New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

February 13, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The presidency in black and white : my up-close view of three presidents and race in America

February 12, 2015
Ryan, April, 1967-
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiv, 154 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Establishing a racial baseline -- Covering the White House -- Specialty media -- Presidents and race -- President Clinton -- President Bush -- President Obama -- The presidential "race" report cards.

Groundbreakers : how Obama's 2.2 million volunteers transformed campaigning in America

February 3, 2015
McKenna, Elizabeth.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xx, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Machine generated contents note: -- Chapter One: Introduction -- Part I: The Historical Roots of the Obama Field Program -- Chapter Two: The Way Things Were -- Chapter Three: Discovery and Diffusion -- Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of the Ground Game -- Chapter Four: Building Depth By Investing in Relationships -- Chapter Five: Creating a Structure to Share Responsibility: Neighborhood Teams -- Chapter Six: Using Metrics to Get to Scale -- Part III: OFA's Legacy -- Chapter Seven: Reflection -- Works Cited -- Index.
"Much has been written about the historic nature of the Obama campaign. The multi-year, multi-billion dollar operation elected the nation's first black president, raised and spent more money than any other election effort in history, and built the most sophisticated voter targeting technology ever before used on a national campaign. But what is missing from these accounts is an understanding of how Obama for America organized its formidable army of 2.2 million volunteers -- over eight times the number of people who volunteered for democratic candidates in 2004. Unlike previous field campaigns that drew their power from staff, consultants, and paid canvassers, the Obama campaign's capacity came from unpaid local citizens who took responsibility for organizing their own neighborhoods months--and even years--in advance of election day. In so doing, Groundbreakers argues, the campaign enlisted citizens in the often unglamorous but necessary work of practicing democracy. Hahrie Han and Elizabeth McKenna argue that the legacy of Obama for America is a transformation of the traditional models of field campaigning. Groundbreakers makes the case that the Obama ground game was revolutionary in two regards not captured in previous accounts. First, the campaign piloted and scaled an alternative model of field campaigning that built the power of a community at the same time that it organized it. Second, the Obama campaign changed the individuals who were a part of it, turning them into leaders. Groundbreakers proves that presidential campaigns are still about more than clicks, big data and money, and that one of the most important ways that a campaign develops its capacity is by investing in its human resources"-- Provided by publisher.

Madison's gift : five partnerships that built America

January 30, 2015
Stewart, David O.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 419 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The End of the Beginning -- Part I. Alexander Hamilton -- Impatient Young Men -- A Powerful Effect on Our Destiny -- A System to Last For Ages -- Creating The Federalist -- Ratification Battles -- Part II. George Washington -- Courting the General -- Starting From Scratch -- Not Altogether Useless -- The Deal -- Part III. Jefferson -- First, Friendship -- The Hamilton Problem -- Becoming Republicans -- Party Warrior -- No Time For Qualms -- Part IV. James Monroe -- Friends and Rivals and Friends -- Distant Diplomacy -- The Rupture -- Reclaiming a Friend -- The Republican Way of War -- Near To A Miracle -- Part V. Dolley -- All Things to All Men -- The Lady Presidentess -- Adam and Eve at Montpelier -- The Constitutional Sage of Montpelier -- "A Sad Blot on our Free Country" -- Farewells.
"Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation. Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution's ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington's support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation's first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life. But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement"-- Provided by publisher.

George W. Bush

January 28, 2015
Mann, Jim, 1946- author.
New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
"A good-time guy" -- The rising politician -- The new president and his tax cuts -- September 11 -- Iraq -- Reelection and its unhappy aftermath -- Second-term changes -- "I'm going to be Roosevelt, not Hoover."
A biography of the controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the War on Terrorism.

Power forward : my presidential education

January 26, 2015
Love, Reggie, 1981-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
vii, 213 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"No one spent more time with Barack Obama during his historic first campaign and term than 'body man' Reggie Love, whose professional coming-of-age story--from team captain of Coach K's 2001 NCAA title team through junior Senator Obama's mailroom to becoming the President's confidant, friend, and Chief of Stuff--is like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

The remarkable education of John Quincy Adams

January 16, 2015
Levin, Phyllis Lee.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
524 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A legacy more valuable than gold or silver -- A great deal of room for me to grow better -- Some compensation for me not being with my friends at Braintree -- A journal -- Almost at the world's end -- Promise to produce a worthy character -- A son who is the greatest traveller of his age -- And of a sister who fulfills my most sanguine expectations -- To have a degree at Harvard -- Your ever affectionate brother -- Your ever affectionate brother -- Study is my mistress -- While a student in the office of Theophilus Parsons Newburyport -- Exposed to the perils of sentiment -- I am on the bridge between wisdom and folly -- And I, too, am a scribbler -- The times change and we change with them -- The magnitude of the trust and my own incompetency -- The usual mixture between sweet and bitter -- The age of innocence and thoughtlessness -- Prudence is a sorry matchmaker -- Oh my Louisa! -- For the friend of your life -- Wise and in the best interests of the country -- To turn weariness itself into pleasure -- A painful retrospective -- With no small difficulty -- Another feather against a whirlwind -- Like a fish out of water -- Apostasy -- In honorable diplomatic exile.
A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "the greatest traveler of his age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. Though he was determined to make his own career as a lawyer, he was soon sent abroad, at Washington's appointment, as well as beginning a deeply troubled though loving marriage. But through all his emotional turmoil and financial hardship, he remained dedicated to serving his country. Drawing closely on his voluminous writing, especially his journals and letters, this biography offers a more sympathetic look at a man who has often been viewed as cold and stubbornly contentious. It is the definitive biography of the emotional and intellectual development of this fascinating early American.--From publisher description.

Freedom's champion : FDR and America's crisis

December 30, 2014
Marrin, Albert.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Malice toward none : Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address

December 16, 2014
Levin, Jack E., 1925- author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Jack E. Levin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of George Washington: The Crossing, presents a beautifully designed chronicle--complete with maps, portraits, and other Civil War illustrations--detailing President Abraham Lincoln's historic Second Inaugural Address.

The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

December 11, 2014
Graddy, Lisa Kathleen, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations (mostly color), ports. ; 23 cm

History of the presidential limousines.

December 11, 2014
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service, [2014]
12 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Shipping list no.: 2015-0038-P.
Cover title.

Mint juleps with Teddy Roosevelt : the complete history of presidential drinking

December 4, 2014
Will-Weber, Mark.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, [2014]
xvi, 398 pages ; 24 cm
"As America transformed from fledgling nation to world power, one element remained constant: alcohol. The eighteenth century saw the Father of His Country distilling whiskey in his backyard. The nineteenth century witnessed the lavish expenses on wine by the Sage of Monticello, Honest Abe's inclination toward temperance, and the slurred speech of the first president to be impeached. Fast forward to the twentieth century and acquaint yourself with Woodrow Wilson's namesake whisky, FDR's affinity for rum swizzles, and Ike's bathtub gin. What concoctions can be found in the White House today?"--Amazon.com.

America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation

November 24, 2014
Bicknell, John.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2015.
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: New Year's Day at the White House -- "This glorious hope" -- A prophet for president -- "Annexation and war...are identical" -- "Who the devil is Polk?" -- The missionary and the publicist -- To Oregon and California -- Summer of discontent -- The great disappointment -- "The severest struggle ever witnessed" -- Epilogue: the shaping of America.

Nation wholly free : the elimination of the national debt in the age of Jackson

November 20, 2014
Lane, Carl. author
Yardley, Pennsylvania : Westholme Publishing, 2014.
xi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Crisi and promise : December 1824-March 1825 -- The crisi and promise of 1824-1825 in historical context -- The national debt and the failure of the Adams administration -- The accession of Jackson and the end of internal improvements -- Jackson, the Bank War, and the national debt -- The nullification crisis and debt freedom -- Awaiting debt freedom, 1833-1834 -- Debet freedom and the mesning of Jacksonian democracy -- Surplus, distribution, and the end of debt freedom.
When President James Monroe announced in his 1824 message to Congress that the [nation's] large public debt, [accumulated since the Revolution], would be extinguished on January 1, 1835, Congress crafted legislation to transform that prediction into reality. Yet John Quincy Adams, Monroe's successor, seemed not to share the commitment to debt freedom, resulting in the rise of opposition to his administration and his defeat for reelection in the bitter presidential campaign of 1828. The new president, Andrew Jackson, was thoroughly committed to debt freedom, and when it was achieved, it became the only time in American history when the country carried no national debt. Lane shows that the great and disparate issues that confronted Jackson, such as internal improvements, the "war" against the Second Bank of the United States, and the crisis surrounding South Carolina's refusal to pay federal tariffs, become unified when debt freedom is understood as a core element of Jacksonian Democracy.-- from Jacket.

41 : a portrait of my father

November 10, 2014
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
©2014
x, 294 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : ill.(chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Beginnings -- War -- Heading West -- Hat in the ring -- Man of the house -- Diplomacy -- Runner-up -- Within a heartbeat -- The road to the White House -- Number 41 -- The hardest year -- The afterlife.
George W. Bush covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush's life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and 41st President of the United States.

The stranger : Barack Obama in the White House

November 3, 2014
Todd, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Little, Brown, 2014.
viii, 518 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 partly because he was a Washington outsider. But when he got to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, that distinction turned out to be double-bladed. NBC's award-winning Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd draws upon his unprecedented inner-circle sources to create a gripping account of Obama's tumultuous first term and campaign to win another.

George H. W. Bush : character at the core

October 30, 2014
Smith, Curt.
[Lincoln] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
xv, 325 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- Finding the water fine -- Perfectly clear -- Looking for Mr. Right -- Big jawn -- A phone call from the Gipper -- To the brink-and back -- The immaculate election -- Hopeful at the creation -- Bush at the summit -- Into the abyss -- A morning after -- America's "vision thing" -- Poetry of the heart.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story

October 28, 2014
Leaming, Barbara.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.

Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war

October 27, 2014
Moten, Matthew, 1960-
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
443 pages ; 25 cm
I. Setting precedents -- George Washington and the Continental Congress -- Adams, Washington, and Hamilton -- Mr. Madison's war -- Polk against his generals -- Lincoln's letter to Hooker -- The politics of collaboration -- Lincoln and Grant -- The pershing paradox -- Roosevelt, Marshall, and Hopkins -- The perils of partisanship -- Exit MacArthur -- Taylor's theory -- Powell's doctrine -- Rumsfeld's assumptions.

Kid presidents : true tales of childhood from America's presidents

October 23, 2014
Stabler, David, author.
©2014
215 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Ulysses S. Grant, the horseback kid -- Theodore Roosevelt and the Broadway Seal -- Richard Nixon and the size 9 boots of doom -- Jimmy Carter, arrowhead hunter -- Bill Clinton and the red, white, and blue sax -- George Washington, kid of the wild frontier -- Andrew Jackson , the littlest patriot -- Herbert Hoover, boy of the Osage -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and his day of freedom -- Barack Obama, new kid in town -- Abraham Lincoln and the not-so-wicked stepmother -- Dwight Eisenhower and his three lessons of leadership -- John F. Kennedy and the bullying big brother -- Lyndon Johnson, class clown -- Gerald Ford, the angriest boy in the world -- Ronald Reagan, near-sighted superhero.

The return of George Washington : 1783-1789

October 14, 2014
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John), author.
© 2014
xv, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Book I. From New York to Mount Vernon, 1782-1786. Retiring becomes him; Reeling in the West; To go or not to go -- Book II. To, from, and in Philadelphia, 1787. The center holds; In his image; "Little short of a miracle" -- Book III. From Mount Vernon to New York, 1877-1789. Ratifying Washington; The first federal elections; The inaugural parade.

Away from the White House : presidential escapes, retreats, and vacations

October 14, 2014
Knutson, Lawrence L. (Lawrence Lauder), author.
©2014
424 pages : color and black & white illustrations ; 31 cm
Long years have passed since an American president, taking his cue from the customs of the diplomatic community, abandoned the White House for most of the summer to go home and take care of his personal business--then nearly always a farm, such as Jefferson's Monticello or Adams's Peacefield. Today the presidency is year-around. Time away from the White House must be fitted into the great puzzle of his overall responsibilities, and is inevitably shorter than in the distant past. Some of his work goes with him, as do several key advisors, a large detachment of Secret Service agents, and all the others essential to the well being of a president. Still, on vacation he is officially on his own and he chips away a little time for leisure. Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations presents a lively and interesting slice of the presidency that most of us know little about: How the president relaxes away from the White House.-- Inside cover.

Founders' son : a life of Abraham Lincoln

October 10, 2014
Brookhiser, Richard.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xi, 347 pages, 8 unnumbred pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
1809-1830: youth -- George Washington and liberty -- 1830-1840: manhood -- Thomas Paine, laughter, and reason -- 1840-1852: maturity -- Henry Clay and the Fourth of July -- 1854: the repeal of the Missouri Compromise -- 1855-1858: running for senate -- 1859-1860: running for president -- Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. The towering genius (I) -- The election of 1860. The towering genius (II) -- 1861-1863: war, emancipation -- Preamble to the Constitution -- 1864-1865: war, death -- God the father -- 1865: victory. The towering genius (III) -- Epilogue: One old man.

The end of greatness : why America can't have (and doesn't want) another great president

October 7, 2014
Miller, Aaron David.
New York, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
viii, 280 pages ; 25 cm
"There is one thing that has haunted all of America's modern presidents: Americans' expectations of greatness in the man and the office. While it was impossible for the Framers of the Constitution to predict the circumstances that would make America the greatest and most consequential power on Earth, the Founders never intended this spotlight on the presidency. Venerating our past great presidents has always been safe, compelling, and inspiring. But when it also tempts us with the possibilities of their return, it may not be so benign. The End of Greatness offers a new way to appreciate and evaluate the presidency, a mode of understanding that gives conventional achievement ratings their place but ultimately makes the counterintuitive argument that, in expecting greatness, we have made goodness simply impossible. This book looks at the concept of greatness in presidents--the ways in which it is essential to a nation and the ways in which it has been detrimental. Miller argues that greatness in presidents is an overrated virtue, one that eclipses--and perhaps even thwarts--the real contributions of our presidents"-- Provided by publisher.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

October 3, 2014
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

An Obama's journey : my odyssey of self-discovery across three cultures

September 30, 2014
Ndesandjo, Mark Obama.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xvi, 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prelude: winter in Beijing, 2009 -- Kenya: where it all began -- My parents: a failed elopement -- Dissolution: Johnnie Walker Black Label -- Cleansing -- My brother David: a tragedy -- Sex, beaches, and mixed-race families -- Of grandmothers, music, and wandering Jews -- Saints and sinners -- Being brown at Brown and other university stories -- Sibling atonement -- Harvard of the west -- Youthful indiscretions: the second time I realized I was ugly -- Culture shocks and untimely nuns -- Digital revolutions, sowing the seeds of rebellion -- A war begins: I look to the east -- The middle kingdom: China -- The orphans and a cup of water -- On love and dreams -- New directions and a special gift -- The new America has arrived -- White House family reunion -- Coda: Kenyan spring.

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