New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

May 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wrestling with his angel : the political life of Abraham Lincoln , 1849-1856

May 22, 2017
Blumenthal, Sidney, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xx, 581 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
White negros -- The civil was of old rough and ready -- The art of the deal -- the consequences of the peace -- What is to be done? -- A hero's welcome -- The making of the dark horse -- The victory march of old fuss and feathers -- The death of Henry Clay -- The waterloo of the Whigs -- The acting president of the United States -- I, Thomas Hart Benton -- The triumph of the F Street mess -- A self-evident lie -- Citizen know nothing -- The conquest of Kansas -- Imperialism, the highest stage of slavery -- Armed liberty -- The failure of free society -- The blood of the revolution -- Senator Lincoln -- The Republican -- Destiny and power.
"The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president's genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party. In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election, and disintegrates. Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas, a prelude to the Civil War. Lincoln rises to the occasion. Only he can take on Douglas in Illinois, and he finally delivers the dramatic speech that leaves observers stunned. In 1855, he makes a race for the Senate, which he loses when he throws his support to a rival to prevent the election of a proslavery candidate. Now, in Wrestling With His Angel, Sidney Blumenthal explains how Lincoln and his friends operate behind the scenes to destroy the anti-immigrant party in Illinois to clear the way for a new Republican Party. Lincoln takes command and writes its first platform and vaults onto the national stage as the leader of a party that will launch him to the presidency" -- provided by publisher.

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

May 16, 2017
Oliphant, Thomas, author.
©2017
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.

Rising star : the making of Barack Obama

May 15, 2017
Garrow, David J., 1953- author.
©2017
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.
©2017
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.

Michelle Obama : a photographic journey

May 11, 2017
Felix, Antonia, author.
New York : Sterling, [2017]
202 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A photographic journey of Michelle Obama, one of the most beloved First Ladies.

Obama : the historic presidency of Barack Obama : 2,920 days

May 11, 2017
Greenberg, Mark (Photojournalist), author, photographer.
©2017
207 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The beginning. Victory speech ; Inaugural address -- The way forward. On the Affordable Care Act ; On marriage equality ; On the Disclose Act ; On Osama Bin Laden -- Commander in chief -- The worst of times -- Honor roll -- The digital Presidency -- The First Family -- Farewell address.

Forging a president : how the wild West created Teddy Roosevelt

May 9, 2017
Hazelgrove, William Elliott, 1959- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery History, [2017]
xvi, 267 pages ; 24 cm
"He was born a city boy in Manhattan; but it wasn't until he lived as a cattle rancher and deputy sherrif in the wild country of the Dakota Territory that Theodore Roosevelt became the man who would be president. 'I have always said I would not have been president had it not been for my experience in North Dakota,' Roosevelt later wrote. It was in the 'grim fairyland' of the Badlands that Roosevelt became acquainted with the ways of cowboys, Indians, trappers, thieves and wild creatures -and it was there that his spirit was forged and tested" --Inside jacket.

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.

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.
©2017
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.

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.

Ties that bound : founding first ladies and slaves

April 19, 2017
Schwartz, Marie Jenkins, 1946- author.
©2017
420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Washington. The widow Washington ; Martha Dandridge ; Married lady ; Mistress of Mount Vernon ; Revolutionary war ; First lady ; Slaves in the president's house ; Home again -- Jefferson. Martha Wayles ; Mistress of Monticello I ; War in Virginia ; Birth and death at Monticello ; Patsy Jefferson and Sally Hemings ; First lady ; Mistress of Monticello II ; The Hemingses ; Death of Thomas Jefferson -- Madison. Dolley Payne ; Mrs. Madison ; First lady ; Mistress of Montpelier ; Decline of Montpelier ; The widow Madison ; Sale of Montpelier ; In Washington ; Death of Dolley Madison -- Epilogue inside and outside.
Behind every great man stands a great woman. And behind that great woman stands a slave. Or so it was in the households of the Founding Fathers from Virginia where slaves worked and suffered throughout the domestic environments of the era, from Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Montpelier to the nation's capital. American icons like Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, and Dolley Madison were all slaveholders. And as Marie Jenkins Schwartz uncovers in 'Ties That Bound', these women, as the day to day managers of their households, dealt with the realities of a slaveholding culture directly and continuously, even in the most intimate of spaces. Unlike other histories that treat the stories of the First Ladies' slaves as somehow separate from the lives of their mistresses, as if slavery should be relegated to its own sphere or chapter, 'Ties That Bound' closely examines the relationships that developed between the First Ladies and their slaves. For elite women and their families, slaves were more than an agricultural workforce; instead, slavery was an entire domestic way of life that reflected and reinforced their status. In many cases slaves were more constant companions to the white women of the household than were the white men themselves, who often traveled or were at war. Thus, by looking closely at the complicated intimacy these women shared, Schwartz is able to reveal how they negotiated their roles, illuminating much about the lives of slaves themselves as well as class, race, and gender in early America.

The case for impeachment

April 19, 2017
Lichtman, Allan J., author.
New York : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow, 2017.
xiv, 290 pages ; 22 cm
High crimes and misdemeanors -- The resignation of Richard Nixon: a warning to Donald Trump -- Flouting the law -- Conflicts of interest -- Lies, lies, and more lies -- Trump's war on women -- A crime against humanity -- The Russian connections -- Abuse of power -- The unrestrained Trump -- Memo: the way out -- The peaceful remedy of impeachment.

Why irrational politics appeals : understanding the allure of Trump

April 17, 2017
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
vi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : all too human : the allure of Donald Trump / Mari Fitzduff -- The politics of hope : Donald Trump as an entrepreneur of identity / Stephen Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam -- Unexamined assumptions about leadership : why people follow Trump / Mark R. Leary -- Leadership and followership : Trump--an adaptive mismatch? / Micha Popper -- Power, persuasion, and bad leadership / Ronald E. Riggio -- Nationalist politics : the role of predispositions and emotions / Michael C. Grillo -- Trump : an anti establishment hero? / Gregg Henriques -- Intolerant and afraid : authoritarians rise to Trump's call / Matthew C. MacWilliams -- Death : the Trump card / Florette Cohen, Sharylynn Thompson, Tom Pyszczynski, and Sheldon Solomon -- Insulter Trump : a bonus for his followers? / Karina V. Korostelina -- Tweeting morals in the 2016 election / J.P. Prims, Zachary J. Melton, and Matt Motyl -- Dramatic rationalities : electoral theater in the age of Trump / Mark Chou and Michael L. Ondaatje -- Mindfulness : a tool for thoughtful politics / Christopher S. Reina -- Afterword / Mari Fitzduff.

The president will see you now : my stories and lessons from Ronald Reagan's final years

April 17, 2017
Grande, Peggy, author.
©2017
viii, 262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
To serve the president -- First day at work -- Getting to know the boss -- Invitation to the office of Ronald Reagan -- Communicating greatness -- The perfect gentleman -- Mrs. Reagan's ally -- Rawhide's ranch -- A stetson for Gorbachev -- Rock River painting -- The legacy of a lifetime -- Balancing act -- Life at full throttle -- On the rooftops -- Visiting the residence -- Tru luv marriage -- Seasons of change -- My fellow Americans -- The journey into sunset -- Surrounded with love -- One last project -- A faithful life -- Farewell to the fairway -- End of an era -- Saying goodbye -- Mourning in America.
"In The President Will See You Now, devoted Reagan insider Peggy Grande shares behind-the-scenes stories, intimate moments, and insights into one of America's most beloved presidents. Grande, who started in the Office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and earned her way into a coveted role as the president's Executive Assistant, offers an unparalleled perspective on the post-presidency of a political icon. Grande's stories and never-before-seen photos show a unique, private side to a public figure and leader who reshaped conservatism, ushered in an era of prosperity, and helped spur the end of the Cold War. Grande reveals what day-to-day life was like in Reagan's California office, including the former president's relationship with the First Lady and his interactions with friends, world leaders, and everyday Americans. Grande recalls how Reagan kept a vigorous schedule for years after he left the White House, his robust engagement with others, and ongoing political advocacy. Despite his eventual Alzheimer's diagnosis, Grande shows how Ronald Reagan remained true to core beliefs, his gentlemanly kindness, and his undying hope for his country. Today the Reagan legacy looms over American politics more than ever. Grande reminds readers why: When Ronald Reagan was president, we not only loved ourselves but also loved America, and the American values he represented: faith, optimism, and patriotism,"--Amazon.com.

The gatekeepers : how the White House Chiefs of Staff define every presidency

April 13, 2017
Whipple, Chris (Christopher C.), author.
New York : Crown, [2017]
365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction: "I brought my pillow and my blankie" -- "The Lord High Executioner" : H.R. Haldeman and Richard Nixon -- "Beware the spokes of the wheel" : Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Gerald Ford -- "The smartest man in the room" : Hamilton Jordan, Jack Watson, and Jimmy Carter -- "One hell of a chief of staff " : James A. Baker III and Ronald Reagan -- "Don't hang up on the First Lady" : Donald Regan, Howard H. Baker Jr., Kenneth Duberstein, and Ronald Reagan -- "The prime minister" : John Sununu, Samuel Skinner, James A. Baker III, and George H.W. Bush -- "An iron fist in a velvet glove" : Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, Leon Panetta, Erskine Bowles, John Podesta, and Bill Clinton -- "The decider" : Andrew Card, Joshua Bolten, and George W. Bush -- "Between bad and worse" : Rahm Emanuel, William Daley, Jacob Lew, Denis McDonough, and Barack Obama.
"The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions--and inactions--have defined the course of our country. Since George Washington, presidents have depended on the advice of key confidants. But it wasn't until the twentieth century that the White House chief of staff became the second most powerful job in government. Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him alone. He is the president's closest adviser and the person he depends on to execute his agenda. He decides who gets to see the president, negotiates with Congress, and--most crucially--enjoys unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. When the president makes a life-and-death decision, often the chief of staff is the only other person in the room. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker and Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, ensuring their reelections--and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster. As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, it is a compelling history that changes our perspective on the presidency."--Jacket flap.

America's first ladies : a historical encyclopedia and primary document collection of the remarkable women of the White House

April 13, 2017
Hendricks, Nancy, author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2015]
xix, 408 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Martha Washington -- Abigail Adams -- Martha Jefferson -- Dolley Madison -- Elizabeth Monroe -- Louisa Catherine Adams -- Rachel Jackson -- Angelica Van Buren -- Anna Harrison -- Letitia Tyler -- Julia Tyler -- Sarah Polk -- Margaret Taylor -- Abigail Fillmore -- Jane Pierce -- Harriet Lane -- Mary Lincoln -- Eliza Johnson -- Julia Grant -- Lucy Hayes -- Lucretia Garfield -- Ellen Arthur -- Frances Cleveland -- Caroline Harrison -- Ida McKinley -- Edith Roosevelt -- Helen Taft -- Ellen Wilson -- Edith Wilson -- Florence Harding -- Grace Coolidge -- Lou Hoover -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- Bess Truman -- Mamie Eisenhower -- Jacqueline Kennedy -- Lady Bird Johnson -- Pat Nixon -- Betty Ford -- Rosalynn Carter -- Nancy Reagan -- Barbara Bush -- Hillary Clinton -- Laura Bush -- Michelle Obama.

Farewell speeches

April 12, 2017
Obama, Barack, author.
Brooklyn : Melville House, 2017.
72 pages ; 18 cm

Richard Nixon : the life

April 6, 2017
Farrell, John A. (John Aloysius), author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
737 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The dragon slayer -- "I had to win" -- As American as Thanksgiving -- Death, God, love, and war -- A kind of man the country needs -- HUAC -- A tragedy of history -- The Pink Lady -- The Great Train Robbery -- Checkers -- A candidate for the little man -- McCarthy -- The new Nixon -- The desolate night of man's inhumanity -- The field of pending battle -- Nixon vs. Kennedy -- Wilderness -- The greatest comeback -- Nixon's war -- Not fish nor fowl -- Drawing the sword -- The road to Watergate -- The week that changed the world -- A third-rate burglary -- A fairly reasonable interval -- Cancer on the presidency -- The final days -- Exile.
"At the end of World War II, navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now-legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. The story of that transformation is the stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial biography of the president who came to embody postwar American resentment and division. Within four years of his first victory, Nixon was a U.S. senator; in six, the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Nixon's sins as a candidate were legion; and in one unlawful secret plot, as Farrell reveals here, Nixon acted to prolong the Vietnam War for his own political purposes. Finally elected president in 1969, Nixon packed his staff with bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, welfare, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. He was elected to end the war in Vietnam, but his bombing of Cambodia and Laos enraged the antiwar movement. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who played white against black with a "southern strategy," and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. Ever insecure and increasingly paranoid, he persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal of Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. This is a gripping and unsparing portrayal of our darkest president. Meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, and offering fresh revelations, it will be hailed as a masterwork."--Jacket.

How Trump won : the inside story of a revolution

April 4, 2017
Pollak, Joel B., author.
©2017
xxi, 294 pages ; 23 cm
Donald Trump blindsided them all: the media, campaign consultants on both sides, and Hillary Clinton's vaunted data operation. Now two insiders: Joel Pollak, senior editor-at-large for Breitbart News, eye-witness to the election from his unique position as the only conservative reporter aboard the Trump press plane in the last pivotal weeks of the campaign, and professional historian Larry Schweikart, whose ""Renegade Deplorables"" group of volunteer analysts supplied the Trump campaign with data the mainstream pollsters didn't have--reveal the true story of how Trump defied the pundits, beat the polls, and won.

Reagan rising : the decisive years, 1976-1980

March 31, 2017
Shirley, Craig, author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
xvii, 409 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
All by himself -- While we were marching through Georgetown -- Into the wilderness -- The bear in the room -- Canal Zone defense -- Drinking the Kool-Aid -- Reagan on ice -- Bread and circuses -- Up from Carterism -- "Big John" versus "Poppy" -- Georgia versus Georgetown -- Adrift -- Iowa agonistes -- Reagan's Dunkirk -- Sunshine conservatives -- The politics of politics -- Island of freedom.
In 1976 Ronald Reagan narrowly lost his bid for the GOP presidential nomination to Gerald Ford, and most observers believed Reagan's political career was over. In 1980 Reagan was elected President of the United States. What changed in those four years? Shirley tells the story of the decisive years after the defeat, and takes readers through the changes that Reagan, conservatives, the Republican Party, and the nation as a whole experienced, as well as the struggles and failures of the Carter administration, which would set the stage for Reagan's triumphant emergence.

Ike and McCarthy : Dwight Eisenhower's secret campaign against Joseph McCarthy

March 29, 2017
Nichols, David A. (David Allen), 1939- author.
©2017
xiii, 385 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I. 1953: priorities: The first confrontation; "Don't join the book burners!"; "You're in the army now!"; The secretary and the senator; The turning point -- Part II. 1954: mobilization: "Eisenhower's first move"; "Not fit to wear that uniform"; Saving Robert Stevens; Eisenhower in command; A political D-Day -- Part III. 1954: vindication: "A war of maneuver"; Countdown; The Eisenhower-McCarthy hearings; Protecting the president; "No sense of decency?"
"Describes how President Eisenhower used surrogates to orchestrate a secret campaign against the powerful Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy best known for his anti-Communist witch hunt, that ultimately resulted in McCarthy being censured and discredited,"--NoveList.

Someone to watch over me : a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the tortured father who shaped her life

March 21, 2017
Burns, Eric, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
xxiii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First note to readers: The problems of the story -- Prologue: Human rights -- Elliott -- Anna -- Courtship -- Marriage -- Nell's homeliness -- Nell's shyness -- Nell's fears -- Nell's loneliness -- Nell's coldness -- Second note to readers: The center of the mural -- Father, 1873-89 -- Daughter, 1917-28 -- Father, 1890-92 -- Daughter, 1932-36 -- Father, 1891 -- Daughter, 1920s-1950s -- Father, 1892-93 -- Daughter, 1936-62 -- Father, 1892-94 -- Daughter, 1948-59 -- Father, 1894 -- Daughter, 1952-62 -- Two legacies -- Epilogue: The goodnight kiss.
Eleanor Roosevelt's loveless marriage with FDR was no secret, and she had a cold relationship with most of her family, as well. Yet she was a warm person, beloved by friends, and her humanitarian work still influences the world today. Burns shows how Eleanor was shaped by her father Elliott, a lost spirit with a bittersweet story. Brother to Theodore Roosevelt, Elliot would eventually succumb to alcoholism and would be exiled to the Virginia countryside. But he kept up a close correspondence with his daughter. Burns reveals new facets to the lives of these pillars of American history.

Game of thorns : the inside story of Hillary Clinton's failed campaign and Donald Trump's winning strategy

March 21, 2017
Wead, Doug, author.
New York : Center Street, 2017.
406 pages ; 24 cm
An examination of the campaign strategies of the 2016 presidential election describes how Donald Trump's abrasive tactics struck a chord with previously unaligned segments of the country, undermining Clinton's traditional campaign efforts.

FDR on his houseboat, 1924-1926 : the Larooco log

March 20, 2017
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
xi, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
This nautical log of FDR's time spent on his houseboat in the Florida Keys--from 1924-1926, while stricken with polio--reveals a rare account of the man before he would become President.

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