioned in headlines but little understood. Attempting to take a neutral perspective on a contentious topic, the book offers an overview of settlements in Israeli past and present, filled with the voices and stories of people who live there"--Provided by publisher.

Republic of spin : an inside history of the American presidency

January 29, 2016
Greenberg, David, 1968-
©2016
xvii, 540 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Introduction: A world of spin -- Part I. The age of publicity -- Theodore Roosevelt and the public presidency -- William McKinley and the passing of the old order -- The rise of public opinion -- TR and "the fair-haired" -- Muckraking and its critics -- The passion of Upton Sinclair -- The dawn of public relations -- Wilson speaks -- Pitiless publicity -- The press agents' war -- The journey of George Creel -- Disillusionment -- Part II. The age of ballyhoo -- Return to normalcy -- Walter Lippmann and the problem of the majority -- The likes and dislikes of H.L. Mencken -- Bruce Barton and the soul of the 1920s -- "Silent Cal" -- The overt acts of Edward Bernays -- Master of emergencies -- Part III. The age of communication -- Tuned to Roosevelt -- Nazism and propaganda -- The dark side of radio -- Campaigns, inc. -- The wizard of Washington -- The road to war -- The facts and figures of Archibald MacLeish -- Propaganda and the "Good War" -- Part IV. The age of news management -- The underestimation of Harry Truman -- George Gallup and the promise of scientific polling -- Psychological warfare -- Eisenhower answers America -- Salesmanship and secrecy -- The TV president -- "Atoms for peace" -- Vance Packard and the anxiety of persuasion -- Part V. The age of image making -- Theodore H. White and the unmaking of presidential mystique -- The great debates -- The politics of image -- The Kennedy moment -- News management in Camelot -- Crisis -- "Let us continue" -- The credibility gap -- The new politics -- Part VI. The age of spin -- Richard Nixon and the permanent campaign -- The Reagan apotheosis -- Spinning out of control -- George W. Bush and the "truthiness" problem -- Barack Obama and the spin of no spin.
"The most powerful political tool of the modern presidency is control of the message and the image. The Greeks called it 'rhetoric,' Gilded Age politicians called it 'publicity,' and some today might call it 'lying,' but spin is a built-in feature of American democracy. Presidents deploy it to engage, persuade, and mobilize the people--in whom power ultimately resides. Presidential historian David Greenberg recounts the development of the White House spin machine from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama. His sweeping narrative introduces us to the visionary advisers who taught politicians to manage the press, gauge public opinion, and master the successive new media of radio, television, and the Internet. We see Wilson pioneering the press conference, FDR scheming with his private pollsters, Reagan's aides hatching sound bites, and George W. Bush staging his extravagant photo-ops. We also see the past century's most provocative political critics, from H. L. Mencken to Stephen Colbert, grappling with the ambiguous role of spin in a democracy--its capacity for misleading but also for leading"--Provided by publisher.

The fight : a Secret Service agent's inside account of security failings and the political machine

January 29, 2016
Bongino, Dan, author.
©2015
xi, 226 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
What events led a veteran Secret Service agent at the top of his profession, with no political experience, to resign his position and run for office, nearly pulling off the unlikeliest of upsets as a Republican in a deep-blue state? More importantly, what insight on issues from national and personal security to big politics can be gleaned from his successes as a Secret Service agent and failures in politics? As a former member of the elite Presidential Protection Division who served three Presidents, bestselling author Dan Bongino is uniquely qualified to provide a view from behind the curtain to warn readers about the political system that is failing them, and the security future that won't protect them. --Publisher

Right out of California : the 1930s and the big business roots of modern conservatism

January 29, 2016
Olmsted, Kathryn S., author.
©2015
323 pages ; 25 cm
Revolution and Reaction -- The Great Strike -- A New Deal -- Bohemians -- Imperial -- Crooks or Tools -- Seeing Red -- Campaigns Inc. -- Making History -- Harvest.
"In a major reassessment of modern conservatism, noted historian Kathryn S. Olmsted reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the cauldron that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR's New Deal. Right Out of California tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics--a narrative that pits a ruthless generation of growers against a passionate cast of reformers, writers, and revolutionaries. Olmsted reveals how California's businessmen learned the language of populism with the help of allies in the media and entertainment industries, and in the process created a new style of politics: corporate funding of grassroots groups, military-style intelligence gathering against political enemies, professional campaign consultants, and alliances between religious and economic conservatives. The business leaders who battled for the hearts and minds of Depression-era California, moreover, would go on to create the organizations that launched the careers of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. A riveting history in its own right, Right Out of California is also a vital chapter in our nation's political transformation whose echoes are still felt today"-- Provided by publisher.

The Covenant with Black America : ten years later

January 29, 2016
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- compiler, editor.
[United States] : Smiley Books, 2016.
xii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Iran : ally or enemy : Persian Empire, pariah state, nuclear partner.

January 28, 2016
Berkeley, CA : Lightning Guides, [2015]
126 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm.
"After decades of political and cultural isolation, Iran faces a new chapter in its 2500-year-old history. Following the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Iran will re-enter international trade markets and be reinstated in the eyes of the West. Trace the evolution and impact of Iran's complex relationship with the United States in Iran: Ally or Enemy? Through a series of concise, powerful articles, Iran: Ally or Enemy? examines events from the shah's rule to the Islamic Revolution to the hostage crisis. Placing these tensions and milestones in context, Iran follows the country's emergence from its status as a geopolitical pariah to its new role: a partner for the West"--Amazon.com.

Russia: Putin's playground, empire, revolution, and the new Tsar

January 28, 2016
Edel, Anastasia.
[Place of publication not identified]: Lightning Guides, 2015.
134 p. : color illustrations ; 18 cm.
"An informed and nuanced portrayal of the Russian psyche."--[4]Cover.

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