New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

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

The great gasbag : an A-to-Z study guide to surviving Trump world

November 22, 2017
Behar, Joy, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
On cover and spine of jacket the title is given as: "The great Gatsby" with "Gatsby" crossed out and "gasbag" written below/across it.
Besides despair, the sane response to the insanity in the White House is laughter. Behar walks readers through the next four years (maybe less if liberal dreams come true) of life under the Trump presidency. Structured as an A-Z guide, Behar offers doses of levity and humor as she takes on the worst president since... well, since ever.

Chasing light : Michelle Obama through the lens of a White House photographer

November 22, 2017
Lucidon, Amanda, author, photographer.
California : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
222 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Inside the bubble -- The people's house -- Reach higher -- A world of possibility -- Chasing light.
"A collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama--many never before seen--coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format. Michelle Obama is one of the most admired First Ladies in history, known for her grace, spirit, and beauty, as well as for the amazing work she did during her tenure to promote girls' education, combat childhood obesity, and support military families. In Chasing Light, former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, who spent four years covering the First Lady, shares a rare insider's perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel. This collection of 150 candid photos--many previously unreleased--and Amanda's narrative reflections reveal just what makes Mrs. Obama so special. From an affectionate moment with her daughters atop the strikingly empty Great Wall of China to exuberant moments with schoolchildren and quiet moments between the First Lady and President Obama, the photos are a vibrant, candid, and beautiful celebration of the First Lady, capturing the qualities and strengths that have made Mrs. Obama so beloved"-- Provided by publisher.

Courage is contagious : and other reasons to be grateful for Michelle Obama

November 20, 2017
xxiii, 102 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Foreword / Lena Dunham -- Introduction / Nick Haramis -- Alice Waters -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- Janet Mock -- Jason Wu -- Cecile Richards -- Adasendis De La Cruz -- Issa Rae -- Charlamagne tha God -- Gloria Steinem -- Patton Oswalt -- Anna Wintour -- Rashida Jones -- Jon Meacham -- Laura Camacho -- Gabourey Sidibe -- Kate Millett -- Tracee Ellis Ross.
"A collection of essays celebrating the influential former first lady, by an array of acclaimed contributors and with a foreword by Lena Dunham. Michelle Obama's legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama's equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women's rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. Her genre-busting personal style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress as they wished. In an extension of his popular T, the New York Times Style Magazine feature, Nick Haramis has assembled nineteen essays from prizewinning writers, Hollywood stars, and political leaders--all of whom have been moved and influenced by Mrs. Obama's extraordinary example of grace in power. Here are original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne the God, among others. Presidential biographer Jon Meacham supplies historical perspective. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross suggests that Mrs. Obama 'provided an antidote to all the false representations of black women that have inundated us for centuries.' Anna Wintour and designer Jason Wu celebrate the former first lady's impact as an international fashion icon. Two ninth-grade girls--one in training to be a boxer--talk about how Mrs. Obama has emboldened them to be themselves. Here are some of the many facets of Michelle Obama as she continues to inspire us, a stirring reminder that the best of America once lived in the White House, embodied in one authentic, inclusive, and courageous woman.--Jacket flap.

Inside Camp David : the private world of the presidential retreat

November 20, 2017
Giorgione, Michael, author.
307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The good ship Shangri-La -- Reporting for duty -- Living there -- Happy campers -- The spirit of Camp David -- The lonely sentry -- An unusual duty -- Pew one -- Guesthouse to the world -- Down the mountain -- Changing of the guard -- The true meaning of Camp David.
"Camp David is American diplomacy's secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 summits, the 2000 Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting Presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and, perhaps most importantly, relax. A peaceful mountaintop setting, crucially removed from the constant scrutiny of the press, Camp David has served as both a site of critical diplomacy and unparalleled tranquility. It is where President and Mrs. Reagan rode horses through the mountains, where Gerald Ford could take a moment to jump on a trampoline with his daughter, where Nixon rode shotgun with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and where Jimmy Carter could find the ultimate flight-sledding-only to break his clavicle two weeks before the end of his tenure. Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves."

Out of the woods : the lynch mob & Hillary Clinton

November 20, 2017
Church, Trevor, 1991- author
336 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm.
This book forces readers to examine a harrowing portrait of America - a country that publicly crucified a woman on November 8th, 2016. The psychology, sociology, and anthropology behind the forces that worked endlessly to prevent one woman from taking office are critiqued from a feminist perspective. The truth is revealed - from Trump to Sanders, Russia, the FBI, and the GOP. This is America like you haven't seen it.

Obama : the call of history

November 14, 2017
Baker, Peter, 1967- author.
New York : Callaway, 2017.
319 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Includes index.
This winter of our hardship -- Bring our troops home -- Time to turn the page -- A shellacking -- Justice has been done -- Fought our way back -- Governing by crisis -- Red line -- Haunted by those deaths -- Could have been me -- Never fear to negotiate -- A personal insult -- Epilogue.
Peter Baker's authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama's achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, "doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills."

Trump is f*cking crazy : [this is not a joke]

November 13, 2017
Olbermann, Keith, 1959- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
425 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: Before: the closer. September 2016. 176 reasons Donald Trump shouldn't be president ; The rumormongering about Hillary's health is...deplorable ; The Deplorables redeploy ; King Lear ; Assassination ; Is Trump loyal to the United States? ; The Atlantic wall -- October 2016. Trump and dogs ; The election is inviolable, Trump ; Donald Trump's top fifty excuses ; "Because you'd be in jail" ; Trump's thirty craziest debate events ; Camps, with concentration ; Meltdown ; From Russia with love ; To Trump's supporters: you know this man ; Give us your answer! ; Imagine ; To Johnson and Stein supporters ; To Hillary Clinton voters ; To women voting for Trump ; Trump praises another dictator ; Worse than Watergate -- November 2016, pre-Election Day. The Trumpchurian candidate ; Descending from the clouds ; Trump TV--you think it's for when he loses? ; Goddamned fascist morons ; Another fucking Trump lie ; National suicide ; The terrorists have won -- Part II: After: the Resistance. November 2016, post- Election Day. Post-election, The closer becomes The Resistance ; Pretend ; Alien and sedition ; Twenty-five, section 4 ; Madness ; A reply to Trump's video -- December 2016. We have elected an idiot ; We have elected a shitty businessman ; Batman villains ; Russia ; "I'm, like, a smart person" ; The Electoral College and the compromise of 2016 ; The President-Elect and treason ; Social Security -- January 2017. What did Trump know and when did he stop knowing it? ; Message to a Trump supporter ; He cannot leave it alone ; Guns and Trump ; Answer the question, Trump ; Packing the court of public opinion ; Boycott the inauguration ; Keynote speech to meeting of Democracy Matters ; Another message to his supporters: it's time for Trump to resign ; The media is going to have to rethink its relationship with Trump here ; The apology -- February 2017. Trump has now aided ISIS ; The top fifty crazy and/or impeachable things done by Trump since the inauguration ; For Trump supporters: meet Fatemah ; The arrest of Michael Thomas Flynn ; Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos ; Are these people high or what? ; The suicide of a presidency ; Intel ; He must go ; Tell it to the grand jury ; Call them what they are: a Muslim ban and a purge of Hispanics -- March 2017. The cocoon and anosognosia ; Russia, continued ; The conspiracy peddler in chief ; That speech aged well ; Seven years ; Russia, Russia, Russia ; Russia/wiretap/Comey testimony ; Donald Trump, loser ; I alone can break it ; First to flip gets less jail time ; Could Trump pass a sanity test? -- April 2017. Trump is panicking over Russia ; Flynn and the dog that did nothing in the nighttime ; So-new election? ; The Syria stunt ; A message to President Jackass ; The tale of the tape ; The president is getting crazier ; A gilded coach, you say? ; The White House Russia cover-up ; What are we doing? ; The one hundred days are really just sixty -- May 2017. Trump's plan: sue dissenters ; Trump is panicking again about Russia ; A plea to the free world: for God's sake, ask Trump! ; The health care repeal ; Yates proves Trump's treason ; Follow the money ; You cannot fire the man who is investigating you ; An appeal to the world's intelligence services ; The Trump-Russia cover-up case ; "Some kind of paranoid delusion" ; The tape ; When will Russia "break"'? ; The arrest of Jared Kushner ; There are but two parties now ; Anybody else would've been fired by now ; When Donnie met Sergey ; Trump is now under investigation for collusion and obstruction of justice ; What was that again about Russian hookers? ; Self-destruction ; Does Trump have tapes? Does anybody? ; Firing the special counsel ; The appeasement of Trump.
Since Trump's presidential nomination, Olbermann's web monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. Here he takes our Commander in Chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor.

The lost founding father : John Quincy Adams and the transformation of American politics

November 9, 2017
Cooper, William J., Jr. (William James), 1940- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
xv, 526 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part One: 1767-1817 / Preparation-Diplomacy and Politics -- "To Bring Myself into Notice" -- "Only Virtue and Fortitude" -- "Let There Be...No Deficiency of Earnest Zeal" -- Part Two: 1817-1828 / A Vision of a Nation Realized and Thwarted -- "Perhaps the Most Important Day of My Life" -- "To Meet the Fate to Which I Am Destined" -- Part Three: 1829-1848 / A New Path-Tribulation and Confidence -- "An Overruling Consciousness of Rectitude" -- "The First and Holiest Rights of Humanity" -- "On the Edge of a Precipice Every Step That I Take" -- "Our Country...Is No Longer the Same" -- "Proceed-Persevere-Never Despair."
Profiles the sixth American president, sharing insight into his exposure to the ideas that influenced the Founding Fathers, discussing his European travels, and highlighting his views on slavery.

Billionaire at the barricades : the populist revolution from Reagan to Trump

November 2, 2017
Ingraham, Laura, author.
New York, NY : All Points Books, 2017.
307 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: An early warning sign -- Rebel with a cause : Ronald Reagan and the populist wave -- King George's new world order : the GOP establishment strikes back -- Clinton's perverse populism : from Bubba to Barbra Streisand -- Endless war & shamnesty : "W" is for waste -- The great GOP unifier : Barack Obama unites conservatives, inspires the Tea Party -- The rise of Trump : the Republican presidential primary -- The people's victory : Donald Trump's unconventional convention -- Populism's last stand : the movement's revolutionary win -- Where does it go from here? : President Trump & the populist movement.
Americans didn't just go to the polls in 2016. They joined a movement that swept the unlikeliest of candidates, Donald J. Trump, into the Oval Office. But can he complete his agenda? Or will his opponents in the media, the protestor class, and the bipartisan political establishment block his efforts and choke off the movement he represents? In Billionaire at the Barricades, bestselling author Laura Ingraham--the most-listened-to woman in political talk radio--gives readers a front-row seat to the seminal moments of the populist revolution as she witnessed it. In a work at once personal and prescient, Ingraham reveals the origins of this misunderstood movement and its connection to the Trump presidency. She unmasks the opposition, forecasts the future of the "Make America Great Again" agenda, and offers her own prescriptions for bringing real change to the swamp of Washington. Unlike so many of her media colleagues, Ingraham instantly grasped Trump's appeal and defied those who repeatedly wrote his political obituary. Now she confronts the president's critics and responds to those who deny the bipartisan appeal of his populist, pro-life, pro-growth, American First agenda. The Trump agenda cannot be considered in isolation but is the fulfillment of a movement's yearnings, Ingraham writes. With sharp humor and insight she traces the DNA of the populist movement from Barry Goldwater's quixotic 1964 campaign, to Richard Nixon's Silent Majority, to Ronald Reagan's smashing electoral victories. Populism fueled the insurgency campaigns of Buchanan and Perot, the election of George W. Bush, and the Tea Party rallies during the Obama presidency. But it was a political novice, a Manhattan billionaire, who would prove the movement's most vocal champion. This is the inside story of his victory and the fitful struggle to enact his agenda. Ingraham reveals previously unreported details behind Trump's victory and outlines the pitfalls ahead, mapping out where she thinks the populist revolution should (and will) take this country--whether fully realized by this administration or not. No politically engaged American can afford to ignore Ingraham's definitive take on the past, present, and future of the populist movement. -- Inside jacket flaps.

The simple faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt : religion's role in the FDR presidency

November 1, 2017
Wicker, Christine, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2017]
x, 218 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Plump, pink and nice" -- School days -- Up and comer -- Lead my sheep -- "They will forget I'm a cripple" -- "A day of consecration" -- "The boss, the dynamo, the works" -- "Be ye steadfast" -- "A christian and a democrat" -- Listening to the Almighty -- "Judge me by my enemies" -- God loves peace/God blesses war -- The president and priest.


October 30, 2017
Chernow, Ron, author.
xxiii, 1074 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction: The Sphinx talks -- Part one, A life of struggle: Country bumpkin ; The darling young lieutenant ; Rough and ready ; The son of temperance ; Payday -- Part two, A life of war: The store clerk ; The quiet man ; Twin forts ; Dynamo ; A glittering lie ; Exodus ; Man of iron ; Citadel ; Deliverance ; Above the clouds ; Idol of the hour ; Ulysses the Silent ; Raging storm ; Heavens hung in black ; Caldron of hell ; Chew & choke ; Her satanic majesty ; Dirty boots ; A singular, indescribable vessel -- Part three, A life of peace: Soldierly good faith ; Swing around the circle ; Volcanic passion ; Trading places ; Spoils of war ; We are all Americans ; Sin against humanity ; The darkest blot ; A dance of blood ; Vindication ; A butchery of citizens ; The bravest battle ; Let no guilty man escape ; Saddest of the falls ; Redeemers -- Part four, A life of reflection: The wanderer ; Master spirit ; A miserable dirty reptile ; Taps.
"Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Ron Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency."--Book jacket.

Hoover : an extraordinary life in extraordinary times

October 25, 2017
Whyte, Kenneth, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
xvii, 728 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"A Borzoi Book."
A pretty stiff time -- A whole jug full of experience -- I am the Devil -- The adventures of Hu-hua and Hoo loo -- The late jar rather smashed my nerves -- What lies beyond wealth -- Hard to state without becoming hysterical -- A pirate state organized for benevolence -- Make way for the Almoner of starving Belgium -- A hero in the house of truth -- Inconsolable in the hall of mirrors -- An engineer at the opera -- Meddling with God's economy -- Hoover v. a botched civilization -- Scandal, embarrassment, and the little feller -- Sleepless in good times -- The wonder boy -- Giving genius its chance -- He didn't know where the votes came from -- Nothing to fear but fear itself -- Just when we thought it was over -- It seemed like the end of the world -- The president in his fighting clothes -- A human creature desperately hurt and pained -- Through the abyss in a Buick -- Father of the new conservatism -- Reborn in a darker world -- Epilogue: I admire a lot in Hoover's career.
"The definitive biography of Herbert Hoover, one of the most remarkable and least understood Americans of the twentieth century--a wholly original account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his presidency, and his battle against the Great Depression. An impoverished orphan who built a fortune. A great humanitarian. A president elected in a landslide and then resoundingly defeated four years later. Arguably the father of both New Deal liberalism and modern conservatism, Herbert Hoover lived one of the most extraordinary American lives of the twentieth century. Yet however astonishing, his accomplishments are often eclipsed by the perception that Hoover was inept and heartless in the face of the Great Depression. Now, Kenneth Whyte vividly re-creates Hoover's rich and dramatic life in all its complex glory. He follows Hoover through his Iowa boyhood, his cutthroat business career, his brilliant rescue of millions of lives during World War I and the 1927 Mississippi floods, his misconstrued presidency, his defeat at the hands of Franklin Roosevelt, his devastating years in the political wilderness, his return to grace as Truman's emissary to help European refugees after World War II, and his final vindication in the days of Kennedy's 'New Frontier.' Ultimately, Whyte brings to light Hoover's complexities and contradictions--his modesty and ambition, his ruthlessness and extreme generosity--as well as his profound political legacy. [This] is the epic, poignant story of the deprived boy who, through force of will, made himself the most accomplished figure in the land, and who experienced a range of achievements and failures unmatched by many Americans of his, or perhaps any, era. Here, for the first time, is the definitive biography that fully captures the colossal scale of Hoover's momentous life and volatile times."--Jacket.

Choosing Donald Trump : God, anger, hope, and why Christian conservatives supported him

October 25, 2017
Mansfield, Stephen, 1958- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Baker Books, [2017]
195 pages ; 24 cm
An unlikely champion -- Convergence -- Mixture -- The backstory -- King -- Killer -- Peale -- White -- The appeal -- Johnson -- Obama -- Hillary -- Voice -- Of prophets and presidents -- The art of prophetic distance, part i -- The art of prophetic distance, part ii.

The dangerous case of Donald Trump : 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess a president

October 24, 2017
xix, 360 pages ; 24 cm
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
Foreword: Our witness to malignant normality / Robert Jay Lifton -- Prologue: Professions and politics / Judith Lewis Herman and Bandy X. Lee -- Introduction: Our duty to warn / Bandy X. Lee -- Unbridled and extreme present hedonism : How the leader of the free world has proven time and again he is unfit for duty / Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword -- Pathological narcissism and politics : A lethal mix / Craig Malkin -- I wrote The Art of the Deal with Trump : His self-sabotage is rooted in his past / Tony Schwartz -- Trump's trust deficit is the core problem / Gail Sheehy -- Sociopathy / Lance Dodes -- Donald Trump is: (A) Bad, (B) Mad, (C) All of the above / John D. Gartner -- Why 'crazy like a fox' versus 'crazy like a crazy' really matters : Delusional disorder, admiration of brutal dictators, the nuclear codes, and Trump / Michael J. Tansey -- Cognitive impairment, dementia, and POTUS / David M. Reiss -- Donald J. Trump, alleged incapacitated person : Mental incapacity, the Electoral College, and the Twenty-fifth Amendment / James A. Herb -- Should psychiatrists refrain from commenting on Trump's psychology? / Leonard L. Glass -- On seeing what you see and saying what you know : A psychiatrist's responsibility / Henry J. Friedman -- The issue is dangerousness, not mental illness / James Gillian -- A clinical case for the dangerousness of Donald J. Trump / Diane Jhueck -- Health, risk, and the duty to protect the community / Howard H. Covitz -- New opportunities for therapy in the age of Trump / William J. Doherty -- Trauma, time, truth, and Trump: How a president freezes healing and promotes crisis / Betty P. Teng -- Trump Anxiety Disorder : The Trump effect on the mental health of half the nation and special populations / Jennifer Contarino Panning -- In relationship with an abusive president / Harper West -- Birtherism and the deployment of the Trumpian mind-set / Luba Kessler -- Trump's daddy issues : A toxic mix for America / Steve Wruble -- Trump and the American collective psyche / Thomas Singer -- Who goes Trump? Tyranny as a triumph of narcissism / Elizabeth Mika -- The loneliness of fateful decisions : Social and psychological vulnerability / Edwin B. Fisher -- He's got the world in his hands and his finger on the trigger : The Twenty-fifth Amendment solution / Nanette Gartrell and Dee Mosbacher / Epilogue: Reaching across professions : Noam Chomsky with Bandy X. Lee -- Appendix: Transcript of the Yale Conference (online).
"Since the start of Donald Trump's presidential run, one question has quietly but urgently permeated the observations of concerned citizens: What is wrong with him? Constrained by the American Psychiatric Association's "Goldwater rule," which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to answer this question have shied away from discussing the issue at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both. In The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, twenty-seven psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health experts argue that, in Mr. Trump's case, their moral and civic "duty to warn" America supersedes professional neutrality. They then explore Trump's symptoms and potentially relevant diagnoses to find a complex, if also dangerously mad, man. Philip Zimbardo and Rosemary Sword, for instance, explain Trump's impulsivity in terms of "unbridled and extreme present hedonism." Craig Malkin writes on pathological narcissism and politics as a lethal mix. Gail Sheehy, on a lack of trust that exceeds paranoia. Lance Dodes, on sociopathy. Robert Jay Lifton, on the "malignant normality" that can set into everyday life if psychiatrists do not speak up. His madness is catching, too. From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. It's not in our heads. It's in his."--Jacket.

Thanks, Obama : my hopey changey White House years

October 4, 2017
Litt, David, 1986- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
310 pages ; 24 cm
A note regarding facts -- Introduction. Arugula on Air Force One -- Part one. Obamabot -- The rapture -- How to not land a White House job -- Cleared to work -- the corridors of power -- The salmon in the toilet -- Is Obama toast? -- Going Eastwood -- That first real taste of blood -- Part two. Our (teensy) place in history -- Hitler and Lips -- Juice in purgatory -- The holy war -- In the barrel -- Bucket -- The big rock candy mountain -- The finish line -- Epilogue. Squishing the scorpion.
"A different kind of White House memoir, presidential speechwriter David Litt's comic account of his years spent working with Barack Obama and his reflection on Obama's legacy in the age of Trump. Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss's boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss's boss was President Obama. At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech (the "State of the Union of jokes"), he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments, including Keegan-Michael Key's appearance as Luther, Obama's "anger translator." With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student--a self-described "Obamabot"--to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail? In between lighthearted observations, Litt uses his experience to address one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Donald Trump"-- Provided by publisher.

The unexpected president : the life and times of Chester A. Arthur

September 21, 2017
Greenberger, Scott S., author.
x, 304 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Elder Arthur -- "This Is the Place" -- Bleeding Kansas -- Playing the Game -- Barracks and Blankets -- The Shoddy Aristocracy -- The Lordly Roscoe -- The Collector -- From Grant to Hayes -- His Fraudulency, the President -- "The One I Loved Dearest" -- Dark Horse -- "A Great Deal of Soap" -- "An Ugly Wound" -- A Mysterious Correspondent -- "He Is Our President" -- "A Splendid Henry V" -- A Surprise Visit -- An Attack in Savannah -- "Between Two Stools" -- "Fame is a Bubble" -- Epilogue.
"An exquisitely written, comprehensive biography of Chester A. Arthur, our virtually forgotten 21st president, who unexpectedly occupied the nation's highest office and surprised everyone with his moral character and reformist policies"--Provided by publisher.

Unbelievable : my front-row seat to the craziest campaign in American history

September 20, 2017
Tur, Katy, 1983- author.
xii, 291 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"Katy hasn't even looked up once at me." -- "You'll never be president!" -- "I had to grab Katy and kiss her." -- "She's back there, Little Katy." -- "Katy. It's Donald." -- "Find that asshole Tur!" -- "Pop the trunk. I'm going to run for it." -- "Look at those hands. Are they small hands?" -- "Be quiet. I know you want to, you know, save her." -- "Donald Trump doesn't lose." -- "Grab 'em by the pussy." -- "There's something happening, Katy."
"Called 'disgraceful,' 'third-rate,' and 'not nice' by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on--and took flak from--the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history. Katy Tur lived out of a suitcase for a year and a half, following Trump around the country, powered by packets of peanut butter and kept clean with dry shampoo. She visited forty states with the candidate, made more than 3,800 live television reports, and tried to endure a gazillion loops of Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer'--a Trump rally playlist staple. From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump's inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur, Secret Service agents had to walk her to her car. None of it worked. Facts are stubborn. So was Tur. She was part of the first women-led politics team in the history of network news. The Boys on the Bus became the Girls on the Plane. But the circus remained. Through all the long nights, wild scoops, naked chauvinism, dodgy staffers, and fevered debates, no one had a better view than Tur. [This book] is her darkly comic, fascinatingly bizarre, and often scary story of how America sent a former reality show host to the White House. It's also the story of what it was like for Tur to be there as it happened, inside a no-rules world where reporters were spat on, demeaned, and discredited. Tur was a foreign correspondent who came home to her most foreign story of all. Unbelievable is a must-read for anyone who still wakes up and wonders, Is this real life?"--Jacket.

The impossible presidency : the rise and fall of America's highest office

September 18, 2017
Suri, Jeremi, author.
xxiii, 343 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
Part I. Rise: Origins; First executive; People's president; Poet at war; Progressive president; National healer -- Part II. Fall:Frustrated frontiersmen; Leading actor; Magicians of possibility.
"A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politics" -- provided by publisher.

What happened

September 14, 2017
Clinton, Hillary Rodham, author.
xiv, 494 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Perseverance. Showing up ; Grit and gratitude -- Competition. Get caught trying ; Getting started ; A day in the life -- Sisterhood. On being a woman in politics ; Motherhood, wifehood, daughterhood, sisterhood ; Turning mourning into a movement -- Idealism and realism. Change makers ; Sweating the details ; Making history -- Frustration. Country roads ; Those damn emails ; Trolls, bots, fake news, and real Russians ; Election night ; Why -- Resilience. Love and kindness ; Onward together.
"'In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down.' For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet--the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics. She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future. The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath--both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation."

How to select an American president : improving the process by promoting higher standards

August 23, 2017
George, James A., 1948- author.
xxxviii, 441 pages ; 23 cm
Portion of statement of responsibility taken from cover.
"The authors propose a disciplined approach for evaluating a candidate's resume. In developing such a process, they share the resumes of the former U.S. presidents as well as a scoring method that can be used to compare them and prospective candidates. By examining the credentials and performance of past presidents and using techniques employed by Fortune 500 companies to create a knowledge, skill, experience, and proficiency profile, we can make significant headway in selecting the best candidates."--Back cover.

The people are going to rise like the waters upon your shore : a story of American rage

August 22, 2017
Sexton, Jared, author.
xi, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Part one: Sleep of reason breeds monsters: Canaries in the coal mine ; The American dream is dead ; Nine dead in Charleston ; The ego is not master in its own house ; They're tryin' to win this thing ; Life outside the cloud ; The end of an uneasy truce ; The joke is over -- Part two: The summer of rage: An American horror story ; The road to Ohio ; There will be blood ; A nation forever on the brink ; When the devil's at your door: the Republican National Convention ; The people are going to rise like the waters upon your shore: the Democratic National Convention ; Against all enemies, foreign and domestic ; The Green Party National Convention -- Part three: A new kind of religion: A voice for the people ; A tiger by its tail ; The cult of the movement ; We come to the end ; Anatomy of a car crash ; Waiting for the end of the world -- Epilogue: We the people.
"A firsthand account of the events that shaped the 2016 presidential election and the cultural forces that divided both parties and powered Donald Trump into the White House. Featuring in-the-field reports as well as deep analysis, Sexton's book is the story of the most unexpected and divisive election in modern political history." --

Rogue spooks : the intelligence war on Donald Trump

August 9, 2017
Morris, Dick, author.
279 pages ; 25 cm
Who is behind the intelligence coup? -- Getting the dossier out...with a little help from John McCain -- The dossier -- What were the Brits up to? -- How the intelligence community went from red to blue -- In like Flynn...out like Flynn -- And the leaks kept coming... -- The media invents a scandal: Russian intervention in the U.S. election -- It wasn't the first time -- How the intel community came to pose a threat to democracy.
Asserts that anti-Trump partisans are scheming to overturn the will of the American electorate by paralyzing the Trump presidency.

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.
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.

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