New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

July 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism

July 21, 2017
Olsen, Henry (Political consultant), author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xx, 345 pages ; 24 cm
"A political analyst argues that conservative icon Ronald Reagan was not an enemy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, but his true heir and the popular program's ultimate savior. Conventional political wisdom views the two most consequential presidents of the twentieth-century--FDR and Ronald Reagan--as ideological opposites. FDR is hailed as the champion of big-government progressivism manifested in the New Deal. Reagan is seen as the crusader for conservatism dedicated to small government and free markets. But Henry Olsen argues that this assumption is wrong. In The Working Class Republican, Olsen contends that the historical record clearly shows that Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal itself were more conservative than either Democrats or Republicans believe, and that Ronald Reagan was more progressive than most contemporary Republicans understand. Olsen cuts through political mythology to set the record straight, revealing how Reagan--a longtime Democrat until FDR's successors lost his vision in the 1960s--saw himself as FDR's natural heir, carrying forward the basic promises of the New Deal: that every American deserves comfort, dignity, and respect provided they work to the best of their ability. "-- Provided by publisher.

Devil's bargain : Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the storming of the presidency

July 19, 2017
Green, Joshua, 1972- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2017.
xiii, 272 pages ; 25 cm
"Based on dozens of interviews conducted over six years, Green spins the master narrative of the 2016 campaign from its origins in the far fringes of right-wing politics and reality television to its culmination inside Trump's penthouse on election night. The shocking elevation of Bannon to head Trump's flagging presidential campaign on August 17, 2016, hit political Washington like a thunderclap and seemed to signal the meltdown of the Republican Party. Bannon was a bomb-throwing pugilist who'd never run a campaign and was despised by Democrats and Republicans alike. Yet Bannon's hard-edged ethno-nationalism and his elaborate, years-long plot to destroy Hillary Clinton paved the way for Trump’s unlikely victory. Trump became the avatar of a dark but powerful worldview that dominated the airwaves and spoke to voters whom others couldn't see. Trump's campaign was the final phase of a populist insurgency that had been building up in America for years, and Bannon, its inscrutable mastermind, believed it was the culmination of a hard-right global uprising that would change the world" --Dust jacket.

The plot to hack America : how Putin's cyberspies and WikiLeaks tried to steal the 2016 election

June 29, 2017
Nance, Malcolm W., author.
©2017
xvii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Includes the official report from the National Intelligence Council"--Front cover.
Foreword / Spencer Ackerman -- Preface -- Watergate 2.0 -- Suspicions of something more sinister -- The spymaster-in-chief -- Trump's agents, Putin's assets -- Operation LUCKY-7: the Kremlin plan to elect a president -- Battles of the CYBER BEARS -- WikiLeaks: Russia's intelligence laundromat -- When CYBER BEARS attack -- Cyberwar to defend democracy -- Appendix: Assessing Russian activities and intentions in recent US elections..
The thrilling true story of how Putin's spy agency, run by the Russian billionaire class, used the promise of power and influence to cultivate Trump as well as his closest aides, the Kremlin Crew, to become unwitting assets of the Russian government. In April 2016, computer technicians at the Democratic National Committee discovered that someone had accessed the organization's computer servers. The FBI found that more than twenty-five state election offices had their voter registration systems probed or attacked by the same hackers. The hack was tracked to Russian spy agencies and the stolen information channeled to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. The goal of the attack: to elect Donald Trump as president of the United States.

George Washington : the wonder of the age

June 23, 2017
Rhodehamel, John H., author.
©2017
353 pages ; 22 cm
Look around you -- Powerful ambitions, powerful friends -- War for North America -- The rise of George Washington -- "Because we are Americans" -- Winter soldier -- Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth -- The great man : Yorktown, Newburgh, and Annapolis -- "The destiny of unborn millions" -- "On untrodden ground" : the first term -- The age of passion : the second term -- "The debt which all must pay".
"As editor of the award-winning Library of America collection of George Washington's writings and a curator of the great man's original papers, John Rhodehamel has established himself as an authority of our nation's preeminent founding father. Rhodehamel examines George Washington as a public figure, arguing that the man--who first achieved fame in his early twenties--is inextricably bound to his mythic status. Solidly grounded in Washington's papers and exemplary in its brevity, this approachable biography is a superb introduction to the leader whose name has become synonymous with America"--Google Books.

Understanding Trump

June 13, 2017
Gingrich, Newt, author.
New York, NY : Center Street, 2017.
xvii, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Understanding Trump: From Queens to the White House ; The four-sided table ; Winning big league -- Understanding the rise of Trump: The rise of the IYI ; The propaganda media ; Toxic identity politics ; The great transition ; The inaugural ; The permanent opposition -- The four-box model for the Trump agenda: the safety box ; The American competitiveness box ; The health box ; The making-government-work box ; Bringing Trump to States and communities ; The road ahead.
A former speaker of the House and Fox News contributor explains why Donald Trump is different from previous presidents and offers advice to the newest commander-in-chief.

Kennedy and King : the president, the pastor, and the battle over civil rights

June 12, 2017
Levingston, Steven, author.
©2017
xi, 511 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"To teach a president" -- Two men, two worlds -- A call to Coretta -- "Tomorrow may be too late" -- "Pawns in a white man's political game" -- It often helps me to be pushed" -- Epilogue.
An account of the contentious relationship between the thirty-fifth president and Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the tumultuous early years of the civil rights movement explores their influence on one another and the important decisions that were inspired by their rivalry.

I am a secret service agent : my life spent protecting the President

June 12, 2017
Emmett, Dan, 1955- author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
x, 209 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction -- The death of a president and the birth of a career -- Preparing to serve the country -- Never quit unless you are dead -- Protection -- CAT -- From CAT to PPD -- Running with the President -- Life in the Secret Service -- I am a Secret Service agent -- The Secret Service today.
Traces the story of a Secret Service agent who protected three American presidents, describing how he pursued his job after the assassination of JFK and how he met a range of challenges throughout a career shaped by major historical events.

The plot to scapegoat Russia : how the CIA and the deep State have conspired to vilify Russia

June 12, 2017
Kovalik, Dan, author.
New York : Skyhorse Pub, c2017.
xxiii, 199 p. : 23 cm.

A pope and a president : John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the extraordinary untold story of the 20th century

June 9, 2017
Kengor, Paul, 1966- author.
Wilmington, Delaware : ISI Books, [2017]
x, 637 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: May 13, 1981 : Moscow Takes Its Shot -- Part 1: Warnings and Beginnings -- May 13, 1917 : An Echo -- October 26, 2017 : The Devils Take Over -- May 1920-June 1922 : A Birth in Poland and a Rebirth in the Midwest -- Part 2: Persecutions and Errors -- 1924-1939 : The "Satanic Scourge" of Communism -- 1939-1945 : Blood, Blood, Blood, and Again Blood -- 1945-1952 : The Iron Curtain Descends -- 1956-1963 : Crushing Hungary and Smearing Pius XII -- November 22, 1963 : Communism's Errors Reach Dallas -- Part 3: Wojtyla and Reagan Rising -- 1946-1959 : Battling Communists in Poland and Hollywood -- The 1960s : A Time for Choosing -- May 6, 1975 : The Dry Martyrdom of Cardinal Mindszenty -- Summer of 1976 : Two Freedom Fighters in America -- 1977-1978 : "We Win and They Lose" -- 1978-1979 : "Be Not Afraid" -- 1980-1981 : An Era of Renewal -- Part 4: Game Changers -- March 30, 1981 : A Bullet for a President -- March 29-30, 1981 : The Soviet Invasion That Wasn't -- May 13, 1981 : A (Soviet) Bullet for a Pope -- May-September 1981 : Commencement -- December 13, 1981 : Martial Law -- January-June 1982 : Face to Face in the Vatican -- July-December 1982 : Moscow Under Suspicion -- 1983 : Dealing with an "Evil Empire" -- March 25, 1984 : The Consecration of Russia -- May 1984 : Together Again -- October 19, 1984 : The Martyrdom of Father Jerzy Popieluszko -- March 1985 : A New Kind of Soviet Leader -- May 1985 : A President in Portugal -- May 1985 : "The Russians Did It" -- Part 5: Ending an Evil Empire -- November 1985-December 1987 : The President and the "Closet Christian" -- December 8, 1987 : An Immaculate Peace -- June-December 1987 : Reagan's Fátima Briefing -- May-June 1988 : Reagan's Mission to Moscow -- June 1988 : Ending the Soviet "War on Religion" -- 1989-1991 : The Collapse of the Evil Empire -- Part 6: Revelations and Goodbyes -- May 13, 2000 : The Third Secret of Fátima, Revealed -- June 5, 2004 : Ronald Reagan's Silent Goodbye -- April 2, 2005 : Divine Mercy for John Paul II -- Epilogue: June 27, 2011 : Kindred Spirits, Kindred Souls.
"Although historians are increasingly giving Reagan and John Paul II due credit for their roles in ending the Cold War, Kengor reveals the depth and significance of the bond between the president and the pope. New details based on the author's unique access to Reagan insiders and his tireless archival research are provided. The role of the Marian apparition at Fatima on May 13, 1917 is explored as key to understanding both the bond between JP II and Reagan and the narrative of what they considered a divine plan to end communism in the USSR and Eastern Bloc, especially Poland, which is seen as the linchpin"-- Provided by publisher.

Radical hope : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times

June 8, 2017
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
x, 258 pages ; 21 cm
A symphony of voices / Carolina De Robertis -- Radical hope / Junot Diaz -- Dear Mama Harriet / Alicia Garza -- The lantern / Roxana Robinson -- Dear Henry / Lisa See -- Not a moment but a movement / Jewelle Gomez -- A letter to my son / Hari Kunzru -- Dreams from our fathers / Faith Adiele -- America / Parnaz Foroutan -- Dear Chebon / Chip Livingston -- Human rights is the handhold, pass it on / Mohja Kahf -- You / Achy Obejas -- A time to demand the impossible / Viet Thanh Nguyen -- A "holla" from the West Side / Cherríe Moraga -- What I mean / Kate Schatz -- Dear Mr. Roell / Boris Fishman -- While you are standing / Karen Joy Fowler -- To the woman standing in line at the store, / Elmaz Abinader -- Dear millenials / Aya de León -- Is there no hope? / Jane Smiley -- Grace and karma under Orange Caesar / Luis Alberto Urrea -- #fuckfascism #fuckthepatriarchy / Mona Eltahawy -- The fear and the resistance / Jeff Chang -- A letter to my daughter / Claire Messud -- The most important act of resistance / Meredith Russo -- To my goddaughter / Reyna Grande -- Language is how you will make yourself / Katie Kitamura -- You are my kind / iO Tillett Wright -- Zenaida / Francisco Goldman -- Stay open / Celeste Ng -- Rambling thoughts for Roscoe / Peter Orner -- Queridísima Palonita: a letter to my great-great-great-great-great granddaughter / Cristina García -- Signs from the Women's March / Carolina De Robertis.
A collection of letters--to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged--written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists.

The presidency A to Z

June 8, 2017
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : CQ Press, ©2013.
xix, 715 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
P: -- Pardon power -- Party leader -- Patronage -- Perot, Ross H -- Persian Gulf War (Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm) -- Personnel Management, Office of -- Pierce, Franklin -- Political parties -- Polk, James K -- Presidential greatness -- Presidential Medal of Freedom -- Press conferences -- Press Secretary, Presidential -- Primaries and caucuses -- Proclamations and endorsements -- Public opinion and the presidency -- Q: Qualifications of the president and vice president -- Quayle, Dan -- R: -- Reagan, Nancy -- Reagan, Ronald -- Reconstruction -- Religion and the presidency -- Rockefeller, Nelson A -- Roosevelt, Eleanor -- Roosevelt, Franklin D -- Roosevelt, Theodore -- S: -- Salary and perquisites -- Seals of Office -- Secret Service -- Senatorial courtesy -- Separation of powers -- Sherman, James S -- Signing statements -- Smith, Alfred E -- Spanish-American War of 1898 -- Special counsel -- Speeches and rhetoric -- Square Deal -- Staff -- State Department -- State of the Union Address -- Stevenson, Adlai E -- Stevenson, Adlai E, II -- Stewardship theory -- Succession -- Summit meetings -- T: -- Taft, William Howard -- Taylor, Zachary -- Teapot Dome scandal -- Term of office -- Third parties -- Thurmond, J Strom -- Tilden, Samuel J -- Titles of the president and vice president -- Tompkins, Daniel D -- Trade policy -- Trade Representative, Office of the U S -- Transition period -- Transportation Department -- Travel -- Treasury Department -- Treaty power -- Truman, Harry S -- Tyler, John -- U: -- Unitary executive theory -- United Nations -- United States v Curtiss-Wright Export Corp -- United States v Nixon -- V: -- Van Buren, Martin -- Veterans Affairs Department -- Veto power -- Vice president -- Vice-presidential residence -- Vietnam War -- W: -- Wallace, George C -- Wallace, Henry A -- War in Afghanistan -- War of 1812 -- War on terrorism -- War powers -- War Powers Act of 1973 -- Washington, George -- Washington, Martha -- Watergate affair -- Weaver, James B -- Wheeler, William A -- Whiskey Rebellion -- Whiskey ring scandal -- White House -- Willkie, Wendell L -- Wilson, Edith -- Wilson, Henry -- Wilson, Woodrow -- World War I -- World War II -- Y: -- Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co v Sawyer -- Z: -- Zapruder film -- Reference material: -- U S Presidents and Vice Presidents, 1789-2012 -- Backgrounds of U S Presidents, 1789-2012 -- Summary of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008 -- Party affiliations in Congress and the Presidency, 1789-2013 -- Presidential Cabinets, 1789-2012 -- U S Government Organizational Chart -- Government resources on the Web -- Constitution of the United States -- Selected bibliography -- Index.
An authoritative and engaging volume that provides readers with the information they need to understand the executive branch, the men who have held the office of president, and the people and organizations that support them. This fifth edition includes new biographies of Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, John McCain, and Joseph Biden; revised coverage of presidential relations with Congress, the Supreme Court, the bureaucracy, political parties, the media, interest groups, and the public; updated entries on the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay; and expanded content on the budget process and campaign finance.

Becoming Abraham Lincoln : the coming of age of our greatest president

June 2, 2017
Kigel, Richard, author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
xix, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: "I saw him this morning about 8:30" -- "My good friend is gone" -- "I have heard much of this blessed good woman" -- "Injuns!" -- "Purty as a pitcher." -- "Nancy's got a boy baby." -- "It was a wild region." -- "Constantly handling that most useful instrument." -- "I am going away from you, Abraham" -- "Here's your new Mammy" -- "Land o'Goshen, that boy air a' growin'" -- "A real eddication" -- "Mighty darned good lies" -- "Somethin' peculiarsome" -- "Chronicles of Reuben" -- "Why dost thou tear more blest ones hence?" -- "I can see the quivering and shining of that half-dollar yet" -- "River man" -- "Snowbirds" -- "I found him no green horn" -- "I'll hit it hard" -- "A kind of driftwood" -- "The best feller that ever broke into this settlement" -- "Something that was knotty" -- "I am young and unknown" -- "They surely thought it was a dream" -- "Captain Abraham Lincoln's Company of the First Regiment of the Brigade of Volunteers" -- "Charges upon the wild onions...bloody struggles with the mosquitoes" -- "The only time I ever have been beaten" -- "The national debt" -- "I loved the woman dearly and sacredly" -- "Oh! Why should the spirit of mortal be proud?" -- "Did you vote for me?"

Nixon's White House wars : the battles that made and broke a president and divided America forever

June 2, 2017
Buchanan, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1938- author.
New York : Crown Forum, 2017.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Nixon in the 60s -- Left behind -- Storm warnings -- "The great Silent Majority" -- Agnew's hour -- American kulturkampf -- The Nixon court -- The second reconstruction -- Converting the Catholics -- Cambodia and Kent State -- The seven weeks war -- The Pentagon papers -- Nixon in China -- "Turn all the dogs loose" -- St. George & the dragon -- Watergate erupts -- "Burn the tapes!" -- Before the Watergate Committee -- Saturday night massacre -- Final days -- Ex-president, 1974-1994.
"Pat Buchanan, bestselling author and former senior adviser to President Richard Nixon in the White House, for the first time describes his years advising the president throughout the two terms of his administration, up until he resigned office in August 1974 in the wake of Watergate"--Provided by publisher.

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.

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