New Arrivals · Politics

February 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

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

Our only world : ten essays

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

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

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

Sand opera

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

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

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

Lincoln's body : a cultural history

February 13, 2015
Fox, Richard Wightman, 1945-
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xvi, 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I. The public body (1840-1865) -- Lincoln's body politic -- Last words, last breath -- The martyr and his relics -- African Americans and their emancipator -- Rolling funeral, living corpse -- Part II. The enshrined body (1865-1909) -- The first Lincoln memorials -- Monuments for the ages -- Black emancipation, White reunion -- Celebrating the Centenary of 1909 -- Part III. The national body (1909-2015) -- Solidifying the Lincoln cult: two memorials -- The hero on screen, from Griffith to Gage -- Standing in Lincoln's shadow -- Reviving the emancipator -- Lincoln sightings at the bicentenary: Obama, Disney, Spielberg.

Shame : how America's past sins have polarized our country

February 13, 2015
Steele, Shelby.
New York : Basic Books, 2015.
vii, 198 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.
"The United States today is hopelessly polarized; the political Right and Left have hardened into rigid and deeply antagonistic camps, preventing any sort of progress. Amid the bickering and inertia, the promise of the 1960s-when we came together as a nation to fight for equality and universal justice-remains unfulfilled. As Shelby Steele reveals in Shame, the roots of this impasse can be traced back to that decade of protest, when in the act of uncovering and dismantling our national hypocrisies-racism, sexism, militarism-liberals internalized the idea that there was something inauthentic, if not evil, in the America character. Since then, liberalism has been wholly concerned with redeeming modern American from the sins of the past, and has derived its political legitimacy from the premise of a morally bankrupt America. The result has been a half-century of well-intentioned but ineffective social programs, such as Affirmative Action. Steele reveals that not only have these programs failed, but they have in almost every case actively harmed America's minorities and poor. Ultimately, Steele argues, post-60s liberalism has utterly failed to achieve its stated aim: true equality. Liberals, intending to atone for our past sins, have ironically perpetuated the exploitation of this country's least fortunate citizens. It therefore falls to the Right to defend the American dream. Only by reviving our founding principles of individual freedom and merit-based competition can the fraught legacy of American history be redeemed, and only through freedom can we ever hope to reach equality. Approaching political polarization from a wholly new perspective, Steele offers a rigorous critique of the failures of liberalism and a cogent argument for the relevance and power of conservatism. "-- Provided by publisher.

Anonymous soldiers : the struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

February 13, 2015
Hoffman, Bruce, 1954- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC, [2015]
xv, 618 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"This is a Borzoi book."

The presidency in black and white : my up-close view of three presidents and race in America

February 12, 2015
Ryan, April, 1967-
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiv, 154 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Establishing a racial baseline -- Covering the White House -- Specialty media -- Presidents and race -- President Clinton -- President Bush -- President Obama -- The presidential "race" report cards.

Keep out of reach of children : Reye's syndrome, aspirin, and the politics of public health

February 12, 2015
Largent, Mark A., author.
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2015.
271 pages ; 23 cm.
"A modern medical mystery about an illness that ravaged healthy children, changed policy, and vanished before a cause was found"--Provided by publisher.

The age of acquiescence : the life and death of American resistance to organized wealth and power

February 9, 2015
Fraser, Steve, 1945-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 470 pages ; 24 cm
"From the American Revolution through the Civil Rights movement, Americans have long mobilized against political, social, and economic privilege. Hierarchies based on inheritance, wealth, and political preferment were treated as obnoxious and a threat to democracy. Mass movements envisioned a new world supplanting dog-eat-dog capitalism. But over the last half-century that political will and cultural imagination have vanished. Why? THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE seeks to solve that mystery. Steve Fraser's account of national transformation brilliantly examines the rise of American capitalism, the visionary attempts to protect the democratic commonwealth, and the great surrender to today's delusional fables of freedom and the politics of fear. Effervescent and razorsharp, THE AGE OF ACQUIESCENCE will be one of the most provocative and talked-about books of the year"-- Provided by publisher.

Sing me awake : a memoir of friendship

February 6, 2015
Katz, Linda.
McKinleyville, California : Fithian Press, 2014.
96 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The years of zero : coming of age under the Khmer Rouge

February 6, 2015
Ty, Seng, 1968- author.
222 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm

The politics of deception : JFK's secret decisions on Vietnam, civil rights, and Cuba

February 6, 2015
Sloyan, Patrick J.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Thomas Dunne book".
Prologue: JFK -- General LeMay's threat -- ZR/RIFLE -- The crocodile -- Miracles -- Head butts -- Due course -- Whoppers -- A nail in the coffin -- Ratholes -- Hard condition -- The proconsul -- The guy next to the guy -- End run -- Perfidy -- Laurel and Hardy -- Financial inducements -- Debacle -- Luigi -- Second thoughts -- Feast of the dead -- The hit -- Epilogue: Washington.

Groundbreakers : how Obama's 2.2 million volunteers transformed campaigning in America

February 3, 2015
McKenna, Elizabeth.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xx, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Machine generated contents note: -- Chapter One: Introduction -- Part I: The Historical Roots of the Obama Field Program -- Chapter Two: The Way Things Were -- Chapter Three: Discovery and Diffusion -- Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of the Ground Game -- Chapter Four: Building Depth By Investing in Relationships -- Chapter Five: Creating a Structure to Share Responsibility: Neighborhood Teams -- Chapter Six: Using Metrics to Get to Scale -- Part III: OFA's Legacy -- Chapter Seven: Reflection -- Works Cited -- Index.
"Much has been written about the historic nature of the Obama campaign. The multi-year, multi-billion dollar operation elected the nation's first black president, raised and spent more money than any other election effort in history, and built the most sophisticated voter targeting technology ever before used on a national campaign. But what is missing from these accounts is an understanding of how Obama for America organized its formidable army of 2.2 million volunteers -- over eight times the number of people who volunteered for democratic candidates in 2004. Unlike previous field campaigns that drew their power from staff, consultants, and paid canvassers, the Obama campaign's capacity came from unpaid local citizens who took responsibility for organizing their own neighborhoods months--and even years--in advance of election day. In so doing, Groundbreakers argues, the campaign enlisted citizens in the often unglamorous but necessary work of practicing democracy. Hahrie Han and Elizabeth McKenna argue that the legacy of Obama for America is a transformation of the traditional models of field campaigning. Groundbreakers makes the case that the Obama ground game was revolutionary in two regards not captured in previous accounts. First, the campaign piloted and scaled an alternative model of field campaigning that built the power of a community at the same time that it organized it. Second, the Obama campaign changed the individuals who were a part of it, turning them into leaders. Groundbreakers proves that presidential campaigns are still about more than clicks, big data and money, and that one of the most important ways that a campaign develops its capacity is by investing in its human resources"-- Provided by publisher.

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.

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