New Arrivals · Politics

August 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Death in Florence : the Medici, Savonarola, and the battle for the soul of a renaissance city

July 31, 2015
Strathern, Paul, 1940- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
xv, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"By the end of the fifteenth century, Florence was well established as the home of the Renaissance. As generous patrons to the likes of Botticelli and Michelangelo, the ruling Medici embodied the progressive humanist spirit of the age, and in Lorenzo de' Medici (Lorenzo the Magnificent) they possessed a diplomat capable of guarding the militarily weak city in a climate of constantly shifting allegiances between the major Italian powers. However, in the form of Savonarola, an unprepossessing provincial monk, Lorenzo found his nemesis. Filled with Old Testament fury and prophecies of doom, Savonarola's sermons reverberated among a disenfranchised population, who preferred medieval Biblical certainties to the philosophical interrogations and intoxicating surface glitter of the Renaissance. Savonarola's aim was to establish a 'City of God' for his followers, a new kind of democratic state, the likes of which the world had never seen before. The battle between these two men would be a fight to the death, a series of sensational events--invasions, trials by fire, the 'Bonfire of the Vanities', terrible executions and mysterious deaths--featuring a cast of the most important and charismatic Renaissance figures. Was this a simple clash of wills between a benign ruler and religious fanatic? Between secular pluralism and repressive extremism? In an exhilaratingly rich and deeply researched story, Paul Strathern reveals the paradoxes, self-doubts, and political compromises that made the battle for the soul of the Renaissance city one of the most complex and important moments in Western history" -- provided by publisher.

North Korea undercover : inside the world's most secret state

July 28, 2015
Sweeney, John, 1958- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, LLC, 2015.
xv, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Originally published by Bantam Press, 2013.
In the Land of the Plastic Toad -- Zombie Gods Seep Goo -- God the Waxwork Father -- 'No photos, no photos' -- Jimmy the Gold-Smuggler -- Pyongyang Zoo -- The Scariest Place on Earth -- Facing the Final Curtain -- Cruel Christs of Pus -- Pissing on Marble -- 'Would the Dear Leader not be offended by such a gift?' -- The Man Who Went to North Korea and Came Back Mad -- The Washing of Brains -- God the Bad Elvis Son -- Fifty Shades of Green -- Empty Bellies -- The American Who Went to North Korea and Stayed -- The Hospital that Has Patients, but Only in the Morning -- The Gulag Circus -- God the Fat Boy Kim.
North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and big brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea. Having entered the country undercover, Sweeny posed as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ--the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins--are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty at the slightest sign of discontent. Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney's North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today while examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.

She takes a stand : 16 fearless activists who have changed the world

July 28, 2015
Ross, Michael Elsohn, 1952-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xv, 192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Portraits of brave women from the late 1800s through today--role models who are passionate about important issues A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, She Takes a Stand highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace. Among these are many who have been imprisoned, threatened, or suffered financial hardships for pursuing their missions to change the world for the better. Included are historic heroes such as anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and suffragist Alice Paul, along with contemporary figures such as girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai; "Gulabi Gang" founder Sampat Pal Devi, who fights violence against Indianwomen; and SPARK executive director Dana Edell, who works to end the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Taking a multicultural, multinational perspective, She Takes a Stand spotlights brave women around the world with an emphasis on childhooddetails, motivations, and life turning points--in many cases gleaned from the author's original interviews--and includes related sidebars, a bibliography, source notes, and a list of organizations young women can explore to get involved in changing theirworld"-- Provided by publisher.

Circling the Square : stories from the Egyptian Revolution

July 27, 2015
Steavenson, Wendell, 1970- author.
©2015
x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beforeword -- Tanks -- Tahrir -- Hassan -- Welter -- Tewfik house -- Koshari -- When Platon met Wael Ghonim -- The Army is a red line -- Bread, life -- Milling -- Let's go for a walk -- Every Friday -- Maspero -- Z -- On thugs -- Trees grow -- November December January -- Circle of deceit -- A parliament -- Mogamma -- Anniversary -- The second battle of Mohammed Mahmoud -- The skin -- The standard bearer -- Graffiti -- Broken cameras -- Islam is the solution! -- Merry-go-round -- Intelligence -- On the beach -- Election -- Morsi is the President -- Lie down for a bit -- 1900 : two tribes -- Down with the Brotherhood -- Citadel -- Napoleon -- Reasons to be cheerful -- Waves and sea -- Afterword -- Note about the graffiti.

The two-state delusion : Israel and Palestine - a tale of two narratives

July 24, 2015
O'Malley, Padraig, author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
xvi, 493 pages : map ; 25 cm
Early history: the two narratives -- Dueling narratives and addiction to narrative -- Two-state paradigm, decades of failure, and addiction to process -- Specifics failures -- Hamas: spinning wheels -- Refugees and right of return -- Settlers and settlements -- The economics of sustainability -- Demographics: the enemy within -- Facing the truth
Arguing that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to lasting peace, a controversial assessment of the Israeli-Palestine conflict addresses key issues while outlining a framework for action.

History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense

July 21, 2015
Washington, D.C. : Historical Office, Office of the Sec. of Defense : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1984-<2015>
v. <1-7> : ill., ports., maps ; 26 cm.
v. 1. The formative years, 1947-1950 -- v. 2 The test of war, 1950-1953 -- v. 3. Strategy, money, and the new look, 1953-1956 -- v. 4. Into the missile age, 1956-1960 -- v. 5. The McNamara ascendancy, 1961-1965 -- v. 6. McNamara, Clifford, and the burdens of Vietnam 1965-1969 -- v. 7. Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the post-Vietnam military 1969-1973

The rebel of Rangoon : a tale of defiance and deliverance in Burma

July 21, 2015
Schrank, Delphine, author.
©2015
xxiv, 312 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Nway -- Nigel -- City of exiles -- Grandpa -- City of Wraiths -- The stakeholders -- City of Kings -- The road to Naypyidaw.
"An epic, multigenerational story of courage and sacrifice set in a tropical dictatorship on the verge of massive transformation, The Rebel of Rangoon captures a gripping moment of possibility in Burma. Journalist Delphine Schrank spent four years underground tracking Burmese dissidents whose semi-clandestine existence and fight for democracy remained largely hidden behind their globally celebrated figurehead, Aung San Suu Kyi. With intimate, vivid prose, Schrank follows the inner life of a daredevil young dissident, his friends and rivals, across rural hamlets and flickering Internet connections, into prison cells and safe houses, and deep into their own hearts, as they escape spies and outwit interrogators, fall in love or slip into insanity. Through that dissident's perspective, Schrank unfurls a harrowing account of a country's efforts to emerge from military dictatorship, how a movement of dissidents came into being, how it almost died, and how it pushed its government to crack apart and begin an irreversible process of political reform. In doing so, Schrank delivers a profoundly human exploration of daring and defiance and of the power and meaning of freedom. "-- Provided by publisher.

The President and the apprentice : Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961

July 21, 2015
Gellman, Irwin F.
©2015.
xviii, 791 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
More than half a century after Eisenhower left office, the history of his presidency is so clouded by myth, partisanship, and outright fraud that most people have little understanding of how Ike's administration worked or what it accomplished. We know-or think we know-that Eisenhower distrusted his vice president, Richard Nixon, and kept him at arm's length; that he did little to advance civil rights; that he sat by as Joseph McCarthy's reckless anticommunist campaign threatened to wreck his administration; and that he planned the disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. None of this is true. This book reveals a different Eisenhower, and a different Nixon. Ike trusted and relied on Nixon, sending him on many sensitive overseas missions. Eisenhower, not Truman, desegregated the military. Eisenhower and Nixon, not Lyndon Johnson, pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 through the Senate. Eisenhower was determined to bring down McCarthy and did so.

Battle heroes : voices from Afghanistan

July 20, 2015
Zullo, Allan, author.
©2010
ix, 159 pages ; 20 cm
[Table of contents]. Operation enduring freedom -- The Stand (Captain Jason Amerine) -- "The Americans won't get out alive" (Lieutenant Stephen Boada) -- The fatal funnel (Master Sergeant Sarun Sar) -- The battle of Ebrahimkhel (Staff Sergeant Jason "Jake" Kimberling) -- In the chaos of combat (Tech Sergeant Mark DeCorte) -- The ambush at Afghanya (Specialist Gregory "Scott" Ruske) -- The "fire-and-forget" guys (Captain Sheffield Ford III, Master Sergeant Thom Maholic, Staff Sergeant Matthew Binney, Staff Sergeant Joseph Fuerst III, Sergeant First Class Abram Hernandez) -- The crawl for life (Sergeant First Class Brendan O'Connor) -- Death struggle (Staff Sergeant Jason Fetty) -- Saving Private Moss (Major John Oh).
Ten stories of American heroes who have risked their lives for their country while fighting in the Afghan War.

Being Berlusconi : the rise and fall from cosa nostra to bunga bunga

July 17, 2015
Day, Michael, 1966-
New York : Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2015.
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"People from all walks of life are appalled and fascinated in equal measure by the stratospheric political career of the tycoon and three-time Italian Prime Minister. Michael Day provides an in depth look at the life and crimes of the shameless media mogul until his nine lives ran out and he faced definitive conviction which signaled his irreversible decline. He tells the story of a bright and ambitious man from a lower-middle class family who shook off his humble origins and rose to become rich and powerful beyond most people's dreams--a multi-billionaire whose Mediaset company remains one of Europe's largest television and cinema conglomerates. Along the way, amid the election victories, business triumphs, and womanizing, he became bogged down by his hubris, egotism, sexual obsessions, as well as his flagrant disregard for the law. And yet how and why did Italy and Italians put up with him for so long? With the 78-year-old's legal woes ongoing, including further trials for bribery, after a recent nine-month community service stint, Being Berlusconi is well-timed to mark the final chapters of a notorious--and astonishing--life and career"-- Provided by publisher.

A thousand miles to freedom : my escape from North Korea

July 17, 2015
Kim, Ŭn-ju, 1986- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
228 pages ; 22 cm
Translation of: Corée du Nord : 9 ans pour fuir l'enfer.
"Eunsun Kim was born in North Korea, one of the most secretive and oppressive countries in the modern world. As a child Eunsun loved her country--despite her school field trips to public executions, daily self-criticism sessions, and the increasing gnaw of hunger as the country-wide famine escalated ... Her mother decided to escape North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, not knowing that they were embarking on a journey that would take them nine long years to complete ... Now Eunsun is sharing her ... story to give voice to the tens of millions of North Koreans still suffering in silence"-- Provided by publisher.

Superpower : three choices for America's role in the world

July 17, 2015
Bremmer, Ian, 1969- author.
©2015
viii, 226 pages ; 24 cm
Today's world and tomorrow's -- Incoherent America -- Independent America -- Moneyball America -- Indispensible America -- Question mark America.
"America will remain the world's only superpower for the foreseeable future. But what sort of superpower? What role should America play in the world? What role do you want America to play? Ian Bremmer argues that Washington's directionless foreign policy has become prohibitively expensive and increasingly dangerous. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. policymakers have stumbled from crisis to crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine without a clear strategy. Ordinary Americans too often base their foreign policy choices on allegiance or opposition to the party in power. We can no longer afford this complacency, especially now that both parties are deeply divided about America's role in the world." -- provided by publisher.

A less perfect union : the case for states' rights

July 16, 2015
Freedman, Adam, author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, [2015]
viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm
"Liberals believe that "states' rights" is merely a smokescreen for racist repression. What we have forgotten is that the Constitution itself is a compromise between state and federal governments--a compromise the Federal government no longer respects. Historically, the doctrine of states' rights has been a powerful engine of prosperity and a protector of American freedoms. Conservatives need to reclaim states' rights as an honorable tradition, and a necessary component of constitutional government"-- Provided by publisher.

The new spymasters : inside the modern world of espionage from the Cold War to global terror

July 15, 2015
Grey, Stephen, 1968-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xiv, 348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part one : the cult of intelligence (1909-89). The secret agent ; The best-ever liars ; Friendship -- Part two : new spies (1989-2008). Thunderbolt ; Jihad ; Caveat emptor -- Part three : the flock of birds (2008-2013). Cover blown ; Allah has plans ; Faith in the machine ; The peacemaker spy ; Vaccination -- Part four : where next? The good spy.

The selfie vote : where millennials are leading America (and how Republicans can keep up)

July 10, 2015
Anderson, Kristen Soltis.
New York : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
262 pages ; 24 cm
"Examines the cultural factors reshaping the newest generation of voters' way of thinking while offering key insights into the changing nature of American politics. Blending observations from focus groups, personal stories, and polling results, this book provides the answers about where America is heading"-- Provided by publisher.

Fear and the muse kept watch : the Russian masters--from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein--under Stalin

July 9, 2015
McSmith, Andy.
New York : The New Press, 2015.
339 pages ; 24 cm
Eisenstein in the Jazz Age -- The Hooligan Poet and the Proletarians -- The Master -- Corrupting Gorky -- The Stalin Epigram -- Babel's Silence -- Pasternak's Sickness of the Soul -- Stalin and the Silver Screen -- Stalin's Nights at the Opera -- Pasternak in the Great Terror -- Sholokhov, Babel, and the Policeman's Wife -- Altering History -- Anna of all the Russias -- When Stalin Returned to the Opera -- After Stalin.
"Can great art be produced in a police state? Josif Stalin ran one of the most oppressive regimes in world history. Nevertheless, Stalinist Russia produced an outpouring of artistic works of immense power--from the poems of Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam to the opera Peter and the Wolf, the film Alexander Nevsky, and the novels The Master and Margarita and Doctor Zhivago. More than a dozen great artists were visible enough for Stalin to take an interest in them--which meant he chose whether they were to live in luxury and be publicly honored or to be sent to the Lubyanka for torture and execution. Journalist and novelist Andy McSmith brings together the stories of these artists--including Isaac Babel, Boris Pasternak, Dmitri Shostakovich, and many others--revealing how they pursued their art often at great personal risk. It was a world in which the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, whose bright yellow tunic was considered a threat to public order under the tsars, struggled to make the communist authorities see the value of avant garde art; Babel publicly thanked the regime for allowing him the privilege of not writing; and Shostakovich's career veered wildly between public disgrace and wealth and acclaim. An extraordinary work of historical recovery, Fear and the Muse Kept Watch is also a bold exploration of the triumph of art during terrible times"-- Provided by publisher.

The speechwriter : a brief education in politics

July 8, 2015
Swaim, Barton, 1972- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
204 pages ; 22 cm
The dumps -- The writer -- Language -- My list -- Letters -- The art of saying no -- Talking points -- Press conferences -- Verbiage -- Stimulus -- Tea Party -- Fall -- Impeachment -- Larger notion.
"An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician: a place where ideals are crushed, English is mangled, people are humiliated, and the opportunity for humor is everywhere,"--Novelist.

A full life : reflections at ninety

July 2, 2015
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
257 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Archery and the race issue -- Navy years -- Back to Georgia -- Atlanta to Washington -- Life in the White House -- Issues mostly resolved -- Problems still pending -- Back home.
In this autobiography, President Carter "tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"--Amazon.com.

Putinism : Russia and its future with the West

June 30, 2015
Laqueur, Walter, 1921-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.
xiv, 271 pages ; 25 cm
1. The End of the Soviet Era. Perestroika ; After Gorbachev -- 2. Who Rules Russia?. The Oligarchs ; The Siloviki -- 3. The Pillars of the New Russian Idea. The Russian Orthodox Church ; Leading Thinkers of the Russian Right ; Eurasianism ; Russian Geopolitics ; Confabulation? -- 4. Putin and Putinism. Putinism -- 5. Stalin and the Fall of the Byzantine Empire. The Fall of an Empire -- 6. Demography. Russian Islam ; Tatarstan ; Opposition ; The State Party -- 7. The New National Doctrine. Back to the Roots ; The Russian Party under the Soviets ; Ivan Ilyin rediscovered -- 8. Foreign Policy and the Petrostate. Russia and the European Radical Right ; Russia and China ; The Near Abroad ; Russian Oil -- 9. Sources of Future Conflicts. The Idea of a New Empire -- Russophobia and Zapadophobia (fear of the West) -- The Economic Future -- The Face of the Younger Generation -- Central Asian Conflicts -- Epilogue: Kamo gryadeshi, Roosiya? : Quo vadis, Russia? -- Bibliography.
"There is no question that tensions between Russia and America are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government's treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. Much of the blame for Russia's recent hostility towards the West has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin, and Americans have begun to wonder if they are witnessing the rebirth of Cold War-style dictatorship. Not so fast, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur. For two decades Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology: a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian 'manifest destiny,' and a fear of foreign enemies, continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populace. As a result, Putin may well be much more a servant of his people than we think. Topical and provocative, Putinism contains much more than historical analysis. Looking to the future, Laqueur explains how the tendency to view Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature. Russia can, and will, continue to challenge the West so it is in our best interest to figure out exactly who it is we are facing--and what they want--before it is too late"-- Provided by publisher.

Dogmas and dreams : a reader in modern political ideologies

June 29, 2015
©2011
xv, 804 pages : illustration, map ; 23 cm
Liberalism. Treatise of civil government / John Locke -- The wealth of nations / Adam Smith -- The Federalist papers, nos. 10 and 51 / James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay -- On liberty / John Stuart Mill -- "Lecture on liberal legislation and freedom of contract" / Thomas Hill Green -- "The continuing struggle for liberalism" / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Capitalism and freedom / Milton Friedman -- "Equal opportunity and the 'race of life'" / Isaac Kramnick -- Is multiculturalism bad for women? / Susan Moller Okin -- Conservatism. "On being conservative" / Michael Oakeshott -- Reflections on the revolution in France / Edmund Burke -- "Why I am not a conservative" / F.A. Hayek -- "The democratization of the university" / Allan Bloom -- "The neoconservative persuasion: what it was, and what it is" / Irving Kristol -- The enemy at home: the cultural left and its responsibility for 9/11 / Dinesh D'Souza -- Socialism. "Utopian socialism" / Charles Fourier -- "Estranged labor" / Karl Marx -- The Communist manifesto / Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels -- State and revolution / V.I. Lenin -- "Democracy as it relates to socialism" / Norberto Bobbio -- "The Port Huron statement at 40" / Tom Hayden and Dick Flacks -- Anarchism. "Anarchism: what it really stands for" / Emma Goldman -- "Essay on civil disobedience" / Henry David Thoreau -- Mutual aid / Petyr Kropotkin -- "Scientific anarchism" / Mikhail Bakunin -- "How we really shut down the WTO" / Starhawk -- Fascism. Fascism: doctrine and institutions / Benito Mussolini -- Mein Kampf / Adolf Hitler -- The Turner diaries / Andrew Macdonald -- Democracy, incorporated: managed democracy and the specter of inverted totalitarianism / Sheldon Wolin -- Feminism. Vindication of the rights of woman / Mary Wollstonecraft -- "Our revolution is unique" / Betty Friedan -- The power of the positive woman / Phyllis Schlafly -- "The unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism: towards a more progressive union" / Heidi Hartmann -- "Age, race, class, and sex: women redefining difference" / Audre Lorde -- "La conciencia de la mestiza: towards a new consciousness" / Gloria Anzaldua -- "What is feminism?" / Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards -- "'Under Western eyes' revisited: feminist solidarity through anticapitalist struggles" / Chandra Talpade Mohanty -- Environmentalism and ecology. Silent spring / Rachel Carson -- Earth in the balance: ecology and the human spirit / Al Gore -- "Thinking green!" / Petra Kelly -- Defending the Earth: a dialogue between Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman / Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman -- Stolen harvest: the hijacking of the global food supply / Vandana Shiva -- "The death of environmentalism" / Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger -- Nationalism and globalization. The duties of man / Joseph Mazzini -- Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism / Benedict Anderson -- The end of the nation state: the rise of regional economies / Kenichi Ohmae -- "Lecture on the supreme jihad" / Imam Khomeini -- "Origins of terrorism" / Edward W. Said -- "The clash of civilizations?" / Samuel P. Huntington -- "Jihad vs. McWorld" / Benjamin R. Barber -- Cosmopolitanism: ethics in a world of strangers / Kwame Anthony Appiah.

Writing on the wall : selected prison writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

June 25, 2015
Abu-Jamal, Mumia.
San Francisco : City Lights Publishers, 2015.
xxxvi, 333 pages ; 20 cm.
"From the first slave writings to contemporary hip hop, the canon of African American literature offers a powerful counter-narrative to dominant notions of American culture, history, and politics. Resonant with voices of prophecy and resistance, the African American literary tradition runs deep with emancipatory currents that have had an indelible impact on the United States and the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of our most important contributors to this canon for decades, writing from the confines of the US prison system to give voice to those most silenced by chronic racism, impoverishment, and injustice. Writing on the Wall is a selection of one hundred previously unpublished essays that crystalize Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on community, politics, power, social change, and US history. From discussions of Rosa Parks and Trayvon Martin to John Walker Lindh and Edward Snowden, Abu-Jamal articulates lucid, humorous, and often prescient insight into the past, present, and future of American politics and society. Written as radio commentaries from his prison cell in Death Row, where he was held in solitary confinement for close to thirty years, Mumia's revolutionary perspective brims with hope, encouragement, and profound faith in the possibility of social change and redemption. MUMIA ABU-JAMAL is an award-winning journalist and author of two best-selling books, Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms, which address prison life from a critical and spiritual perspective. In 1981 he was elected president of the Association of Black Journalists (Philadelphia chapter). That same year he was arrested for allegedly killing a white police officer in Philadelphia. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982, in a process that has been described as an epic miscarriage of justice. After spending more than 28 years on death row, in 2011 his death sentence was vacated when the Supreme Court allowed to stand the decisions of four federal judges who had earlier declared his death sentence unconstitutional. He is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. In spite of his three-decade-long imprisonment, most of which was spent in solitary confinement on Death Row, Abu-Jamal has relentlessly fought for his freedom and for his profession. From prison he has written seven books and thousands of radio commentaries. He holds a BA from Goddard College and an MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies and have been translated into seven languages. JOHANNA FERNÁNDEZ is a former Fulbright Scholar to Jordan and Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College of the City University of New York where she teaches 20th Century US history and African American History. She is author of the forthcoming When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords Party, 1968-1976 (Princeton University Press). Fernandez is the writer and producer of the film, Justice on Trial: the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and she is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Long Distance Revolutionary. Her writings have been published internationally, from Al Jazeera to the Huffington Post. She gives interviews often and has appeared in a diverse range of print, radio, online and televised media including Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, the Fox News shows Hannity and Megyn Kelley, Al Jazeera and The New York Times. She is a coordinator of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. CORNEL WEST is a scholar, philosopher, activist and author of over a dozen books including his bestseller, Race Matters. He appears frequently in the media, and has appeared on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley's PBS TV Show. "-- Provided by publisher.

The republic of conscience

June 25, 2015
Hart, Gary, 1936- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press,an imprint of Renguin Random House, [2015]
xx, 215 pages ; 24 cm
"Former Senator Gary Hart's 'The Republic of Conscience' is a meditation on the growing gap between the founding principles of the United States Constitution and our current political landscape"-- Provided by publisher.

Patience and fortitude : power, real estate, and the fight to save a public library

June 25, 2015
Sherman, Scott (Scott G.), author.
©2015.
xvii, 205 pages ; 23 cm
Preface "There Will Never Be an End to This Library" -- 1. "A Great Work" -- 2. Decay and Renewal -- 3. "The Greatest Project Ever" -- 4. Hubris and Corporate Logic -- 5. An Invitation to Act -- 6. "I Will Raise the Money" -- 7. "Don't Gut Our Lions" -- 8. "The Wrong Plan" -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Sources -- Index.
"A riveting investigation of a beloved library caught in the crosshairs of real estate, power, and the people's interests--by the reporter who broke the story. In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City's most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library. In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library's leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York's Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens' groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library's secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power"-- Provided by publisher.

Voters' who and what of elections.

June 23, 2015
[Cincinnati, Ohio : League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area]
v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Title from caption.
"Questions and issues, candidates and non-partisan voting information."

A time for truth : reigniting the promise of America

June 23, 2015
Cruz, Ted, 1970-
New York : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
x, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A first book by the controversial senator outlines his political and personal perspectives while evaluating his potential for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

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