New Arrivals · Politics

April 21, 2015
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Government gridlock

April 20, 2015
Farmington Hills, Michigan : Greenhaven Press, [2015]
229 pages ; 23 cm.
Is government gridlock a serious problem? Government gridlock is a major impediment to solving America's problems / Barack Obama ; Congressional gridlock is good / Russell E. Saltzman ; Government gridlock reflects an increasingly dysfunctional political system / Michael A. Cohen ; The case for gridlock / Marcus E. Ethridge -- What are the causes of government gridlock? Divided government usually means gridlock / Emily Badger ; Too much bipartisanship is responsible for government dysfunction / Andrew Levine ; The Tea Party is escalating political gridlock / Mark Kesselman ; The Tea Pary influence on American politics is waning / Molly Ball ; The role of partisan media / Michael Kranish ; The rise of partisan media is not accountable for the growing political polarization / Kevin Arceneaux -- How should government gridlock be addressed? A viable third party would alleviate government gridlock / John B. Anderson ; There are major obstacles to a viable third party in the United States / Scott Conroy ; Changing the U.S. Constitution would reduce gridlock / Ned Barnett ; Changing the U.S. Constitution would not reduce gridlock / Richard A. Epstein ; Can this government be fixed? Three steps that might help / Susan Page ; Congressional reform and "the people's house" / John Boehner -- How will filibuster reform impact government gridlock. There needs to be filibuster reform to maintain a functioning democracy / Harry Reid ; Filibuster reform is a shortsighted and dangerous solution to the problem of gridlock / John Samples ; Filibuster reform is not enough to resolve U.S. Senate gridlock / Sanford Levinson ; Filibuster reform holds a long-term political advantage for Republicans / Sean Trende ; Filibuster reform does not benefit any party in the long run / Gene Healy.
"Opposing Viewpoints: Government Gridlock: Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected sources and publications"-- Provided by publisher.

And the good news is-- : lessons and advice from the bright side

April 17, 2015
Perino, Dana, author.
New York : Twelve, 2015.
241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
From her years as a presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News' The Five, the author reveals the lessons she's learned that have guided her through life, including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W. Bush that the cameras never captured.

The Presidents and UFOs : a secret history from FDR to Obama

April 14, 2015
Holcombe, Larry.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2015]
xvi, 334 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
The beginning : the Roosevelt and Truman administrations -- First contact? : the Eisenhower administration : shifting the paradigm of power -- the great conspiracy theory : the Kennedy administration -- Leader for space : the Johnson administration -- Plan for disclosure : the Nixon administration -- Swamp gas : the Ford administration -- Presidential sighting and NASA : the Carter administration -- JAL flight 1628 : the Hudson Valley sightings : the Reagan administration -- The Belgian save and STS-48 : the George H.W. Bush administration -- The Rockefeller Initiative : the Clinton administration -- Stephenville UFO and the Crawford White House : the George W. Bush administration -- The Podesta factor : the Obama administration -- The abduction phenomenon -- Final thoughts -- Appendix A. Truman-Forrestal memo authorizing Majestic-12 Group -- Appendix B. Eisenhower briefing document -- Appendix C. cutler-Twining memo following the Washington, D.C., flap on July 12, 1952 -- Appendix D. The Special Operations Manual -- Appendix E. The Bowen manuscript -- Appendix F. The Burned Memo referencing "Lancer," JFK's code name -- Appendix G. The most chilling of the Burned Memo documents -- Appendix H. Letter from Donald Keyhoe to President Johnson -- Appendix I. FBI memo on Frances Swan and her channeling with AFFA -- Appendix J. Letter from Air Force information officer Albert Chop, reproduced on the back cover of "Flying saucers from outer space."
"The UFO enigma has been part of our culture since the 1940s and building to a worldwide explosion of acceptance today. Now, as governments around the world open their files and records on internal UFO investigations, the US remains steadfast in its denial of interest in the UFO issue. As more of the world's population accepts the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence, the demand is building for disclosure from the United States. Using newly declassified and Freedom of Information Act documents, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and leaked documents being authenticated, THE PRESIDENTS AND UFOS details the secret history of UFOs and the corresponding presidential administration. Starting in 1941 with the Roosevelt administration, author Larry Holcombe examines the startling discoveries facing a president preoccupied by WWII, the explosion of UFO sightings during the Truman years, first contact during the Eisenhower administration, and the possibility of a UFO connection to the Kennedy assassination. In 1975, the Nixon administration came very close to admitting that UFOs exist by funding a documentary by Robert Emenegger. Almost 40 years later, this book will examine Emenegger's findings. For the first time, the involvement of all of the modern presidents up to and including President Obama, and the rise and then fall of their influence on UFO issues, are told in one story that is an integral part of the fascinating UFO tapestry"-- Provided by publisher.

Power grab : Obama's dangerous plan for a one party nation

April 10, 2015
Morris, Dick, author.
Boca Raton, FL : Humanix Publishing LLC, [2014]
xxxv, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Obama's goal: one-party government -- Obama's regulatory power grab. ObamaCare: the biggest power grab of all: the law that means anything they say it does ; Common Core Curriculum: Obama federalizes education to dumb it down ; The EPA tries to change every aspect of our lives ... in the name of climate change ; Blocking energy independence ; Obama guts welfare reform ; The FCC tries to regulate the Internet.
A former presidential advisor to Bill Clinton, Dick Morris argues that Obama has gone well beyond any previous president in extending executive power and asserts that Obama has embarked on an outrageous and sweeping scheme to decisively -- and illegally -- grab power away from Congress, the Courts, and the States to appropriate it to himself.

One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America

April 10, 2015
Kruse, Kevin Michael, 1972- author.
New York : Basic Books, [2015].
xvi, 352 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
PART I: Creation -- "Freedom Under God" -- The Great Crusades -- PART II: Consecration -- "Government Under God" -- Pledging Allegiance -- Pitchmen for Piety -- PART III: Conflict -- "Whose Religious Tradition?" -- "Our So-Called Religious Leaders" -- "Which Side Are You On?" -- Epilogue.
"We're often told that the United States is, was, and always has been a Christian nation. But in One Nation Under God, historian Kevin M. Kruse reveals that the idea of 'Christian America' is an invention--and a relatively recent one at that. As Kruse argues, the belief that America is fundamentally and formally a Christian nation originated in the 1930s when businessmen enlisted religious activists in their fight against FDR's New Deal. Corporations from General Motors to Hilton Hotels bankrolled conservative clergymen, encouraging them to attack the New Deal as a program of 'pagan statism' that perverted the central principle of Christianity: the sanctity and salvation of the individual. Their campaign for 'freedom under God' culminated in the election of their close ally Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. But this apparent triumph had an ironic twist. In Eisenhower's hands, a religious movement born in opposition to the government was transformed into one that fused faith and the federal government as never before. During the 1950s, Eisenhower revolutionized the role of religion in American political culture, inventing new traditions from inaugural prayers to the National Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile, Congress added the phrase 'under God' to the Pledge of Allegiance and made 'In God We Trust' the country's first official motto. With private groups joining in, church membership soared to an all-time high of 69%. For the first time, Americans began to think of their country as an officially Christian nation. During this moment, virtually all Americans--across the religious and political spectrum--believed that their country was 'one nation under God.' But as Americans moved from broad generalities to the details of issues such as school prayer, cracks began to appear. Religious leaders rejected this 'lowest common denomination' public religion, leaving conservative political activists to champion it alone. In Richard Nixon's hands, a politics that conflated piety and patriotism became sole property of the right. Provocative and authoritative, One Nation Under God reveals how the unholy alliance of money, religion, and politics created a false origin story that continues to define and divide American politics to this day"-- Provided by publisher.

Capital dames : the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848-1868

April 9, 2015
Roberts, Cokie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 494 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Meet the women of Washington, 1848-1856 -- Jessie runs for president but Harriet takes the White House and Mary Jane reports, 1856-1858 -- Varina leads and leaves as Abby drops by, 1859-1861 -- Rose goes to jail, Jessie goes to the White House, Dorothea goes to work, 1861 -- Rose is released, Clara goes to war, Louisa May briefly nurses, 1862 -- Lizzie reports on the action, Janet goes to camp, Louisa takes charge, 1863 -- Anna speaks, Jessie campaigns (again), Sojourner visits, 1864 -- One Mary leaves, one Mary hangs, and Lois writes about it all, 1865 -- Virginia and Varina return, Sara survives, Mary is humiliated, Kate loses, 1866-1868.
"Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a ... look at Washington, D.C., and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history"

Our lost Constitution : the willful subversion of America's founding document

April 9, 2015
Lee, Mike, 1971- author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, 2015.
x, 244 pages ; 24 cm

Presidents in crisis : tough decisions inside the White House from Truman to Obama

April 9, 2015
Bohn, Michael K.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2015]
xxviii, 333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public-and especially the news media and political opponents-expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option. In Presidents in Crisis, a former director of the Situation Room takes the reader inside the White House during seventeen grave international emergencies handled by the presidents from Truman to Obama: from North Korea's invasion of South Korea to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, and from the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the taking of American diplomats hostage in Iran and George W. Bush's response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. In narratives that convey the drama of unfolding events and the stakes of confrontation when a misstep can mean catastrophe, he walks us step by step through each crisis. Laying out the key players and personalities and the moral and political calculations that the leaders have had to make, he provides a fascinating insider's look at modern presidential decision making and the fundamental role in it of human frailty. "-- Provided by publisher.

Unraveling : high hopes and missed opportunities in Iraq

April 8, 2015
Sky, Emma, author.
New York : Public Affairs, 2015.
xiii, 383 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
"When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an unrivaled perspective of the entire conflict. As the representative of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Kirkuk in 2003 and then the political advisor to US General Odierno from 2007-2010, Sky was valued for her knowledge of the region and her outspoken voice. She became a tireless witness to American efforts to transform a country traumatized by decades of war, sanctions, and brutal dictatorship; to insurgencies and civil war; to the planning and implementation of the surge and the subsequent drawdown of US troops; to the corrupt political elites who used sectarianism to mobilize support; and to the takeover of a third of the country by the Islamic State. With sharp detail and tremendous empathy, Sky provides unique insights into the US military as well as the complexities, diversity, and evolution of Iraqi society. The Unraveling is an intimate insider's portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed and contains a unique analysis of the course of the war. Highlighting how nothing that happened in Iraq after 2003 was inevitable, Sky exposes the failures of the policies of both Republicans and Democrats, and the lessons that must be learned about the limitations of power"--Book jacket.

Days of rage : America's radical underground, the FBI, and the forgotten age of revolutionary violence

April 7, 2015
Burrough, Bryan, 1961-
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
xx, 585 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970s.

American warlord : a true story

April 7, 2015
Dwyer, Johnny.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xiii, 344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Tells the story of "Chucky" Taylor, a young American who lost his soul in Liberia, the country where his African father was a ruthless warlord and dictator.

Heretic : why Islam needs a reformation now

March 31, 2015
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1969-
x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: One Islam, three sets of Muslims -- The story of a heretic : my journey away from Islam -- Why has there been no Muslim Reformation? -- Muhammad and the Qur'an : how unquestioning reverence for the Prophet and his book obstructs reform -- Those who love death : Islam's fatal focus on the afterlife -- Shackled by sharia : how Islam's harsh religious code keeps Muslims stuck in the seventh century -- Social control begins at home : how the injunction to command right and forbid wrong keeps Muslims in line -- Jihad : why the call for holy war is a charter for terror -- The twilight of tolerance -- Conclusion: The Muslim Reformation -- Appendix: Muslim dissidents and reformers.
"Ayaan Ali Hirsi makes a powerful case that a religious Reformation is the only way to end the terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities that each year claim thousands of lives throughout the Muslim world"--Publisher.

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

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

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

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

The contender : Andrew Cuomo, a biography

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

In God's hands

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Washington's circle : the creation of the president

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

The other side of the Wall

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

Machiavelli : a portrait

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

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

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

A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877

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

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