New Arrivals · Politics

November 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stealing America : what my experience with criminal gangs taught me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party

November 24, 2015
D'Souza, Dinesh, 1961- author.
New York, N.Y. : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
viii, 324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Crime and punishment : how they taught me a lesson -- The world as it is : inside the confinement center -- How to steal a country : a heist to end all heists -- Creating new wealth : America, the anti-theft society -- History for profit : the reparations scam -- The things that keep progressives awake at night : the greed and inequality scam -- You didn't build that : the society-did-it scam -- Silver spoons and genetic lotteries : the Lucky Luciano scam -- The Godfather : Saul Alinsky's art of the shakedown -- Barack and Hillary : the education of two con artists -- The envy triangle : shaking down the wealth creators -- Cracking the con : restoring the productive society.
In the fall of 2014, outspoken author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza found himself hauled into federal court for improperly donating money to an old friend's Senate campaign. D'Souza pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight months in a state-run confinement center. There he lived among hardened criminals--drug dealers, thieves, gangbangers, rapists, and murderers. Now the bestselling author explains how this experience not only changed his life, but fundamentally transformed his view of his adopted country. Previously, D'Souza had seen America through the eyes of a grateful immigrant who became successful by applying and defending conservative principles. Again and again, D'Souza made the case that America is an exceptional nation, fundamentally fair and just. In book after book, he argued against liberalism as though it were a genuine movement of ideas capable of being engaged and refuted. But his prolonged exposure to the criminal underclass provided an eye-opening education in American realities. In the view of hardened criminals, D'Souza learned, America is anything but fair and just. Instead, it is a jungle in which various armed gangs face off against one another, with the biggest and most powerful gangs inhabiting the federal government. As for American liberalism, it is not a movement of ideas at all but a series of scams and cons aimed at nothing less than stealing the entire wealth of the nation, built up over more than two centuries: the total value of the homes, the lifelong savings of the people, the assets of every industry, and all the funds allocated to health and education and every other service, both public and private. "The thieves I am speaking about want all of it." And who are the leading figures in this historically ambitious scam that has turned the federal government into a vast and unprecedented shakedown scheme? Why, none other than Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton--the current leaders of the Democratic Party. This pair of smooth-talking con artists, trained in the methods of radical activist Saul Alinsky, have taken his crude but effective political shakedown techniques to a level even he never dreamed of. As the nation approaches a crucial election in 2016, Stealing America is an urgent wakeup call for all Americans who want to prevent this theft from being completed by eight more years of Democratic rule.

Founding documents of America

November 24, 2015
Vile, John R., author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2015]
xx, 357 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Section I. Constitutional antecedents -- Section II. The revolutionary and confederal periods -- Section III. Calling and convening the Constitutional Convention -- Section IV. Debating, ratifying, implementing, and amending the new Constitution.

The Democratic Party : documents decoded

November 24, 2015
Harris, Douglas B.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
xxxv, 281 pages ; 29 cm.
5. New Democrats: building a bridge to the 21st century. New Orleans declaration, statement endorsed at the fourth annual Democratic Leadership Council Conference, March 1, 1990 ; A new covenant, Bill Clinton's address accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, July 16, 1992 ; "There is not room," Richard Shelby's press conference announcing party switch, November 9, 1994 ; "The era of big government is over," Bill Clinton's State of the Union address, January 23, 1996 ; "We're for the people," Al Gore's acceptance speech, August 17, 2000 ; "Bring America together," Al Gore's concession speech, December 13, 2000 ; Preparing for the 21st century, Bill Clinton's Farewell Address, January 18, 2001 -- 6. Resigned to opposition: Democrats in the George W. Bush years. Changing Senate leadership, Richard Durbin speaks about James Jefford's party switch, May 24, 2001 ; "America suffers today," Richard Gephardt's speech after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, September 11, 2011 ; "Both parties stand united," Tom Daschle's speech after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, September 12, 2001 ; "Today I weep for my country," Robert Byrd's speech on the Iraq War, March 19, 2003 ; "Reporting for duty," John Kerry's nomination acceptance speech, July 29, 2004 ; The Democratic vision, Democratic responses to George W. Bush's State of the Union address, February 2, 2005 ; "Let us be the Congress," Nancy Pelosi's speech upon taking the oath of office, January 4, 2007 -- 7. Making history: hope and change in the rise and reign of Barack Obama. "We've changed this country before," Barack Obama's announcement of candidacy, February 10, 2007 ; "I am still standing," Hillary Clinton's remarks at the New Hampshire Democratic Party 100 Club dinner, January 4, 2008 ; "Yes we can," Barack Obama's remarks on election night, November 4, 2008 ; "This is the meaning of our liberty," Barack Obama's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009 ; "We are a nation that does what is hard," Barack Obama and Joe Biden, remarks at the signing of the Health Insurances Reform Bill, March 23, 2010 ; "Justice has been done," Barack Obama's remarks on the death of Osama bin Laden, May 2, 2011 ; "Our journey is not complete," Barack Obama's Second Inaugural Address, January 20, 2013.

The Republican Party : documents decoded

November 24, 2015
Harris, Douglas B.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
xxxiv, 281 pages ; 29 cm.
5. Republican revolution. "A thousand points of light," George H.W. Bush's nomination acceptance speech, August 18, 1988 ; Beginnings of the culture war, Patrick J. Buchanan's Republican National Convention speech, August 17, 1992 ; "I am responsible," George H.W. Bush's address on the results of the presidential election, November 7, 1992 ; The "contract with America," Newt Gingrich's speech on opening day of the 104th Congress, January 4, 1995 ; "We are the party," Robert Dole's nomination acceptance speech, August 15, 1996 ; "No one is above the law," Henry Hyde's speech to the Senate on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, February 8, 1999 -- 6. The Bush years: 9/11, Iraq, and Republican decline. Compassionate conservatism, George W. Bush's First Inaugural Address, January 20, 2001 ; The "Axis of evil," George W. Bush's State of the Union Address, January 29, 2002 ; "The smoking gun ... in the form of a mushroom cloud," George W. Bush's address to the nation on Iraq, October 7, 2002 ; "Mission accomplished," George W. Bush's address from USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003 ; "Our strategy is succeeding," George W. Bush's nomination acceptance speech, September 2, 2004 ; A time of change, George W. Bush's news conference on the election results, November 8, 2006 -- 7. The Obama years. "Your average hockey mom," Sarah Palin's address to the Republican National Convention, September 3, 2008 ; "I work for you," John McCain's nomination acceptance speech, September 4, 2008 ; "How's that hopey-changey stuff working out for you?," Sarah Palin's address at the inaugural Tea Party convention, February 6, 2010 ; "We voted for an idea," Paul Ryan's speech at Georgetown University, April 26, 2012 ; "It is not what we were promised," Mitt Romney's nomination acceptance speech, August 30, 2012 ; The "47 percent," Mitt Romney's answer at a fund-raiser, September 19, 2012 ; "Excessive political polarization," Olympia Snowe's farewell to the Senate, December 13, 2012 ; "Crying out for change," Rand Paul's response to the State of the Union Address, February 12, 2013.
Presents documents, transcripts of speeches, and campaign materials to define the status of the Republican Party in the early 21st century.

Sweet freedom : a devotional

November 24, 2015
Palin, Sarah, 1964- author.
xii, 328 pages ; 21 cm
Devotions -- Holiday devotions.
"In Sweet Freedom, Sarah Palin invites you to draw strength and inspiration from 260 meditations based on guiding Biblical verses. You are not alone in your doubts and anxieties--we all bear the burdens of everyday stresses, and for most of us, our concerns spread beyond our selves to our families, communities, and country. But Palin shows that with abiding faith, and by opening ourselves to the truths that have saved mankind for generations, we can thrive--and experience true freedom,"

Lawless : the Obama administration's unprecedented assault on the Constitution and the rule of law

November 24, 2015
Bernstein, David E., author.
New York : Encounter Books, 2015.
xxiv, 190 pages ; 24 cm
Why so lawless? -- No justice at the justice department -- A leave of absence from the "republic of conscience" -- The assault on private property and freedom of contract -- More czars than the Romanovs -- Obamacare above all -- You can't say that! -- Antidiscrimination law run amok -- Conclusion.
"In Lawless, George Mason University law professor David E. Bernstein provides a lively but scholarly account of how the Obama Administration has undermined the Constitution and the rule of law. Lawless documents how President Barack Obama has presided over one constitutional debacle after another--from Obamacare to unauthorized wars in the Middle East to attempts to strip property owners, college students, religious groups, and conservative political activists of their rights, and much, much more. Violating his own promises to respect the Constitution's separation of powers, Obama brazenly ignores Congress when it won't rubberstamp his initiatives. "We can't wait," he intones when amending Obamacare on the fly or signing a memo legalizing millions illegal immigrants, as if Congress doing its job as a coequal branch of government somehow permits the president to rule like a dictator, free from the Constitution's checks and balances. President Obama has also presided over bold and rampant lawlessness by his underlings. Harry Truman famously said "the buck stops here." When confronted with allegations that his administration's actions are illegal, Obama responds, "so sue me." Lawless shows how President Obama has betrayed not just the Constitution but his own stated principles. In the process, he has done serious and potentially permanent damage to our constitutional system. As America swings into election season, it will have to grapple with the need to find a president who can repair Obama's lawless legacy. "-- Provided by publisher.

The end of the Cold War, 1985-1991

November 20, 2015
Service, Robert, 1947- author.
xxii, 643 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"First published 2015 in the United Kingdom by Macmillan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title-page verso.
Ronald Reagan -- Plans for Armageddon -- The Reaganauts -- The American challenge -- Symptoms recognized, cures rejected -- Cracks in the ice : Eastern Europe -- The Soviet quarantine -- NATO and its friends -- World communism and the peace movement -- In the Soviet waiting room -- Mikhail Gorbachev -- The Moscow reform team -- One foot on the accelerator -- To Geneva -- Presenting the Soviet package -- American rejection -- The stalled interaction -- The Strategic Defense Initiative -- The lost summer -- Summit in Reykjavik -- The month of muffled drums -- The Soviet package untied -- The big four -- Getting to know the enemy -- Sticking points -- Grinding out the treaty -- Calls to Western Europe -- Eastern Europe : perplexity and protest -- The leaving of Afghanistan -- Spokes in the wheel -- Reagan's window of departure -- The fifth man -- The other continent : Asia -- Epitaph for world communism -- Revolution in Eastern Europe -- The Malta Summit -- Redrawing the map of Europe -- The new Germany -- Baltic triangle -- The third man breaks loose -- A new world order? -- Endings -- Postscript.
"A British historian and author investigates the final years of the Cold War from both sides of the Iron Curtain, discussing the relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev whose unprecedented, historic cooperation worked against the odds to end the arms race,"--NoveList.

American contempt for liberty

November 19, 2015
Williams, Walter E. (Walter Edward), 1936-
xxii, 417 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
pt. I. Constitution -- pt. II. Politics -- pt. III. Race -- pt. IV. Education -- pt. V. Environment and health -- pt. VI. International -- pt. VII. Potpourri.
"In this latest collection of essays selected from his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter E. Williams takes on a range of controversial issues surrounding race, education, the environment, our Constitution, and more"--Publisher's description.

Power wars : inside Obama's post-9/11 presidency

November 19, 2015
Savage, Charlie, author.
769 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents page lists "index" beginning on page 771; index not included in book, but unnumbered page 771 refers reader to online index at
Part I. Obama's 9/11: The captive ; Acting like Bush ; Things fall apart -- Part II. War in the twenty-first century: Look forward, not back (Captives 2009) ; Stellarwind (Surveillance 1928-2009) ; Targeted killings -- Part III. The security state: Ratchet (Captives 2010-2011) ; The leak crackdown ; Secrecy and secret law -- Part IV. American-style democracy: Wounds the won't heal (Captives 2011-2015) ; Institutionalized (Surveillance 2009-2015) ; The tug of war.

1946 : the making of the modern world

November 16, 2015
Sebestyen, Victor, 1956- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2014.
xxiii, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Originally published: London : Macmillan, 2014.
"I'm tired of babying the Soviets" -- The American century -- The Russians : "a tsarist people" -- Stunde Null : zero hour -- Austria forgets its past -- The spy comes in from the cold -- Austerity Britain -- A performance at the Bolshoi -- The declaration of Cold War -- The abdication crisis -- Rape and pillage -- "Woe, woe to the Germans" -- "Anywhere but home" -- "This Chinese cesspit" -- Iron Curtain -- The fog of war -- Sunset on the Raj -- Refugees -- Trials and errors -- A Greek tragedy -- She'erit Ha-Pleta : the surviving remnant -- "A Jewish-Bolshevik plot" : blood libels -- The war against terror -- "Listen world. This is crossroads" -- The glory of France : "resistance in the heart" -- Stalin's Turkish bluff -- The bloodbath in Calcutta -- "Half-nun, half-whore" -- The return of the king -- "Sand down a rat hole" -- The general orders : democracy -- The big freeze.

Lion of the Senate : when Ted Kennedy rallied the Democrats in a GOP Congress

November 12, 2015
Littlefield, Nick, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xx, 505 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Election day -- The contract with America -- The failed struggle for health reform -- Kennedy in the minority -- Preparing the resistance -- The struggle for the mind of the President -- Orrin Hatch -- Rallying the democrats -- The fight begins -- The republican attack -- Senate rules -- Will the democrats unite? -- The capitol, the Senate, and the city of Washington -- Exposing the Republican budget before Labor Day -- The Senate returns -- The first train wreck -- The second train wreck -- A new "big idea" -- Laying the groundwork -- The clash of the titans : Dole vs. Kennedy -- Clash of the titans round 2 -- Victory -- The Children's Health Initiative -- A dream fulfilled : "we owe it to Ted" -- The new challenge and the Kennedy vision.
"Two former top domestic-policy advisors to Senator Ted Kennedy offer an inside look at the fight he took up that led the demoralized 1994 Democrats to push ahead with their agenda and reach across the aisle to work with Republicans to pass key progressive legislation,"--NoveList.

Sold out : how high-tech billionaires & bipartisan beltway crapweasels are screwing America's best & brightest workers

November 12, 2015
Malkin, Michelle, author.
New York : Threshold Editons/Mercury Ink, 2015.
xxiv, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Part I : The H-1B Betrayal. When Barry met Jennifer ; Debunking the big fat lie ; Marketing, media, and myths ; Dig your own grave ; 50 Shades of H-1B abuse -- Part II : An alphabet soup of Visa fraud, abuse, and corruption. "BILOH" : the B Visa boondoggle ; EB-5 : America's disastrous cash-for-citizenship racket ; The L Visa : a secretive "back door to cheap labor" ; F-1 : the foreign "student" Visa ruse (aka yet another cheap foreign worker pipeline) ; OPT : open-borders bureaucrats run amok -- Part III : The big government - big business betrayers of America's best and brightest workers. Legion of doom ; Exposed : how beltway crapweasels cooked up the gang of eight's "comprehensive immigration reform" ; Where do the 2016 canidates stand?
"The syndicated columnist teams up with an expert on the effect of foreign labor on technology workers to challenge popular misconceptions about foreign labor and reveal corrupt practices that are undermining America's high-skill workbase"--NoveList.

Destiny and power : the American odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

November 11, 2015
Meacham, Jon.
xxiv, 836 pages, 32 unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), 25 cm
Part I. A vanished universe, Beginnings to 1942 -- Part II. War and marriage, 1942 to 1948 -- Part III. Texas and tragedy, 1948 to 1966 -- Part IV. The wars of Washington, 1966 to 1977 -- Part V. The age of Reagan, 1977 to 1989 -- Part VI. The awesome responsibility, 1989 to 1993 -- Part VII. In the twilight, 1993 to 2016.
"In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush's candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it. From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first"--Provided by publisher.

Crippled America : how to make America great again

November 10, 2015
Trump, Donald, 1946- author.
xiv, 193 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Winning again -- Our "unbiased" political media -- Immigration : good walls make good neighbors -- Foreign policy : fighting for peace -- Education : a failing grade -- The energy debate : a lot of hot air -- Health care is making us all sick -- It's still the economy, stupid -- Nice guys can finish first -- Lucky to be an American -- The right to bear arms -- Our infrastructure is crumbling -- Values -- A new game in town -- Teaching the media dollars and sense -- A tax code that works -- Making America great again.
Donald Trump outlines how a crippled America could be restored to greatness. The book explores Trump's view on key issues including the economy, big CEO salaries and taxes, healthcare, education, national security, and social issues. Of particular interest is his vision for complete immigration reform, beginning with securing the borders and putting American workers first.

God and government : twenty-five years of fighting for equality, secularism, and freedom of conscience

November 10, 2015
Lynn, Barry W.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
334 pages ; 23 cm
"A central player in every major church-state-separation battle for decades, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn understands the complexities of this divisive issue like few others. As a long-time activist, a civil rights lawyer, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he offers a unique perspective and a wealth of experience on church-state controversies. In this lively book, he has compiled his writings from various sources to explore in depth the many ways religious extremists have attempted to erode individual liberties. The topics range from publicly-promoted prayer to efforts to undermine public education and replace it with taxpayer-subsidized vouchers for religious schools, interfering with end-of-life and reproductive rights, censorship, and belligerence directed against nonbelievers and minorities. Lynn concludes that the ultimate goal of these extremist forces--consisting mainly of the Protestant Religious Right and the Roman Catholic hierarchy--is the creation of a corporate theocracy, a decidedly undemocratic system of government in which nonconservative Christians, along with humanist, feminists, and the LGBTQ community, are relegated to second-class status in America"-- Provided by publisher.

America ascendant : a revolutionary nation's path to addressing its deepest problems and leading the 21st century

November 9, 2015
Greenberg, Stanley B., 1945- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
406 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I. America : the exceptional nation -- Part II. America's deepest problems -- Part III. Political disruption -- Part IV. Addressing America's contradictions -- Part V. New progressive era.
"America is poised to lead the 21st Century, as it led the 20th. That will happen because the country is at a tipping point in the battle for its own renewal, a renewal that will allow America to be exceptional again. Our economy is on the move, fueled by revolutions in energy, immigration, innovation, big data and advanced manufacturing. America's energy independence has set off shockwaves. Just as important are the social transformations that are making the country ever more racially and culturally diverse, younger, a home to immigrants, and the metropolitan centers that foster a rising economic and cultural dynamism. While most other countries struggle profoundly with immigration and religious and racial differences, America's on a path to multicultural identity. Those revolutions in the economy, society and culture and are also producing a new American majority that embraces new values and new politics. Republicans are waging a counter-revolution and that is why America looks gridlocked and why the country is turning to Democrats to take on the country's growing challenges. The economic and social transformations leave people struggling to earn enough and reach the middle class. Families are under stress. Government is corrupted by big money. The American public is demanding the country address the dark side of our progress - and reforms are starting to happen. That is why Democrats will get to lead an era of reform and renewal comparable to the progressive era that mitigated the excesses of the Industrial Revolution. In this incisive book, expert strategist Greenberg draws on years of research and polling to illuminate how America is far from being gridlocked and he articulates a powerful vision of how American politics and America can be renewed"-- Provided by publisher.

Thatcher's trial : 180 days that created a conservative icon

November 9, 2015
Kwarteng, Kwasi, author.
xii, 248 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
Portrait of a lady -- Friends, foes and the '81 budget -- Civil War on the left -- Death in Ireland -- Riots -- 'Among friends' -- Purge of the 'wets.'
"Recounts how when confronted by formidable economic and political challenges at the end of her second year of office, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher embarked on a six-month effort that reshaped conservatism, overturned government traditionalism and forged a generation of fiercely loyal supporters. 20,000 first printing,"--NoveList.

A just and generous nation : Abraham Lincoln and the fight for American opportunity

November 9, 2015
Holzer, Harold.
311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Simple annals of the poor : dreaming the American dream -- Right makes might : Lincoln the candidate -- Chain of steel : defender of the Union -- Saving the Union : Lincoln the leader -- Wholly evil or wholly good : not quite an abolitionist -- Forever free : Lincoln the emancipator -- What we say here and what we do here : Lincoln the warrior -- Full speed ahead : without Lincoln at the helm -- Positive government : the Lincoln legacy -- For a vast future : expanding Lincoln's American dream -- Government is the problem : rejecting Lincoln's legacy -- The new economic debate : Clinton, Bush, and Obama -- Epilogue : government for the people : Lincoln's unfinished work.
"In A Just and Generous Nation, the eminent historian Harold Holzer and the noted economist Norton Garfinkle present a groundbreaking new account of the beliefs that inspired our sixteenth president to go to war when the Southern states seceded from the Union. Rather than a commitment to eradicating slavery or a defense of the Union, they argue, Lincoln's guiding principle was the defense of equal economic opportunity. Lincoln firmly believed that the government's primary role was to ensure that all Americans had the opportunity to better their station in life. As president, he worked tirelessly to enshrine this ideal within the federal government. He funded railroads and canals, supported education, and, most importantly, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which opened the door for former slaves to join white Americans in striving for self-improvement. In our own age of unprecedented inequality, A Just and Generous Nation reestablishes Lincoln's legacy as the protector not just of personal freedom but of the American dream itself"-- Provided by publisher.

The time of our lives : collected writings

November 6, 2015
Noonan, Peggy, 1950- author.
New York : Twelve, 2015.
xliv, 445 pages ; 24 cm.
A lecture -- People I miss -- As I was telling Kate... -- America, America -- Having fun -- Making trouble -- What I told the bishops -- Uneasy pieces -- I just called to say I love you -- War -- What I saw at the evacuation -- My beautiful election -- The loneliest president since Nixon -- A republic, if we can keep it -- State of the Union.
Witty, incisive, at times prophetic, and always original, this collection offers the best of Peggy Noonan's writing. The book travels the path of her remarkable career, showing how she became one of the most influential voices in America. It begins with an essay about Noonan's motivations as a writer and thinker, followed by a personal talk on the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded and the drafting of the speech Ronald Reagan would soon deliver. Then come chapters such as "People I miss, salutes to Tim Russert, Joan Rivers, Margaret Thatcher, and others; "Making trouble," Noonan's sharpest, funniest, and most critical columns about Democrats and Republicans, the idiocracy of government, and Beltway disconnect; "I just called to say I love you," her writing in the wake of 9-11, and clear-eyed foresight on what lay ahead in terms of war and sacrifice; "The loneliest president since Nixon," racking hope and change as it became disillusionment and disappointment with President Obama; and other sections where Noonan discerns the mood of the country, the melodrama of the historic 2008 election, her battles with the Catholic Church, and lighter meditations on baseball, a snowy afternoon in Brooklyn, and motherhood. Annotated throughout, The Time of our Lives articulates Noonan's conservative vision and provides readers with a majestic portrait of American life.--Adapted from book jacket.

The Republican Party

November 6, 2015
Farmington Hills, Michigan : Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
219 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
ch. 1. What factors affect Republican electoral chances? Republicans face a demographic apocalypse / Jonathan Chait -- Republicans do not face a demographic apocalypse / Harry J. Enten -- Republicans push voter ID laws to disenfranchise Democratic constituencies / Jeremiah Goulka -- Countering the attack on voter ID laws / James Walsh -- ch. 2. What is the relationship of Republicans to important voting groups? The swing state where the GOP desperately needs Hispanics / Nate Cohn -- Republicans should focus on winning white voters, not Hispanic voters / Sean Trende -- Republicans should improve their message to women / Mary Kate Cary -- The theory of GOP marketing / Fred Schwarz -- Evangelicals are to blame for Republican culture-war extremism / Frank Schaeffer -- Evangelical leader preaches pullback from politics, culture wars / Neil King Jr. -- ch. 3. What issues divide Republicans? Immigration reform would help GOP / Tamar Jacoby -- Immigration reform will not help Republicans with Hispanic voters / Arnold Ahlert -- Obamacare will fail without any help from Republicans / Lanhee Chen -- Republicans need to offer an alternative to Obamacare / William Kristol and Jeffrey H. Anderson -- Republican thinkers launch new climate change initiative / Coral Davenport -- Conservatives in Congress should not pass climate change regulation / Nicolas Loris -- ch. 4. What issues surround the Tea Party? Tea Partiers won't go when fun ends / Ed Feulner and Sen. Jim DeMint -- The Tea Party hurts the Republican party / Julian Zelizer -- The Tea Party is based in apocalyptic religious beliefs / Joe McLean -- The Tea Party is based in economic class resentments / Mike Lofgren -- How racism caused the shutdown / Zack Beauchamp -- The Tea Party is not racist / Noel S. Williams.
"Opposing Viewpoints: The Republican Party: 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.

US foreign policy

November 6, 2015
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, 2015.
230 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Americans Want Less Global Military Involvement and More Economic Involvement / Pew Research Center for the People and the Press -- The Majority of Americans Want the United States to Be More Active in World Affairs / Gregory Holyk and Dina Smeltz -- Time for U.S. to Stop Shielding Israel / Ibrahim Sharqieh -- Does America Still Have a Special Relationship with Israel and Saudi Arabia? : And, If So, Is It Even Worth Keeping? / Aaron David Miller -- The Increasing Use of Drone Strikes Demands International Regulation / Micah Zenko -- The Drone Wars : International Law Will Not Make Them Humane / Arthur Herman and John Yoo -- The United States Achieved Major Accomplishments in the Iraq War / Ben Voth -- The United States Has Suffered Many Consequences from the Iraq War / Jamie Tarabay -- The War in Afghanistan Has Made Progress and Should Continue / Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan -- Afghanistan : Is It Really the End Game? / Conn Hallinan -- In Syria, U.S. Credibility Is at Stake / David Ignatius -- The United States Should Launch a Full-Scale Military Intervention in Syria / Ammar Abdulhamid -- The United States Should Not Launch a Military Intervention in Syria / Michael T. Klare -- Foreign Aid Is Ineffective in Alleviating Poverty / Jagdish Bhagwati -- Foreign Aid Is Effective and Should Not Be Cut / Laurie Garrett -- Why We Give Foreign Aid / Charles Krauthammer -- Sanctions Have Crippled Iran's Economy, but They're Not Working / Christopher de Bellaigue -- Economic Sanctions Against Iran Are Working / John Cassidy -- The United States Should Continue to Give Foreign Aid to Israel / David Meir-Levi -- The Case for Ending Aid to Israel / Doug Bandow -- A Little Humility : If Iraq Has Taught Us Anything, Let It Be This / James Traub -- Humility Is Not a Virtue for US Foreign Policy / John R. Bolton -- The US Military Should Focus More on Foreign Security Assistance / Robert M. Gates -- The United States Needs to Adopt Different Methods for Intervention / Anthony H. Cordesman -- U.S. Foreign Policy Needs to Take Account of Religious Ideals / Joseph Loconte -- The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy / Robert D. Kaplan.
This book is one volume of the highly acclaimed Opposing Viewpoints Series developed by Greenhaven Press. Each volume in the Opposing Viewpoints Series could serve as a model-not only providing access to a wide diversity of opinions, but also stimulating readers to do further research for group discussion and individual interest. Both shrill and moderate, the selection-by experts, policy makers, and concerned citizens- include complete articles and speeches, long book excerpts, and occasional cartoons and boxed quotations-all up to date and fully documented. The editing is intelligent and unobtrusive, organizing the material around substantive issue within the general debate. Brief introductions to each section and to each reading focus the questions raised and offer no slick answers.

Voting rights

November 6, 2015
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, [2015]
242 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
Are Voting Rights Act protections still necessary? The court was right to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act / John Roberts -- The court should not have struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act / John Paul Stevens -- The Congressional Voting Rights Amendment Act is vital / Ari Berman -- The Congressional Voting Rights Amendment Act is a bad idea / Hans A. von Spakovsky -- Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is vital / Sandhya Bathija -- Are states restricting voting rights? Supreme error / Richard L. Hasen -- North Carolina is protecting the integrity of voting / Mark H. Creech -- Why Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law is unconstitutional / Garrett Epps -- Winning the fight for Voter-ID / John Fund -- Texas is not restricting women's right to vote / PolitiFact -- How do voting rights apply to particular groups? Encouraging immigrants to vote strengthens democracy / Tova Andrea Wang -- Fraudulent voting by illegal immigrants is a serious problem / Jim Kouri -- Voter fraud is not a serious problem / Amy Bingham -- Felons should be enfranchised / Candice Bernd -- What Holder isn't saying about letting felons vote / Michael B. Mukasey -- Birthright / Jonathan Bernstein -- People with mental disabilities should have the right to vote / Deanna Pan -- Incompetent voters should not be allowed to vote / Jason Brennan -- Can changing voting procedures promote fairness and equality? A bipartisan path to fixing America's broken elections / Michael Waldman -- Partisanship will prevent equitable voting reform / Philip Bump -- Bilingual ballots protect voting rights / Adam Serwer -- Bilingual ballots are unnecessary and can lead to fraud / Linda Chavez -- The stakes of Florida's special election / George F. Will -- Restrictions on early voting are discriminatory / Dan Froomkin -- Ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis has contributed to inequality / Lawrence R. Jacobs and Joanne M. Miller -- Ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis has not contributed to inequality / David Schultz.
"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.

Maggie's hammer : how investigating the mysterious death of my friend uncovered a netherworld of illegal arms deals, political slush funds, high-level corruption and Britain's thirty-year secret role as America's hired gun

November 5, 2015
Gilson, Geoffrey, author.
236 pages : illustrations; 23 cm
An ordinary death? -- British intelligence -- Reginald von Zugbach de Sugg -- Law society -- Hostage to fortune? -- Reggie unplugged -- Smuggling over Berlin Wall? -- I meet the CIA -- Arms to Iraq? -- Ari Ben-Menashe -- Games with Ari -- Diana, arms deals, death -- Thatcher and arms kickbacks -- Arms and Thatcher's rise to power -- Astra and Thatcher's arms 'backdoor' -- UK as a cover military operative for US -- Maggie's hammer.
In November 1988, Hugh John Simmonds CBE, Margaret Thatcher's favorite speechwriter and the author's best friend, turned up dead a few miles from their sleepy suburban hometown, 20 miles west of London. To learn why his best friend was murdered, Geoffrey Gilson journeyed into the dangerous world of international arms deals, covert intelligence operations and high-level political corruption and discovered a secret that explains much of contemporary history. A quest for truth uncovered the ugly reality that, for some 30 years, the various governments of Great Britain have loaned their country's military and intelligence services to the United States, allowing presidents from Reagan to Obama to pursue their covert foreign and military policies without the encumbrance of congressional oversight.

I should be dead : my life surviving politics, TV, and addiction

November 5, 2015
Beckel, Bob.
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Surviving Childhood -- Fighting for the Cause -- Capitol Cops and Whores -- Campaign Years -- In the White House -- Where's the Beef? -- TV Lights -- Crash and Burn -- Hitting Bottom -- Grace -- The Five -- Beyond Surviving.
"From popular TV personality Bob Beckel, a deeply moving, redemptive memoir about his life as a political operative and diplomat, his long struggle with alcohol and drugs, and his unlikely journey to finding faith. Growing up poor in an abusive home, Bob Beckel learned to be a survivor: to avoid conflict, mask his feelings, and to lie--all skills that served him well in Washington, where he would become the youngest-ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and manage Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign. But Beckel was living a double life. On January 20, 2001--George W. Bush's first Inauguration Day--he hit rock bottom, waking up in the psych ward. Written with captivating honesty, Beckel chronicles how his addictions nearly killed him until he found help in an unexpected ally, conservative Cal Thomas, who helped him find faith, get sober, and get his life back on track"-- Provided by publisher.

Cheney one on one : a candid conversation with America's most controversial statesman

November 5, 2015
Rosen, James, 1968- author.
324 pages ; 24 cm
"In December 2014, a few months before his seventy-fourth birthday, former Vice President Dick Cheney invited Fox News reporter James Rosen into his northern Virginia home. Over three days, Rosen recorded ten hours of conversations with the man known as the "Darth Vader" of American politics. A small fraction of the interview was adapted into an April 2015 Playboy interview; but now, Rosen shares the whole, incredible conversation. With no topic off limits, the former vice president opened up about his complicated relationships with President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and talks candidly about why his influence in the White House waned over Bush's second term. Rosen also presses Cheney about his WWII-era childhood, his two DUI arrests and expulsion from Yale, his political coming-of-age during the Watergate era, his reflections on 9/11 and the Iraq War, his misgivings about Syria and North Korea, his role in the development of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques" and the NSA's warrantless surveillance program, and his views on life, death, and God. Cheney One on One is an essential document of modern America: a major oral history whose every page contains important and fascinating recollections of one of the most tumultuous periods in our nation's history, from one of its most powerful and controversial figures. "-- Provided by publisher.

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