New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

September 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Worst. President. Ever. : James Buchanan, the POTUS rating game, and the legacy of the least of the lesser presidents

September 28, 2016
Strauss, Robert, 1951- author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
xiv, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introducing the worst. President. Ever -- The Young Buck -- Up from Lancaster -- The man who would be president, again and again -- The election of 1856: the most consequential in American history -- The worst presidency begins -- The middle Buchanan presidency: hardly better -- Mr. Buchanan's War -- The legacy of the least of the lesser presidents.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

September 14, 2016
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
399 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the South -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The Great Tantalizer -- Commander in Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory -- In his wake.
"Untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax"--Dust jacket flap.

The gatekeeper : Missy LeHand, FDR, and the untold story of the partnership that defined a presidency

September 12, 2016
Smith, Kathryn, 1956- author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The daring flight to Chicago -- When Missy was Marguerite -- Scion of the Hudson Valley Roosevelts -- The Cuff Links Gang -- Adrift -- Warm Springs -- Don't you dare -- The Governor's girl Friday -- Running for President -- Nothing to fear -- Queen of the White House staff -- The Ambassador to Russia -- Woman of influence -- Mixing work and play -- Polio redux -- Hubris and hell -- Missy knows -- War -- Bitter victory -- Disaster -- The exiled queen -- Going home -- Missy's legacy.
"The first biography of arguably the most influential member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, Marguerite 'Missy' LeHand, FDR's de facto chief of staff, who has been misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history ... until now"-- Provided by publisher.

Faustian bargains : Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the robber baron culture of Texas

September 12, 2016
Mellen, Joan, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xxiii, 359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Texans -- A man of good character -- "He must be a real leader" -- Lyndon Johnson betrays Richard M. Kleberg and George Parr works his magic -- Senator Lyndon Johnson -- Mac Wallace goes to Washington under the auspices of Lyndon Johnson -- The killing of John Douglas Kinser -- Texas justice -- Two Faustian bargains :little Lyndon and Billie Sol -- Enter the Office of Naval Intelligence -- Some Faustian bargains come due : the falls of Billie Sol Estes and Bobby Baker -- Mac Wallace in California -- President Lyndon Johnson, Part I -- President Lyndon Johnson and the USS Liberty : Lyndon Johnson as President, Part II -- Downward spirals -- Billie Sol Estes creates an urban legend -- The fingerprint -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Evaluation and comparison of fingerprints.
"Perhaps no president has a more ambiguous reputation than LBJ. A brilliant tactician, he maneuvered colleagues and turned bills into law better than anyone. But he was trailed by a legacy of underhanded dealings, from his 'stolen' Senate election in 1948 to kickbacks he artfully concealed from deals engineered with Texas wheeler-dealer Billie Sol Estes and defense contractors like his longtime supporter Brown & Root. On the verge of investigation, Johnson was reprieved when he became president upon JFK's assassination. Among the remaining mysteries has been LBJ's relationship to Mac Wallace who, in 1951, shot a Texas man having an affair with LBJ's loose-cannon sister Josefa, also Wallace's lover. When arrested, Wallace coolly said 'I work for Johnson ... I need to get back to Washington.' Charged with murder, he was overnight defended by LBJ's powerful lawyer John Cofer, and though convicted, amazingly received a suspended sentence. He then got high-security clearance from LBJ friend and defense contractor D.H. Byrd, which the Office of Naval Intelligence tried to revoke for 11 years without success. Using crucial Life magazine and Naval Intelligence files and the unredacted FBI files on Mac Wallace, never before utilized by others, investigative writer Joan Mellen skillfully connects these two disparate Texas lives and lends stark credence to the dark side of Lyndon Johnson that has largely gone unsubstantiated"-- Provided by publisher.

George Washington's farewell address

September 8, 2016
Hargrove, Julia.
Carthage, Ill. : Teaching & Learning Co., ©2000.
iv, 48 pages : illustrations, map ; 28 cm.

Five days in Philadelphia : the amazing "We want Wilkie!" convention of 1940 and how it freed FDR to save the Western World

September 8, 2016
Peters, Charles, 1926-
New York : Public Affairs, ©2005.
x, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
1: Danger looms -- "World of tomorrow" -- "A stunning combination of intellect and homely warmth" -- The hurricane of events -- 2: The greatest convention -- "Just the next president of the United States" -- Monday, June 24, 1940 -- Tuesday, June 25, 1940 -- Wednesday, June 26, 1940 -- Thursday, June 27, 1940 -- Friday, June 28, 1940 -- 3: "Saving freedom at a moment of great peril" -- "I still don't want to run" -- "The convention is bleeding to death" -- The deal and the muster -- "Sail on O ship of state!"
There were four strong contenders when the Republican Party met in June of 1940 to nominate its candidate: the crusading young attorney and rising Republican star Tom Dewey, two solid members of the Republican establishment, and dark horse Wendell Willkie, utilities executive, favorite of the literati and only very recently even a Republican. The leading candidates campaigned as isolationists. The charismatic newcomer Willkie was a liberal interventionist, just as anti-Hitler as FDR. After five days of floor rallies, telegrams from across the country, multiple ballots, rousing speeches, backroom deals, terrifying international news, and, most of all, the relentless chanting of "We Want Willkie" from the gallery, Willkie walked away with the nomination. As Peters shows, these five days and their improbable outcome were as important as the Battle of Britain in defeating the Nazis.--From publisher description.

Theodore the great : conservative crusader

August 23, 2016
Ruddy, Daniel, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Part I. The first modern president -- TR's roller coaster reputation -- Delighted defender of family and country -- Misconceptions about TR -- The Bull Moose progressive -- Part II. The making of a conservative reformer -- TR's political education -- TR's run-up to the White House -- Part III. TR as president: domestic policy -- The trust buster myth -- Sidestepping the tariff third rail -- Neglecting currency/banking reform -- Setting the model for labor disputes -- Protecting consumer health and safety -- Conserving natural resources -- Delivering water to the arid west -- Winning, then losing Black voters -- Part IV. TR as president: foreign policy -- Britain: forging the special relationship -- Germany: restraining the Kaiser -- Japan: preventing war in the Pacific -- Panama: making the dirt fly -- Monroe Doctrine: adding a police power -- Part V. Assessing his two terms -- One of the greatest presidents -- Founding father of the American century.

Trump revealed : an American journey of ambition, ego, money, and power

August 23, 2016
Kranish, Michael, author.
x, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue: "Presidential" -- Gold rush : the new land -- Stink bombs, switchblades, and a three-piece suit -- Father and son -- Roy Cohn and the art of the counterattack -- Crossing the bridge -- "Best sex I've ever had" -- All in -- Cold winds -- The chase -- A league of his own -- The great unraveling -- Ratings machine -- The name game -- Empire -- Showman -- Political chameleon -- The worth of a man -- "Trump! Trump! Trump" -- Epilogue: Law and order.
Authoritative, timely, and provocative, this deeply researched biography of Donald Trump provides a complex portrait of the man who--despite broad skepticism--could be the next president of the United States. Despite decades of scrutiny, many aspects of Trump's life are not well known. Few individuals have ever roamed so widely through such diverse realms as real estate, sports, entertainment, and national politics. To discover Trump in full, The Washington Post assembled a team of reporters and researchers to delve into every aspect of his improbable life, from his privileged upbringing in Queens to his astonishing 2016 rise to seize the Republican candidacy for president. Coauthored by Washington Post investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher, this comprehensive book documents Trump's family roots, his aggressive efforts to make a name for himself in New York social circles, and his penchant for big bets--on real estate, branded businesses, and, ultimately, on himself. The authors, seasoned journalists who interviewed Trump for this book, scrutinize everything from his youthful alliance with the power broker Roy Cohn to his alleged dealings with organized crime and his controversial projects in New York City, Atlantic City, Florida, Scotland, and Azerbaijan. The authors examine Trump's wealth, the evolution of his political beliefs, and his peculiar identity as a billionaire businessman, celebrity, global brand, television star, and now candidate for the most powerful office in the world.--Adapted from dust jacket.

The carnival campaign : how the rollicking 1840 campaign of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" changed presidential elections forever

August 23, 2016
Shafer, Ronald G., author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2016]
viii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A compromise candidate -- The first image campaign -- Hello, Columbus -- Old Tip: hero or coward? -- Home sweet log cabin home -- Little Matty -- Palace of splendor -- Showdown in Baltimore -- A Democratic splinter -- Tippecanoe and rallies too -- The first gender gap -- Petticoat power -- Read all about us -- Sing us a song -- The marketing of a candidate -- Going negative: the Democrats fight back -- General Mum speaks -- Old Tip on the campaign trail -- Stump speakers -- The Buckeye Blacksmith -- Money talks -- Stealing votes -- Election returns -- Mr. Harrison goes to Washington -- Death of a president -- And Tyler too.

Hillary : the other woman : a political memoir

August 9, 2016
Kyle, Dolly, author.
xii, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The author, a childhood friend of Hillary Clinton's husband Billy, talks about Hillary Clinton's political career and why she thinks a second Clinton presidency would be a disaster.

Whistlestop : my favorite stories from presidential campaign history

August 5, 2016
Dickerson, John, 1968- author.
New York : Twelve, 2016.
xxi, 439 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Whistlestop tells the human story of nervous gambits hatched in first-floor hotel rooms, failures of will before the microphone, and the cross-country crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. At the bar at the end of a campaign day, these are the stories reporters rehash for themselves and embellish for newcomers. In addition to the familiar tales, Whistlestop is a ride through the American campaign history with one of its most enthusiastic conductors guiding you through the landmarks along the way."--Jacket.

Hillary's America : the secret history of the Democratic Party

July 20, 2016
D'Souza, Dinesh, 1961- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2016]
294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The Hillary enigma -- The land stealer -- Party of slavery -- Segregation now, segregation forever -- The problem of useless people -- Progressivism über alles -- The education of a mafiosa -- The enabler -- Partners in crime -- Republicans to the rescue.
Dinesh D'Souza is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton's flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth. D'Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth

July 13, 2016
Byrne, Paula, author.
New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
x, 342 pages : illustrations, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Among Rose and Joe Kennedy's children the fourth child, Kathleen, stood out. Known as Kick, she was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. When her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick shocked and alienated her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family-- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. The marriage only lasted a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, four years before Kick's own death in an airplane crash. Byrne shines a spotlight on this feisty Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her family's history.

The bellwether : why Ohio picks the president

July 13, 2016
Kondik, Kyle, author.
Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2016]
xv, 172 pages: illustrations, maps; 23 cm
"Since 1896, Ohio voters have failed to favor the next president only twice (in 1944 and 1960). Time after time, Ohio has found itself in the thick of the presidential race, and 2016 is shaping up to be no different. What about the Buckeye State makes it so special? In The Bellwether, Kyle Kondik, managing editor for the nonpartisan political forecasting newsletter Sabato's Crystal Ball, blends data-driven research and historical documentation to explain Ohio's remarkable record as a predictor of presidential results and why the state is essential to the 2016 election and beyond. Part history, part journalism, this entertaining and astute guide proposes that Ohio has been the key state in the Electoral College for more than a century and examines what the idea of the swing state has come to mean. In discussing the evidence, Kondik uses the state's oft-mentioned status as a microcosm of the nation as a case study to trace the evolution of the American electorate, and identifies which places in Ohio have the most influence on the statewide result. Finally, he delves into the answer to the question voting Ohioans consider every four years: Will their state remain a bellwether, or is their ability to pick the president on its way out?"-- Provided by publisher.

Armageddon : how Trump can beat Hillary

July 8, 2016
Morris, Dick, author.
xv, 238 pages ; 24 cm
A dozen reasons Hillary Clinton should not be president -- How to beat Hillary -- Using the right jab to bring out our base -- Throw the left hook!-- destroy the Obama/Hillary base -- Peel away Hillary's base constituencies -- Can Donald Trump win?
"Timed for the critical presidential election season, New York Times bestselling author and noted political commentator Dick Morris provides a strategy for winning back the White House in 2016..."-- Provided by publisher.


July 6, 2016
Smith, Jean Edward, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xxii, 808 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
The wilderness years -- Turnaround -- "Don't mess with Texas" -- Governor -- The 2000 election -- The rule of law -- Inauguration -- March of the Hegelians -- Asleep at the switch -- Toppling the Taliban -- "L'état c'est moi" -- The torture trail -- Waging aggressive war: the prelude -- Invasion -- Mission accomplished -- Four more years -- Katrina -- Perils of a second term -- The mess in Mesopotamia -- Rummy walks the plank -- Bush takes command -- Aids -- Quagmire of the vanities -- Financial Armageddon -- Finis.

Crisis of character : a White House Secret Service officer discloses his firsthand experience with Hillary, Bill, and how they operate

July 6, 2016
Byrne, Gary J., author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
xiii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
The vase -- The Air Force security police -- Club Fed -- To the White House -- Meet the new boss -- The boy from Hope, Arkansas -- "Billary" -- Clinton world -- Oklahoma City -- Mole -- Wild Bill -- USSS work environment -- Tours and JJRTC -- Mud drag: part I -- Mud drag: part II -- "Commence firing!" -- New skies -- Cyprus.
A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

Going red : the two million voters who will elect the next president--and how conservatives can win them

July 6, 2016
Morrissey, Ed, author.
New York : Crown Forum, [2016]
230 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: The Illusion Shatters -- Florida: Hillsborough County: Everytown, America -- Ohio: Hamilton County: Anchor Of The Buckeye State -- North Carolina: Wake County: Smartsville, USA -- Virginia: Prince William County: Republican Retreat Or Democratic Surge? -- Wisconsin: Brown County: Titletown, USA -- Colorado: Jefferson County: Battleground Of The West -- New Hampshire: Hillsborough County: All Politics Is Local -- Conclusion: Learning The Lesson -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
"Popular conservative radio host and blogger Ed Morrissey argues that the fate of conservatism hangs on the 2016 election--and on a mere seven counties that will decide the whole race.Together, these counties are home to only 5 million people (that is, 1.5% of the American population), but it was in these communities that Barack Obama won the 2008 and 2012 elections, and in 2016, they hold the key to the states Republicans must win in order to take back the White House. For Republicans, this is bad news and good news. Bad news, because all seven of the counties pulled for Obama in one or both of the last two elections; good news, because they all voted for George W. Bush in 2004, and due to the Democrats' misadventures under the Obama administration, the door is open for Republicans to win these counties--and the presidency--once again, making a decisive mandate against progressivism for the generation to come. Going Red will take readers inside these battlegrounds, weaving never-before-seen data into human portraits that illuminate why these communities have changed from Republican to Democrat, why the Obama administration has disappointed them, and what conservatives can do to win them back in this election cycle--and beyond. With echoes of Nate Silver, Dick Morris, and Charles Murray, this is a timely and crucial book for anyone who cares about conservatism's future"-- Provided by publisher.

A child's first book of Trump

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

William Howard Taft : the travails of a progressive conservative

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

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

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

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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