New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

February 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The meaning of Michelle : 16 writers on the iconic first lady and how her journey inspires our own

January 26, 2017
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
xiii, 220 pages ; 22cm
Preface / Ava Duvernay -- Introduction: Homegirls / Veronica Chambers -- Michelle in high cotton / Benilde Little -- Crushing on Michelle : or, The unapologetic power of Blackness / Damon Young -- The composer and the brain : a conversation about music, marriage, power, creativity, partnership ... and the Obamas / Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran -- Lady O and King Bey / Brittney Cooper -- We go way back / Ylonda Gault Caviness -- Two Black first ladies walk into a room / Chirlane McCray -- Becoming the wife / Cathi Hanauer -- On being flawlessly imperfect / Tiffany Dufu -- She slays : Michelle Obama & the power of dressing like you mean it / Tanisha C. Ford -- Cooking with a narrative / Marcus Samuelsson -- Michelle Obama : representational justice / Sarah Lewis -- The freedom to be yourself / Karen Hill Anton -- She loves herself when she is laughing : Michelle Obama, taking down a stereotype and co-creating a presidency / Rebecca Carroll -- The best of wives and best of women / Phillipa Soo -- Making space / Roxane Gay.
"Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world... This collection presents a chorus of diverse voices with smart, engaging perspectives on Michelle Obama."-- Adapted from back cover.

Three days in January : Dwight Eisenhower's final mission

January 25, 2017
Baier, Bret. author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2017]
xviii, 346 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part one: The setting. The measure of Ike ; Ike in command ; A nonpolitician in the political arena ; Ike's hidden card -- Part two: The speech. Farewell in black and white ; Intimacy and interdependence ; The hostile landscape ; Dust to dust ; The military-industrial complex -- Part three: The final mission. An unknowable successor ; The day before ; The passage ; A spring day at Camp David.
January 1961: President Eisenhower has three days to secure the nation's future before his young successor, John F. Kennedy, takes power--a final mission by the legendary leader who planned D-Day and guided America through the darkening Cold War. Bret Baier, the Chief Political Anchor for Fox News Channel, illuminates the underappreciated presidency of Dwight Eisenhower by taking readers into Ike's last days in power.--Adapted from dust jacket.

A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama

January 19, 2017
D'Antonio, Michael, author.
©2016
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ending the Great Recession : it was the economy, stupid -- Auto industry rescue : "the doomsayers were wrong" -- Health care reform : saving Spike Dolomite -- Energy : sun, wind, and market forces -- Environment : saving the planet -- Foreign policy : Obama's world -- Education : racing to the top -- Financial reform : boring is better -- Equality : expectations, limits, progress -- Unfinished business (and failures) -- Postscript: the benefits of cool -- Addendum: Antagonism and false alarms.
Recounts the accomplishments of President Obama during his eight years in office, considering his major successes and how he was able to govern while facing both racial hostility and unrealistic expectations.

The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama

January 12, 2017
Ifill, Gwen.
New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
300 pages ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
Breaking through -- The generational divide -- Barack Obama -- The race/gender clash -- Artur Davis -- Legacy politics -- Cory Booker -- The politics of identity -- Deval Patrick -- The next wave.
The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.

Love triangle : Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, & Nancy Davis

January 5, 2017
Porter, Darwin. author
©2014
662 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Place of publication from page 662.
All the gossip unfit to print. Hot, unauthorized, and unapologetic! -- Cover.
Long before two of its members became the most publicized leaders of the Free World, they were part of an amorous, "winner-take-all" love triangle that rocked Hollywood. Published after decades of research, this triple biography focuses on the one of the strangest three-sided love affairs in presidential history. Read about the bizarre entanglements of Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, and a failed, B-List starlet-Nancy Davis-who eventually evolved into one of the most controversial (and demanding) First Ladies in American history.

The wars of the Roosevelts : the ruthless rise of America's greatest political family

December 29, 2016
Mann, William J., author.
©2016
x, 609 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Prologue: The larger picture, 1960 -- Cain and Abel, 1890-1891 -- Everything to fear, 1893-1894 -- Popular and powerful, 1903-1905 -- A shot, 1912 -- Believing more than ever before, 1918-1920 -- Rough stunts, 1924-1925 -- The future and the past, 1932 -- Changing the world, 1936-1938 -- Terrific responsibility, 1943-1945 -- Epilogue: The last sortie, 1962.
Drawing on historical documents and interviews with the long-silent 'illegitimate' branch of the family, celebrity biographer William J. Mann paints a group portrait of this legendary family ... Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs from Elliott's archives, The Wars of the Roosevelts is a deeply psychological history, illuminating not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.--Adapted from publisher description.

Our revolution : a future to believe in

December 8, 2016
Sanders, Bernard, author.
©2016
450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
How do we turn out the way we do? -- My political life in Vermont -- Thinking about running -- How do you run a presidential campaign? -- The campaign begins -- On the campaign trail -- Defeating oligarchy -- The decline of the American middle class -- Ending a rigged economy -- Health care for all -- Making higher education affordable -- Combating climate change -- Real criminal justice reform -- Immigration reform now -- Protecting our most vulnerable -- Corporate media and the threat to our democracy.
"In Our Revolution, Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial, and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment, and provide health care for all -- and ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For him, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on."--Provided by publisher.

Brother Bill : President Clinton and the politics of race and class

November 28, 2016
Carter, Daryl A., author.
©2016
xi, 322 pages : 23 cm
Includes bibliographical reference (pages 287-300) and index.

Eleanor Roosevelt

November 18, 2016
Cook, Blanche Wiesen.
New York, NY : Viking, 1992-2016.
3 v. : ill. ; 24 cm.
v. 1. 1884-1933 -- v. 2. 1933-1938 -- v. 3. 1939-1962.

The conservative case for Trump

October 26, 2016
Schlafly, Phyllis, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2016]
xix, 260 pages ; 19 cm
Immigration invasion -- Rotten trade deals -- Political correctness kills -- Restraining judicial activism -- Education that educates -- A family man -- Petty tyranny -- Military superiority -- Giving back -- Trump or a new Constitutional Convention.
"From Phyllis Schlafly, the woman whose celebrated classic A Choice Not An Echo (over 3 million copies sold) upended the 1964 Republican Convention, comes a persuasive new argument for a surprising conservative choice: Donald Trump. For the first time since 1980, a significant number of Republicans are considering abandoning their party's nominee. This is a grave mistake, Schlafly says-because a Donald Trump "radical redirection" could actually set America back on the path of Reagan's conservative revolution. In The Conservative Case for Trump, Schlafly and her coauthors Ed Martin and Brett M. Decker set aside the circus of the campaign and zero in on eight defining points of the Trump agenda to convince Republican voters that Donald Trump-improbable as it may seem-is the true conservative we've been waiting for"-- Provided by publisher.

The general vs. the president : MacArthur and Truman at the brink of nuclear war

October 25, 2016
Brands, H. W., author.
©2016
437 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Prologue -- Part One. Two Roads up the Mountain -- Part Two. Test of Nerve -- Part Three. An Entirely New War -- Part Four. The General and the President -- Part Five. Fade Away.
"From master storyteller and historian H.W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II."-- Provided by publisher.

Inside the Clinton White House : an oral history

October 25, 2016
Riley, Russell L. (Russell Lynn), 1958- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xiii, 441 pages ; 25 cm.
Preface -- Editorial Note -- Part I: Beginnings. The Man Who Would be President : Prelude to the White House ; The Decision ; The Announcement "Ideas Primary" ; Staffing the Campaign ; Vertigo : The New Hampshire Primary ; Competitors, Issues, and Style ; The Manhattan Project and the Veep ; The Democratic National Convention and the Bus Tour ; The General Election Campaign-Clinton vs. George H. W. Bush ; The View from the Other Side ; The Transition to Governing -- Part II: Domestic and Economic Policy. Out of the Gate : Deciding on What to Do First ; The 1993 Budget and the Stimulus Package ; NAFTA ; Health Care ; Welfare Reform ; A Domestic Reform President -- Part III: Foreign Policy. A New Foreign Policy for a New World Order ; Haiti ; Africa ; The Balkans ; Northern Ireland ; Bill Clinton and the World ; With Foreign Leaders -- Part IV: Politics and the Clinton White House. Inside the Washington Community ; Republican Revolution-and Recovery ; The Reelection and Productive Middle Years, 1996-97 ; Scandals-and Impeachment -- Part V: Clinton and His Team. Clinton's Intellect ; Clinton's Operating Style ; The Man in the Office ; Al Gore ; Hillary ; White House Staff -- Epilogue : Observations on the Clinton Legacy.
"In the decade after Bill Clinton left the White House, scores of his closest aides recorded interviews with the University of Virginia's Presidential Oral History Program. The contents of these interviews are published for the first time in this volume. Based on 400 hours of candid conversations, Inside the Clinton White House adds color and nuance to our understanding of Bill Clinton and his administration"-- Provided by publisher.

American Ulysses : a life of Ulysses S. Grant

October 18, 2016
White, Ronald C. (Ronald Cedric), 1939- author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xxvii, 826 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part I. Formation 1630-1848 -- "My family is American" -- "My Ulysses" -- West Point -- "My Dear Julia" -- "Either by treaty or the sword" -- "Army of invasion" -- Part II. Trial 1848-1861 -- Panama -- "Forsaken" -- "Hardscrabble" -- Galena -- Part II. Transformation 1861-1865 -- "I am in to do all I can" -- Belmont -- "Unconditional surrender" -- Shiloh -- William Tecumseh Sherman -- "More than forty Richmonds" -- Vicksburg -- Chattanooga -- "Washington's legitimate successor" -- "The wilderness" -- Robert E. Lee -- Petersburg -- Appomattox -- Part IV. Reconstruction 1865-1868 -- "I will keep my word" -- "More & more radical" -- "Let us have peace" -- Part V. President 1869-1877 -- "Gold panic" -- "A radical change in Indian policy" -- "Foreign relations" -- Ku Klux Klan -- The Gilded Age -- "Malfeasance!" -- Centennial crisis -- Part VI. World citizen 1879-1885 -- American ambassador -- Grant & Ward -- Final campaign -- Epilogue.
A "biography of one of America's greatest generals-- and most misunderstood presidents"-- Amazon.com.

Waging war : the clash between presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS

October 18, 2016
Barron, David J., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xiv, 560 pages : black and white illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Part 1. Foundings -- The Revolutionary War -- The founding -- Quasi war -- The good officer -- The man on horseback -- Antebellum -- Part 2. Civil War and its aftermath -- Confronting secession -- The war comes -- The war ends -- Imperialism -- Part 3. World wars -- The Great War -- Preparing for World War II -- Total war -- Part 4. Cold War and beyond -- Korea and absolute war powers -- War in Indochina and congressional resurgence -- The imperial presidency and the end of the President's war -- The new normal -- Post-Cold War -- The global war on terrorism -- Iraq -- Epilogue.
The history of the ongoing struggle between the presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war. The Constitution states that it is Congress that declares war, but it is the presidents who have more often taken us to war and decided how to wage it. In Waging War, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals David Barron opens with an account of George Washington and the Continental Congress over Washington's plan to burn New York City before the British invasion. Congress ordered him not to, and he obeyed. Barron takes us through all the wars that followed: 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American war, World Wars One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now, most spectacularly, the War on Terror. Congress has criticized George W. Bush for being too aggressive and Barack Obama for not being aggressive enough, but it avoids a vote on the matter. By recounting how our presidents have declared and waged wars, Barron shows that these executives have had to get their way without openly defying Congress. Waging War shows us our country's revered and colorful presidents at their most trying times--Washington, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Johnson, both Bushes, and Obama. Their wars have made heroes of some and victims of others, but most have proved adept at getting their way over reluctant or hostile Congresses. The next president will face this challenge immediately--and the Constitution and its fragile system of checks and balances will once again be at the forefront of the national debate.

Herbert Hoover : a life

October 13, 2016
Jeansonne, Glen, 1946- author.
New York : New American Library, 2016.
vii, 455 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A Quaker orphan on the frontier -- Cardinal red -- The great engineer -- The great humanitarian -- Samaritan to a continent -- Secretary of commerce, locomotive of the economy -- Into the White House -- Getting a grip on the presidency -- Holding a finger in the dike -- Fighting the Depression -- Democracy is a harsh employer -- Challenging the New Deal -- Politics and diplomacy before the second great war -- The maelstrom of war -- The Truman years -- The Republicans return to power -- Tempest and triumph.
"Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover--dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. During the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute--arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a "do-nothing" president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged Congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America's prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR's government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles--a legacy reignited by Ronald Reagan that still endures today."--Dust jacket.

John Adams's republic : the one, the few, and the many

October 11, 2016
Ryerson, Richard Alan, 1942- author.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
xii, 555 pages ; 26 cm
Introduction: the evolution of a distinctive republican vision -- Part I. Adams moves to the center -- A provincial reverence for the British Constitution, 1735-1767 -- The discovery of the republic, 1768-1772 -- Realm versus dominion, 1773-1774 -- From imperial dominion to autonomous republic, 1774-1775 -- Building a republican orthodoxy, 1775-1776 -- Part II. Adams on his own -- Defending executive authority, 1775-1779 -- An education in American aristocracy, 1775-1783 -- Redefining the republican tradition, 1784-1787 -- John Adams's republic in republican America, 1787-1800 -- A retrospective retirement, 1801-1826 -- Conclusion: memory and desire in revolutionary politics.
Scholars have examined John Adams's writings and beliefs for generations, but no one has brought such impressive credentials to the task as Richard Alan Ryerson in John Adams's Republic. The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams's political thought and its development. Of all the founding fathers, Ryerson argues, John Adams may have worried the most about the problem of social jealousy and political conflict in the new republic. Ryerson explains how these concerns, coupled with Adams's concept of executive authority and his fear of aristocracy, deeply influenced his political mindset. He weaves together a close analysis of Adams's public writings, a comprehensive chronological narrative beginning in the 1760s, and an exploration of the second president's private diary, manuscript autobiography, and personal and family letters, revealing Adams's most intimate political thoughts across six decades.

Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady

October 10, 2016
Quinn, Susan, 1940- author.
©2016
404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
UNEXPECTED LOVE -- Beginning to trust -- Eleanor according to Hick -- Je t'aime et je t'adore -- Lorena -- Eleanor -- Getaway -- BECOMING A TEAM -- Partnership -- La Presidenta and the newshawk -- Getting away with it -- Now or never -- Blowing off -- Looking for a home -- TOGETHER AND APART -- Trading jobs -- This place! -- Time tears on -- THE WORLD AT WAR -- Afraid no more -- A better politician than her husband -- In residence -- In it, up to the neck -- Risking everything -- A fight for love and glory -- Winning with the women -- There is only one President -- The greatest catastrophe for the world -- STARTING OVER -- Sliding on marble floors -- The opinion of mankind -- A new way to be useful -- Living on.
"In 1933, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life--now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after escaping an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next to the First Lady's. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column 'My Day,' and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick urged her to continue to use her popularity for important causes--advice Eleanor took by leading the UN's postwar Human Rights Commission. At every turn, the bond between these two women was grounded in their determination to better their troubled world. Deeply researched and told with great warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history"--Publisher description.

The year of voting dangerously

October 6, 2016
Dowd, Maureen, author.
©2016
xxxi, 432 pages ; 24 cm
"Here's the beauty of me." -- Interlude : making America grate again (the quotable DJT, part 1) -- High rise of the short-fingered vulgarian (DJT from back in the day...) -- Interlude : the escalator down (the quotable DJT, part 2) -- Stacking the deck with the woman card -- Interlude : living history (one email at a time) -- Hillary's long trudge up--and on--the Hill : parodying an election beyond parody : SNL's Lorne Michaels and Kate Mckinnon dish on politcal humor -- Meanwhile on Planet Vulcan... -- Interlude by Kevin Dowd : Is Trump the hero or the enema? -- Gasping Old Party -- Interlude by Rita Beamish : the loathsome Trump -- Escape from Bushworld -- Interlude by Peggy Dowd : a life of voting dangerously -- Unconventional conventions.
A noted political columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever, the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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