New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

November 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

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

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

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

41 : a portrait of my father

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

The stranger : Barack Obama in the White House

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

George H. W. Bush : character at the core

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

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story

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

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

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

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

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

The return of George Washington : 1783-1789

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

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

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

Founders' son : a life of Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

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

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

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

Inside Marine One : four U.S. Presidents, one proud Marine, and the world's most amazing helicopter

September 10, 2014
L'Heureux, Ray, 1961-
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
210 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
A young boy dreams of flying -- From Bravo Company to HMX-1 -- My first tour -- Sea kings and white hawks -- Becoming the commander of HMX-1 -- Getting to know the president -- Keeping the fleet flying -- Flying the Commander in Chief around the globe -- Marine One, out.
Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux always dreamed of being a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the earth. When he was twelve, his mom treated him to a flying lesson at the local airfield. Taken on a short flight by an instructor and allowed to operate the controls for part of the flight, he was hooked forever. It wasn't until he was running low on college funds and saw a recruiter at his college that he joined the Marines and began the journey towards his dream from Parris Island to Bravo Company and, then, officer training school. One day at an airfield when President Reagan landed on this way to a fundraiser, Frenchy's life changed forever when encountered HMX1, the squadron that flies the President in Marine One. When he saw the white-topped Sea King and White Hawk helicopters, he was determined to become part of that elite group. Inside Marine One is Col. L'Heureux's inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of flying, trained, studied and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. It's also a personal guided tour inside the world's most famous helicopter by a man who knows that flying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard and finally flew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.

The Roosevelts : an intimate history

September 8, 2014
Ward, Geoffrey C.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xii, 503 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Get action : 1858-1901 -- In the arena : 1901-1910 -- The fire of life : 1910-1919 -- The storm : 1920-1933 -- The rising road : 1933-1939 -- The common cause : 1939-1944 -- A strong and active faith : 1944-1962.
An extraordinarily vivid and personal portrait of America's greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation--the tie-in volume to the PBS documentary to air in the fall of 2014.

Harold and Jack : the remarkable friendship of prime minister Macmillan and President Kennedy

September 8, 2014
Sandford, Christopher, 1956-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Mending fences -- Ancient and modern -- Operation rose -- Special relationships -- "The problems which now confront us are really terrifying" -- Avoiding the rogue elephant -- To the brink -- Family feud -- The men who saved the world -- Aftermath.

Before the storm : Barry Goldwater and the unmaking of the American consensus

September 4, 2014
Perlstein, Rick, 1969-
New York : Nation Books, 2009, c2001.
xiv, 671 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: New York : Hill and Wang, 2001.
"Combining prodigious research with journalistic flair, Rick Perlstein. . .has produced a detailed and dramatic narrative of the rise of the modern right...It's an amazing story, and Perlstein, a man of the left, does it justice."--William Kristol, "The New York Times Book Review" "Daring, virtuosic writing, and encyclopedic mastery make . . . [Before the Storm] one of the most stylish, riveting achievements in narrative history to appear in years . . . An exciting volume, an outstanding debut. It goes beyond conservatism. It ups the ante on what popular history can, and should, do."-- Mark Greif, "The Village Voice" .

Eisenhower : a life

August 28, 2014
Johnson, Paul, 1928-
New York : Viking, 2014.
136 pages ; 24 cm
Evolution of the perfect staff officer -- Learning to command millions -- The destruction of Nazi Germany -- Running a top university -- A fair campaign for the White House -- The presidential art of balance -- The best decade in American history.
Acclaimed historian Paul Johnson's lively, succinct biography of Dwight D. Eisenhower explores how his legacy endures today with a focus on Eisenhower's years as a five-star general and his time as the thirty-fourth President of the United States.

The way forward : renewing the American idea

August 12, 2014
Ryan, Paul, 1970-
New York : Twelve, 2014.
xii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
"The way forward challenges conventional thinking, outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward. The way forward also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole--its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, The way forward argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals. "-- Provided by publisher.

The greatest comeback : how Richard Nixon rose from defeat to create the new majority

August 6, 2014
Buchanan, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1938-
New York : Crown Forum, [2014]
392 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A loser in a party of losers -- Rapprochement with the right -- Comeback year -- Manila questions -- New recruits -- The Six-Day War and after -- "Year of the dropout" -- Assassinations and anarchy -- The wild card -- Montauk and Miami Beach -- At the "Comrade Hilton" -- Hearing footsteps.
The former Nixon advisor and best-selling author of Churchill, Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War" traces the unanticipated political rise of the 37th President just six years after his gubernatorial loss, sharing insights into how he resurrected his career and reunited a divided Republican Party.

New York Jackie : pictures from her life in the city

July 31, 2014
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2014.
pages cm
"As familiar as we are with images of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the charming former first lady, fewer know the dynamic woman who called New York City home. Shortly after JFK's assassination in 1963, Jackie moved to Manhattan and lived there for the next three decades. This intimate collection of photographs celebrates her life in the city as a mother, book editor, style icon, and most of all, a New Yorker. Eating ice cream with her kids on Fifth Avenue, working with authors at Doubleday Books, riding her bike through Central Park--these images capture the real-life joy, creative passion, and effortless grace of New York Jackie"-- Provided by publisher.

The First Family detail : Secret Service agents reveal the hidden lives of the presidents

July 31, 2014
Kessler, Ronald, 1943- author.
New York : Crown Forum, [2014]
x, 258 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Regular Joe" Biden -- Hillary -- Clandestine movements -- POTUS -- The stripper -- Sifting threats -- Penny-pincher -- Wilmington shuttle -- Advance -- Peanut farmer -- White House collar -- Boys will be boys -- A bullet for the President -- Nancy -- Corner cutting -- "Keep your head down" -- Hawkeye -- Energizer -- Dallas -- Operation Moonlight -- Missing sunglasses -- Watch the hands -- Throwing a fit -- Exposing Romney to danger -- Intrusion -- Risking assassination -- Secret Service chronology.
Since publication of his bestselling book In the President's Secret Service, investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner. Now, Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories about our nation's leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on First Ladies, their children, and their relationships with the presidents. From observing reckless behavior that threatens the country's safety, to escorting presidential mistresses, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a secret world that Ronald Kessler exposes in breathtaking detail.--From publisher description.

Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine

July 24, 2014
Halper, Daniel, author.
New York, NY : Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xxv, 319 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Brand management -- Hillary's redemption -- On their own -- Charm offensives -- Seducing the Bushes -- Death defiers -- Out of control -- The bubble -- The deal -- Daddy's little girl -- Chasing Hillary -- The road to coronation.
In 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House under a cloud, dogged by scandals and investigations. Even many Democrats were glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a new reputation as a global humanitarian and elder statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become a powerful and respected figure in his cabinet. Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in America--respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons' remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation, backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for wealth and power. Here, Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents, and candid interviews with friends, allies, and former enemies of the Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations, reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves for even greater success. Halper describes in intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works; provides new insights into their deals and friendships; and a comprehensive Republican effort to bring their ambitions to a halt.--From publisher description.

The Nixon tapes

July 16, 2014
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xxiii, 758 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The start of taping to the China Announcement, February-July 1971 -- The collapse of the gold standard to the India-Pakistan War, August-December 1971 -- Summit planning and escalation in Vietnam, January-May 1972 -- The road to reelection and the end of the war, June 1972-January 1973.
"The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius"-- Provided by publisher.

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