New Arrivals · Politics

January 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Believer : my forty years in politics

January 30, 2015
Axelrod, David, 1955- author.
New York : Penguin Books, 2015.
509 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
The legendary strategist, the mastermind behind Barack Obama's historic election campaigns, shares a wealth of stories from his forty-year journey through the inner workings of American democracy.

Madison's gift : five partnerships that built America

January 30, 2015
Stewart, David O.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 419 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The End of the Beginning -- Part I. Alexander Hamilton -- Impatient Young Men -- A Powerful Effect on Our Destiny -- A System to Last For Ages -- Creating The Federalist -- Ratification Battles -- Part II. George Washington -- Courting the General -- Starting From Scratch -- Not Altogether Useless -- The Deal -- Part III. Jefferson -- First, Friendship -- The Hamilton Problem -- Becoming Republicans -- Party Warrior -- No Time For Qualms -- Part IV. James Monroe -- Friends and Rivals and Friends -- Distant Diplomacy -- The Rupture -- Reclaiming a Friend -- The Republican Way of War -- Near To A Miracle -- Part V. Dolley -- All Things to All Men -- The Lady Presidentess -- Adam and Eve at Montpelier -- The Constitutional Sage of Montpelier -- "A Sad Blot on our Free Country" -- Farewells.
"Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation. Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution's ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington's support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation's first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life. But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement"-- Provided by publisher.

The occupiers : the making of the 99 percent movement

January 30, 2015
Gould-Wartofsky, Michael A.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
x, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: Enter the 99 Percent -- Chapter 1. Occupy before Occupy -- Chapter 2. Organizing for Occupation -- Chapter 3. Taking Liberty Square -- Chapter 4. Crossing Brooklyn Bridge -- Chapter 5. Escalation to Eviction -- Chapter 6. The Occupiers in Exile -- Chapter 7. Otherwise Occupied -- Chapter 8. Spring Forward, Fall Back -- Conclusion: Between Past and Future -- Notes -- References -- Index.
"Occupy Wall Street burst onto the stage of history in the fall of 2011. First by the tens, then by the tens of thousands, protestors filled the streets and laid claim to the squares of nearly 1,500 towns and cities, until, one by one, the occupations were forcibly evicted. In The Occupiers, Michael Gould-Wartofsky offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of New York City and beyond. Painting a vivid picture of everyday life in the square through the use of material gathered in the course of two years of on-the-ground investigation, Gould-Wartofsky traces the occupation of Zuccotti Park--and some of its counterparts across the United States and around the world--from inception to eviction. He takes up the challenges the occupiers faced, the paradoxes of direct democracy, and the dynamics of direct action and police action and explores the ways in which occupied squares became focal points for an emerging opposition to the politics of austerity, restricted democracy, and the power of corporate America. Much of the discussion of the Occupy phenomenon has treated it as if it lived and died in Zuccotti Park, but Gould-Wartofsky follows the evicted occupiers into exile and charts their evolving strategies, tactics, and tensions as they seek to resist, regroup, and reoccupy. Displaced from public spaces and news headlines, the 99 Percent movement has spread out from the financial centers and across an America still struggling to recover in the aftermath of the crisis. Even if the movement fails to achieve radical reform, Gould-Wartofsky maintains, its offshoots may well accelerate the pace of change in the United States in the years to come"-- Provided by publisher.

Blueprint for revolution : how to use rice pudding, LEGO men, and other nonviolent techniques to galvanize communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world

January 30, 2015
Popović, Srđa, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2015]
xv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
It can never happen here -- Dream big, start small -- Vision of tomorrow -- The almighty pillars of power -- Laugh your way to victory -- Make oppression backfire -- It's unity, stupid! -- Plan your way to victory -- The demons of violence -- Finish what you started -- It had to be you -- Before we say goodbye.
"Popovic outlines his philosophy for implementing peaceful world change and provides a model for activists everywhere through stories of his own experience toppling dictatorships (peacefully) and of smaller examples of social change ... Through examples of using laughter and music (e.g., Pussy Riot) to disarm the opposition and gather supporters, to staging a protest of LEGO men in Siberia (when flesh-and-blood people would have been shot), to a boycott of cottage cheese in Israel to challenge price inflation while organizing around rice pudding to overthrow the dictator of the Maldives, Popovic uses true and sometimes outrageously clever examples of the ways in which non-violent resistance has achieved its means" -- Provided by publisher.

The hundred-year marathon : China's secret strategy to replace America as the global superpower

January 30, 2015
Pillsbury, Michael, author.
New York : Henry Holt, 2015.
319 pages ; 24 cm

George W. Bush

January 28, 2015
Mann, Jim, 1946- author.
New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
"A good-time guy" -- The rising politician -- The new president and his tax cuts -- September 11 -- Iraq -- Reelection and its unhappy aftermath -- Second-term changes -- "I'm going to be Roosevelt, not Hoover."
A biography of the controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the War on Terrorism.

Red notice : a true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice

January 28, 2015
Browder, Bill, 1964- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption"

Taking on Theodore Roosevelt : how one senator defied the president on Brownsville and shook American politics

January 26, 2015
Lembeck, Harry, 1944-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
544 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustraions ; 24 cm
The iron of the wound enters the soul itself -- "They ate shooting us up" -- A special request -- On the ground -- A more aggressive attitude -- The education of the Rough Riders and the wizard -- Roosevelt does justice -- Friends of the administration -- These are my jewels -- Two sets of affidavits -- Between two stools -- Grim-visaged war -- Strange fruit -- A different burden of proof -- Cordial cooperation -- Most implicit faith -- What did happen at that Gridiron dinner -- First-class color men -- Greatest Shepherd -- The soldiers' patron and patronage -- Other coalitions, other fronts -- A face to grace the White House -- Brownsville ghouls -- "Do you care to say anything on the subject?" -- An act of treason -- Roosevelt fatigue -- "Not one particle of regret".

Power forward : my presidential education

January 26, 2015
Love, Reggie, 1981-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
vii, 213 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"No one spent more time with Barack Obama during his historic first campaign and term than 'body man' Reggie Love, whose professional coming-of-age story--from team captain of Coach K's 2001 NCAA title team through junior Senator Obama's mailroom to becoming the President's confidant, friend, and Chief of Stuff--is like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

Women of two countries : German-American women, women's rights and nativism, 1848-1890

January 23, 2015
Bank, Michaela.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2012.
vii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content and Effect of 19th-century Gendered Nativism -- "Women of Two Countries" as Critics, Translators and Messengers -- The Complex Place of Women of Two Countries -- A German-American Movement : Critical Opponents -- Imagining Opposition to Nativism -- Mathilde Wendt's Powerful Words : Die Neue Zeit -- Mathilde Wendt's Activism : Deutscher Frauenstimmrechtsverein -- Opposition as a Dual Strategy -- Mathilde Franziska Anneke : Powerful Translator -- Anneke's Identification with the Women's Rights Movement -- Translating Nativism -- Anneke's Efforts on Behalf of the Germans -- Ethnicity as Anneke's Source of Power -- Clara Neymann : Transatlantic Messenger -- Neymann's German-American political apprenticeship -- Women Suffrage and Temperance in Nebraska -- Neymann's Ethnicization at NWSA Washington Conventions -- Neymann as Messenger in Germany -- The Transatlantic Space of "Women of Two Countries" -- The Ascendance of the US-American Avant-Garde -- The Paradox of Nativism.

CQ weekly.

January 22, 2015
Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
v. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Some volumes include Master list of Congress members and map of election results in back pocket.

88 days to Kandahar : a CIA diary

January 21, 2015
Grenier, Robert (Robert L.)
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xix, 443 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Flashpoints : the emerging crisis in Europe

January 21, 2015
Friedman, George, author.
xxii, 258 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
"A major new book by New York Times bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman (The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade) with a bold thesis about coming conflict in the world, this provocative work examines the geopolitical flashpoints--particularly in Europe--in which imminent future conflicts are brewing. George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for five hundred years, been the cultural hotbed of the world--Europe--and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture. Analyzing the fault lines that have existed for centuries--and which have led to two world wars and dozens more conflicts--Friedman walks us through the 'flashpoints' that are still smoldering beneath the surface and are on course to erupt again. In Flashpoints, George Friedman begins with a fascinating history of the events leading up to the horrific wars that nearly tore apart Western civilization--killing over 100 million people on the 'civilized' European continent. Modern-day Europe, and the formation of the European Union, were designed to minimize the built-in geopolitical tensions that led to catastrophic war, but as Friedman shows with a mix of history and cultural analysis, those plans have failed. 'Flashpoints' are now simmering as dangerously as in the early twentieth century. Zeroing in on half a dozen locations, borderlands, and cultural dynamics, George Friedman does what few historians can--he explains precisely how certain trends are unstoppable, and what the future holds, both in terms of conflict and also opportunity. Flashpoints also explains in riveting detail how events in Europe will affect the rest of the world--from the United States to Russia, from China to Latin America. Continuing in his bestselling tradition, he reveals a geopolitical landscape that is at once a scintillating history lesson and a forecast for the coming years"-- Provided by publisher.

Thieves of state : why corruption threatens global security

January 21, 2015
Chayes, Sarah, 1962- author.
x, 262 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Once upon a revolution : an Egyptian story

January 21, 2015
Cambanis, Thanassis.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
ix, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Breaking the wall of fear -- The country is dying -- Enough -- The republic of Tahrir -- Seeds of discontent -- Stuck in the square -- The owner of this world is a devil -- Upstairs from the dead cow -- I don't fear my people -- The enemy within -- The revolution continues.
"he inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution by following two courageous and pivotal leaders--and their imperfect decisions that changed the world... Thanassis Cambanis tells the story of the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that--for the time being--stopped them short. But he also tells a universal story of inspirational people willing to transform themselves in order to transform their society...and the world"--From publisher's website.

When globalization fails : the rise and fall of Pax Americana

January 20, 2015
MacDonald, James, 1951- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
309 pages ; 24 cm
Pax Britannica -- World War I -- Haves and havenots -- World War II -- Pax Americana -- Rise of the dragon.

The Burma spring : Aung San Suu Kyi and the new struggle for the soul of a nation

January 20, 2015
Pederson, Rena, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
xxiv, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm.
Aung San Suu Kyi--Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today--comes alive through this rendering of Burma/Myanmar's tumultuous history. Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner. Suu Kyi, the daughter of the late General Aung San (who secured freedom from Britain's imperial rule in 1948) initially had no desire to enter politics, but she had always made it clear that should her country need her, she would return. She would soon find herself embroiled in civil strife, then imprisoned in her home for fifteen years. But after decades of struggle, there is cause for renewed hope. Her party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a potential breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The book will also reveal the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. One of the few Western journalists to travel here extensively, Pederson provides a never-before-seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured, and of the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty.--From publisher description.

All eyes are upon us : race and politics from Boston to Brooklyn

January 19, 2015
Sokol, Jason.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xxvi, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The Northern Mystique -- Part I: North of Jim Crow -- 1. And to Think That It Happened in Springfield : Pioneering Pluralism, Practicing Segregation (1939-1945) -- 2. Something in the Air : Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn (1947-1957) -- 3. "If We Were Segregationists" : The Struggle to Integrate Northeastern Schools (1957-1965) -- Part II: Forerunners -- 4. The Color-Blind Commonwealth? : The Election of Edward Brooke (1966) -- 5. Shirley Chisholm's Place : Winning New York's 12th Congressional District (1968) -- Part III: Mirrors -- 6. "The North is Guilty" : Abraham Ribicoff's Crusade (1970) -- 7. "This Bedeviling Busing Business" : The Long 1970s, the Trials of Edward Brooke, and the Fall of the North (1968-1979) -- Part IV: The Death and Life of the North -- 8. A Tale of Two Hartfords : Politics and Poverty in a Land of Plenty (1980-1987) -- 9. The Ghost of Willie Turks : Racial Violence and Black Politics in New York City (1982-1993) -- 10. The North Rises Again : Deval Patrick, Barack Obama, and the 21st Century (2006-2012).
"The Northeastern United States--home to abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South--has had a long and celebrated history of racial equality and political liberalism. After World War II, the region appeared poised to continue this legacy, electing black politicians and rallying behind black athletes and cultural leaders. However, as historian Jason Sokol reveals in All Eyes Are Upon Us, these achievements obscured the harsh reality of a region riven by segregation and deep-seated racism. White fans from across Brooklyn--Irish, Jewish, and Italian--came out to support Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball's color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947, even as the city's blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods. The African-American politician Ed Brooke won a senate seat in Massachusetts in 1966, when the state was 97% white, yet his political career was undone by the resistance to busing in Boston. Across the Northeast over the last half-century, blacks have encountered housing and employment discrimination as well as racial violence. But the gap between the northern ideal and the region's segregated reality left small but meaningful room for racial progress. Forced to reckon with the disparity between their racial practices and their racial preaching, blacks and whites forged interracial coalitions and demanded that the region live up to its promise of equal opportunity. A revelatory account of the tumultuous modern history of race and politics in the Northeast, All Eyes Are Upon Us presents the Northeast as a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, inwardly conflicted, but always striving to live up to its highest ideals"-- Provided by publisher.

Demokrasi : Indonesia in the 21st century

January 16, 2015
McDonald, Hamish, 1948- author.
x, 278 pages ; 25 cm
Nusantara -- The crocodile hole -- The new order -- Reformasi -- Tsunami -- Beyond Dwifungsi -- Supreme commodity -- Capital -- Between Mecca and the South Sea -- Korupsi : geckos versus crocodiles -- The Eastern margin -- The burning question -- Sby and after -- Indonesia in the world.

Fighting over the founders : how we remember the American Revolution

January 16, 2015
Schocket, Andrew M.
New York : New York University Press, [2015]
xiv, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
1. Truths That Are Not Self-Evident : The Revolution in Political Speech -- 2. We Have Not Yet Begun to Write : Historians and Founders Chic -- We the Tourists : The Revolution at Museums and Historical Sites -- 4. Give Me Liberty's Kids : How the Revolution Has Been Televised and Filmed -- To Re-create a More Perfect Union : Originalism, the Tea Party, and Reenactors.
"The American Revolution is all around us. It is pictured as big as billboards and as small as postage stamps, evoked in political campaigns and car advertising campaigns, relived in museums and revised in computer games. As the nation's founding moment, the American Revolution serves as a source of powerful founding myths, and remains the most accessible and most contested event in U.S. history: more than any other, it stands as a proxy for how Americans perceive the nation's aspirations. Americans' increased fascination with the Revolution over the past two decades represents more than interest in the past. It's also a site to work out the present, and the future. What are we using the Revolution to debate? In Fighting over the Founders, Andrew M. Schocket explores how politicians, screenwriters, activists, biographers, jurists, museum professionals, and reenactors portray the American Revolution. Identifying competing 'essentialist' and 'organicist' interpretations of the American Revolution, Schocket shows how today's memories of the American Revolution reveal American's conflicted ideas about class, about race, and about gender--as well as the nature of history itself. Fighting over the Founders plumbs our views of the past and the present, and illuminates our ideas of what United States means to its citizens in the new millennium"-- Provided by publisher.

God, guns, grits, and gravy

January 16, 2015
Huckabee, Mike, 1955-
x, 258 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"In Mike Huckabee's new book God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, he asks the question, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" The New York Times bestselling author explores today's American culture, drawing from his travels as a presidential candidate to present average, small-town people and families, and their optimistic resilience in the face of hard times; their stories, says Huckabee, "will inspire readers to think about their own values and rediscover what makes America great." At times lighthearted, at others bracingly realistic, Huckabee's brand of optimistic patriotism lends itself to discussing the reintroduction of fundamental American values, as well as a bright outlook for future generations."-- Provided by publisher.

Murder at Camp Delta : a staff sergeant's pursuit of the truth about Guantánamo Bay

January 14, 2015
Hickman, Joseph, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
vi, 245 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
No sleep till Gitmo -- Training day -- Welcome to guantanamo bay -- Priorities -- Camp no -- By the dawn's early light -- "Disturbance in camp 4!" -- Unacceptable behavior -- All-spin zone -- June 9, 2006 -- Lies -- 10 days in the real world -- Return to Gitmo -- Stress dreams -- NCIS -- Seton hall -- Discovery -- Meet the denbeauxs -- Discoveries -- Feds -- Going to the media -- "All accounted for" -- Admiral's memo -- Missing pages -- What's the motive, Joe? -- The Mefloquine motive -- America's secret "battle lab" -- Afterword -- Murder at Camp Delta.

America's bitter pill : money, politics, backroom deals, and the fight to fix our broken healthcare system

January 13, 2015
Brill, Steven, 1950-
New York : Random House, 2015.
x, 512 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Tells the story of the fight to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare.

Guantánamo diary

January 12, 2015
Slahi, Mohamedou Ould.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
xlix, 379 pages ; 25 cm
Jordan-Afghanistan-GTMO, July 2002-February 2003 -- Senegal-Mauritania, January 21, 2000-February 19, 2000 -- Mauritania, September 29, 2001-November 28, 2001 -- Jordan, November 29, 2001-July 19, 2002 -- GTMO, February 2003-August 2003 -- GTMO, September 2003-December 2003 -- GTMO, 2004-2005.
"This is the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantánamo detainee. Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered released by a federal judge, the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir--terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious."-- Provided by publisher.

For a voice and the vote : my journey with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

January 9, 2015
Todd, Lisa Anderson, 1942-
Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
xi, 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In Atlantic City for the Democratic Convention -- My life before Mississippi -- Mississippi, 1963 : keeping the waters troubled -- On to Greensboro, North Carolina, and back to Cornell -- Planning for Freedom Summer -- Orientation : how the student volunteers were prepared -- June 21, 1964 -- Living as a volunteer in Mississippi, 1964 -- My new politics -- Early work on the convention challenge -- Lyndon Johnson : the formidable president -- One woman in Atlantic City -- Sunday in Atlantic City -- Humphrey's pleading on Monday -- Reuther's manipulation on Tuesday -- The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party turns to protest -- Wednesday : persuasion fails -- Victory or defeat.
"During the summer of 1964, more than a thousand individuals descended on Mississippi to help the state's African American citizens register to vote. Student organizers, volunteers, and community members canvassed Black neighborhoods to organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), a group that sought to give a voice to Black Mississippians and demonstrate their will to vote in the face of terror and intimidation. In For a Voice and the Vote, author Lisa Anderson Todd gives a fascinating insider's account of her experience volunteering in Greenville, Mississippi, during Freedom Summer, when she participated in assembling the MFDP. Innovative and integrated, the party worked to provide education, candidates, and local and statewide organization for blacks who were denied the vote. For Todd, it was an exciting, dangerous, and life-changing experience. The summer culminated with the 1964 Atlantic City Democratic Convention, where the MFDP fought boldly for the opportunity to be included as the voting Mississippi delegation but, when they ultimately refused the Democrats' unacceptable terms, were criticized as politically naïve, militant protestors. This firsthand account attempts to set the record straight about the MFDP's challenge to the convention and to shed light on the efforts of this dedicated, loyal, and courageous delegation. Offering the first full account of the group's five days in Atlantic City, For a Voice and the Vote draws on oral histories, the author's personal interviews of individuals who supported the MFDP in 1964, and other primary sources"--Provided by publisher.

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