These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
March 4, 2014
Smith, Craig R., 1954-
Phoenix, Arizona : Idea Factory Press, 2013.
252 pages ; 23 cm
Welcme to Debtroit -- Spinning our wheels in quicksand -- The 100-year detour -- Addictionomics -- The herd inside our heads -- Financial repression -- Progressive power grab -- The great withdrawal -- Epilogue : a roadmap home.
February 27, 2014
Doolittle, Robyn, author.
Toronto : Viking, 2014.
xv, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Chronicles the life and political career of the controversial Toronto mayor, from his early days as a flamboyant city councillor to a mayor embroiled in controversy.
February 24, 2014
Phillips, Christopher, 1959 November 1-
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, 
xiv, 171 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Slavery, union, and neutrality -- And the war came -- And the Yankees came -- The Confederacy's border gambit -- The American tornado -- The darker side of war -- Epilogue: the southern cross.
February 17, 2014
Lincoln : Potomac Books, An Imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 
xvii, 415 pages ; 24 cm
"Seymour Hersh has been the most important, famous, and controversial journalist in the United States for the last forty years. From his exposé of the My Lai massacre in 1969 to his revelations about torture at Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, Hersh has consistently captured the public imagination, spurred policymakers to reform, and drawn the ire of presidents. From the streets of Chicago to the newsrooms of the most powerful newspapers and magazines in the United States, Seymour Hersh tells the story of this Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Robert Miraldi scrutinizes the scandals and national figures that have drawn Hersh's attention, from My Lai to Watergate, from John F. Kennedy to Henry Kissinger. This first-ever biography captures a stunningly successful career of important exposés and outstanding accomplishments from a man whose unpredictable and quirky personality has turned him into an icon of American life and the unrivaled "scoop artist" of American journalism." -- Book jacket.
February 13, 2014
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2013.
207 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes preface by Danny Glover.
February 13, 2014
Feifer, Gregory, author.
372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The hidden system -- Poverty -- The rich and powerful -- Drinking and drunks -- Family and friends -- Women -- Indolence and inefficiency -- Innovation and protest -- Cold and punishment -- Cheating the system -- Grand schemes and the threat of collapse -- Future delayed.
February 13, 2014
Somin, Ilya, author.
Stanford, California : Stanford Law Books, an imprint of Stanford University Press, 
x, 264 pages ; 24 cm
The extent of political ignorance -- Do voters know enough? -- The rationality of political ignorance -- The shortcomings of shortcuts -- Foot voting vs. ballot box voting -- Political ignorance and judicial review -- Can voter knowledge be increased?
One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Often, many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This may be rational, but it creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know. In Democracy and Political Ignorance, Ilya Somin mines the depths of ignorance in America and reveals the extent to which it is a major problem for democracy. Somin weighs various options for solving this problem, arguing that political ignorance is best mitigated and its effects lessened by decentralizing and limiting government. Somin provocatively argues that people make better decisions when they choose what to purchase in the market or which state or local government to live under, than when they vote at the ballot box, because they have stronger incentives to acquire relevant information and to use it wisely. -- Publisher website.
February 13, 2014
Howell, William G.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 
xiii, 185 pages ; 25 cm
On being president -- Bearing witness -- Constitutional foundations -- Contrasting conceptions of executive leadership -- Misguided entreaties -- What failure looks like -- Limits.
"All American presidents, past and present, have cared deeply about power--acquiring, protecting, and expanding it. While individual presidents obviously have other concerns, such as shaping policy or building a legacy, the primacy of power considerations--exacerbated by expectations of the presidency and the inadequacy of explicit powers in the Constitution--sets presidents apart from other political actors. Thinking about the Presidency explores presidents' preoccupation with power. Distinguished presidential scholar William Howell looks at the key aspects of executive power--political and constitutional origins, philosophical underpinnings, manifestations in contemporary political life, implications for political reform, and looming influences over the standards to which we hold those individuals elected to America's highest office. Howell shows that an appetite for power may not inform the original motivations of those who seek to become president. Rather, this need is built into the office of the presidency itself--and quickly takes hold of whomever bears the title of Chief Executive. In order to understand the modern presidency, and the degrees to which a president succeeds or fails, the acquisition, protection, and expansion of power in a president's political life must be recognized--in policy tools and legislative strategies, the posture taken before the American public, and the disregard shown to those who would counsel modesty and deference within the White House. Thinking about the Presidency assesses how the search for and defense of presidential powers informs nearly every decision made by the leader of the nation." -- Publisher's description.
February 10, 2014
Shaw, Catherine M. (Catherine Marie), 1955-
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 
xviii, 421 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Precinct analysis: the sinners, the saints, and the savables -- The campaign team and volunteer organization -- The campaign brochure -- Digital and social media -- Fundraising -- Lawn signs -- Targeting voters -- Media -- The candidate -- The issue-based campaign -- Getting out the vote (GOTV) -- The campaign plan -- After the ball.
"Successful campaign manager and three-time mayor of Ashland, Oregon, Catherine Shaw presents a clear and concise, must-have handbook for navigating local campaigns. This handbook gives political novices and veterans alike a comprehensive and detailed plan for organizing, funding, publicizing, and winning local political campaigns. Finding the right message and targeting the right voters are clearly explained through specific examples, anecdotes, and illustrations. Shaw also provides in-depth information on assembling campaign teams, precinct analysis, canvassing, and dealing with the media. The Campaign Manager is an encouraging, lucid presentation of how to win elections at the local level. Updates to the fifth edition include an entirely new chapter on social media and its influence on campaigning, new coverage on how to put together a campaign plan, and a new appendix on how to campaign on a budget"-- Provided by publisher.
February 7, 2014
New York : Sarah Crichton Books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
462 pages, 8 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing, Great Britain, as Elizabeth's Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen's Court"--T.p. verso.
The die is cast -- The enemy sleeps not -- In defence of the Queen's body -- Agent provocateur? -- Unseemly familiarities -- Especial favour -- The deed shall be done -- Blow up the bed -- Nightmares -- Secret son? -- Satan's instruments -- Barricaded from within -- Suspected and discontented persons -- Age and decay -- Abused her body -- The physician's poison -- Love and self-love -- Privy matters -- Foolish and old -- Mask of youth -- The poisoned pommel -- Crooked carcass -- Lese majeste -- Dangerous and malicious ends -- No season to fool -- Age itself is a sickness -- All are in a dump at court -- Deathbed -- Regina Intacta -- The Queen's effigy -- Epilogue : Secret histories.
February 7, 2014
Roithmayr, Daria, author.
x, 195 pages ; 24 cm
The more things change, the more they stay the same : some (incomplete and unsatisfying) explanations for persistent inequality -- Cheating at the starting line : how white racial cartels gained an early unfair advantage during Jim Crow -- Racial cartels in action : an in-depth look at historical racials cartels in housing and politics -- Oh dad, poor dad : how whites' early unfair advantage in wealth became self-reinforcing over time -- It's how you play the game : how whites created institutional rules that favored them over time -- Not what you know, but who you know : how social networks reproduce early advantage -- Please won't you be my neighbor? : How neighborhood effects reproduce racial segregation -- Locked in : how white advantage may now have become hard-wired into the system -- Reframing race : how the lock-in model helps us to think in new ways about racial inequality -- Unlocking lock-in : some general observations (and one or two suggestions) on dismantling lock-in.
"This book is designed to change the way we think about racial inequality. Long after the passage of civil rights laws and now the inauguration of our first black president, blacks and Latinos possess barely a nickel of wealth for every dollar that whites have. Why have we made so little progress? Legal scholar Daria Roithmayr provocatively argues that racial inequality lives on because white advantage functions as a powerful self-reinforcing monopoly, reproducing itself automatically from generation to generation even in the absence of intentional discrimination. Drawing on work in antitrust law and a range of other disciplines, Roithmayr brilliantly compares the dynamics of white advantage to the unfair tactics of giants like AT&T and Microsoft. With penetrating insight, Roithmayr locates the engine of white monopoly in positive feedback loops that connect the dramatic disparity of Jim Crow to modern racial gaps in jobs, housing and education. Wealthy white neighborhoods fund public schools that then turn out wealthy white neighbors. Whites with lucrative jobs informally refer their friends, who refer their friends, and so on. Roithmayr concludes that racial inequality might now be locked in place, unless policymakers immediately take drastic steps to dismantle this oppressive system. Daria Roithmayr is the George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. An internationally acclaimed legal scholar and activist, she is one of the country's leading voices on the legal analysis of structural racial inequality. Prior to joining USC, Professor Roithmayr advised Senator Edward Kennedy on the nominations of Clarence Thomas and David Souter, and taught law at the University of Illinois"-- Provided by publisher.
February 7, 2014
Kennan, George F. (George Frost), 1904-2005.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 
xix, 712 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Milwaukee and Princeton, 1916-24 -- Berlin and Riga, 1927-33 -- Moscow and Vienna, 1934-37 -- World War II, 1938-45 -- Cold War, 1946-50 -- Princeton and Oxford, 1951-60 -- Belgrade and Princeton, 1961-70 -- Scholar and public intellectual, 1971-80 -- Cold War critic, 1981-90 -- At a century's ending, 1991-2004.
The annotated diaries of the late influential American diplomat and foreign policy strategist spans ninety years of U.S. history while sharing his insights into Depression-era capitalism, the Cold War, and his literary achievements.
February 7, 2014
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2013.
325 p. : map ; 25 cm.
Part I. Revolution on the ropes (1994-2008) -- Trauma -- Castro falters -- The big bang -- Raúl pinch-hits -- Fidel steps down -- From Clinton to Bush -- Part II. Raúl Castro in power (2008-2009) -- Conservative reformers -- Computers, cell phones, hotels, and more -- Disaster, man-made and natural -- Obamamania -- Old foes get reacquainted -- Shock and awe, Raúl style -- Part III. The road to reform (2009-2010) -- Blueprint for survival -- Stealth reform -- Obama versus Raúl -- Wired -- Castro, the cardinal, and the damas -- Fidel, born again -- Part IV. Brave new world (2010-2013) -- Pink slips and permits -- Requiem for the command economy -- On the road again -- Forward march -- Cheers and jeers.
"As a U.S.-born journalist who has called Havana home for almost a quarter century, Mark Frank has observed in person the best days of the revolution, the fall of the Soviet bloc, the great depression of the 1990s, the stepping aside of Fidel Castro, and the reforms now being devised by his brother. In Cuban Revelations, Frank offers a first-hand account of daily life in Cuba at the turn of the twenty-first century, the start of a new and dramatic epoch for islanders and the Cuban diaspora. Examining the effects of U.S. policy toward Cuba, Frank analyzes why Cuba has entered an extraordinary, irreversible period of change and considers what the island's future holds. The enormous social engineering project taking place today under Raúl's leadership is fraught with many dangers, and Cuban Revelations follows the new leader's efforts to overcome bureaucratic resistance and the fears of a populace that stand in his way." -- Publisher website.
February 6, 2014
Allen, Jonathan (Jonathan J. M.)
New York : Crown Publishers, 
440 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"The mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle Hillary Clinton's surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history. The story of Hillary's phoenixlike rise is at the heart of HRC, a riveting political biography that journeys into the heart of "Hillaryland" to discover a brilliant strategist at work. Masterfully unfolded by Politico's Jonathan Allen and The Hill's Amie Parnes from more than two hundred top-access interviews with Hillary's intimates, colleagues, supporters, and enemies, HRC portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy. Loathed by the Obama team in the wake of the primary, Hillary worked to become the president's greatest ally, their fates intertwined in the work of reestablishing America on the world stage. HRC puts readers in the room with Hillary during the most intense and pivotal moments of this era, as she mulls the president-elect's offer to join the administration, pulls the strings to build a coalition for his war against Libya, and scrambles to deal with the fallout from the terrible events in Benghazi--all while keeping one eye focused on 2016. HRC offers a rare look inside the merciless Clinton political machine, as Bill Clinton handled the messy business of avenging Hillary's primary loss while she tried to remain above the partisan fray. Exploring her friendships and alliances with Robert Gates, David Petraeus, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, and the president himself, Allen and Parnes show how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Department through the force of her celebrity and her unparalleled knowledge of how power works in Washington. Filled with deep reporting and Game Change-esque storytelling, this remarkable portrait of the most important female politician in American history is an essential inside look at the woman who may be our next president"-- Provided by publisher.
February 6, 2014
New York : Harper, 2014.
Follows New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department's Bomb Squad, as he hunts for German conspirators on American soil during World War I during a sabotage campaign that began in 1914 when the German ambassador to the U.S., Johann von Bernstoff, was instructed to develop an intelligence network to keep America out of WWI and prevent the shipment of supplies and war material to the Allies--both by "any means necessary."
January 30, 2014
Judis, John B., author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
x, 432 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I. Two peoples and one land -- Part II. The paradox of American Zionism -- Part III. Truman and Israel.
"A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time--the relationship between the United States and Israel There has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs--a violent, costly struggle that has had catastrophic repercussions in a critical region of the world. In Genesis, John B. Judis argues that, while Israelis and Palestinians must shoulder much of the blame, the United States has been the principal power outside the region since the end of World War II and as such must account for its repeated failed efforts to resolve this enduring strife. The fatal flaw in American policy, Judis shows, can be traced back to the Truman years. What happened between 1945 and 1949 sealed the fate of the Middle East for the remainder of the century. As a result, understanding that period holds the key to explaining almost everything that follows--right down to George W. Bush's unsuccessful and ill-conceived effort to win peace through holding elections among the Palestinians, and Barack Obama's failed attempt to bring both parties to the negotiating table. A provocative narrative history animated by a strong analytical and moral perspective, and peopled by colorful and outsized personalities, Genesis offers a fresh look at these critical postwar years, arguing that if we can understand how this stalemate originated, we will be better positioned to help end it"-- Provided by publisher.
January 30, 2014
New York : New Press, The, 
264 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction: along came Mary -- A plant by any other name -- History repeating -- Half-baked laws -- Green diggers -- The clash -- Phoenix -- A new leaf.
"In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use-a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in eighteen states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals. Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis. In the first book to explore the new landscape of cannabis in the United States, investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian present a deeply researched, insightful story of how recent developments tie into cannabis's complex history and thorny politics. Reporting from nearly every state with a medical cannabis law, Martin and Rashidian enliven their book with in-depth interviews with patients, growers, doctors, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators. They whisk readers from the federal cannabis farm at the University of Mississippi to the headquarters of the ACLU to Oregon's "World Famous Cannabis Cafe;." They present an expert analysis of how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. The result is an unprecedented and lucid account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions. A New Leaf offers an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand the far-ranging implications of this rapidly changing drug landscape. "-- Provided by publisher.
January 30, 2014
Siegel, Frederick F., 1945-
New York : Encounter Books, 2013
xii, 225 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Progenitors -- 1919: betrayal and the birth of modern liberalism -- "Randolph Bourne writing novels" about main street -- Three trials -- Giants in decline -- The red decade -- The passing glory of the vital center -- How the highbrows killed culture and paved the path to the 1960s -- Not a new left but a new class -- From Jim Crow to Crow Jim -- McGovernized -- Progressives against progress : the rise of gentry liberalism -- The "philosophical crisis of American liberalism" -- The Clinton interregnum -- Gentry liberals and public sector unions to the fore -- "What are our convictions -- Conclusion: Obama versus main street -- Acknowledgements -- Appendix: John Stuart Mill and the clerisy.
January 27, 2014
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison, America's first political power couple. In this comprehensive biography of James and Dolley Madison, historian Bruce Chadwick introduces the reader to "America's first power couple." Using newly uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, Chadwick has been able to reconstruct the details of the Madisons' personal and political lives. Based on this archive, the author argues that our fourth president--the architect of the Constitution--owed much of his success to the political savvy of his wife. And Dolley, through her many social skills, created the dynamic role of First Lady that we know today. Within the new historical papers are remarkable stories of Dolley's parties and her backdoor politicking. Their letters show Madison not as a boring, average president--as some historians have maintained--but as a vibrant, tough leader, a very successful commander in chief who changed America. These documents also help to paint a searing portrait of the Madisons' struggles with their irresponsible son and outline how their lifelong funding of his whims brought about their own demise. Blending the personal and the political, this is a fascinating portrait of a couple whose life together contributed so much to the future course of our nation"-- Provided by publisher.
January 27, 2014
New York : Knopf, 2014.
308 pages : map ; 25 cm
"The new era of competition with China, and how America can win"-- Provided by publisher.
January 27, 2014
New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
308 pages ; 21 cm
Drawing on access to the band's members and their families and associates, recreates the feminist punk activists' fierce act of political confrontation in Moscow, which made national headlines as they were punished for their act of defiance.
January 27, 2014
New York, New York : Dutton, 
341 pages ; 24 cm
January 23, 2014
Egerton, Douglas R.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
438 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Robert Vesey's Charleston -- "An eagle on his button": Black men fight for the union -- "To forget and forgive old scores": war's end, activism's beginning -- "All de land belongs to de yankees now": the Freedmen's Bureau -- "The Lord has sent us books and teachers": missionaries and community formation -- "We will remember our friends, and will not forget our enemies": black codes and black conventions -- "Andrew Johnson is but one man": the Progressive Alliance coalesces -- "We knows that much better than you do": voting rights and political service -- "An absolute massacre": white violence and the end of Reconstruction in the South -- "We shall be recognized as men": the Reconstruction Era in memory -- Epilogue: the spirit of freedom monument.
A history of the Reconstruction years, which marked the United States' most progressive moment prior to the Civil Rights movement, tells the stories of the African-American activists and officeholders who risked their lives for equality after the Civil War.
January 23, 2014
New York : Vintage Books, 
xii, 400 pages ; 21 cm
"All selections in this book were previously published by the Miami Herald Publishing Company, a division of Knight Ridder, One Herald Plaza, Miami, Florida"--T.p. verso.
"A Vintage original."
Go away -- Surrounded on three sides -- Drill, spill and kill -- Festival of whores -- Money shouts -- Liberty and justice for all -- Ready, aim, fire -- Shock, awe, and swagger -- Pseudonews -- Party with the fringe on top -- The joke state.
A collection of Carl Hiaasen's best columns from the past twelve years, covering topics, like hurricanes, off-shore drilling, voting rights, and political corruption, that have become national issues.
January 23, 2014
New York : Harper Perennial, 
xv, 304 pages ; 21 cm
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