New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

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

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.

Trumped! : a nation on the brink of ruin ... and how to bring it back

March 14, 2017
Stockman, David Alan, 1946- author.
©2016
492 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Flyover America's decline and the rise of Donald Trump -- Why the flyover zone is hurting - bubble finance is strictly for the bicoastal elites -- The Warren Buffet economy: How central bank-enabled financialization has divided America -- The case against Keynesian central banking and why the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) should be abolished -- Trump isn't all wrong about trade deficits - how Washington's money printers betrayed American workers -- America's rolling LBO (leveraged buyout) and why there have been no breadwinner job gains since the year 2000 -- Falling backwards in flyover America -- why real household income is down 21% since 2000 -- Government entitlements: The world's sixth-biggest economy and the coming insolvency of Social Security -- "Morning in America" never was - how the federal debt went from $1 trillion to $35 trillion in four decades -- How the GOP (Grand Old Party) got trumped - the fiscal follies of Johnny Lawn Chair and Faker Ryan -- America's bridges are not falling down: The perennial myth of crumbling infrastructure -- On the impossibility of "helicopter money" and why the casino will crash -- Busting the banksters - the case for a super Glass-Steagall -- Bubbles in bond land - it's a central bank-made mania -- Revolt of the rubes - bravo, Brexit! -- The war on savers and the 200 rules of global finance -- Fannie Mae's swell new palace - why the Imperial City must be sacked -- Red Ponzi ticking - China and the dark side of bubble finance -- The apotheosis of bubble finance - the coming crash of Tesla and the FANGs (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) -- Imperial Washington - why there is still no peace on Earth -- A peace deal for the Donald - go to Tehran, bring home the American troops -- In praise of ignorant politicians - unschooled in Beltway delusions -- Hillary Clinton - class president of a failed generation -- A lesson for the Donald - Barack, we hardly knew ye -- The Aspen Strategy Group - Hillary's War Cabinet in waiting -- In praise of the Iran nuke deal - a chance for peace if we can keep it.
David Stockman brings us an insider-turned-iconoclast's report on how 30 years of financial and political misrule by the Washington/Wall Street elites have brought the U.S. to the brink of ruin. He shows that the Fed's destructive ZIRP and QE policies have buried Flyover America in debt while clobbering it with shrinking real wages and vanishing job opportunities. At the same time, the bicoastal elites have prospered mightily from the massive inflation of financial assets in the Wall Street casino and the debt-fueled expansion of Imperial Washington's domestic rackets and global interventions. Stockman argues that Donald Trump's improbable candidacy happened because Flyover America has had enough of a rigged system that benefits the few but has failed to delivery economic recovery and real prosperity at home and a safer and more stable world abroad. Stockman's book is no testimonial on behalf of Trump's candidacy, and contends that much of what he advocates is wrong-headed or downright reprehensible. But it does salute him as the rallying force for Main Street political insurrection because the existing regime of Bubble Finance on Wall Street and statist aggrandizement in Washington threatens incalculable harm. Stockman also argues that there remains a way forward. He suggests the "political outlaw" who considers himself to be the world's greatest dealmaker would need to "make ten great deals" to bring American back from the brink. These include a Peace Deal, a Jobs Deal, a Sound Money Deal, a Super Glass-Steagall Deal, A Liberty Deal and five more.

How the hell did this happen? : the election of 2016

March 10, 2017
O'Rourke, P. J., author.
©2017
xiv, 216 pages ; 22 cm
The campaign begins -- The abominable snowman -- The horror! The horror! -- A Huck so unlike Finn -- Always look on the bright side of life -- So much for that -- The last damn Republican presidential candidate debate I'll ever watch -- Say it ain't so, Joe -- A better way to choose a President, Part I -- The walking dead -- Time to pull the plug on Ben Carson's campaign -- In memoriam -- Our higgledy-piggledy primary system and how it higgles our pigs -- A halfhearted case for Marco Rubio -- The case against Marco Rubio -- Cruz control -- Fashion notes -- What they stand for, and can we stand it? Part I -- What they stand for, and can we stand it? Part II -- Paying for what we can't stand -- Another attempt at paying for what we can't stand -- What they stand for, and can we stand It? Part III -- Letter to myself in 1968 -- A better way to choose a President, Part II -- The last damn national political convention I'll ever watch -- The Democratic national political convention -- I endorse Hillary -- The nowhere leadership is headed to -- The campaign trail of sneers -- The revolt against the elites.
"No comedian could have written the joke this election cycle has been. The punch line is too ridiculous (whoever the punch line is going to be). Or, as celebrated political satirist, journalist, and diehard Republican P. J. O'Rourke put it in his endorsement of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton: "America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692." In his latest book, P.J. brings his critical eye and inimitable voice to some serious risky business. How the Hell Did This Happen? begins with him diving into the pig pile of presidential candidates circa June 2015 including Jim ("who?") Webb, Scott Walker ("America's chance to have a President who gets carded every time he orders a beer"), Ted Cruz ("crazy like a fox-no, like a Fox News broadcast), Bernie Sanders ("Trump for people still living in their parents' basements"), and Donald Trump himself ("Landlord of the Flies"). P.J. eviscerates each frontrunner as he or she emerges from under the rock where they've all been living. He covers the dreadful key primaries and candidate debates, takes us through his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary, and leads the way into the Beginning of End Times in November"-- Provided by publisher.

The President's kitchen cabinet : the story of the African Americans who have fed our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas

March 1, 2017
Miller, Adrian, author.
©2017
xvii, 261 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes twenty recipes.
The key ingredients of presidential foodways -- Feeling at home : the White House steward and the evolution of presidential provisioning -- Bittersweet : African American presidential cooks in Antebellum America -- Semisweet : personal and professional presidential cooks after Emancipation -- Eating on the run : presidential foodways in motion -- Seeing through a glass darkly : African Americans and presidential drinkways -- Above measure : the future of African American presidential chefs.
Award winning author Adrian Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in the nation's history.

Six encounters with Lincoln : a president confronts democracy and its demons

February 20, 2017
Pryor, Elizabeth Brown, author.
©2017
xi, 480 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
A wary handshake -- Pfunny pface -- Two emancipators meet -- Of fathers and sons -- Hell-cats -- The hollow crown -- Epilogue to the hollow crown : Lincoln and Shakespeare.
"In this absorbing book, Elizabeth Brown Pryor offers new perspectives on our sixteenth president by examining six intriguing, mostly unknown encounters he had with his constituents. Taken together, they reveal his opinions and character in unexpected ways, illustrating the difficulties of managing a republic and creating a presidency. While each of these stories shows Lincoln in all his quirky greatness, each is also an invitation to rethink our presumptions about him."--Dust jacket.

The making of the president 2016 : how Donald Trump orchestrated a revolution

February 9, 2017
Stone, Roger J., author.
©2017
xliii, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I. How Donald Trump hijacked the Republican presidential nomination -- Trump vs. the elites -- Round one: GOP candidates debate -- Round two: GOP primaries pick Trump -- Part II. How Hillary Clinton stole the Democratic presidential nomination -- Bernie Sanders, the old socialist, challenges Hillary Clinton, the president presumed -- Round one: Hillary declares victory over Sanders -- Round two: Hillary pivots to attack Trump -- Part III. How Trump won the White House -- The vice presidential picks and the national nominating conventions -- The presidential and vice presidential debates -- Closing arguments -- Conclusion: Trump wins.
"In the tradition of Theodore White's landmark books, the definitive look at how Donald J. Trump shocked the world to become president,"--Amazon.com.

Hillary Rodham Clinton : a woman living history

February 8, 2017
Blumenthal, Karen, author.
©2016
472 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in the United States by Feiwel and Friends in 2016.
Roots -- Groundwork -- Park Ridge -- Wellesley -- Making possible -- Yale -- Bill -- Courtship -- Children -- Nixon -- Fayetteville -- Lawyer -- Governor -- Comeback -- Mom -- Campaign -- President -- Firsts -- Saint Hillary -- Whitewater -- Pink -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- Subpoena -- Reelection -- Lewinsky -- Impeachment -- New York -- Winner -- Senator -- War -- Candidate -- 2008 -- Secretary -- MOTB -- Benghazi -- 2016? -- Front-runner -- Nasty -- Election.
Presents the life and career of Hillary Clinton, discussing her childhood in Illinois, her college and law school years, her life as First Lady, her time as a New York Senator, and her achievements as Secretary of State. --Publisher's description.

Fever swamp : a journey through the strange Neverland of the 2016 presidential race

February 6, 2017
Patterson, Richard North, author.
©2016
xiv, 448 pages ; 24 cm
Plutocrats, birthers, climate deniers, a reality star, a Socialist from Vermont, a scrum of candidates killing each other, and an entire political party gone mad. The faux humility of Dr. Ben Carson ; The shallow salesmanship of Carly Fiorina ; Marco Rubio's empty suit ; Ted Cruz ; The Biden dilemma ; The paradox of Bernie Sanders ; Trump's character is his fate ; Debating Hillary Clinton ; Plutocrats and their pets ; The GOP's faith-based climate ; Fun questions for the next GOP debate ; The GOP's tax warfare ; Ted Cruz's holiday spirit ; The GOP establishment's not so happy new year ; Dog whistles and hypocrisy -- Primaries, guns, the court, Bernie vs. Hillary, the rise of Trump, and the collapse of the GOP establishment. The rise of the unfit ; Hillary, Bernie, and the future of the court ; The GOP's super doomsday ; The GOP's morning after ; The GOP's strongman syndrome ; An open letter to my Republican friends ; Partners in death; The reckoning of 2016 ; The sound and fury of Donald Trump ; Closing polls and slamming doors ; Why Bernie lost-- and what to do about it -- The Donald, Hillary, narcissism, racism, political insanity, and the surprising fatefulness of two conventions. Why Hillary Clinton ; Too sick to lead ; From golden boy to fool's gold ; The 2016 veepstakes ; Kidnapped by a narcissist ; The GOP reaps the whirlwind ; Leading the lemmings ; A tale of two conventions ; America meets Hillary Clinton -- Russian hackers, a media awakening, videotapes, charges of groping, claims of voter fraud, three debates, a dogged Democrat, and a GOP candidate cracking up until an FBI director throws him a lifeline. Coming this fall ; The fateful August of Donald J. Trump ; Trump 3.0 ; Public disservice ; Clinton vs. Trump ; Turning point ; Losing it ; Beyond debate ; Apocalypse soon ; Making America hate again ; Hillary Clinton's final test -- The very last scary days, an election filled with dread, and an extremely sober national reckoning. The imperative of voting for Hillary Clinton ; Where does America go now?.
During the 2016 presidential election cycle, novelist Richard North Patterson wrote one column per week for The Huffington Post about the presidential race. Those essays are collected here for the first time in a highly personal 'journal' chronically Paterson's observations in real time.

Big agenda : President Trump's plan to save America

February 3, 2017
Horowitz, David, 1939- author.
©2017
viii, 188 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Restoring the nation to greatness -- The adversary. New wars to fight ; Diversions on the right ; The roots of executive tyranny ; The Progressive movement ; The race card ; Hatred in their hearts ; No rules for radicals -- The agenda. Obamacare: an attack on individual freedom ; The environment: a pretext for government control ; The myth of systemic racism ; Globalism and radical Islam -- The strategy. The goal and the path ; It's time to take the gloves off ; The Achilles' heel of the Democratic Party ; The Democrats' wars on men and women ; Obstructionism is a good thing if the policies are bad ; Ending leftist indoctrination in our schools ; Fixing the political universe that doesn't exist ; Government unions: a conflict of interest that needs to be ended ; Corruption and cowardice ; Part of the people ; Go on the attack and stay on it ; A postelection agenda ; A party for all the people -- Conclusion: The battle plan: the first 100 days.
Horowitz presents a White House battle plan to halt the Democrats' march to extinguish the values America holds dear. He details President Trump's like moves, and explores the opportunities he will have to reshape the American political landscape while securing the nation's vital security interests abroad.

Insane clown president : dispatches from the 2016 circus

February 3, 2017
Taibbi, Matt, author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2017]
xxxvi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Most of the essays which appear in this work were originally published in Rolling Stone"--Title page verso.
"Chapter 1, excluding the headnote and footnotes, was originally published in The Great Derangement by Matt Taibbi (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2008)"--Title page verso.
"Dispatches from the 2016 election that provide an eerily prescient take on our democracy's uncertain future, by the country's most perceptive and fearless political journalist. The 2016 presidential contest as told by Matt Taibbi, from its tragicomic beginnings to its apocalyptic conclusion, is in fact the story of Western civilization's very own train wreck. Years before the clown car of candidates was fully loaded, Taibbi grasped the essential themes of the story: the power of spectacle over substance, or even truth; the absence of a shared reality; the nihilistic rebellion of the white working class; the death of the political establishment; and the emergence of a new, explicit form of white nationalism that would destroy what was left of the Kingian dream of a successful pluralistic society. Taibbi captures, with dead-on, real-time analysis, the failures of the right and the left, from the thwarted Bernie Sanders insurgency to the flawed and aimless Hillary Clinton campaign; the rise of the "dangerously bright" alt-right with its wall-loving identity politics and its rapturous view of the "Racial Holy War" to come; and the giant fail of a flailing, reactive political media that fed a ravenous news cycle not with reporting on political ideology, but with undigested propaganda served straight from the campaign bubble. At the center of it all stands Donald J. Trump, leading a historic revolt against his own party, "bloviating and farting his way" through the campaign, "saying outrageous things, acting like Hitler one minute and Andrew Dice Clay the next." For Taibbi, the stunning rise of Trump marks the apotheosis of the new postfactual movement. Taibbi frames the reporting with original essays that explore the seismic shift in how we perceive our national institutions, the democratic process, and the future of the country. Insane Clown President is not just a postmortem on the collapse and failure of American democracy. It offers the riveting, surreal, unique, and essential experience of seeing the future in hindsight"-- Provided by publisher.

Bill Clinton

February 2, 2017
Tomasky, Michael, 1960- author.
©2017
xviii, 184 pages ; 22 cm.
A young fellow in a hurry -- The comeback kid -- The new realities of politics -- The limits of power -- The president is relevant -- The culture wars -- Hitting his stride -- That woman -- Unbreakable -- Ducking lightning bolts till the end.

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