New Arrivals · Politics

May 19, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Spies in the family : an American spymaster, his Russian crown jewel, and the friendship that helped end the Cold War

May 18, 2017
Dillon, Eva, author.
xvi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War, told from the first-person perspective of Eva Dillon, the daughter of one of these spies. With impeccable insider access to both families as well as CIA officers, Dillon offers a riveting true-life spy thriller told in the tradition of a family memoir"--Provided by publisher.

The road to Camelot : inside JFK's five-year campaign

May 16, 2017
Oliphant, Thomas, author.
x, 433 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
The spark -- Mating game -- Ousting onions -- Winning by losing -- The decision -- Starting early -- Defying the idea of empire -- Beyond the New Deal -- Playing Dixie -- Going national -- Challenging favorite sons -- The shadow campaign -- Overconfidence in Wisconsin -- West Virginia melodrama -- Cashing in -- Tying up loose ends -- Triumph in LA -- Choosing LBJ -- Holy war -- Cunning, cosmetics, and blue shirts -- Walking a tightrope -- Calling Coretta -- The squeaker.
"A behind-the-scenes, revelatory account of John F. Kennedy's wily campaign to the White House, beginning with his bold, failed attempt to win the vice presidential nomination in 1956. A young and undistinguished junior plots his way to the presidency and changes the way we nominate and elect presidents. John F. Kennedy and his young warriors invented modern presidential politics. They turned over accepted wisdom that his Catholicism was a barrier to winning an election and plotted a successful course to that constituency. They hired Louis Harris--a polling entrepreneur--to become the first presidential pollster. They twisted arms and they charmed. They lined up party bosses, young enthusiasts, and fellow Catholics and turned the traditional party inside out. The last-minute invitation to Lyndon B. Johnson for vice president in 1956 surprised them only because they had failed to notice that he wanted it. They invented The Missile Gap in the Cold War and out-glamoured Richard Nixon in the TV debates. Now acclaimed, award-winning journalists Tom Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie provide the most comprehensive account, based on a depth of personal reporting, interviews, and archives. The authors have examined more than 1,600 oral histories at the John F. Kennedy library; they've interviewed surviving sources, including JFK's sister Jean Smith, and they draw on their own interviews with insiders including Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. From the start of the campaign in 1955 when his father tried to persuade President Johnson to run with JFK as his running mate, The Road to Camelot reveals him as a tough, shrewd political strategist who kept his eye on the prize. This is one of the great campaign stories of all time, appropriate for today's political climate"-- Provided by publisher.

Body horror : capitalism, fear, misogyny, jokes

May 16, 2017
Moore, Anne Elizabeth, author.
xxxi, 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Massacre on Veng Sreng Street -- The shameful legacy (and secret promise) of the sanitary napkin disposal bag -- Women -- A few things I have learned about illness in America -- Model employee -- Vagina dentata -- Consumpcyon -- Cultural imperative -- On leaving the birthplace of standard time -- Superbugs are coming for you! -- Fake snake oil -- The presence of no present -- Fucking cancer -- The metaphysics of compost -- Three months after emerging from your deathbed.
Unspeakable acts are committed on women's bodies under capitalism everyday. In Body Horror, Anne Elizabeth Moore explores the global toll of capitalism on women with thorough research and surprising humor, given the horrific nature of her findings. The essays range from journalistic investigations (the Cambodian garment industry) to thoughts on popular entertainment to her own experiences seeking care and community in the United States health care system.

Rising star : the making of Barack Obama

May 15, 2017
Garrow, David J., 1953- author.
1460 pages : map ; 25 cm
The end of the world as they knew it: Chicago's far South Side, March 1980 -- July 1985 -- A place in the world: Honolulu, Seattle, Honolulu, Jakarta, and Honolulu, August 1961 -- September 1979 -- Searching for home: Eagle Rock, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hermitage, PA, September 1979 -- July 1985 -- Transformation and identity: Roseland, Hyde Park, and Kenya: August 1985 -- August 1988 -- Emergence and achievement: Harvard Law School, September 1988 -- May 1991 -- Building a future: Chicago, June 1991 -- August 1995 -- Into the Arena: Chicago and Springfield, September 1995 -- September 1999 -- Failure and recovery: Chicago and Springfield, October 1999 -- January 2003 -- Calculation, coincidence, coronation: Illinois and Boston, January 2003 -- November 2004 -- Disappointment and destiny: the U.S. Senate, November 2004 -- February 2007 -- Epilogue: the President did not attend, as he was golfing.
"Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate. Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's 'rising star,' Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008" --Inside jacket.

JFK : a vision for America in words and pictures

May 12, 2017
Smith, Stephen Kennedy, editor.
493 pages : illustrtions (some color) ; 28 cm
The making of JFK 1906-1945 -- The senator from Massachusetts 1946-1959 -- The road to the White House 1960 -- The new frontier 1961 -- Toward a more perfect union 1962 -- Goodwill warrior 1963 -- An idea lives on.
Collects JFK's most important speeches with accompanying commentary from such individuals as Barack Obama, David McCullough, and Norman Mailer in commemoration of the president's 100th birthday.

The long reach of the Sixties : LBJ, Nixon, and the making of the contemporary Supreme Court

May 11, 2017
Kalman, Laura, 1955- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xv, 468 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A New President Seeks Power: 1963-65 -- Musical Chairs, 1965-66 -- Bogeyman, 1966-1968 -- "A Man's Reach Should [Not] Exceed His Grasp:" Summer and Fall, 1968 -- The Last Days of the Warren Court, 1969-70 -- "Southern Discomfort," 1969-70 -- The Lost Ball Game, Or How Not to Choose Two Justices, 1971.
"The Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s was the most liberal in American history. Yet within a few short years, new appointments redirected the Court in a more conservative direction, a trend that continued for decades. However, even after Warren retired and the makeup of the court changed, his Court cast a shadow that extends to our own era. In The Long Reach of the Sixties, Laura Kalman focuses on the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Presidents Johnson and Nixon attempted to dominate the Court and alter its course."--Provided by publisher.

The great society

May 10, 2017
Schenkkan, Robert, 1953- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2017.
133 pages ; 21 cm
"A play"--Cover.
"In the years from 1965 to 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a 'war on poverty' even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control. Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles to try to pass some of the most important social programs in U.S. history, while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights"--Back cover.

The unholy trinity : blocking the left's assault on life, marriage, and gender

May 9, 2017
Walsh, Matt (Matthew G.), author.
New York : Image, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, 2017.
234 pages ; 22 cm
Born in hell -- The high sacrament -- The autonomy myth -- The death cult -- The abandonment of marriage -- The impossibility of same-sex marriage -- Acceptance is mandatory -- The insanity of transgernderism -- The scourge of feminism -- The inequality of the sexes -- The darkest night.
Matt Walsh draws on Catholic teachings to expose how liberals have attempted, with startling success, to redefine life, marriage, and gender. Abortion redefines human life, gay marriage redefines the family, and the latest theories on gender redefine what it means to be a man or a woman. The potential consequences are dire. If progressivism can bend life, family, and sex to its whims, it has established relativism over God as the supreme law and owns the power to destroy Western civilization. With insight, candor, and faith, Walsh shows conservatives how to confront liberal arguments, defeat the progressive agenda for good, and reclaim American culture for truth. --from dust jacket.

The United States government manual.

May 8, 2017
Washington, D.C. : Office of Government Reports,
v. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Vols. for <2016>- published: Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press.

Democracy : stories from the long road to freedom

May 8, 2017
Rice, Condoleezza, 1954- author.
New York : Twelve, 2017.
viii, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: Is democracy in retreat? -- The American experience -- Russia and the weight of history -- Martial law and the origins of Polish democracy -- Ukraine: "a made up country"? -- Kenya: "Save our beloved country" -- Colombia: the era of democratic security -- The Middle East: can democracy exist in a cauldron? Iraq: when tyrants fall ; Egypt and Tunisia: when old men fail ; Arab monarchies: will they reform? -- Are authoritarians so bad? -- What democracy must deliver -- "Democracy is the worst... except for all the others" -- Epilogue: they will look to America -- 2016.
"A sweeping look at the global struggle for democracy and why America must continue to support the cause of human freedom. From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history."--Provided by publisher.

The Bible in American life

May 4, 2017
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
xxi, 432 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Bible in American life today / Philip Goff, Arthur E. Farnsley II, and Peter Thuesen -- America's first Bible : native uses, abuses, and reuses of the Indian Bible of 1663 / Linford D. Fisher -- The debate over prophetic evidence for the authority of the Bible in Cotton Mather's Biblia Americana / Jan Stievermann -- Navigating the loss of interpretive innocence : reading the "Enlightenment" Bible in early modern America / Robert E. Brown -- Reading the Bible in a Romantic era / Beth Barton Schweiger -- The origins of whiteness and the Black (biblical) imagination : the Bible in the "slave narrative" tradition / Emerson B. Powery -- Biblical women in the woman's exponent : nineteenth-century Mormon women interpret the Bible / Amy Easton-Flake -- Scriptualizing religion and ethnicity : the Circle Seven Koran / Sylvester A. Johnson -- Reading the Bible in war and crisis to know the future / Matthew Avery Sutton -- Reference Bibles and interpretive authority / B.M. Pietsch -- The soul's train : the Bible and southern folk and popular music / Paul Harvey -- Where two or three are gathered : the adult Bible class movement and the social life of Scripture / Christopher D. Cantwell -- "Thy Word is true" : King James onlyism and the quest for certainty in American evangelical life / Jason A. Hentschel -- Selling trust : the Living Bible and the business of biblicism / Daniel Vaca -- The Bible and the legacy of first wave feminism / Claudia Setzer -- Let us be attentive : the Orthodox Study Bible, converts, and the debate on orthodox lay uses of Scripture / Garrett Spivey -- The continuing distinctive role of the Bible in American lives : a comparative analysis / Corwin E. Smidt -- Emerging trends in American children's Bibles, 1990-2015 / Russell W. Dalton -- The curious case of the Christian Bible and the U.S. Constitution : challenges for educators teaching the Bible in a multi-religious context / John F. Kutsko -- Transforming practice : American Bible reading in digital culture / John B. Weaver -- Readers and their e-Bibles : the shape and authority of the hypertext canon / Bryan Bibb -- How American women and men read the Bible / Amanda Friesen -- Feels right exegesis : qualitative research on how millennials read the Bible / J. Derrick Lemons -- Crowning the King : the use of production and reception studies to determine the most popular English-language Bible translation in contemporary America / Paul C. Gutjahr -- Literalism as creativity : making a creationist theme park, reassessing a scriptural ideology / James S. Bielo -- The Bible in the evangelical imagination / Daniel Silliman -- Feeling the word : sensing Scripture at Salvation Mountain / Sara M. Patterson -- The Bible : then and now / Mark Noll.

Running from office : why young Americans are turned off to politics

May 4, 2017
Lawless, Jennifer L., 1975- author.
xviii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
1. Coming of age in an era of political dysfunction and disillusionment -- 2. What do you want to be when you grow up? Not a politician! -- 3. Not under my roof: politics in contemporary American families -- 4. #GovernmentSucks: how young people experience contemporary politics -- 5. I'm not a corrupt liar only out for myself: I could never run for office -- 6. Inspiring the next generation to run for office.
"Running from Office is the first analysis of young people's political ambition, based on a national poll of over 4000 high school and college students. It has been well-documented that political socialization begins early in life, but this will be the first consideration of the way that political socialization influences political ambition among youth. In it, the authors delve into how young people view political figures, what traits they see as necessary for political success, and how they view their own suitability to run for office. Lawless and Fox also consider how the attitudes of older generations condition young people's political ambition, as well as how ambition varies according to factors including gender, race, religion, geographic region and income (finding that gender is the only significant factor). In addition to their own research, they leverage public opinion data about young people's attitudes toward government, trust in politicians and political institutions, and patterns of civic engagement to demonstrate declines over time. But their message does not end with hand-wringing - importantly the authors provide suggestions based on their own survey data and evidence that can be used to generate heightened levels of political ambition among today's young people, including better governance, civic education, voluntary community and national service programs, and political and media campaigns geared to mobilize young people"--Publisher information.

The politics of immigration : partisanship, demographic change, and American national identity

May 3, 2017
Wong, Tom K., author.
xvii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The politics of immigration -- Immigration policy in the United States -- The determinants of immigration policymaking in the United States -- Immigrants, citizens and (un)equal representation : a randomized field experiment -- Conclusion.
Why do legislators in Congress do what they do when it comes to voting on immigration policy? In 'The Politics of Immigration', Tom K. Wong argues that contemporary immigration politics is defined by three core features: the entrenchment of partisan divides over the issue of immigration, demographic changes that are reshaping the electorate, and how these changes are creating new opportunities to define what it means to be an American in a period of unprecedented national origins, racial and ethnic, and cultural diversity.

Uninformed : why people know so little about politics and what we can do about it

May 3, 2017
Lupia, Arthur, 1964- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xiv, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
From infinite ignorance to knowledge that matters ; Who are the educators and how can we help them? -- The value of information. Three definitions ; The silver bullet ; The logic of competence ; Lost in the woods ; Attracting attention ; Building source credibility ; The politics of competence ; Value diversity and how to manage it ; Complexity and framing ; Political roles : who needs to know? ; Costs and benefits -- How to improve "political knowledge". What we know ; Reading the questions, understanding the answers ; Political knowledge scales : something doesn't add up ; Assessing information assessments ; All in good measure ; The silver lining.

Donald Trump : 45th US president

May 3, 2017
Reston, Dominick author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, 2017.
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Born to a wealthy family -- Winning and losing in business -- Celebrity and politics -- The reality show nomination -- A divisive campaign.

Last Hope Island : Britain, occupied Europe, and the brotherhood that helped turn the tide of war

May 2, 2017
Olson, Lynne, author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
xviii, 553 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part one: Fighting on. "Majesty, we are at war!" : Hitler invades Norway ; "A bold and noble woman" : Holland falls but its Queen escapes ; "A complete and utter shambles" : the collapse of Belgium and France ; "We shall conquer together -- or we shall die together" : the European exodus to Britain ; "Something called heavy water" : the rescue mission that changed the course of the war ; "They are better than any of us" : Polish pilots triumph in the Battle of Britain ; "My God, this is a lovely place to be!" : the exhilaration of wartime London ; "This is London calling" : the BBC brings hope to occupied Europe ; "An avalanche of Vs" : the first spark of European resistance ; Spying on the Nazis : cracking Enigma and other European intelligence coups ; "Mad Hatter's tea party" : SOE and its struggle to set Europe ablaze ; Factions, feuds, and infighting : the shock of exile -- Part two: Rule of the titans. "Rich and poor relations" : the European Allies' fading importance ; "The ugly reality" : the Soviet threat to Poland and Czechoslovakia ; "The England game" : SOE's Dutch disaster ; "Be more careful next time" : SOE's debacle in France ; "Heroism beyond anything I can tell you" : rescuing Allied airmen ; A giant jigsaw puzzle : European spies prepare for D-Day ; "A formidable secret army" : the resurrection of SOE ; "The poor little English donkey" : Stalin and Roosevelt flex their muscles ; Settling the score : Europe's liberation begins ; "A tale of two cities" : Warsaw and Paris rise up ; "I was a stranger and you took me in" : defeat at Arnhem ; The hunger winter : the Netherlands' looming destruction ; "There was never a happier day" : coming home ; "Why are you crying, young man?" : the West turns its back on Poland and Czechoslovakia ; "A collective fault" : the shadow of collaboration ; "The world could not possibly be the same" : planning for the future ; "My counsel to Europe... : Unite!" : postwar Europe bands together.
"When the Nazi Blitzkrieg subjugated Europe in World War II, London became the safe haven for the leaders of seven occupied countries--France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Poland--who fled there to avoid imprisonment and set up governments in exile to commandeer their resistance efforts. The lone hold-out against Hitler's offensive, Britain became a beacon of hope to the rest of Europe, as prominent European leaders like French general Charles De Gaulle, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, and King Haakon of Norway competed for Winston Churchill's attention while trying to rule their embattled countries from the precarious safety of 'Last Hope Island'"--Provided by publisher.

Not a scientist : how politicians mistake, misrepresent, and utterly mangle science

May 1, 2017
Levitan, Dave, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
xii, 256 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The oversimplification -- The cherry-pick -- The butter-up and undercut -- The demonizer -- The blame the blogger -- The ridicule and dismiss -- The literal nitpick -- The credit snatch -- The certain uncertainty -- The blind eye to follow-up -- The lost in translation -- The straight-up fabrication.
Politicians who have chosen to act as advocates for vested corporate interests have been known to manipulate and distort scientific facts. Some politicians don't have malevolent intentions: they just don't understand science, and repeat what their sources gather for them. Levitan helps you spot the types of blunders and obfuscations that flood the media and create an anti-science acceptance that affects our world.

Superfast primetime ultimate nation : the relentless invention of modern India

May 1, 2017
Roberts, Adam, author.
xxi, 312 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Preface: The wisdom of parrots -- Introduction: Superfast, Primetime, Ultimate, Nation -- Superfast: economy. View from a stopping train -- Argumentative Indians -- The Sonia and Singh show -- Bring back the Golden Bird -- Tech dreams and silver bullets -- Primetime: politics. Weaker families, stronger democracy? -- Seasons of scams -- Elections never end, but they improve -- India's women, India's men -- Tackling the tragedy of the commons -- Ultimate: abroad. Lifting an old curse from Pakistan -- A shadow cast from the East -- America calls -- Nation: home. Hindutva nation? -- Why Gujarat, 2002, still matters -- The power of mingling -- Liberals under pressure -- Conclusion: Party like it's 2047.
"Mr. Joshi is a fortune teller in a slum in south Delhi who uses a soothsaying green parrot to make predictions. When Adam Roberts visited him in 2012, Joshi's parrot declared that India was destined to become the most powerful nation under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The parrot also foretold that India would win the soccer World Cup. Parrots may not be the preeminent political authority, but many Indians were just as confident. So Adam Roberts spent five years traveling the length and breadth of the country from Kerala to the Himalayas, Bengal to Gujarat...Through vivid storytelling and insight, Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation examines the problems and promises of fast-growing India to reveal how it might reach its full potential and become, as Mr. Joshi's parrot predicted, a truly powerful nation."--Dust jacket flap.

How did we get into this mess? : politics, equality, nature

May 1, 2017
Monbiot, George, 1963- author.
London ; New York : Verso, 2017.
x, 342 pages ; 20 cm

Drain the swamp : how Washington corruption is worse than you think

May 1, 2017
Buck, Ken, 1959- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2017]
218 pages ; 24 cm
Why Washington is a swamp -- Welcome to Washington, Congressman! -- Play the game--or else -- Crisis of character -- Beating the Beltway bullies -- Corporate welfare -- Swamp-based accounting -- Zombie government -- Profiteering in the swamp -- When Washington takes control -- How President Trump can help drain the swamp -- Using the Constitution to drain the swamp -- Throw the bums out--and other reforms -- What you can do to drain the swamp.
"Lavish parties. Committee chairmanships for sale. Pay-to-play corruption. Backroom arm-twisting. Votes on major legislation going to the highest bidder. Congressman Ken Buck blows the whistle on the real-life House of Cards that is our nation's capital. Elected in 2014 in one of the largest Republican freshman classes ever, Buck quickly discovered why nothing gets done in Congress--and it isn't because of political gridlock. In fact, Republicans and Democrats work together all too well to fleece taxpayers and plunge America deeper into debt. Buck has witnessed first-hand how the unwritten rules of Congress prioritize short-term political gain over principled leadership. When he tangled with Washington power brokers like former Speaker John Boehner, he faced petty retaliation. When he insisted Republicans keep their word to voters, he was berated on the House floor by his own party's leaders. When other members of Congress dared to do what they believed to be right for America instead of what the party bosses commanded, Buck saw them stripped of committee positions and even had to defend his position as freshman class president. In Drain the Swamp, you'll learn: what really goes on behind congressional closed doors--and Buck names names; how committee chairmanships are bought; why one-third of the discretionary spending in the federal budget is actually illegal--and could be cut immediately; the constitutional remedy just waiting to be used that could drain the swamp of Washington corruption faster than anything else; [and] bonus: why you're not powerless--what you, the American voter, can do to make your voice heard. Shocking in its revelations, but practical in its plans for reform, Ken Buck's book Drain the Swamp is the one book you need to understand how President Trump's campaign slogan could become a reality."--Jacket.

Two paths : America divided or united

April 28, 2017
Kasich, John, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2017.
308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
September 18, 2015: Mackinac Island, Michigan -- "What moose, Daddy?" -- Where I come from -- Running in place -- Finding my way -- Faith above all -- A crisis of leadership -- A crisis of followship -- On the trail -- Two paths -- Keeping the message -- Let us be clear -- Postscript: a message to my daughters.
"When Ohio governor John Kasich ran for president, his powerful message of hope and togetherness struck a chord with American voters. In Two Paths: America Divided or United, he carries that message forward by reflecting on the tumultuous 2016 campaign, sharing his concerns for America and his hopes for our future, and sounding a clarion call to reason and purpose, humility and dignity, righteousness and calm" -- provided by publisher.

Jefferson : architect of American liberty

April 28, 2017
Boles, John B., author.
xi, 626 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
A note on capitalization -- Introduction -- Part I: Colonial Virginia, 1743-1770 -- Part II: Revolutionary America, 1771-1784 -- Part III: Paris, 1784-1790 -- Part IV: Philadelphia and New York City, 1790-1801 -- Part V: Washington, DC, 1801-1809 -- Part VI: Monticello, 1809-1826 -- Postscript -- Acknowledgments -- List of abbreviations in notes -- Notes -- Bibliographical essay -- Index.
"As Alexander Hamilton's star has risen, Thomas Jefferson's has fallen, largely owing to their divergent views on race. Once seen as the most influential American champion of liberty and democracy, Jefferson is now remembered largely for his relationship with his slave Sally Hemings, and for electing not to free her or most of the other people he owned. In this magisterial biography, the eminent scholar John B. Boles does not ignore the aspects of Jefferson that trouble us today, but strives to see him in full, and to undertstand him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We follow Jefferson from his early success as an abnormally precocious student and lawyer in colonial Virginia through his drafting of the Declaration of Independence at age 33, his travels in Europe on the eve of the French Revolution, his acidic personal battles with Hamilton, his triumphant ascent to the presidency in 1801, his prodigious efforts to found the University of Virginia, and beyond. From Jefferson's inspiring defenses of political and religious liberty to his heterodox abridgment of Christian belief, Boles explores Jefferson's expansive intellectual life, and the profound impact of his ideas on the world. Boles overturns conventional wisdom at every turn, arguing, among other things, that Jefferson did not--as later southerners would--deem the states rightfully superior to the federal government. Yet Boles's view is not limited to politics and public life; we also meet Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, and gourmet--as well as Jefferson the gentle father and widower, doting on his daughters and longing for escape from the rancorous world of politics. As this authoritative, evenhanded portrait shows, Jefferson challenges us more thoroughly than any other founder; he was at once the most idealistic, contradictory, and quintessentially American of them all." -- Provided by publisher.

Where the river burned : Carl Stokes and the struggle to save Cleveland

April 26, 2017
Stradling, David, author.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2015.
xv, 245 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction : the crisis in the urban environment -- What will become of Cleveland? -- Hough and the urban crisis -- Downtown and the limits of urban renewal -- Policy and the polluted city -- The burning river -- From earth day to ecocity -- Epilogue : what became of Cleveland -- Notes -- Bibliographic essay -- Index.
In the 1960s, Cleveland suffered through racial violence, spiking crime rates, and a shrinking tax base, as the city lost jobs and population. Rats infested an expanding and decaying ghetto, Lake Erie appeared to be dying, and dangerous air pollution hung over the city. Such was the urban crisis in the "Mistake on the Lake." When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in the summer of 1969, the city was at its nadir, polluted and impoverished, struggling to set a new course. The burning river became the emblem of all that was wrong with the urban environment in Cleveland and in all of industrial America. Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city, had come into office in Cleveland a year earlier with energy and ideas. He surrounded himself with a talented staff, and his administration set new policies to combat pollution, improve housing, provide recreational opportunities, and spark downtown development. In Where the River Burned, David Stradling and Richard Stradling describe Cleveland's nascent transition from polluted industrial city to viable service city during the Stokes administration. The story culminates with the first Earth Day in 1970, when broad citizen engagement marked a new commitment to the creation of a cleaner, more healthful and appealing city. Although concerned primarily with addressing poverty and inequality, Stokes understood that the transition from industrial city to service city required massive investments in the urban landscape. Stokes adopted ecological thinking that emphasized the connectedness of social and environmental problems and the need for regional solutions. He served two terms as mayor, but during his four years in office Cleveland's progress fell well short of his administration's goals. Although he was acutely aware of the persistent racial and political boundaries that held back his city, Stokes was in many ways ahead of his time in his vision for Cleveland and a more livable urban America.

Shattered : inside Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign

April 21, 2017
Allen, Jonathan (Jonathan J. M.), author.
New York : Crown, 2017.
xii, 464 pages ; 25 cm
"Or I wouldn't have run" -- The mercenaries and the missionaries -- Feeling the Bern -- The summer of the server -- The Biden threat -- Mrs. October -- "I was certain we were going to lose" -- The prize and the pain -- Base politics -- Turning the corner -- Canary in the auto plant -- Damage -- "Too easy" -- "Hillary just can't make up her mind" -- But it looked great -- "It's so phony" -- "Demeanor is the debate" -- Red October -- Comey -- "I'm sorry" -- The aftermath.
"How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign--the candidate herself. Through deep access to insiders from the top to the bottom of the campaign, political writers Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes have reconstructed the key decisions and unseized opportunities, the well-intentioned misfires and the hidden thorns that turned a winnable contest into a devastating loss."--Provided by publisher.

This fight is our fight : the battle to save America's middle class

April 20, 2017
Warren, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The disappearing middle class -- A safer economy -- Making, and breaking, the middle class -- The rich and powerful tighten their grip -- The moment of upheaval.
"Senator Elizabeth Warren has long been an outspoken champion of America's middle class, and by the time the people of Massachusetts elected her in 2012, she had become one of the country's leading progressive voices. Now, at a perilous moment for our nation, she has written a book that is at once an illuminating account of how we built the strongest middle class in history, a scathing indictment of those who have spent the past thirty-five years undermining working families, and a rousing call to action."--Jacket.

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