New Arrivals · Politics

May 19, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Taking a stand : moving beyond partisan politics to unite America

May 18, 2015
Paul, Rand.
New York : Center Street, 2015.
312 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
The long stand -- A medical history -- Health care: a doctor's opinion -- Getting to work -- A new kind of republican -- Can you hear me now? -- On the road -- Waiting for superman -- Government overreach -- Economic freedom -- The war on liberty -- The war of Christmas -- Defending America -- Peace through diplomacy, trade, and financial solvency -- Libya: a Jihadist's wonderland -- Tree hugger -- A look forward.

Fresh fruit for rotting vegetables

May 15, 2015
Foley, Michael S., author.
New York ; London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
177 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm.
I don't need this fucking world -- Mellow out or you will pay -- The sun beams down on a brand new day -- It's time to taste what you most fear -- There's no way like the American way.

The great divide : the conflict between Washington and Jefferson that defined a nation

May 14, 2015
Fleming, Thomas J., author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
viii, 424 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the months after her husband's death, Martha Washington told several friends that the two worst days of her life were the day George died--and the day Thomas Jefferson came to Mount Vernon to offer his condolences. What could elicit such a strong reaction from the nation's original first lady? Though history tends to cast the early years of America in a glow of camaraderie, there were, in fact, many conflicts among the Founding Fathers--none more important than the one between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The chief disagreement between these former friends centered on the highest, most original public office created by the Constitutional Convention--the presidency. They also argued violently about the nation's foreign policy, the role of merchants and farmers in a republic, and the durability of the union itself. At the root of all these disagreements were two sharply different visions for the nation's future. Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming examines how the differing temperaments and leadership styles of Washington and Jefferson shaped two opposing views of the presidency--and the nation. The clash between these two gifted men, both of whom cared deeply about the United States of America, profoundly influenced the next two centuries of America's history and resonates in the present day."--Book jacket.

Encyclopedia of the Continental Congresses

May 14, 2015
Grossman, Mark, author.
2 volumes (1746 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Volume 1. A-K -- Volume 2. L-Z.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

May 13, 2015
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

Precarious life : the powers of mourning and violence

May 12, 2015
Butler, Judith, 1956-
London ; New York : Verso, 2006.
xxi, 168 pages ; 20 cm
Explanation and exoneration, or what we can hear -- Violence, mourning, politics -- Indefinite detention -- The charge of anti-semitism : Jews, Israel and the risks of public critique -- Precarious life.
The author responds in this appraisal of post-9/11 America to the current U.S. policies to wage perpetual war, and calls for a deeper understanding of how mourning and violence might instead inspire solidarity and a quest for global justice.

Right for a reason : life, liberty, and a crapload of common sense

May 12, 2015
Weaver, Miriam, author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, 2014.
214 pages ; 22 cm
The conservative, female authors offer their opinions on the Constitution, personal responsibility, economic liberty, and other controversial subjects.

Dissent : the history of an American idea

May 12, 2015
Young, Ralph F., author.
New York ; London : New York University Press, [2015]
xi, 603 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Dissent and America -- The "free aire of a new world" -- Dissent in an age of reason -- Revolution -- Discord in the new republic -- Slavery and its discontents -- Reformers and dissidents -- Expansion and conflict -- Dissent imperils the union -- A nation divides -- Liberation and suppression -- Protest and conflict in the West -- Workers of the world unite! -- The new manifest destiny -- Progressives and radicals -- Making the world safe for democracy -- Traditionalism collides with modernism -- A new deal for America -- The good war? -- Dissent in an age of conformity -- Civil rights : an American revolution -- Make love, not war -- Mobilization and backlash -- A new age of dissent -- The arc of dissent.
Examines the key role dissent has played in shaping the United States, focusing on those who, from colonial times to the present, dissented against the ruling paradigm of their time, responding to what they saw as the injustices that prevented them from fully experiencing their vision of America. --Publisher's description.

The rose hotel : a memoir of secrets, loss, and love from Iran to America

May 11, 2015
Andalibian, Rahimeh.
Washington, D,C, : National Geographic, [2015].
335 pages ; 24 cm
Includs reading guide.
"In this searing memoir, Iran-born author Rahimeh Andalibian tells the story of her family: their struggle to survive the 1979 revolution, their move to California, and their attempts to acculturate in the face of teenage rebellion, murder, addiction, and new traditions. Andalibian struggles to make sense of two brutal crimes: a rape, solved by her father, and a murder, of which her beloved oldest brother stands accused. She takes us first into her family's tranquil, jasmine-scented days of prosperity in their luxury hotel in Mashhad, Iran. Their life is ruptured by the 1979 revolution as they flee: first to the safety of a mansion in Tehran, next to a squalid one-room flat in London, and finally to California, where they suffer a different kind of revolution. Struggling to adjust to a new host culture, they soon discover that although they escaped Iran, they are not free from their own lies and hidden truths. As the family comes to grips with their new home, the strength of their bonds are tested by love, loyalty, compassion, hate, pain, loss--and the will to survive. Heartbreaking and intimately told, this is a universal story of healing, rebirth after tragedy, and hard-won redemption"-- Provided by publisher.

Reagan : the life

May 8, 2015
Brands, H. W.
New York : Doubleday, [2015].
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.

The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789

May 7, 2015
Ellis, Joseph J.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xx, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Preface : Pluribus to Unum -- The Articles and the Vision -- The Financier and the Prodigy -- The Domain -- The Courting -- Madison's Moment -- The Great Debate -- The Final Pieces -- Appendices.
"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible-- some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"-- Provided by publisher.

The negotiator : a memoir

May 7, 2015
Mitchell, George J. (George John), 1933-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xiv, 400 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Don't trust, don't fear, don't beg : the extraordinary story of the Arctic 30

May 7, 2015
Stewart, Ben.
New York : The New Press, 2015.
376 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"Melting ice, a military arms race, the rush to exploit resources at any cost--the Arctic is now the stage on which our future will be decided. And as temperatures rise and the ice retreats, Vladimir Putin orders Russia's oil rigs to move north. But one early September morning in 2013 thirty men and women from eighteen countries--the crew of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise--decide to draw a line in the ice and protest the drilling in the Arctic. Thrown together by a common cause, they are determined to stop Putin and the oligarchs. But their protest is met with brutal force as Putin's commandos seize the Arctic Sunrise. Held under armed guard by masked men, they are charged with piracy and face fifteen years in Russia's nightmarish prison system. Ben Stewart--a key member of the campaign to release the Arctic 30--tells an astonishing tale of passion, courage, brutality, and survival. With wit, verve, and candor, he chronicles the extraordinary friendships the activists made with their often murderous cellmates, their battle to outwit the prison guards, and the struggle to stay true to the cause that brought them there"-- Provided by publisher.

Frames of war : when is life grievable?

May 7, 2015
Butler, Judith, 1956-
London ; New York : Verso, 2010.
xxx, 193 p. ; 20 cm.
Originally published: 2009.
Survivability, vulnerability, affect -- Torture and the ethics of photography : thinking with Sontag -- Sexual politics, torture, and secular time -- Non-thinking in the name of the normative -- The claim of non-violence.
"Frames of War begins where Butler's Precarious Lives left off: on the idea that we cannot grieve for those lost lives that we never saw as lives to begin with. In this age of CNN-mediated war, the lives of those wretched populations of the earth -- the refugees; the victims of unjust imprisonment and torture; the immigrants virtually enslaved by their starvation and legal disenfranchisement -- are always presented to us as already irretrievable and thereby already lost. We may shake our heads at their wretchedness but then we sacrifice them nonetheless, for they are already forgone. By analyzing the different frames through which we experience war, Butler calls for a reorientation of the Left toward the precarity of those lives. Only by recognizing those lives as precarious lives -- lives that are not yet lost but are ever fragile and in need of protection -- might the Left stand in unity against the violence perpetrated through arbitrary state power. -- Publisher description.

January 1973 : Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the month that changed America forever

May 6, 2015
Robenalt, James D., 1956- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xxxii, 384 pages ; 24 cm

American warlords : how Roosevelt's high command led America to victory in World War II

May 6, 2015
Jordan, Jonathan W., 1967-
New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
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.

The United States government manual.

April 30, 2015
Washington, D.C. : Office of Government Reports,
v. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Rising to the challenge : my leadership journey

April 29, 2015
Fiorina, Carly, author.
New York, New York : Sentinel, 2015.
198 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.

My appeal to the world : in quest of truth and justice on behalf of the Tibetan people, 1961-2010 ...

April 22, 2015
Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935- author.
New York : Tibet House U.S., 2015.
xxii, 374 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

The noodle maker of Kalimpong : the Dalai Lama's brother and his struggle for Tibet

April 22, 2015
Rgya-lo-don-grub, Lha-sras, 1928- author.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2015]
xxviii, 353 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Taktser Village and Kumbum Monastery -- My family -- The search team arrives -- My brother is recognized as the fourteenth Dalai Lama -- The Dalai Lama's new life -- My family's new life -- My life changes -- My student days in Nanjing -- Stranded in India -- Becoming an intermediary -- The Chinese invade -- The long journey home -- Home again -- Escape from Tibet -- Beginning life in India -- the Dalai Lama visits China -- The Dalai Lama visits India -- The CIA offers to help -- The Dalai Lama's escape -- From Mussoorie to Dharamsala -- Mustang -- Settling down in India -- The war between India and China -- The CIA stops its support -- A new life in Hong Kong -- My return to China -- The tenth Panchen Lama -- Meeting Deng Xiaoping -- Return to Tibet -- Our negotiations fail -- Another opportunity lost -- Opportunity lost again -- Return to Tibet -- Watching the world from Kalimpong.

Ministers at war : Winston Churchill and his war cabinet

April 22, 2015
Schneer, Jonathan.
xxiii, 323 pages ; 25 cm
Part I. Making a war cabinet. Challenging the prime minister ; Finding a war prime minister -- Part II. Churchill and his ministers at war. Testing the war cabinet ; The months of greatest crisis ; Shaping the war cabinet ; The war cabinet at work ; Spearhead of the left ; Coping with Mr. Cripps ; The cat that walked alone ; The impact of Professor Beveridge ; The "cocky Cockney" and the debate over postwar Britain -- Part III. Sundering the war cabinet. Churchill on the downslope ; Aftershock ; Coda.

The secession of the whole South an existing fact : a peaceable separation the true course : its effect on peace and trade between the sections.

April 21, 2015
Reed, Henry.
[Cincinnati : Cincinnati Daily Press, 1861].
15 p. ; 23 cm.
Reprint of articles published in the Cincinnati daily press, January 28, 30; February 1, 4-5.

Dealing with China : an insider unmasks the new economic superpower

April 21, 2015
Paulson, Henry M., 1946- author.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
430 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Henry M. Paulson, Jr., former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and CEO of Goldman Sachs, delivers a behind-the-scenes account of China's rise as an economic superpower. When Hu Jintao, China's then vice president, came to visit the New York Stock Exchange and Ground Zero in 2002, he asked Hank Paulson to be his guide. It was a testament to the pivotal role that Goldman Sachs played in helping China experiment with private enterprise. In DEALING WITH CHINA, the bestselling author of On the Brink draws on his unprecedented access to both the political and business leaders of modern China to answer several key questions: How did China become an economic superpower so quickly? Who really runs China? How does business get done there? What are the best ways for Western business and political leaders to engage, compete, and beat China? How can Western investors profit in China?"-- Provided by publisher.

Government gridlock

April 20, 2015
Farmington Hills, Michigan : Greenhaven Press, [2015]
229 pages ; 23 cm.
Is government gridlock a serious problem? Government gridlock is a major impediment to solving America's problems / Barack Obama ; Congressional gridlock is good / Russell E. Saltzman ; Government gridlock reflects an increasingly dysfunctional political system / Michael A. Cohen ; The case for gridlock / Marcus E. Ethridge -- What are the causes of government gridlock? Divided government usually means gridlock / Emily Badger ; Too much bipartisanship is responsible for government dysfunction / Andrew Levine ; The Tea Party is escalating political gridlock / Mark Kesselman ; The Tea Pary influence on American politics is waning / Molly Ball ; The role of partisan media / Michael Kranish ; The rise of partisan media is not accountable for the growing political polarization / Kevin Arceneaux -- How should government gridlock be addressed? A viable third party would alleviate government gridlock / John B. Anderson ; There are major obstacles to a viable third party in the United States / Scott Conroy ; Changing the U.S. Constitution would reduce gridlock / Ned Barnett ; Changing the U.S. Constitution would not reduce gridlock / Richard A. Epstein ; Can this government be fixed? Three steps that might help / Susan Page ; Congressional reform and "the people's house" / John Boehner -- How will filibuster reform impact government gridlock. There needs to be filibuster reform to maintain a functioning democracy / Harry Reid ; Filibuster reform is a shortsighted and dangerous solution to the problem of gridlock / John Samples ; Filibuster reform is not enough to resolve U.S. Senate gridlock / Sanford Levinson ; Filibuster reform holds a long-term political advantage for Republicans / Sean Trende ; Filibuster reform does not benefit any party in the long run / Gene Healy.
"Opposing Viewpoints: Government Gridlock: Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected sources and publications"-- Provided by publisher.

And the good news is-- : lessons and advice from the bright side

April 17, 2015
Perino, Dana, author.
New York : Twelve, 2015.
241 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
From her years as a presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News' The Five, the author reveals the lessons she's learned that have guided her through life, including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W. Bush that the cameras never captured.

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