New Arrivals · Politics

December 9, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Playing with fire : the 1968 election and the transformation of American politics

December 8, 2017
O'Donnell, Lawrence, author.
484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Seizing the moment -- Declaring war -- "Why isn't he a priest?" -- Sleepy Hollow -- "A hard and harsh moral judgment" -- Dump Johnson -- The general -- "We will never be young again" -- Old politics -- "A decent interval" -- Peace with honor -- Peter the hermit -- "Clean for Gene" -- The new Nixon -- "Nixon's the one" -- "Abigail said no" -- The poor people's campaign -- "Something bad is going to come of this" -- "Stand up and be counted" -- "It's not important what happens to me" -- "I've seen the promised land" -- The happy warrior -- Don't lose -- "Everything's going to be okay" -- Stop Nixon -- "Great television" -- The last liberal standing -- The peace plank -- "The whole world's watching" -- "The government of people in exile" -- The perfect crime -- Epilogue.
The celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell presents an account of the 1968 presidential election to evaluate its lasting influence on American politics and the Democratic party, exploring the pivotal roles of RFK and McCarthy, two high-profile assassinations and the Chicago riots.

Becoming Hitler : the making of a Nazi

December 8, 2017
Weber, Thomas, 1974- author.
xxiii, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part I: Genesis: Coup ̕d État (20 November 1918-February 1919) ; A Cog in the Machine of Socialism (February to early April 1919) ; Arrested (early April to early May 1919) ; Turncoat (early May to mid to July 1919) -- Part II: New Testaments: A New Home at Last (mid-July to September 1919) ; Two Visions (October 1919 to March 1920) ; A 2500 -Year ; Old Tool (March-August 1920) ; Genius (August to December 1920) ; Hitler's Pivot to the East (December 1920 to July 1921) -- Part III: Messiah: The Bavarian Mussolini (July 1921 to December 1922) ; The German Girl from New York (Winter 1923 to summer 1923) ; Hitler's First Book (summer 1923 to autumn 1923) ; The Ludendorff Putsch (autumn 1923 to spring 1924) ; Lebensraum (spring 1924 to1926).
Examines Hitler's years in Munich after World War I and his radical transformation from a directionless loner into the leader of Munich's right-wing movement.


December 6, 2017
Kotkin, Stephen.
New York : Penguin Press, 2014-
volumes : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
v. 1. Paradoxes of power, 1878-1928 -- v. 2. Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

President McKinley : architect of the American century

December 6, 2017
Merry, Robert W., 1946- author.
x, 608 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Ohio roots -- The forge of war -- Life and work -- The Ohio Republicans -- Steadfast protectionist -- Four years in Columbus -- The Major versus the bosses -- St. Louis triumph -- The victor -- Building a cabinet -- Inauguration Day -- Taking charge -- White House life -- Cuba -- Year-end assessment -- America and Spain -- Path to war -- Victory at sea -- The Caribbean War -- End of hostilities -- Empire -- War's aftermath -- Aguinaldo -- Second-term question -- Second-term resolve -- China -- Reelection -- Family and nation -- Buffalo.
"Lively, definitive, eye-opening, [this book] by acclaimed historian Robert W. Merry brilliantly evokes the life and presidency of William McKinley, cut short by an assassin. Most often lost in the shadow of his brilliant and flamboyant successor, TR, the twenty-fifth president is presented by Merry as a transformative figure, the first modern Republican. It was President McKinley who established the United States as an imperial power. In the Spanish-American War he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he took the country to a strict gold standard; he developed the doctrine of 'fair trade'; he forced the 'Open Door' to China; and he forged the 'special relationship' with Great Britain. McKinley established the noncolonial imperialism that took America global. He set the stage for the bold leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments. [This book] brings to life a sympathetic man and an often overlooked president. Merry raises his rank to a chief executive of consequence who paved the way for the American Century."--Dust jacket flap.

Hacks : the inside story of the break-ins and breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House

December 6, 2017
Brazile, Donna, 1959- author.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2017.
xx, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Storm clouds -- From the back of the bus to center stage -- The Russians, the Russians, the Russians -- Picking the apples -- Trouble comes to the White House -- Gentlemen, let's put our dicks on the table -- Meeting at the FBI -- The duck and the spook -- The smell of a loss -- Bernie, I found the cancer but I won't kill the patient -- The collapse -- I am not Patsey the slave -- Hacker house -- October surprise -- The terror comes home -- State of denial -- Firefighters -- Comey's 18-wheeler -- Election night -- Grief and regret.
"In June 2016, the Washington Post first reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee. Barely a month later, these cyber criminals--which the U.S. government later confirmed as Russian intelligence operatives--posted thousands of damaging emails online. These documents seemed to confirm Bernie Sanders supporters' belief that the DNC had become a tool of the Clinton campaign well before the convention. The hacking's fallout was swift and devastating, and the attack wasn't even over. As chaos threatened to consume the party, Democrats turned to a familiar figure: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, Brazile was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents. What Brazile found at the DNC, however, was unlike anything she had experienced before--and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. --Jacket.

Havana without makeup : inside the soul of the city

December 6, 2017
Portocarero, Herman, 1952- author.
Brooklyn, New York : Turtle Point Press, [2017]
xv, 285 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Walls of illusion -- Exceptional -- Nocturnes (Havana by night) -- Afro Cuba -- Havana in black and white -- Rumba -- Santería -- Santería and the racial divide -- Communist orishas? -- ¡Salsa! -- Asia de Cuba -- "Achinado" -- Sex & Cenesex -- ¡Tremenda mariconada! -- Havana's Hour Zero -- Proposal for a controversial monument -- Good money, bad money -- The economy as a book and a beast -- Looking west--to Asia again -- La mula como vaca de leche (The mule as cash cow) -- La libreta (the ration booklet) -- El cañonazo -- The last salvo -- 1762: British occupation and a defining moment -- It takes (at least) two to rumba -- Sitting down (and more) with Europe -- Cuba no soy (I am not Cuba) -- Traffic lights of history -- Ghosts of revolutions past -- Much louder ghosts -- Napoleon in Cuba -- The Orestes Ferrara secret -- The cave at the end of the world -- Conversation in Café del Oriente -- Palacio de la Revolución -- Who's the terrorist? -- Parque Lenin -- Playas del Este -- Jardines de la Tropical -- Two shore of Art Deco -- Rum and cigar wars -- Wave over the wall -- Patria es humanidad es patria (Homeland is humanity is homeland) -- Havana's Palestinians -- Next year in Havana/Jerusalem -- Cantos de ida y vuelta (Songs of coming and going) -- Mulatas de rumba & puellae gaditanae -- Alma mater -- God's crocodile -- La fábrica (The factory) -- Mercenaries -- Bloggers' breakfast -- Primero de mayo -- The pen & the sword -- Prima ballerina assoluta -- Le Parisien -- Hatuey & Huracán -- Todo el mundo canta -- Who's the boss? -- The Holy Spirit on the Plaza del a Revolución -- Winners and losers -- Jacobins & dinosaurs -- Other churches, other gods -- Misionero del a misericordia -- Mozart in Havana -- Art & politics -- Pelota (The ball game) -- The united mobsters -- Una mal criada -- Hollywood Havana -- Pirates of all kinds -- Elián -- New York connections -- Music has no enemies? -- El paquete -- Hemingway -- Fuster -- The last Cimarrón -- Fabelo -- KCHO/STAINLESS/CUTY -- Casa Verde -- Río Almendares -- Havana and the chocolate factory -- Tallapiedra (Havana high line) -- Radio Reloj & Radio Bemba -- La muerte -- Apotheosis -- Postscript.

How Alexander Hamilton screwed up America

December 6, 2017
McClanahan, Brion T., author.
Washington, DC : Regnery History, [2017]
xviii, 206 pages ; 24 cm
Hamilton vs. Hamilton -- From Philadelphia to Poughkeepsie -- Assumption and implied powers -- The bank -- The rebellion -- The proclamation -- Marshall vs. Marshall -- Judicial review and contracts -- Marshall codifies implied powers -- The Marshall court and the states -- Joseph Story and the Commentaries -- Hugo Black and incorporation -- Think locally, act locally.
Examines the dangers of Hamilton's philosophy, introduces readers to heroes and enemies both new and familiar, and-most importantly-explains how we can put power back in the hands of the American people.

Republican like me : how I left the liberal bubble and learned to love the right

December 6, 2017
Stern, Ken, 1963- author.
vii, 295 pages ; 24 cm
The fellowship of the pig -- The party of God -- The basket of deplorables -- The grand coal party -- The party of science? -- The greatest society -- The party of the press -- The end and the beginning.
Ken Stern watched the increasing polarization of our country with growing concern. As a longtime partisan Democrat himself, he felt forced to acknowledge that his own views were too parochial, too absent of any exposure to the "other side." In fact, his urban neighborhood is so liberal, he couldn't find a single Republican--even by asking around. So for one year, he crossed the aisle to spend time listening, talking, and praying with Republicans of all stripes. With his mind open and his dial tuned to the right, he went to evangelical churches, shot a hog in Texas, stood in pit row at a NASCAR race, hung out at Tea Party meetings and sat in on Steve Bannon's radio show. He also read up on conservative wonkery and consulted with the smartest people the right has to offer. What happens when a liberal sets out to look at issues from a conservative perspective? Some of his dearly cherished assumptions about the right slipped away. Republican Like Me reveals what lead him to change his mind, and his view of an increasingly polarized America.

When the lion roars : understanding the implications of ancient prophecies for our time

December 6, 2017
Gallups, Carl, 1955- author.
Washington, D.C. : WND Books, [2016]
xii, 320 pages ; 22 cm
Understanding the prophetic nature of our times. Is the sky falling? ; Everybody's talking about it! ; When the lion roars ; Oh, and by the way -- The problems of biblical prophecy. Ready or not, here He comes! ; Were they mistaken? -- The profound prophetic markers of our times. Meet George Jetson ; Many will go to and fro ; Am I still human? ; Back to the future ; The solution to everything ; Mystery of the ages ; The tie that binds ; The revenant nation ; Foretold from the beginning ; The blessing ; Jewish believers in the time of the end ; The World War III zeitgeist ; Advancing like a storm ; Pass the turkey, please ; Caliphate rising ; The Damascus dilemma ; Deadly connections ; Hated by all nations ; They're coming to America ; The demonic deluge ; Emissaries of deceit ; Did God really say ...? ; Denizens of darkness ; The Shemitah shaking -- Equipping the saints "for such a time as this." Balance ; Perspective ; The ingathering ; Engage and advance.
"We are living in unprecedented times. Prophetic events are unfolding at lightning speed right before our eyes and, unbeknownst to most of the world, are being reported in the daily news cycle. From the supernatural resurrection of the nation of Israel to the extraordinary advancement of end-time technologies, ours is the first generation to witness the revelation of such amazing prophetic events. But do not fear, there is a balanced, biblical understanding to everything that is occurring in our day"--Back cover.

The anti-Israel agenda : inside the political war on the Jewish state

December 5, 2017
xxvii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: the origins of the political war / Alex Ryvchin -- NGO's and the battle plan for the political war on Israel / Professor Gerald M. Steinberg -- The United Nations versus Israel / Hillel Neuer -- Hate and the American campus / Michael Dickson and Max Samarov -- A dangerous obsession: the press and Israel / Seth J. Frantzman -- The role of governments in the assault on Israel's legitimacy Part 1: Israel among the nations / Peter Wertheim -- The role of governments in the assault on Israel's legitimacy Part 2: the case of Marrickville / Alex Ryvchin -- From bridge builders to boycotters: delegitimization of Israel in the British Trade Union -- The war crimes libel / Colonel (Ret.) Richard Kemp -- Israel and the Church: allies or enemies? / Andrew Tucker and Kees de Vreugd -- The online intifada: social media and incitement -- Conclusion: why the anti-Israel movement is wrong / Professor Alan M. Dershowitz.
"Since 1948, Israel has withstood three full-scale invasions on multiple fronts, bloody wars with Palestinian militias, deadly bombings of its diplomatic missions, and hundreds of terrorist attacks within its territory and against its citizens abroad. This violence has inflicted immense suffering and loss on the people of Israel, but the country has emerged from armed conflict with more territory rather than less, while its permanent preparedness for war has ensured that the full weight of Israeli innovation has been thrown behind the country's military, turning it into the most formidable fighting force in the region. In light of Israel's military prowess, its enemies have opened a new front in their war of annihilation: a full-scale political assault on Israel's legitimacy. The Anti-Israel Agenda reveals how the institutions of greatest moral and political influence including Western governments, the campus, the United Nations, and the Church are being turned against Israel in an effort to isolate and cripple the state until it can no longer defend its interests or its people."--Inside dust jacket.

The accidental president : Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world

December 4, 2017
Baime, A. J. (Albert J.), author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xvi, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- April 12, 1945 -- The political education of Harry S. Truman -- April-May 1945 -- June-July 1945 -- Little Boy, Fat Man, and Potsdam -- Epilogue.
"Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR's fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman--a midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man. Until, that is, he found himself quickly in over his head after FDR's death. The first four months of Truman's administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings in Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation of Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in so short a time. Tightly focused, meticulously researched, and rendered with vivid detail and narrative verse, The Accidental President takes readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history making 120 days when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times."--Dust jacket.

Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror

December 1, 2017
Sebestyen, Victor, 1956- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2017.
xix, 569 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
A nest of gentlefolk -- A childhood idyll -- The hanged man -- The police state -- A revolutionary education -- Vladimir Ilyich--attorney at law -- Nadya--a Marxist courtship -- Language, truth and logic -- Foreign parts -- Prison and Siberia -- Lenin is born -- Underground lives -- England, their England -- What is to be done? -- The great schism -- Bolsheviks and Mensheviks -- Peaks and troughs -- An autocracy without an autocrat -- Back home -- "Expropriate the expropriators" -- Geneva--"an awful hole" -- Inessa--Lenin in love -- Betrayals -- A love triangle--two into three will go -- Catastrophe--the world at war -- In the wilderness -- The last exile -- Revolution--part one -- The sealed train -- To the Finland station -- The interregnum -- "Peace, land and bread" -- The spoils of war -- A desperate gamble -- The July days -- On the run -- Revolution--part two -- Power--at last -- The man in charge -- The sword and shield -- War and peace -- The one-party state -- The battle for grain -- Regicide -- The assassins' bullets -- The simple life -- Reds and whites -- Funeral in Moscow -- The "Internationale" -- Rebels at sea and on land -- Intimations of mortality -- Revolution--again -- The last battle -- "An explosion of noise" -- Lenin lives.
"Victor Sebestyen's riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin--the first major biography in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man. From Lenin's early years to his long exile in Europe and return to Petrograd in 1917 to lead the first Communist revolution in history. With Lenin's personal papers and those of other leading political figures now available, Sebestyen gives us new details that bring to life the dramatic and gripping story of how Lenin seized power in a coup and ran his revolutionary state. The product of a violent, tyrannical, and corrupt Russia, he chillingly authorized the deaths of thousands of people and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for a greater ideal This included his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to horrifying new heights. In Lenin, Victor Sebestyen has written a brilliant portrait of this dictator as a complex and ruthless figure, and he also brings to light important new revelations about the Russian Revolution, a pivotal point in modern history." -- Publisher's description

Fatwa : hunted in America

November 30, 2017
Geller, Pamela, author.
Miami, FL : Dangerous Books, 2017.
xiii, 251 pages ; 24 cm
"Uncorrected proof. Content is subject to change."
The author relates her efforts and experiences while promoting her views on Islam and society, both at her website The Geller Report and in person at protests and in courtrooms around the world.

Bobby Kennedy : a raging spirit

November 28, 2017
Matthews, Christopher, 1945- author.
396 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Altar boy -- Ambassador's son -- Honor thy father -- Rites of passage -- Commitment -- Brother -- The Kennedy party -- Clan -- Hail Mary -- Irish cop -- Enforcer -- The enemy within -- Victory -- Freedom fighter -- General -- Two great men -- Civil rights -- Relic -- Brave heart -- Affirmation -- The movement -- Vigil -- Defiance -- Sacrifice -- Salute.
"Bobby Kennedy was a personal hero to a multitude of Americans. As the train carrying his body headed to Washington, whites and blacks alike stood along the tracks, saluting him. They loved him as a fellow patriot who believed a great country could also be a good one. Chris Matthews, has discovered what made him who he was...Drawing on extensive research and intimate interviews, Matthews shines a light on all the important moments of Bobby's life: his upbringing, his start in politics, his crucial role fighting for civil rights as attorney general, and his tragic run for president."--Dust jacket flap.

Blind injustice : a former prosecutor exposes the psychology and politics of wrongful convictions

November 27, 2017
Godsey, Mark, 1968- author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
ix, 254 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Eye opener -- Blind denial -- Blind ambition -- Blind bias -- Blind memory -- Blind intuition -- Blind tunnel vision -- Seeing and accepting human limitations.
"In this unprecedented view from the trenches, prosecutor turned champion for the innocent Mark Godsey takes us inside the frailties of the human mind as they unfold in real-world wrongful convictions. Drawing upon both psychological research and shocking--yet true--stories from his own career, Godsey shares how innate psychological flaws and the "tough on crime" political environment can cause investigations to go awry, leading to the conviction of innocent people. He not only sheds light on unintentional yet routine injustices but also recommends structural and procedural changes to restore justice to the criminal justice system."--Provided by publisher.

Smuggler's end : the life and death of Barry Seal

November 27, 2017
Hahn, Del, author.
Gretna : Pelican Publishing Company, 2016.
320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Friendly skies -- The natural -- First arrest: origin of the CIA myth -- The war on drugs -- The target and Little Rock -- Cocaine airline -- Title III wiretap -- Seal cuts a deal -- The Nicaragua and Las Vegas missions -- Continuing criminal enterprises -- Counterattacks -- The middle district of Louisiana plea agreement -- Air Max and Air Rik -- Time served -- The sentencing: clash of egos -- "Murder most foul" -- The crimes of Mena -- Spooks at Mena -- The Cadillac papers and Barry's bank -- Congress investigates -- "I have no knowledge..." -- The Christic institute -- Mister Wheaton -- Terry Reed versus Time Magazine -- "N Number" games -- Slopping hogs and FBI containment at Mena -- Barry and the boys -- Closing thoughts -- Where are they now.
"Adler Berriman "Barry" Seal had a brief, but spectacular, career as a cocaine smuggler-turned DEA informant. At the height of his career, he was under investigation by the DEA in Mena, Arkansas, and New Orleans, Louisiana, in addition to being under the watchful eye of the FBI. Despite the heat surrounding Seal, he made a drug run to Nicaragua in 1984, where he picked up 1,465 pounds of cocaine and took photos of Sandinista soldiers loading the drugs. Then the Washington Post leaked the story, revealing that Seal was working undercover for the CIA. As a result of the article, Seal has long been identified as an undercover CIA informant. The conspiracy revolving around this supposition included the attorney general, FBI agents, Gov. Bill Clinton, and others inside the CIA. Author Del Hahn, who worked on the FBI drug task force that targeted Seal, presents a different story. Hahn begins by calling into question the accuracy and legitimacy of the primary literary sources that support these "CIA/Mena myths." In doing so, Hahn aims to dispel the distorted stories, rumors, and outright lies about Seal, the government's investigation of him, and the actions that led to his murder by Colombian drug lords in 1986 at a halfway house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana"--The publisher.

The great gasbag : an A-to-Z study guide to surviving Trump world

November 22, 2017
Behar, Joy, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
On cover and spine of jacket the title is given as: "The great Gatsby" with "Gatsby" crossed out and "gasbag" written below/across it.
Besides despair, the sane response to the insanity in the White House is laughter. Behar walks readers through the next four years (maybe less if liberal dreams come true) of life under the Trump presidency. Structured as an A-Z guide, Behar offers doses of levity and humor as she takes on the worst president since... well, since ever.

The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia

November 22, 2017
Kalb, Marvin L., author.
xiv, 290 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes index.
Roots -- War, college, and basketball -- Teddy, Joyce, and journalism -- From Cambridge to Moscow -- Govorit Moskva : "Moscow calling" -- De-Stalinization=Destabilization -- The thaw -- From Zhukov to Poznan -- Into the heartland -- A summertime break in Central Asia -- Where Stalin is still worshipped -- Back to a familiar chill -- "Dark, frightening, and tragic days" -- Uvarov, Sasha, and Stalin's ghost -- At the end of the arc -- Postscript : Five months later.
The year 1956 was an extraordinary year in modern Russian history. It was called "the year of the thaw"--a time when Stalin's dark legacy of dictatorship died in February only to be reborn later that December. This historic arc from rising hope to crushing despair opened with a speech by Nikita Khrushchev, then the unpredictable leader of the Soviet Union. He astounded everyone by denouncing the one figure who, up to that time, had been hailed as a "genius," a wizard of communism--Josef Stalin himself. Now, suddenly, this once unassailable god was being portrayed as a "madman" whose idiosyncratic rule had seriously undermined communism and endangered the Soviet state. This amazing switch from hero to villain lifted a heavy overcoat of fear from the backs of ordinary Russians. It also quickly led to anti-communist uprisings in Eastern Europe, none more bloody and challenging than the one in Hungary, which Soviet troops crushed at year's end. Marvin Kalb, then a young diplomatic attaćhe at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, observed this tumultuous year that foretold the end of Soviet communism three decades later. Fluent in Russian, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, he went where few other foreigners would dare go, listening to Russian students secretly attack communism and threaten rebellion against the Soviet system, traveling from one end of a changing country to the other and, thanks to his diplomatic position, meeting and talking with Khrushchev, who playfully nicknamed him Peter the Great. In this, his fifteenth book, Kalb writes a fascinating eyewitness account of a superpower in upheaval and of a people yearning for an end to dictatorship.

The second coming of the KKK : the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American political tradition

November 20, 2017
Gordon, Linda, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
xiv, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: "100% Americanism" -- Rebirth -- Ancestors -- Structures of feeling -- Recruitment, ritual, and profit -- Spectacles and Evangelicals -- Vigilantism and manliness -- KKK feminism -- Oregon and the attack on parochial schools -- Political and economic warfare -- Constituents -- Legacy: down but not out.
"A new Ku Klux Klan arose in the early 1920s, a less violent but equally virulent descendant of the relatively small, terrorist Klan of the 1870s. Unknown to most Americans today, this 'second Klan' largely flourished above the Mason-Dixon Line--its army of four-to-six-million members spanning the continent from New Jersey to Oregon, its ideology of intolerance shaping the course of mainstream national politics throughout the twentieth century...Never secret, this Klan recruited openly, through newspaper ads, in churches, and through extravagant mass 'Americanism' pageants, often held on Independence Day. These 'Klonvocations' drew tens of thousands and featured fireworks, airplane stunts, children's games, and women's bake-offs--and, of course, cross-burnings. The Klan even controlled about one hundred and fifty newspapers, as well as the Cavalier Motion Picture Company, dedicated to countering Hollywood's 'immoral'--and Jewish--influence. The Klan became a major political force, electing thousands to state offices and over one hundred to national offices..."--Dust jacket flap.

Out of the woods : the lynch mob & Hillary Clinton

November 20, 2017
Church, Trevor, 1991- author
336 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm.
This book forces readers to examine a harrowing portrait of America - a country that publicly crucified a woman on November 8th, 2016. The psychology, sociology, and anthropology behind the forces that worked endlessly to prevent one woman from taking office are critiqued from a feminist perspective. The truth is revealed - from Trump to Sanders, Russia, the FBI, and the GOP. This is America like you haven't seen it.

Dare not linger : the presidential years

November 17, 2017
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
xix, 358 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The challenge of freedom -- Negotiating democracy -- A free and fair election -- Getting into the union buildings -- National unity -- The presidency and the Constitution -- Parliament -- Traditional leadership and democracy -- Transformation of the state -- Reconciliation -- Social and economic transformation -- Negotiating the media -- On the African and world stages.
"'I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.'--Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. With a prologue by Mandela's widow, Graça Machel, the result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality."--Dust jacket flap.

Why we don't suck : and how all of us need to stop being such partisan little bitches

November 16, 2017
Leary, Denis, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2017]
x, 304 pages : color maps ; 22 cm
The actor, writer, and comedian confronts liberals and conservatives alike with satirical looks at such topics as the millennial generation, freedom, social media, and cable news networks.

Obama : the call of history

November 14, 2017
Baker, Peter, 1967- author.
New York : Callaway, 2017.
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.
This winter of our hardship -- Bring our troops home -- Time to turn the page -- A shellacking -- Justice has been done -- Fought our way back -- Governing by crisis -- Red line -- Haunted by those deaths -- Could have been me -- Never fear to negotiate -- A personal insult -- Epilogue.
Peter Baker's authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama's achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, "doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills."

Trump is f*cking crazy : [this is not a joke]

November 13, 2017
Olbermann, Keith, 1959- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: Before: the closer. September 2016. 176 reasons Donald Trump shouldn't be president ; The rumormongering about Hillary's health is...deplorable ; The Deplorables redeploy ; King Lear ; Assassination ; Is Trump loyal to the United States? ; The Atlantic wall -- October 2016. Trump and dogs ; The election is inviolable, Trump ; Donald Trump's top fifty excuses ; "Because you'd be in jail" ; Trump's thirty craziest debate events ; Camps, with concentration ; Meltdown ; From Russia with love ; To Trump's supporters: you know this man ; Give us your answer! ; Imagine ; To Johnson and Stein supporters ; To Hillary Clinton voters ; To women voting for Trump ; Trump praises another dictator ; Worse than Watergate -- November 2016, pre-Election Day. The Trumpchurian candidate ; Descending from the clouds ; Trump TV--you think it's for when he loses? ; Goddamned fascist morons ; Another fucking Trump lie ; National suicide ; The terrorists have won -- Part II: After: the Resistance. November 2016, post- Election Day. Post-election, The closer becomes The Resistance ; Pretend ; Alien and sedition ; Twenty-five, section 4 ; Madness ; A reply to Trump's video -- December 2016. We have elected an idiot ; We have elected a shitty businessman ; Batman villains ; Russia ; "I'm, like, a smart person" ; The Electoral College and the compromise of 2016 ; The President-Elect and treason ; Social Security -- January 2017. What did Trump know and when did he stop knowing it? ; Message to a Trump supporter ; He cannot leave it alone ; Guns and Trump ; Answer the question, Trump ; Packing the court of public opinion ; Boycott the inauguration ; Keynote speech to meeting of Democracy Matters ; Another message to his supporters: it's time for Trump to resign ; The media is going to have to rethink its relationship with Trump here ; The apology -- February 2017. Trump has now aided ISIS ; The top fifty crazy and/or impeachable things done by Trump since the inauguration ; For Trump supporters: meet Fatemah ; The arrest of Michael Thomas Flynn ; Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos ; Are these people high or what? ; The suicide of a presidency ; Intel ; He must go ; Tell it to the grand jury ; Call them what they are: a Muslim ban and a purge of Hispanics -- March 2017. The cocoon and anosognosia ; Russia, continued ; The conspiracy peddler in chief ; That speech aged well ; Seven years ; Russia, Russia, Russia ; Russia/wiretap/Comey testimony ; Donald Trump, loser ; I alone can break it ; First to flip gets less jail time ; Could Trump pass a sanity test? -- April 2017. Trump is panicking over Russia ; Flynn and the dog that did nothing in the nighttime ; So-new election? ; The Syria stunt ; A message to President Jackass ; The tale of the tape ; The president is getting crazier ; A gilded coach, you say? ; The White House Russia cover-up ; What are we doing? ; The one hundred days are really just sixty -- May 2017. Trump's plan: sue dissenters ; Trump is panicking again about Russia ; A plea to the free world: for God's sake, ask Trump! ; The health care repeal ; Yates proves Trump's treason ; Follow the money ; You cannot fire the man who is investigating you ; An appeal to the world's intelligence services ; The Trump-Russia cover-up case ; "Some kind of paranoid delusion" ; The tape ; When will Russia "break"'? ; The arrest of Jared Kushner ; There are but two parties now ; Anybody else would've been fired by now ; When Donnie met Sergey ; Trump is now under investigation for collusion and obstruction of justice ; What was that again about Russian hookers? ; Self-destruction ; Does Trump have tapes? Does anybody? ; Firing the special counsel ; The appeasement of Trump.
Since Trump's presidential nomination, Olbermann's web monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. Here he takes our Commander in Chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor.

The lost founding father : John Quincy Adams and the transformation of American politics

November 9, 2017
Cooper, William J., Jr. (William James), 1940- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
xv, 526 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part One: 1767-1817 / Preparation-Diplomacy and Politics -- "To Bring Myself into Notice" -- "Only Virtue and Fortitude" -- "Let There Be...No Deficiency of Earnest Zeal" -- Part Two: 1817-1828 / A Vision of a Nation Realized and Thwarted -- "Perhaps the Most Important Day of My Life" -- "To Meet the Fate to Which I Am Destined" -- Part Three: 1829-1848 / A New Path-Tribulation and Confidence -- "An Overruling Consciousness of Rectitude" -- "The First and Holiest Rights of Humanity" -- "On the Edge of a Precipice Every Step That I Take" -- "Our Country...Is No Longer the Same" -- "Proceed-Persevere-Never Despair."
Profiles the sixth American president, sharing insight into his exposure to the ideas that influenced the Founding Fathers, discussing his European travels, and highlighting his views on slavery.

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