New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

June 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A child's first book of Trump

June 29, 2016
Black, Michael Ian, 1971- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"A humorous satirical field guide for identifying and defeating a Trump when discovered in the wilds of a presidential election"-- Provided by publisher.

William Howard Taft : the travails of a progressive conservative

June 13, 2016
Lurie, Jonathan, 1939- author.
xv, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The early years, 1857-1887 -- Judges and justice, 1887-1900 -- Roosevelt and Taft in the Philippines, 1900-1904 -- The unwilling heir, 1904-1908 -- President Taft : tensions and travail, 1909-1910 -- Jockeying on the court, 1910-1911 -- At the brink, 1911 -- The split, 1912 -- Relief and renewal, 1913-1921.

Black man, White House : an oral history of the Obama years

June 10, 2016
Hughley, D. L. (Darryl L.), 1963- author.
vi, 338 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

May 25, 2016
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

First dads : parenting and politics from George Washington to Barack Obama

May 10, 2016
Kendall, Joshua C., 1960- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016.
391 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: the sense and sensibility of James Garfield: "It is a most intense and innocent passion" -- The preoccupied: "I should like to have your opinion on it" -- Playful pals: "My father likes snakes" -- Double-dealing dads: "You know such things happen on plantations" -- Tiger dads: "I could feel nothing but sorrow and shame in your presence" -- The grief-stricken: "I always see my boy playing tennis on the court out there" -- The nurturers: "When is my daddy coming" -- Epilogue: presidential choices: "I knew I had to share my daddy".
"The ... author of America's Obsessives provides a look into American history and the fathering styles of U.S. presidents,"--NoveList.

A self-made man : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1849

May 10, 2016
Blumenthal, Sidney, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xv, 556 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Timeline -- Cast of Characters -- The Slave -- The Reader -- The Age of Reason -- The Slasher -- Paradise Lost -- Old Man Eloquent -- The Springfield Lyceum -- The Rivals -- The Romance -- The Prophet -- The Duelist -- Coup d'Etat -- Infidels -- Great Expectations -- Ranchero Spotty -- The Hayseed -- The Firm -- The Spoils -- A Hundred Keys.
"The first of a multi-volume history of Lincoln as a political genius--from his obscure beginnings to his presidency, assassination, and the overthrow of his post-Civil War dreams of Reconstruction. This first volume traces Lincoln from his painful youth, to his emergence as the man we recognize as Abraham Lincoln. From his youth as a 'newsboy, ' a voracious newspaper reader, Lincoln became a free thinker, reading Tom Paine, as well as Shakespeare and the Bible, and studying Euclid to sharpen his arguments as a lawyer. Lincoln's anti-slavery thinking began in his childhood amidst the Primitive Baptist antislavery dissidents in backwoods Kentucky and Indiana, the roots of his repudiation of Southern Christian pro-slavery theology. Intensely ambitious, he held political aspirations from his earliest years. Obsessed with Stephen Douglas, his political rival, he battled him for decades. Successful as a circuit lawyer, Lincoln built his team of loyalists. Blumenthal reveals how Douglas and Jefferson Davis acting together made possible Lincoln's rise. Blumenthal describes a socially awkward suitor who had a nervous breakdown over his inability to deal with the opposite sex. His marriage to the upper class Mary Todd was crucial to his social aspirations and his political career. Blumenthal portrays Mary as an asset to her husband, a rare woman of her day with strong political opinions. He discloses the impact on Lincoln's anti-slavery convictions when handling his wife's legal case to recover her father's fortune in which he discovered her cousin was a slave. Blumenthal's robust portrayal is based on prodigious research of Lincoln's record and of the period and its main players. It reflects both Lincoln's time and the struggle that consumes our own political debate"-- Provided by publisher.

Herbert Hoover in the White House : the ordeal of the presidency

May 5, 2016
Rappleye, Charles, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xx, 554 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I: The rise and fall of Herbert Hoover. He did not choose ; A political diptych ; Flashpoints, and a landslide ; "Hoover the silent" ; Bright with hope ; The Wall Street Frankenstein ; The special session ; The crash ; The president's hair shirts ; "The peculiar weakness of Mr. Hoover" -- Part II: War on a thousand fronts. Challenging facts ; Friction at the Fed ; The ground gives way ; Playing politics with human misery ; The ghost of Grover Cleveland ; Credit crunch ; The Gibraltar of world stability ; Reconstruction -- Part III: The bitter end. Roosevelt rising ; The conflicted candidate ; Evil magic ; President reject ; Interregnum ; The sound of crashing banks.
Describes the uphill battle faced by the thirty-first president, who served his single term during the Great Depression, portraying the man as bright, well-meaning, and energetic but ultimately lacking in the tools of leadership.--Publisher

Five presidents : my extraordinary journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

May 3, 2016
Hill, Clint, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
x, 451 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction: Walking beside history -- Part I. With President Eisenhower. The secret dead body ; The White House detail ; The eleven-nation tour ; The South American tour ; Spying on the Soviets ; The Asian trip ; The 1960 presidential campaign -- Part II. With President Kennedy. On the first lady detail ; Palm Beach ; Traveling with the Kennedys: Europe ; Hyannis Port ; Traveling with the Kennedys: South America and Mexico ; The Cuban Missile Crisis ; 1963: great expectations ; Triumph and tragedy ; The trip to Texas ; Dallas ; The funeral ; The year after -- Part III. With President Johnson. The LBJ Ranch ; Inauguration 1965 ; The civil-rights president ; A president's burdens ; Traveling with LBJ: Honolulu and Mexico City ; Traveling with LBJ: down under ; 1967 ; 1968 ; Loyalty ; Last days with LBJ -- Part IV. With Presidents Nixon and Ford. Vice President Spiro Agnew ; Beware Greeks bearing gifts ; A visit from Elvis ; 1971 ; 1972: the beginning of the end ; A White House in turmoil ; The unraveling of a presidency ; History takes its toll ; 60 minutes.
Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history to life with this rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency. Hill delivers a stunning perspective from the eyes of an everyman who saw some of the most historic moments of the 20th century during his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era: the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon. With a unique insider's perspective and a moving touch, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions. Adapted from dust jacket.

Off script : an advance man's guide to White House stagecraft, campaign spectacle, and political suicide

May 2, 2016
King, Josh (Joshua), author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
xv, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Being a public figure is no walk in the park - the world focuses on every move that politicians make and highlights their every mistake. "Image collapse" can befall anyone whose carefully cultivated persona is pitted against intermediaries in the broadcast booths of cable news networks or behind the photo desks of newspapers, magazines, and today's host of digital platforms. As a world-traveling "advance man," an operative who orchestrates TV- and photo-ready moments involving important political figures, Josh King has unique experience working with the reputations of officeholders, candidates and other public figures. In Off Script, King leads readers through an entertaining and illuminating journey through the Hall of Infamy of some of the most catastrophic examples of political theater of the last quarter century. Readers might remember these cringe worthy moments as simple cases of bad luck. King argues, instead, that they were symptomatic of something larger: our broad appetite for public embarrassment, the media's business imperatives in satiating that craving, and the propensity of politicians to serve it up on a platter, often by pretending to be someone they're not while strutting on the public stage. We tour recent history - King calls it "the Age of Optics"--To establish this syndrome, and then turn to the Obama administration and what Josh calls the emergence of the "Vanilla Presidency." King argues that Barack Obama has been more guarded and more protective of the presidential persona than anyone in history, and as we look to the elections of 2016 and beyond, we have to wonder: Will our future president follow Obama's example? If so, how will that influence the relationship between our nation's citizens and their leader?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Jefferson lies : exposing the myths you've always believed about Thomas Jefferson

April 28, 2016
Barton, David, 1954-
[Place of publication not identified] : Wnd Books, 2016.
xlvii, 363 pages ; 21 cm
Rediscovering Thomas Jefferson -- Lie #1 : Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings' children -- Lie #2 : Thomas Jefferson founded a secular university -- Lie #3 : Thomas Jefferson wrote his own Bible and edited out the things he didn't agree with -- Lie #4 : Thomas Jefferson was a racist who opposed equality for black Americans -- Lie #5 : Thomas Jefferson advocated a secular public square through the separation of church and state -- Lie #6 : Thomas Jefferson detested the clergy -- Lie #7 : Thomas Jefferson was an atheist and not a Christian -- Thomas Jefferson, an American Hero.
"Thomas Jefferson stands falsely accused of several crimes, among them infidelity and disbelief. Noted historian David Barton now sets the record straight. Having borne the brunt of a smear campaign that started more than two centuries ago, the reputation and character of American president Thomas Jefferson shows considerable tarnish, as lies and misunderstandings have gathered on his legacy. Noted early-America historian David Barton scours out the truth. Jefferson and Sally: Did he really have children by his slave, Sally Hemings? Jefferson and Jesus: Did he really abandon the faith of his family? Jefferson and the Bible: Did he really want to rewrite the Scripture? Jefferson and the church: Did he really advocate separation? Jefferson and slaves: What is the truth about his slaveholding and his statements that all are created equal? Jefferson and education: Did Jefferson really found the first secular, irreligious university? All of these questions deserve the cleansing light of truth. Barton has gone through the historical records, combed the original documents and letters, and examined the recent evidence, and his findings will upset the establishment. Barton shows the true man, the real Thomas Jefferson. Most readers will have the joy and surprise of meeting him for the very first time"-- Provided by publisher.

Father Lincoln : the untold story of Abraham Lincoln and his boys--Robert, Eddy, Willie, and Tad

April 26, 2016
Manning, Alan (A. Alan), author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2016.
xvi, 264 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Thomas Lincoln and his son -- Putting down roots -- Don't let the blessed fellows forget father -- Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven -- Growing ambition, growing family -- Bob promises very well -- So much bliss -- We loved him so -- It's all right now -- Richmond -- They have killed Papa dead.

Historical dictionary of the U.S. presidency

April 19, 2016
Conley, Richard Steven, author.
xlv, 503 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Kick Kennedy : the charmed life and tragic death of the favorite Kennedy daughter

April 13, 2016
Leaming, Barbara, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's, 2016.
292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy was the incandescent life-force of the fabled Kennedy family, her father's acknowledged "favorite of all the children" and her brother Jack's "psychological twin." She was the Kennedy of Kennedys, sure of her privilege, magnetically charming and somehow not quite like anyone else on whatever stage she happened to grace. The daughter of the American ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Kick swept into Britain's aristocracy like a fresh wind on a sweltering summer day. In a decaying world where everything was based on stultifying sameness and similarity, she was gloriously, exhilaratingly different. Kick was the girl whom all the boys fell in love with, the girl who remained painfully out of reach for most of them. To Kick, everything about this life was fun and amusing--until suddenly it was not. For this is also a story of how a girl like Kick, a girl who had everything, a girl who seemed made for happiness, confronted crushing sadness. Willing to pay the price for choosing the love she wanted, she would have to face the consequences of forsaking much that was dear to her. Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously-unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy, that has now disappeared forever."--Provided by publisher.

The naturalist : Theodore Roosevelt, a lifetime of exploration, and the triumph of American natural history

April 13, 2016
Lunde, Darrin P., author.
New York : Crown Publishers, 2016.
viii, 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
The museum naturalist: The seal on Broadway -- Collections make museums -- The mind but not the body -- Full-bore birder -- Egypt, land of my dreams -- Alone at Harvard; All hunters should be nature lovers: Roosevelt rebels -- Hell with fires out -- Change in the west -- Winchester naturalist -- Real men and mousers -- A Tiffany knife to the heart -- Who's a nature faker?; Roosevelt's new naturalism : I am going to Africa -- A railroad through the Pleistocene -- Bwana Tumbo-Mr. big belly -- Deep in prehistoric thought -- Bent on mischief -- Hunters and naturalists -- The end of the game.
"The surprising story of our "naturalist president" Theodore Roosevelt and how his lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America's wildlife conservation movement. No United States president is more popularly associated with nature and wildlife than Theodore Roosevelt--prodigious hunter, tireless adventurer, and ardent conservationist. We think of him as a larger-than-life original, yet in The Naturalist, Darrin Lunde has located Roosevelt in the proud tradition of museum naturalism. From his earliest days, Roosevelt actively modeled himself on the men who pioneered a key branch of biology through the collection of animal specimens and by developing a taxonomy of the natural world. The influence they would have on Roosevelt shaped not only his audacious personality but his career, informing his work as a statesman and ultimately affecting generations of Americans' relationship to this country's wilderness. Drawing on Roosevelt's diaries and expedition journals and pulling from his own experience as a leading figure in today's museum naturalism, Lunde constructs a thoughtfully researched, singularly insightful history that tracks Roosevelt's maturation from exuberant boyhood hunter to vital champion of serious scientific inquiry"--Provided by publisher.

First women : the grace and power of America's modern First Ladies

April 6, 2016
Brower, Kate Andersen, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
380 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The Political Wife -- Sisterhood of 1600 -- Profiles in Courage -- Motherhood -- Supporting Actors -- East Wing vs. West Wing -- The Good Wife -- Bad Blood -- Keep Calm and Carry On -- Ladies, First -- Acknowledgments -- Sources and Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the groundbreaking backstairs look at the White House, The Residence, comes an intimate, news-making look at the true modern power brokers at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: the First Ladies, from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama,"

John F. Kennedy's Presidency

April 6, 2016
Rowell, Rebecca, author.
© 2016
104 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- A furture president -- The Soviet Union and Vietnam -- A divided Germany -- Relations with Cuba -- The space race -- A new frontier -- Civil rights -- Loss and legacy.

The runner-up presidency : the elections that defied America's popular will (and how our democracy remains in danger)

March 29, 2016
Weston, Mark, 1953- author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2016]
viii, 215 pages : map ; 24 cm
Introduction: Electoral votes: a risky game of dice -- What were the founders thinking? The electoral system's oddities, origins, and benefits -- Florida, Bush v. Gore, and the 2000 election -- The loser wins: Rutherford B. Hayes (1876) -- The loser wins again: Benjamin Harrison (1888) -- The house decides: Jefferson v. Burr (1800) -- The house decides again: John Quincy Adams v. Andrew Jackson (1824) -- 1968: a close call with George Wallace -- Direct elections and other flawed proprosals to fix our system -- How Barack Obama nearly became a runner-up president: the search for a more perfect electoral system -- Two small repairs: winner-takes-most (not all) and a better way to deal with deadlocks -- Appendix A: Three possible constitutional amendments -- Appendix B: Winner-takes-most's roughly equal sacrifices from state to state -- Appendix C: Past elections under the winner-takes-most reform.

Louisa : the extraordinary life of Mrs. Adams

March 28, 2016
Thomas, Louisa.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
500 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
An intimate portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, who witnessed firsthand the greatest transformations of her time.

John Quincy Adams : militant spirit

March 22, 2016
Traub, James.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
xviii, 620 pages ; 24 cm

The history buff's guide to the presidents : top ten rankings of the best, worst, largest and most controversial facets of the American presidency

March 21, 2016
Flagel, Thomas R., 1966-
Naperville, IL : Cumberland House, 2012.
xiii, 496 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
"Did you know that Warren G. Harding played poker in the White House at least once a week? Or that Richard Nixon was a Quaker? The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents takes a peek behind the scenes, revealing everything you ever wanted to know about the families, personal habits, and social lives of the most powerful job in the world. Author Thomas R. Flagel's unique perspective on the presidents makes this an essential book for the merely curious and hardcore history buffs alike. From George Washington to Barack Obama, Flagel's top ten lists compile the most religious presidents, the biggest scandals, and more to present a comprehensive history of the American presidents."--Publisher's description.

9 presidents who screwed up America : and four who tried to save her

March 15, 2016
McClanahan, Brion T., author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, 2016.
xxvi, 320 pages ; 24 cm.
Part I. The nine who screwed up America -- The antecedents of the imperial presidency -- Abraham Lincoln -- Theodore Roosevelt -- Woodrow Wilson -- Franklin d. Roosevelt -- Harry S. Truman -- Lyndon B. Johnson -- Richard M. Nixon -- Barack Obama -- Part II. The four who tried to save her -- Thomas Jefferson -- John Tyler -- Grover Cleveland -- Calvin Coolidge -- What can be done?

The year of indecision, 1946 : a tour through the crucible of Harry Truman's America

March 10, 2016
Weisbrode, Kenneth.
xviii, 300 pages ; 22 cm
The uprooted -- "Harry who?" -- Empire men -- Dynamo -- Four speeches -- Poujades -- Coal and steel -- New York City -- Gaze homeward -- Preponderance -- Archipelago -- Midpassage.
An account of Truman's first year in office argues that the tensions and issues that the nation faced are similar to those America faces today.

The President's book of secrets : the untold story of intelligence briefings to America's presidents, from Kennedy to Obama

March 2, 2016
Priess, David, author.
New York, NY : PublicAffairs, 2016.
xiii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Top secret delivery -- Before the book -- For the President's eyes only -- The birth of the book -- Out in the cold -- Face-to-face -- Plains and simple -- Write one for the Gipper -- The Spymaster President -- Ebb and flow -- "The good stuff" -- Under investigation -- The PDB, today and tomorrow.
"Every day, a member of the CIA presents to the President a report detailing the most sensitive activities and analysis of world events. These can range from the behavior of America's allies to the maneuvering of its adversaries, from imminent dangers to long-term strategic opportunities, and are often based on the words of highly placed sources or the interceptions of astonishingly nimble technologies. This report-- for the President's eyes only-- forms the basis of the President's assessment of US intelligence and strength. The story of the President's Daily Brief-- the PDB, in the jargon-- is a window into the character of each president and his administration, and the degree to which his worldview and policy was shaped by the information from the security services"-- Provided by publisher.

Jeb and the Bush crime family

February 22, 2016
Stone, Roger J., author.
xxi, 437 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The annotated Lincoln

February 18, 2016
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, author.
xxxii, 604 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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