These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
July 21, 2015
Gellman, Irwin F.
xviii, 791 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
More than half a century after Eisenhower left office, the history of his presidency is so clouded by myth, partisanship, and outright fraud that most people have little understanding of how Ike's administration worked or what it accomplished. We know-or think we know-that Eisenhower distrusted his vice president, Richard Nixon, and kept him at arm's length; that he did little to advance civil rights; that he sat by as Joseph McCarthy's reckless anticommunist campaign threatened to wreck his administration; and that he planned the disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. None of this is true. This book reveals a different Eisenhower, and a different Nixon. Ike trusted and relied on Nixon, sending him on many sensitive overseas missions. Eisenhower, not Truman, desegregated the military. Eisenhower and Nixon, not Lyndon Johnson, pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 through the Senate. Eisenhower was determined to bring down McCarthy and did so.
July 15, 2015
Van Doren, Adam, 1962- author.
Boston : David R. Godine Publisher, 2015.
189 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 32 cm
Map on lining papers.
Foreword by David McCullough -- Introduction -- Springwood, Hyde Park, New York Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, New York Teddy Roosevelt -- Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia Thomas Jefferson -- Mount Vernon, Virginia George Washington -- Peacefield, Quincy, Massachusetts John Adams / John Quincy Adams -- Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine George H. W. Bush -- Woodrow Wilson Home, Washington DC Woodrow Wilson -- John F. Kennedy House, Brookline, MA Joe and Rose Kennedy Home, Hyannis Port, MA John F. Kennedy -- Wheatland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania James Buchanan -- Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont Calvin Coolidge -- Lindenwald, Kinderhook, New York Martin Van Buren -- Harry Truman Home, Independence, Missouri Harry S. Truman -- Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford, Texas George W. Bush -- Jimmy Carter Historic Site, Plains, Georgia Jimmy Carter -- Epilogue: The White House, Washington DC -- Brief Biographies of the Presidents -- A Gallery of Presidents' Homes -- Acknowledgments.
Pre-eminent historian David McCullough and noted artist Adam Van Doren unite for an excursion to the celebrated homes of fifteen American presidents, past and present.
July 2, 2015
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
257 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Archery and the race issue -- Navy years -- Back to Georgia -- Atlanta to Washington -- Life in the White House -- Issues mostly resolved -- Problems still pending -- Back home.
In this autobiography, President Carter "tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"--Amazon.com.
June 22, 2015
Lambert, Lois J., author.
xiv, 206 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
"Volume I of the series The Generals' ladies."
Environs of childhood: Missouri -- Environs of childhood: Ohio -- The courtship -- The marriage of Ulysses and Julia -- A long separation -- Farewell to Army life -- Threats of war.
"The attraction of this couple may appear to the casual observer as the most unlikely of relationships. They experienced quite different circumstances, which included wildly diverse economic and social conditions as well as polar opposite political views during their childhood and developmental years. The prospect of theirs ever being one of the most deep and devoted love stories of the time would have seemed to most observers as highly unlikely, if not impossible. Through all their challenges--financial reversals, the Civil War, and the great responsibilities Grant faced on the field of battle, their unwavering love for and devotion to each other held firm."--Publisher's description.
June 19, 2015
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xi, 369 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
June 11, 2015
Thomas, Evan, 1951-
New York : Random House, 2015.
xv, 619 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The fatalistic optimist -- Part I. The striver -- Lives of great men remind us -- Pat and Dick -- The greenest congressman -- Rock 'em, sock 'em -- Checkers -- "El gringo tiene cajones" -- Jack -- Over the wall we go -- The new Nixon -- October surprise -- Part II. At the mountaintop -- "He loves being P!" -- Statesman and mad man -- "Need for joy" -- Silent majority -- The movie goer -- Hippies and hardhats -- Department of dirty tricks -- Father of the bride -- "Blow the safe" -- Part III. The fall -- Big plays -- Speak quietly -- Triumph and tragedy -- "An exciting prospect" -- Peace at last -- Ides of March -- Praying not to wake up -- Saturday Night Massacre -- "I hope I haven't let you down" -- "Richard! Wake up!" -- Elder statesman -- Epilogue: Rise again.
May 13, 2015
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.
May 8, 2015
Brands, H. W.
New York : Doubleday, .
805 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prairie idyll : 1911-1934 -- The golden west : 1935-1962 -- A time for choosing : 1962-1980 -- Heroic dreams : 1980-1983 -- A worthy adversary : 1984-1986 -- The frosty Iceland air : 1986-1988 -- A ranch in the sky : 1989-2004.
"From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling biographer H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the first full life of Ronald Reagan since his death. Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, H. W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the twentieth century. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty. Reagan sought to restore democracy by bolstering capitalism. In Brands's telling, how Reagan, who voted four times for FDR, engineered a conservative transformation of American politics is both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. In Hollywood, Reagan edged closer to public service as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild, before a stalled film career led to his unlikely reinvention as the voice of General Electric and a spokesman for corporate America. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. Brands employs archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era"-- Provided by publisher.
May 6, 2015
Jordan, Jonathan W., 1967-
New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 
xvi, 607 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"New powers of destruction" ; Three minutes ; "The hand that held the dagger" ; "Fewer and better Roosevelts" ; The New Deal war ; "One-fifty-eight" ; The parable of the garden hose ; Inching into war ; Beggars banquet ; Last stand of the old guard ; Year of the snake ; Kido butai -- Part two: A new doctor. Kicking over anthills ; "Do your best to save them" ; "O.K. F.D.R." ; "There are times when men have to die" ; "Inter arma silent leges" ; Rolling in the deep ; Sharks and lions ; "Lights of perverted science" ; Midway's glow ; "The burned child dreads fire" ; Chairman of the Board ; Along the watchtower ; Girdles, beer, and coffee ; The devil's bridge ; "Hollywood and the Bible" ; "A war of personalities" ; Blind spots ; Stickpins ; The first casualty ; Landings, Luzon, and Lady Lex ; "A vital difference of faith" ; Plains of Abraham ; The indispensable man ; "Dirty baseball" ; Vinegar Joe and Peanut's wife ; A Russian uncle ; Reno and granite ; "Considerable sob stuff" ; Sorrows of war ; "Dr. Win-the-War" ; Halcyon plus five ; Hatfields and McCoys ; Mr. Catch ; Trampling out the vintage ; Old wounds ; Voltaire's battalions ; Counting stars ; The tsarina's bedroom ; "O captain" -- Part three: Swords, plowshares, and atoms. Truman ; Downfall ; "Come and see" ; "This is a peace warning".
The story of the greatest "team of rivals" since the days of Lincoln. In a lifetime shaped by politics, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved himself a master manipulator. But when war in Europe and Asia threatened America's shores, FDR found himself in a world turned upside down, where his friends became his foes, his enemies his allies. To help wage democracy's first "total war," he turned to one of history's most remarkable triumvirates. Henry Stimson, an old-money Republican from Long Island, rallied to FDR's banner to lead the Army as Secretary of War, and championed innovative weapons that shape our world today. General George C. Marshall argued with Roosevelt over grand strategy, but he built the world's greatest war machine and willingly sacrificed his dream of leading the invasion of Europe that made his protégé, Dwight Eisenhower, a legend. Admiral Ernest J. King, a hard-drinking, irascible fighter who "destroyed" Pearl Harbor in a prewar naval exercise, understood how to fight Japan, but he also battled the Army, the Air Force, Douglas MacArthur, and his British allies as they moved armies and fleets across the globe. These commanders threw off sparks whenever they clashed: generals against politicians, Army versus Navy--but during four years of bitter warfare, FDR's lieutenants learned to set aside deep personal, political, and professional differences and pull a nation through the twentieth century's darkest days.--From publisher description.
April 22, 2015
New York : PublicAffairs, 
xxi, 462 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Martha Dandridge Washington / Patricia Brady, Richard Norton Smith -- Abigail Smith Adams / Edith Gelles, C. James Taylor -- Martha Wayles Jefferson / Catherine Allgor, William Seale -- Dolley Payne Madison / Catherine Allgor, Edith Mayo -- Elizabeth Kortright Monroe / Daniel Preston, Richard Norton Smith -- Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams / Amanda Mathews, Richard Norton Smith -- Rachel Donelson Jackson / Patricia Brady, Michael Henderson -- Hannah Hoes Van Buren / Patricia Brady, Michael Henderson -- Anna Symmes Harrison / Edith Mayo, Edna Greene Medford -- Letitia Christian Tyler, Julia Gardiner Tyler / Edna Greene Medford, Taylor Stoermer -- Sarah Childress Polk / Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt -- Margaret Smith Taylor / Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt -- Abigail Powers Fillmore / Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt -- Jane Appleton Pierce / Ann Covell -- Harriet Lane / Ann Covell, Feather Schwartz Foster -- Mary Todd Lincoln / Richard Norton Smith, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn -- Eliza McCardle Johnson / Jacqueline Berger, Kendra Hinkle -- Julia Dent Grant / Pamela Sanfilippo, William Seale -- Lucy Webb Hayes / Allida Black, Tom Culbertson -- Lucretia Rudolph Garfield / Carl Sferrazza Anthony -- Ellen Herndon Arthur / Carl Sferrazza Anthony -- Frances Folsom Cleveland / Annette Dunlap, Taylor Stoermer -- Caroline Scott Harrison / Edith Mayo, William Seale -- Ida Saxton McKinley / Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Richard Norton Smith -- Edith Carow Roosevelt / Stacy Cordery, Kathleen Dalton -- Helen Herron Taft / Jane Hampton Cook, Lewis Gould -- Ellen Axson Wilson, Edith Bolling Wilson / John Milton Cooper, Kristie Miller -- Florence Kling Harding / David Pietrusza, Katherine Sibley -- Grace Goodhue Coolidge / Cyndy Bittinger, Amity Shlaes -- Lou Henry Hoover / Emily Charnock, Annette Dunlap -- Anna Eleanor Roosevelt / Allida Black, Douglas Brinkley -- Elizabeth (Bess) Wallace Truman / Nicole Anslover, William Seale -- Mamie Doud Eisenhower / Marilyn Irvin Holt, Edith Mayo -- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy / Michael Beschloss, Barbara Perry -- Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson / Betty Boyd Caroli, Cokie Roberts -- Patricia Ryan Nixon / Mary Brennan, Timothy Naftali -- Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Ford / Richard Norton Smith -- Rosalynn Smith Carter / Jay Hakes, Grace Hale -- Nancy Davis Reagan / Carl Cannon, Judy Woodruff -- Barbara Pierce Bush / Jeffrey Engle, Myra Gutin -- Hillary Rodham Clinton / David Maraniss, Gail Sheehy -- Laura Welch Bush / Ann Gerhart, Mark Updegrove -- Michelle Robinson Obama / Liza Mundy, Krissah Thompson.
April 14, 2015
New York : St. Martin's Press, 
xvi, 334 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
The beginning : the Roosevelt and Truman administrations -- First contact? : the Eisenhower administration : shifting the paradigm of power -- the great conspiracy theory : the Kennedy administration -- Leader for space : the Johnson administration -- Plan for disclosure : the Nixon administration -- Swamp gas : the Ford administration -- Presidential sighting and NASA : the Carter administration -- JAL flight 1628 : the Hudson Valley sightings : the Reagan administration -- The Belgian save and STS-48 : the George H.W. Bush administration -- The Rockefeller Initiative : the Clinton administration -- Stephenville UFO and the Crawford White House : the George W. Bush administration -- The Podesta factor : the Obama administration -- The abduction phenomenon -- Final thoughts -- Appendix A. Truman-Forrestal memo authorizing Majestic-12 Group -- Appendix B. Eisenhower briefing document -- Appendix C. cutler-Twining memo following the Washington, D.C., flap on July 12, 1952 -- Appendix D. The Special Operations Manual -- Appendix E. The Bowen manuscript -- Appendix F. The Burned Memo referencing "Lancer," JFK's code name -- Appendix G. The most chilling of the Burned Memo documents -- Appendix H. Letter from Donald Keyhoe to President Johnson -- Appendix I. FBI memo on Frances Swan and her channeling with AFFA -- Appendix J. Letter from Air Force information officer Albert Chop, reproduced on the back cover of "Flying saucers from outer space."
"The UFO enigma has been part of our culture since the 1940s and building to a worldwide explosion of acceptance today. Now, as governments around the world open their files and records on internal UFO investigations, the US remains steadfast in its denial of interest in the UFO issue. As more of the world's population accepts the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence, the demand is building for disclosure from the United States. Using newly declassified and Freedom of Information Act documents, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and leaked documents being authenticated, THE PRESIDENTS AND UFOS details the secret history of UFOs and the corresponding presidential administration. Starting in 1941 with the Roosevelt administration, author Larry Holcombe examines the startling discoveries facing a president preoccupied by WWII, the explosion of UFO sightings during the Truman years, first contact during the Eisenhower administration, and the possibility of a UFO connection to the Kennedy assassination. In 1975, the Nixon administration came very close to admitting that UFOs exist by funding a documentary by Robert Emenegger. Almost 40 years later, this book will examine Emenegger's findings. For the first time, the involvement of all of the modern presidents up to and including President Obama, and the rise and then fall of their influence on UFO issues, are told in one story that is an integral part of the fascinating UFO tapestry"-- Provided by publisher.
April 10, 2015
Matuz, Roger, author.
807 pages ; 24 cm
April 9, 2015
Bohn, Michael K.
New York : Arcade Publishing, 
xxviii, 333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public-and especially the news media and political opponents-expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option. In Presidents in Crisis, a former director of the Situation Room takes the reader inside the White House during seventeen grave international emergencies handled by the presidents from Truman to Obama: from North Korea's invasion of South Korea to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, and from the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the taking of American diplomats hostage in Iran and George W. Bush's response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. In narratives that convey the drama of unfolding events and the stakes of confrontation when a misstep can mean catastrophe, he walks us step by step through each crisis. Laying out the key players and personalities and the moral and political calculations that the leaders have had to make, he provides a fascinating insider's look at modern presidential decision making and the fundamental role in it of human frailty. "-- Provided by publisher.
April 7, 2015
Brower, Kate Andersen.
New York : Harper, 
x, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Controlled chaos -- Discretion -- Devotion -- Extraordinary demands -- Dark days -- Sacrifice -- Race and the residence -- Backstairs gossip and mischief -- Growing up in the White House -- Heartbreak and hope.
April 3, 2015
Slevin, Peter B.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Chicago's promise -- South Side -- Destiny not yet written -- Orange and blackness -- Progress in everything and nothing -- Finding the right thing -- Assets and deficits -- A little tension with that -- Just don't screw it up -- I'm pretty convincing -- Veil of impossibility -- Nothing would have predicted -- Between politics and sanity -- Simple gifts -- I am no different from you.
With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side.
March 25, 2015
Peyser, Marc N.
New York : Nan A. Talese / Doubleday, 
332 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Orphans -- Home abroad -- Domestic affairs -- Other women -- Civil War -- The singing teapot -- New roles -- Arena -- Clouds of war -- Cold war -- Monuments.
A provocative dual portrait of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth discusses how their tangled lives were shaped by 20th-century history and politics, sharing insights into their childhoods, respective beliefs and adversarial relationship.
March 25, 2015
Mishkin, Daniel, author.
160 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
November 22, 1963 -- The trip to Texas -- Bedlam -- Six hours and six seconds -- On a New Frontier -- Settling the dust -- Dealey Plaza: the shots -- The Zapruder film -- In the sniper's nest -- The medical evidence -- The single-bullet theory -- Enigma -- Mexico City -- Mystery men -- Conspiracy and change -- The Warren Commission at work -- The sixties generation -- Cover-up? -- Seeds of doubt.
Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the shooting. The Warren Commission determined that there was "no credible evidence" conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colón, bestselling illustrator of "The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation," teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission's findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques. "The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination" breaks down how decisions in the days that followed the assassination not only shaped how the commission reconstructed events but also helped foster the conspiracy theories that play a part in American politics to this day.
March 18, 2015
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, 
x, 166 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface -- 1855 -- 1856 -- 1857 -- 1858-59 -- 1860-61 -- 1861-66.
March 11, 2015
O'Donnell, Helen, author.
502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Captures the experience and spirit of the group of men who gathered around Jack Kennedy as he made his dramatic rise to the presidency -- Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O'Donnell, Larry O'Brien, and Dave Powers.
March 10, 2015
Heidler, David Stephen, 1955- author.
New York : Random House, 2015.
xx, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic notes and references (pages 435-499) and index.
A group portrait of America's first President and the men who served with him to create the office shares insights into their personalities and the consequences of Washington's decision to heed or disregard specific advice.
March 4, 2015
New York : Public Affairs, 
xi, 371 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"Our passions are like torrents" -- The good doctor -- A nexus imperii -- The high tract of public life -- "The annals of heaven" -- "If this be treason, make the most of it!" -- Suspending his intellectual functions -- All men are equally entitled -- Councilor to Governor Henry -- "Distrust of the public ability" -- A defect of adequate statesmen -- The "coercive power" -- A sad reunion -- Kitty -- A remonstrance -- Solitude and reform -- "A little rebellion" -- The vices -- "On my right & left hand" -- The campaign begins -- Several mad freaks -- Ratification in Richmond -- Extremely feeble -- Bugbears and hobgoblins -- The revelations of Zachariah Johnson -- Retaliation -- Sedition.
February 12, 2015
Ryan, April, 1967-
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 
xiv, 154 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Establishing a racial baseline -- Covering the White House -- Specialty media -- Presidents and race -- President Clinton -- President Bush -- President Obama -- The presidential "race" report cards.
February 3, 2015
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xx, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Machine generated contents note: -- Chapter One: Introduction -- Part I: The Historical Roots of the Obama Field Program -- Chapter Two: The Way Things Were -- Chapter Three: Discovery and Diffusion -- Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of the Ground Game -- Chapter Four: Building Depth By Investing in Relationships -- Chapter Five: Creating a Structure to Share Responsibility: Neighborhood Teams -- Chapter Six: Using Metrics to Get to Scale -- Part III: OFA's Legacy -- Chapter Seven: Reflection -- Works Cited -- Index.
"Much has been written about the historic nature of the Obama campaign. The multi-year, multi-billion dollar operation elected the nation's first black president, raised and spent more money than any other election effort in history, and built the most sophisticated voter targeting technology ever before used on a national campaign. But what is missing from these accounts is an understanding of how Obama for America organized its formidable army of 2.2 million volunteers -- over eight times the number of people who volunteered for democratic candidates in 2004. Unlike previous field campaigns that drew their power from staff, consultants, and paid canvassers, the Obama campaign's capacity came from unpaid local citizens who took responsibility for organizing their own neighborhoods months--and even years--in advance of election day. In so doing, Groundbreakers argues, the campaign enlisted citizens in the often unglamorous but necessary work of practicing democracy. Hahrie Han and Elizabeth McKenna argue that the legacy of Obama for America is a transformation of the traditional models of field campaigning. Groundbreakers makes the case that the Obama ground game was revolutionary in two regards not captured in previous accounts. First, the campaign piloted and scaled an alternative model of field campaigning that built the power of a community at the same time that it organized it. Second, the Obama campaign changed the individuals who were a part of it, turning them into leaders. Groundbreakers proves that presidential campaigns are still about more than clicks, big data and money, and that one of the most important ways that a campaign develops its capacity is by investing in its human resources"-- Provided by publisher.
January 30, 2015
Stewart, David O.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 419 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The End of the Beginning -- Part I. Alexander Hamilton -- Impatient Young Men -- A Powerful Effect on Our Destiny -- A System to Last For Ages -- Creating The Federalist -- Ratification Battles -- Part II. George Washington -- Courting the General -- Starting From Scratch -- Not Altogether Useless -- The Deal -- Part III. Jefferson -- First, Friendship -- The Hamilton Problem -- Becoming Republicans -- Party Warrior -- No Time For Qualms -- Part IV. James Monroe -- Friends and Rivals and Friends -- Distant Diplomacy -- The Rupture -- Reclaiming a Friend -- The Republican Way of War -- Near To A Miracle -- Part V. Dolley -- All Things to All Men -- The Lady Presidentess -- Adam and Eve at Montpelier -- The Constitutional Sage of Montpelier -- "A Sad Blot on our Free Country" -- Farewells.
"Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation. Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution's ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington's support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation's first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life. But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement"-- Provided by publisher.
January 28, 2015
Mann, Jim, 1946- author.
New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
"A good-time guy" -- The rising politician -- The new president and his tax cuts -- September 11 -- Iraq -- Reelection and its unhappy aftermath -- Second-term changes -- "I'm going to be Roosevelt, not Hoover."
A biography of the controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the War on Terrorism.