New Arrivals · Politics

June 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My life in progressive politics : against the grain

June 21, 2018
Tydings, Joseph D. (Joseph Davies), 1928- author.
©2018
xii, 361 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Joe Biden -- Part I. A Political Life. Against the grain ; Oakington ; A plan for life -- Part II. Reform and Independence. Against the legislative tide ; Regulating savings and loan associations ; Kennedy Man ; A prosecutor the organization didn't want ; A thirty-two-month learning experience ; A tangle of savings and loan scams ; Kidnapping, murder, and assassination ; Challenging the Democratic machine ; A break with the past -- Part III. A Freshman Senator's Voice. Defending the great Warren Court decisions ; "A voteless people is a hopeless people" ; Fairness in federal court ; Congress and the City of Washington -- Part IV. The Hardest Fights. Vietnam and the political costs of war ; The environment and overpopulation ; Gun control ; One progressive position too many ; Citizen public service -- Epilogue: An open letter to my grandchildren (and their generation).
"Gun control, voting rights, family planning, and environmental protection--these are all hot-button issues today, but they were also the same difficult and intractable issues that Senator Joseph D. Tydings of Maryland faced during his tenure in the Senate in the 1960s. In this timely memoir, Tydings looks back on a life of public service, from the Maryland General Assembly to chief federal prosecutor in Maryland and ultimately to the United States Senate. As an early "Kennedy Man," Tydings's political stock soared, but it just as quickly crashed because of his willingness to go "against the grain" on perhaps one progressive issue too many. As the adopted son of a US senator, grandson of an adviser to three US presidents, and step-grandson of perhaps the wealthiest woman of her age, Tydings nevertheless made his own way, rising from horse platoon corporal in war-ravaged Germany to legislative reformer. He prosecuted fellow Democrats for fraud, stood up to presidents over Supreme Court nominees and the war in Vietnam, and faced down segregationists over voting rights. His family planning initiatives are still in effect. He battled the National Rifle Association over gun control--and suffered the consequences. After a decade of political assassinations, from the Kennedy brothers to Martin Luther King Jr., and a turn to the right with the election of Richard Nixon, America's political climate soured for progressive politics, and Tydings narrowly lost reelection. My Life in Progressive Politics provides an important, insider account of a landmark era in American politics. Joseph D. Tydings served as United States senator from Maryland from 1965 to 1971. He earlier served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1955 to 1961 and as United States Attorney from 1961 to 1963."--Publisher's website.

The perfect weapon : war, sabotage, and fear in the cyber age

June 20, 2018
Sanger, David E., author.
©2018
xxiii, 357 pages ; 25 cm
From Russia, with love -- Original sins -- Pandora's inbox -- The hundred-dollar takedown -- Man in the middle -- The China rules -- The Kims strike back -- Putin's petri dish -- The fumble -- Warning from the Cotswolds -- The slow awakening -- Three crises in the valley -- Left of launch.
"In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world's powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict. The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes--from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt--cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidents--Bush and Obama--drew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran's nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump's first year, turned back on the US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies. Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger--who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book--reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target."--Dust jacket.

Amity and Prosperity : one family and the fracturing of America

June 18, 2018
Griswold, Eliza, 1973- author.
©2018
xii, 318 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Part I: Hoopies. Fair 2010 ; When the boom began ; The mess next door ; Arsenip ; Airborne ; Hoopies ; "One head & one heart, & live in true friendship & amity as one people" ; Doubters ; Hang 'em high ; Blood and urine ; Airport -- Part II: Burden of proof. "Mr. and Mrs. Atticus Finch" ; Mutual distrust ; Buzz ; Missing pages ; Rainbow water ; "Dear Mr. President" ; Insurgents ; Burden of proof ; Policing the state ; What money does ; Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush ; Remote people ; Ignorant motherfuckers ; A special agent ; Full metal jacket -- Part III: The right to clean air and pure water. The right to clean air and pure water ; Dreams ; Closing down the ponds ; Chasing ghosts ; "The junkyard plaintiff" ; Diva ; Fair 2016 -- Epilogue: White hats
"Tells the story of the energy boom's impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia--and one woman's transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist. Stacey Haney is a local nurse working hard to raise two kids and keep up her small farm when the fracking industry comes to her hometown of Amity, Pennsylvania. Intrigued by reports of lucrative natural gas leases in her neighbors' mailboxes, she strikes a deal with a Texas-based energy company. Soon trucks begin rumbling past her farm, a fenced-off drill site rises on an adjacent hilltop, and domestic animals and pets start to die. When mysterious sicknesses begin to afflict her children, she appeals to the company for help. Its representatives insist that nothing is wrong. Alarmed by her children's illnesses, Haney joins with neighbors and a committed husband-and-wife legal team to investigate what's really in the water and air. Against local opposition, Haney and her allies doggedly pursue their case in court and begin to expose the damage that's being done to the land her family has lived on for centuries. Soon a community that has long been suspicious of outsiders faces wrenching new questions about who is responsible for redressing their ills. The faceless corporations that are poisoning the land? The environmentalists who fail to see their economic distress? A federal government that is mandated to protect but fails on the job? Drawing on seven years of immersive reporting, Griswold reveals what happens when an imperiled town faces a crisis of values--and a family wagers everything on an improbable quest for justice."--Dust jacket.

Yes we (still) can : politics in the age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

June 15, 2018
Pfeiffer, Dan, author.
©2018
xvii, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Started from the bottom -- How not to lose a campaign -- Telling the country and other tales of presidential communications -- Something pants-splittingly funny -- The new media wasteland -- Fighting fake news -- My beautiful, dark, twisted (White House) fantasy -- Fox (and friends) is destroying America -- The Republicans go off the deep end -- Tweeting while Rome burns -- From 1600 Penn to Keepin' it 1600 -- Advice you can believe in -- The 2016 campaign clusterfuck -- Thanks,Obama (seriously)
The former White House director of communications explores how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama administration and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

Costly grace : an evangelical minister's rediscovery of faith, hope and love

June 14, 2018
Schenck, Robert L., author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
xvii, 324 pages ; 24 cm
The author recalls his life as a controversial Washington, D.C. evangelical minister and spiritual advisor to America's political class. He begins with his conversion from Judaism to born-again Christianity, and then finding his calling in public ministry. He chronicles his years as an activist leader of the most extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement, brazenly mixing ministry with Republican political activism. Finally he reflects on his unconscious abandonment of Christian principles in the face of fame and influence, and ultimately his return to the lessons Jesus imparted. Today Schenck works to liberate the evangelical community from a politicized gospel, urging partisan conservatives to move beyond social battles and forsake the politics of hate, fear, and violence.

It's time to fight dirty : how Democrats can build a lasting majority in American politics

June 12, 2018
Faris, David M., author.
Brooklyn, New York : Melville House, [2018]
xxv, 178 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The 230-year-old airplane -- I learned it by watching you: the new procedural warfare -- The 58-state solution -- The neutron option for the Supreme Court -- Obliterating winner-take-all elections -- The modern Voting Rights Act -- Conclusion: The third reconstruction.
"To be published before the 2018 midterm elections, an accessible, actionable blueprint for how Democrats can build a lasting majority The American electoral system is clearly failing--more horrifically in the 2016 presidential election than ever before. In It's Time to Fight Dirty, David Faris expands on his popular series for "The Week" to offer party leaders and supporters concrete strategies for lasting political reform--and in doing so lays the groundwork for a more progressive future. With equal parts playful irreverence and persuasive reasoning, It's Time to Fight Dirty is essential reading as we head toward the 2018 midterms. and beyond"-- Provided by publisher.

SOSart : [catalog].

June 11, 2018
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Ghosn Publishing
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Title from cover.
"A sociopolitical, for peace and justice, 2D and 3D visual art group show and related events, poetry, performances, movies, lectures and debates at the Mockbee ..." (varies).

First in line : presidents, vice presidents, and the pursuit of power

June 6, 2018
Brower, Kate Andersen, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xii, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Prologue: "Safe hands" -- You're a guest in my house -- Two men, two hotel suites -- The art of the vet -- The observatory -- The Second Lady -- Tragedy and trauma -- From Senator to subordinate: the story of Nixon/Eisenhower, Johnson/Kennedy, and Humphrey/Johnson -- Confusion, conflict, and musical chairs: the rocky road of Agnew/Nixon, Ford/Nixon, and Rockefeller/Ford -- Getting to know you...or not: Mondale/Carter, Bush/Reagan, and Quayle/Bush -- From friendship to betrayal: the breakup of Al Gore and Bill Clinton -- The shadow president: Cheney and his sidekick Bush -- Fanboy: the love story of Joe and Barack -- Man on a wire: Mike Pence's tightrope act -- A heartbeat away.
"An intimate, news-making look at the men who are first in line to the most powerful office in the world--the vice presidents of the modern era--from Richard Nixon and LBJ to Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, and Mike Pence. Bestselling author Kate Andersen Brower took us inside the lives of the White House staff in The Residence. She followed that with an in-depth look at the modern first ladies in First Women. Now, in her signature style, she introduces us to the second-most-powerful men in the world, exploring the lives and roles of thirteen modern vice presidents--eight Republicans and five Democrats. In interviews with more than two hundred people, including all six living former vice presidents, their family members, insiders, and confidants, Brower pulls back the curtain to reveal the sometimes close, often chilly, and always complicated relationship between our modern presidents and their vice presidents. And she shares surprising revelations about the relationship between former vice president Joe Biden and former president Barack Obama, and how Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump interact behind closed doors. As Brower reveals, the president and the vice president, whether they began as allies or rivals, share a very tangible sense of admiration mixed with jealousy and resentment even when the relationship appears to be ideal. Vice presidents owe their position to the president--a connection that affects not only how they are perceived but also their possible future as a presidential candidate, which is tied, for better or worse, to the president they serve. George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan had a famously prickly relationship during the 1980 primary, yet Bush would not have been elected president in 1988 without Reagan's high approval rating. Al Gore's 2000 loss, conversely, could partly be attributed to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal and Bill Clinton's impeachment. Current vice president Mike Pence is walking a high-stakes political tightrope as he tries to reassure anxious Republicans while staying on his boss's good side. The rich dynamic between the president and the vice president has never been fully explored or understood--until now. Compelling and rigorously reported, grounded in history and politics, and full of deeply personal stories told here for the first time, First in Line lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding this historic political office to offer us a spellbinding portrait of what it is truly like to be a heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the world."--Dust jacket.

The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House

June 6, 2018
Rhodes, Benjamin J., 1977- author.
©2018
xx, 450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part one. Hope: 2007-2010 -- In the beginning -- Talk to Iran, get Bin Laden -- A community of fate -- The President is on board the aircraft -- Cairo -- Obama's war -- War and a peace prize -- The end of the beginning -- Part two. Spring: 2011-2012 -- Egypt: the transition must begin now -- Libya -- Bin Laden: life inside a secret -- Gathering clouds -- Reaction and action -- Life, death, and Benghazi -- A second term -- Young men wage war, old men make peace -- Part three. Change: 2013-2014 -- Clenched fists -- Red line -- Becoming a right-wing villain -- Race, Mandela, and Castro -- Russians and intervention -- Divine intervention -- Permanent war -- New beginnings -- Part four. What makes America great: 2015-2017 -- Tapping the brakes -- The antiwar room -- Bombs and children -- Havana -- The stories people tell about you -- The stories we tell -- Information wars -- The end.
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there--from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and--above all--Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

Council minutes, 1656-1658

June 5, 2018
New Netherland. Council, issuing body.
©2018
xxii, 651 pages ; 24 cm.
Translated from the Dutch.
"This volume provides a translation of the proceedings of New Netherland's council minutes from 1656 to 1658. The translators attempt to remain true to the writing style in the council minutes. It will include a glossary of terms, a key to abbreviations, a detailed introduction, and an appendix containing information about weights and measures."--Provided by publisher.

Messing with the enemy : surviving in a social media world of hackers, terrorists, Russians, and fake news

June 4, 2018
Watts, Clint, author.
©2018
289 pages ; 24 cm
Omar and Carfizzi -- The rise and fall of the virtual caliphate -- "That is not an option unless it's in a body bag" -- Rise of the trolls -- Harmony, disharmony, and the power of secrets -- Putin's plan -- Postmortem -- Staring at the men who stare at goats -- From preference bubbles to social inception: the future of influence -- Surviving in a social media world.
Former FBI Special Agent and leading cyber-security expert offers a devastating and essential look at the misinformation campaigns, fake news, and electronic espionage operations that have become the cutting edge of modern warfare - and how we can protect ourselves and our country against them. Shocking, funny, and eye-opening, this is a deeply urgent guide for living safe and smart in a super-connected world.

Trump's America : the truth about our nation's great comeback

June 1, 2018
Gingrich, Newt, author.
©2018
x, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: The great comeback -- The fight for Trump's America -- The comeback of "one nation" -- The comeback of "under God" -- The comeback of sovereignty, ending the new world order -- The comeback of free speech -- The comeback of the American economy, part 1: Cutting red tape -- The comeback of the American economy, part 2: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 -- The comeback of the constitutional judiciary -- The comeback of American health care -- Part II: Challenges -- Fighting fake news -- The rule of law versus the rule of Mueller -- Draining the swamp -- Let's Trump addiction -- Helping Americans return to work -- Reaching beyond the stars -- The comeback is not guaranteed.
The former Speaker of the House shares insider perspectives into the Make America Great Again movement and argues that Trump is keeping his campaign promises in spite of formidable resistance.

William Howard Taft

June 1, 2018
Rosen, Jeffrey, 1964- author.
©2018
xviii, 183 pages : portrait ; 22 cm.
Introduction : Judicial president and presidential chief justice -- "A judicial temperament" : the education of Judge Taft -- "We want Taft" : civil governor, secretary of war, and president-elect -- "The best tariff bill" : the president, tax reform, and free trade -- "Within the law" : the environment, monopolies, and foreign affairs -- "Popular unrest" : the election of 1912 and the battle for the Constitution -- "I love judges and I love courts" : chief justice at last -- Epilogue : Our constitutional president.
William Howard Taft never wanted to be president, but won resounding victory in the election of 1908 as Theodore Roosevelt's handpicked successor. The only man to serve as both president and chief justice on the Supreme Court, Taft played a crucial role in shaping how American balances populism against the rule of law. Rosen shows how Taft approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders' vision of limited government.

Soul of a Democrat : the seven core ideals that made our party--and our country--great

May 30, 2018
Reston, Thomas B., author.
New York, NY : Àll Points Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2018.
viii, 246 pages ; 22 cm
Has the Democratic Party lost its soul? -- The party of the people: Thomas Jefferson and the individual -- The fight for the outsider: Andrew Jackson and economic justice -- The politics of Pentecost: William Jennings Bryan--the social gospel and secular altruism -- A respect for ideas: Woodrow Wilson and democratic progressivism -- Economic security of one and all: Franklin Roosevelt and the safety net -- Redeemer nation: from John Quincy Adams to Harry Truman--the marriage of high ideals and hard interests -- All men are created equal: Lyndon Johnson and civil rights -- The new Democracy.

Young Hitler : the making of the Führer

May 30, 2018
Ham, Paul, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
A rigorous narrative analysis probes into the childhood, war experiences, and early political career of Adolf Hitler to assess how his defining years affected his rise to power.

Tailspin : the people and forces behind America's fifty-year fall--and those fighting to reverse it

May 29, 2018
Brill, Steven, 1950- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
441 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
"A tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change. In this revelatory narrative covering the years 1967 to 2017, Steven Brill gives us a stunningly cogent picture of the broken system at the heart of our society. He shows us how, over the last half-century, America's core values--meritocracy, innovation, due process, free speech, and even democracy itself--have somehow managed to power its decline into dysfunction. They have isolated our best and brightest, whose positions at the top have never been more secure or more remote. The result has been an erosion of responsibility and accountability, an epidemic of shortsightedness, an increasingly hollow economic and political center, and millions of Americans gripped by apathy and hopelessness. By examining the people and forces behind the rise of big-money lobbying, legal and financial engineering, the demise of private-sector unions, and a hamstrung bureaucracy, Brill answers the question on everyone's mind: How did we end up this way? Finally, he introduces us to those working quietly and effectively to repair the damages. At once a diagnosis of our national ills, a history of their development, and a prescription for a brighter future, Tailspin is a work of riveting journalism--and a welcome antidote to political despair"-- Provided by publisher.

Bibi : the turbulent life and times of Benjamin Netanyahu

May 29, 2018
Pfeffer, Anshel, author.
©2018
viii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Netanyahu's Israel -- 1. Frustrated lovers of Zion 1879-1948. An orator of the highest grace ; Propaganda, propaganda, and propaganda ; On the sidelines of history ; The end of the great Zionist dream -- 2. Outsiders in the new State 1949-1976. Life within sharp borders ; A terrible dislocation ; American Ben, Israeli Bibi ; You have to kill Arabs ; I've reached my target ; Trying to save the state -- 3. Breaking the elite 1976-1996. Stop the world! ; Why aren't you in uniform? ; Prime minister in ten years' time ; If he had a sense of humor, he'd be a 10 ; Prime minister? of course not ; A crime unprecedented in the history of democracy ; A political failure? ; Rabin is "not a traitor" ; Good for the Jews -- 4. Israel's serial bungler 1996-2009. The bedrock of our existence ; Dragged to Wye ; They. Are. Afraid ; A concerned citizen ; My own media ; Threats are what work -- 5. Stuck on top 2009-2018. A new pragmatic Bibi? ; Your father wrote history, you are making history ; The Arab voters are moving in droves ; A bad mistake of historic proportions ; Nothing will happen, because nothing happened -- Epilogue: Netanyahu's Israel at seventy.
Presents a candid account of the prime minister's rise to power, focusing on his consolidation of Zionist fringe politics to gain a long-lasting foothold in Israeli government and examining his enduring influence on the region. -- Publisher's description.

St. Petersburg : madness, murder, and art on the banks of the Neva

May 25, 2018
Miles, Jonathan, 1952- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
592 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Twilight on the Nevsky 1993 -- Part I. Emperors 1698-1825 -- Havoc in London -- Dangerous acceleration -- Oblivion and rebirth -- Dancing, love-making, drink -- The city transformed -- Madness, murder, and insurrection -- Part II. Subjects 1825-1917 -- A new kind of cold -- Discontent -- Dancing on the edge -- Dazzle and despair -- Part III. Comrades & citizens 1917-2017 -- Red Petrograd -- A city diminished -- Darkest and finest hour -- Murmurs from the underground -- Broken windows onto the West -- Mirage 2017.
St. Petersburg has always felt like an impossible metropolis, rising from the freezing mists and flooded marshland of the River Neva on the western edge of Russia. It was a new capital in an old country. Established in 1703 by the sheer will of its charismatic founder, the homicidal megalomaniac Peter the Great, its dazzling yet unhinged reputation was quickly cemented by the sadistic dominion of its early rulers. This city, in is successive incarnations - St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad and, once again, St. Petersburg - has been a place of perpetual contradiction. The city was a window to Europe and the Enlightenment, but so much of Russia's unique glory was also created here: its literature, music, dance and, for a time, its political vision. It gave birth to the artistic genius of Pushkin and Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, Pavlova and Nureyev. Yet, for all its glittering palaces, fairytale balls, and enchanting gardens, the blood of thousands has been spilled on its snow-filled streets. The city has been a hotbed of war and revolution, a place of siege and starvation, and the crucible for Lenin and Stalin's power-hungry brutality. In this volume, the author recreates the drama of three hundred years in this paradoxical and brilliant city, bringing the reader up to the present day, when its fate hangs in the balance once more. This is an epic tale of murder, massacre and madness played out against an unforgettable portrait of a city and its people.

Sh*tshow! : the country's collapsing... and the ratings are great

May 24, 2018
LeDuff, Charlie, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
276 pages ; 24 cm
2013: Red, white & rog -- 2014: Black gold -- The blue, the gray & the green -- No color but the red of blood -- The white man's last stand -- How green was the red woman's valley -- A sea of brown -- Gray donkeys / Burros grises -- Red teeth -- White is the new black -- St. Louis blues -- Fade to black -- Brown out -- 2015: Ebony & ivory -- Yellowhammer -- Red meat -- Silver bullet -- Red summer in white city -- Don à l'orange -- Knights in white satin -- My blue hell -- Brass balls -- 2016: Yellow water -- And the white horse you rode in on -- Die whitey die -- Trail mix: the mad dash to oblivion in new brown shoes -- 2017: Tighty whities.
"In the Fall of 2013, long before any sane person had seriously considered the possibility of a Trump presidency, Charlie LeDuff sat in the office of then-Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, and made a simple but prophetic claim: The whole country is bankrupt and on high boil. It's a shitshow out there. No one in the bubbles of Washington, DC., New York, or Los Angles was talking about it--least of all the media. LeDuff wanted to go to the heart of the country to report what was really going on. Ailes baulked. Could the hard-living and straight-shooting LeDuff be controlled? But, then, perhaps on a whim, he agreed. And so LeDuff set out to record a TV series called, "The Americans," and, along the way, ended up bearing witness to the ever-quickening unraveling of The American Dream. For three years, LeDuff travelled the width and breadth of the country with his team of production irregulars, ending up on the Mexican border crossing the Rio Grande on a yellow rubber kayak alongside undocumented immigrants; in the middle of Ferguson as the city burned; and watching the children of Flint get sick from undrinkable water. Racial, political, social, and economic tensions were escalating by the day. The inexorable effects of technological change and globalization were being felt more and more acutely, at the same time as wages stagnated and the price of housing, education, and healthcare went through the roof. The American people felt defeated and abandoned by their politicians, and those politicians seemed incapable of rising to the occasion. The old way of life was slipping away, replaced only by social media, part-time work, and opioid addiction. Sh*tshow! is that true, tragic, and distinctively American story, told from the parts of the country hurting the most. A soul-baring, irreverent, and iconoclastic writer, LeDuff speaks the language of everyday Americans, and is unafraid of getting his hands dirty. He scrambles the tired-old political, social, and racial categories, taking no sides--or prisoners. Old-school, gonzo-style reporting, this is both a necessary confrontation with the darkest parts of the American psyche and a desperately-needed reminder of the country's best instincts."--Book flap.

History teaches us to resist : how progressive movements have succeeded in challenging times

May 24, 2018
Berry, Mary Frances, author.
Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, [2018]
222 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : history lessons -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and the March on Washington movement -- The movement against the Vietnam War -- Winning while losing : fighting the Reagan administration -- The Free South Africa movement -- A "kinder and gentler" presidency : George Herbert Walker Bush -- The adaptable president : William Jefferson Clinton -- Unnatural disasters : the presidency of George W. Bush -- Conclusion : lessons learned.
"Historian and civil rights activist proves how progressive movements can flourish even in conservative times."--Amazon summary.

Homeland Security ate my speech : messages from the end of the world

May 24, 2018
Dorfman, Ariel, author.
New York : OR Books, [2017]
viii, 213 pages ; 20 cm
Introduction: Grieving for America -- Part one. The rise of Donald J. Trump -- Philip II, the sixteenth century Spanish monarch, writes to His Excellency Donald Trump -- America meets Frankenstein -- My mother and Trump's border -- Latin American food and the failure of Trump's wall -- Faulkner's question for America -- Part two. The judgment of history -- Now, America, you know how Chile felt -- The River Kwai passes through the Latin America and the Potomac: what it feels like to be tortured -- Words of encouragement for Donald J. Trump from James Buchanan, the 15th President of the United States -- A message form the end of the world -- Should Iago be tortured? -- Mission akkomplished: from Comrade Bush to Tovarisch Trump -- Part three. Models of resistance from the past -- Martin Luther King marches on -- Searching for Mandela -- The truth that made her free -- Reading Cervantes in captivity -- The dancing cosmos of Albert Einstein -- Revisiting Melville in Chile -- Part four. What is to be done? -- Homeland security ate my speech -- Alice in Leftland: will you, won't you dance? -- They're watching us: so what? -- How we overcame tyranny before: take heart, friends! -- The whispering leaves of the Hiroshima ginko trees.
"Ariel Dorfman's latest collection is an emotionally raw yet measured assessment of the United States after the election of Donald Trump, highlighting the troubling parallels between Trump and repressive regimes of the past. With corruption and repression looming, Dorfman wonders, can the United States avoid the same kind of political interference it practiced in the past? Concise, original, and even playful, Dorfman provides a clear-eyed take on our state of disunion. The Inquisition, Frankenstein, civil rights struggles, "the bridge on the river Kwai," Pinochet and Nelson Mandela all have a role to play in this far-ranging collection from a writer Time magazine calls a 'literary grandmaster.'"--Jacket flap.

The restless wave : good times, just causes, great fights and other appreciations

May 22, 2018
McCain, John, 1936- author.
©2018
402 pages ; 24 cm
No surrender -- Country first -- About us -- In the company of heroes (The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq) -- The Arab Spring: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria -- Fighting the good fight (With and against Ted Kennedy) -- Nyet (Know thine enemy) -- Know thyself (Defending the West) -- Part of the main (American exceptionalism) -- Regular order -- Conclusion.
"A candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain--his most personal book in years--covering everything from 2008 up to the present."--Provided by publisher.

How I resist : activism and hope for a new generation

May 21, 2018
©2018
xiv, 201 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Acknowledgments -- What is resistance -- Could we please give the police departments to the grandmothers? / Junauda Petrus -- Interview / Dylan Marron -- Keep doing what you're doing / Malinda Lo -- Why we all need to be activists right now / Lauren Duca -- Thoughts on resistance / Rebecca Roanhorse -- Interview / Jason Reynolds -- 5 things teens can do to engage politics before turning 18 / Carolyn Dewitt -- Essay / Hebh Jamal -- Interview / Javier Munoz -- The lucky ones / Jennifer Weiner -- Letter to a sensitive brown queer / John Paul Brammer -- The clap back / Daniel J. Watts -- Interview / Ali Stroker -- When / Shaina Taub -- Part of the problem / KC Green -- Making stuff that matters / Dan Sinker -- I, wonder: imagining a black Wonder Woman / Maya Rupert -- Rosie O' Donnell's five resistance steps / Rosie O' Donnell -- Interview / Jacqueline Woodson -- An announcement from Muffy Higginbottom, President of Delta Sigma Tau Sorority Resistance Committee / Libba Bray -- Media-consciousness as part of resistance! / Jonny Sun -- Essay / Jodi Picoult -- Three easy steps to contact your reps / Kate Linnea Welsh -- Essay / Alex Gino -- Interview / Justin Mikita and Jesse Tyler Ferguson -- Poem / Sabaa Tahir -- The Jewish we / Dana Schwartz -- Cartoon / Jeffrey Rowland -- Refilling the well / Karuna Riazi -- The bigness trap -- The beginner's guide to books on resistance
In How I Resist, readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. Not just for a young adult audience, this incredibly impactful collection will appeal to readers of all ages who are feeling adrift and looking for guidance.

I'm still here : black dignity in a world made for whiteness

May 21, 2018
Brown, Austin Channing, author.
©2018
185 pages ; 20 cm
White people are exhausting -- Playing spades -- The other side of harmony -- Ain't no friends here -- Whiteness at work -- Interlude: Why I love being a black girl -- White fragility -- Nice white people -- The story we tell -- Creative anger -- Interlude: How to survive racism in an organization that claims to be antiracist -- The ritual of fear -- A God for the accused -- We're still here -- Interlude: A letter to my son -- Justice, then reconciliation -- Standing in the shadow of hope.
The author's first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when her parents told her they named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. She grew up in majority-white schools, organizations, and churches, and has spent her life navigating America's racial divide as a writer, a speaker, and an expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion. While so many institutions claim to value diversity in their mission statements, many fall short of matching actions to words. Brown highlights how white middle-class evangelicalism has participated in the rise of racial hostility, and encourages the reader to confront apathy and recognize God's ongoing work in the world.

Wrestling with the devil : a prison memoir

May 21, 2018
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- author.
©2018
248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This book is culled from Detained: A Writers Prison Diary, originally published in 1982"--Note to this edition.
Detention order -- Free thoughts on toilet paper -- Parasites in paradise -- Colonial Lazarus rises from the dead -- The culture of silence and fear -- Wrestling with colonial daemons -- Unchain my hands! -- Meditations! -- Dreams of freedom -- Sherlock Holmes and the strange case of the missing novel -- Devil on the cross.
"[This book] ... begins literally half an hour before [the author's release from prison] on December 12, 1978. In one extended flashback he recalls the night, a year earlier, when armed police pulled him from his home and jailed him in Kenya's ... [maximum security prisons]. There, he lives in a prison block with eighteen other political prisoners, quarantined from the general prison population. In a conscious effort to fight back the humiliation and the intended degradation of the spirit, [the author] ... decides to write a novel on toilet paper, the only paper to which he has access, a book that will become his classic, Devil on the cross. Written in the early 1980s and never before published in America, [this book is an account of the author's] drama and the challenges of writing the novel under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the excruciating pain that comes from being cut off from his wife and children, but also the spirit of defiance that defines hope. Ultimately, [this book] is a testimony to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, which is truly the story of all art."-- Dust jacket.

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