New Arrivals · Politics

September 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Black Panthers : portraits from an unfinished revolution

September 29, 2016
New York : Nation Books, [2016]
xiv, 272 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
In Defense of Self-Defense: Pathways to the BPP -- The People Are My Strength: Coalition Building in the BPP -- A Sister's Place in the Revolution: Women in Leadership in the BPP -- Block by Block, Door-to-Door: Building Community Support by Serving the People -- The Single Greatest Threat: The Covert War Against the BPP.
"October 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party. Photojournalist Bryan Shih, who has been interviewing and taking portraits of the surviving Panthers around the country for years, has partnered with Yohuru Williams, dean and history professor at Fairfield University, to deliver the definitive celebration of the Black Panthers. Part oral history, part scrapbook, this is a beautifully produced book of forty-five black-and-white portraits of the Panthers today, alongside interviews with the surviving Panthers, archival images, Black Panther Party pamphlets and speeches, as well as essays by contributors such as Peniel Joseph, Alondra Nelson, Rhonda Williams, and other high-profile scholars to provide background and context."--Provided by publisher.

Black yellowdogs : the most dangerous citizen is not armed, but uninformed

September 28, 2016
Kinchlow, Ben, 1936-
Washington, D.C. : WND Books, 2013.
v, 145 pages ; 21 cm
Black slave masters? -- USA! USA! -- The pre-chad election election -- By order of the Supreme Court ... "Negroes inferior" -- What do you people want? -- A leopard without spots -- Moving on -- A civil rights timeline -- Henry and the hanging chad -- Party on, dude! -- Virtual racism -- Then it was "segregation"-now it's "diversity" -- It's not what you say ... It's what I hear -- "We, the people"-You and me!
It has often been said, 'What you don't know won't hurt you.' Not true. Ignorance is deadly. Have you ever heard of the phrase 'forty acres and a mule?' Do you know how slavery actually began in America? Did you know the KKK lynched over a thousand white people? Do you know why? Have you ever wondered, 'What do African Americans want?' Why do they vote Democrat? Did you know that most blacks do not support Affirmative Action? Who speaks for African-Americans? Do Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and others, really speak for black America? Who elected these 'civil rights leaders?' If you have ever considered, even briefly, any one of these questions, or others in the area of race relations, then you need your own copy of 'Black yellowdogs."--Back cover.

Worst. President. Ever. : James Buchanan, the POTUS rating game, and the legacy of the least of the lesser presidents

September 28, 2016
Strauss, Robert, 1951- author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
xiv, 257 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introducing the worst. President. Ever -- The Young Buck -- Up from Lancaster -- The man who would be president, again and again -- The election of 1856: the most consequential in American history -- The worst presidency begins -- The middle Buchanan presidency: hardly better -- Mr. Buchanan's War -- The legacy of the least of the lesser presidents.

Trotsky in New York, 1917 : a radical on the eve of revolution

September 26, 2016
Ackerman, Kenneth D., author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2016]
373 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Act I: On the Eve -- Montserrat -- Times Square -- Saint Marks Place -- Brooklyn -- Riverside Drive I -- Patterson -- The Bronx -- Cooper Union -- Riverside Drive II -- Wilson -- Act II: Of War -- Spy versus Spy -- Carnegie Hall -- Ziv -- Zurich -- East Broadway -- The Committee -- Lenox Casino -- Russia -- Act III: And Revolution -- The Whirlwind -- Spies Again -- Consulates -- Missing -- Harlem River Casino -- Kristianiafjiord -- Nova Scotia -- Petrograd -- Loose Ends.
"Lev Davidovich Trotsky burst onto the world stage in November 1917 as co-leader of a Marxist Revolution seizing power in Russia. It made him one of the most recognized personalities of the twentieth century, a global icon of radical change. Yet just months earlier, this same Lev Trotsky was a nobody, a refugee expelled from Europe, writing obscure pamphlets and speeches, barely noticed outside a small circle of fellow travelers. Where had he come from to topple Russia and change the world? Where else? New York City. Between January and March 1917, Trotsky found refuge in the United States. America had kept itself out of the European Great War, leaving New York the freest city on earth. During his time there--just over ten weeks--Trotsky immersed himself in the local scene. He settled his family in the Bronx, edited a radical left wing tabloid in Greenwich Village, sampled the lifestyle, and plunged headlong into local politics. His clashes with leading New York socialists over the question of US entry into World War I would reshape the American left for the next fifty years"--Provided by publisher.

Black Power 50

September 16, 2016
New York : The New Press, [2016]
xiii, 144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
The black power movement -- The black power movement, the Black Panther party and racial coalitions -- Black power and "Education for liberation" -- America means prison: political prisoners in the age of black power -- The black arts movement -- International dimensions of the black power movement -- Black power: the looks.
"Black Power burst onto the world scene in 1966 with ideas, politics, and fashion that opened the eyes of millions of people across the globe. In the United States, the movement spread like wildfire: high school and college youth organized black student unions; educators created black studies programs; Black Power conventions gathered thousands of people from all walks of life; and books, journals, bookstores, and publishing companies spread Black Power messages and imagery throughout the country and abroad."--Provided by publisher.

Strangers in their own land : anger and mourning on the American right

September 15, 2016
Hochschild, Arlie Russell, 1940- author.
xii, 351 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Part one: The great paradox -- Traveling to the heart -- "One thing good" -- The rememberers -- The candidates -- The "least resistant personality" -- Part two: The social terrain -- Industry: "the buckle in America's energy belt" -- The state: governing the market 4,000 feet below -- The pulpit and the press: "the topic doesn't come up -- Part three: The deep story and the people in it -- The deep story -- The team player: loyalty above all -- The worshipper: invisible renunciation -- The cowboy: stoicism -- The rebel: a team loyalist with a new cause -- Part four: Going national -- The fires of history: the 1860s and the 1960s -- Strangers no longer: the power of promise -- "They say there are beautiful trees."
"In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country--a stronghold of the conservative right... Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream--and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?"-- Provided by publisher.

The shipwrecked mind : on political reaction

September 15, 2016
Lilla, Mark, author.
New York : New York Review Books, [2016]
xxi, 145 pages ; 21 cm
"We don't understand the reactionary mind. As a result, argues Mark Lilla in this timely book, the ideas and passions that shape today's political dramas are unintelligible to us. The reactionary is anything but a conservative. He is as radical and modern a figure as the revolutionary, someone shipwrecked inthe rapidly changing present, and suffering from nostalgia for an idealized past and an apocalyptic fear that history is rushing toward catastrophe. And like the revolutionary his political engagements are motived by highly developed ideas. Lilla unveils the structure of reactionary thinking, beginning with three twentieth-century philosophers--Franz Rosenzweig, Eric Voegelin, and Leo Strauss --who attributed the problems of modern society to a break in the history of ideas and promoted a return to earlier modes of thought. He then examines the enduring power of grand historical narratives of betrayal to shape political outlooks ever since the French Revolution. These narratives are employed to serve different, and sometimes expressly opposed, ends. They appear in the writings of Europe's right-wing cultural pessimists and Maoist neocommunists, American theoconservatives fantasizing about the harmony of medieval Catholic society and radical Islamists seeking to restore a vanished Muslim caliphate. The revolutionary spirit that inspired political movements across the world for two centuries may have died out. But the spirit of reaction that rose to meet it has survived and is proving just as formidable a historical force. We live in an age when thetragicomic nostalgia of Don Quixote for a lost golden age has been transformed into a potent and sometimes deadly weapon. Mark Lilla helps us to understand why"-- Provided by publisher.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

September 14, 2016
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
399 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."
Plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the South -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The Great Tantalizer -- Commander in Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory -- In his wake.
"Untangles the narrative threads of Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced in tandem to their climax"--Dust jacket flap.

Hitler : ascent, 1889-1939

September 14, 2016
Ullrich, Volker, 1943- author.
x, 998 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimile ; 25 cm
"Originally published in Germany ... copyright 2013, S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main"--Title page verso.
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
The young Hitler -- The Vienna years -- The experience of war -- The leap into politics -- The King of Munich -- Putsch and prosecution -- Landsberg Prison and Mein Kampf -- Führer on standby -- Dark star rising -- Hitler and women -- Bids and bluffs -- Month of destiny: January 1933 -- Hitler as human being -- Totalitarian revolution -- Eviscerating Versailles -- Cult and community -- Dictatorship by division, architecture of intimidation -- The Berghof Society and the Führer's mistress -- Hitler and the churches -- Prelude to genocide -- The way to war.
The historical significance of Adolf Hitler has overshadowed the man behind the public persona. For decades, misconceptions about Hitler have percolated, but to cast Hitler as purely a psychopathic monster is to ignore the facets of his personality that help explain his enigmatic hold on the German populace. Ullrich recounts Hitler's personal journey from childhood to his consolidation of political power, and in doing so captures Hitler's canniness, instinctive grasp of politics, and gift for oratory as well as his megalomania, deep insecurity, and repulsive worldview.

All the Kremlin's men : inside the court of Vladimir Putin

September 13, 2016
Zygarʹ, Mikhail, 1981- author, interviewer.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]
xx, 371 pages ; 25 cm
Part One: Putin I The Lionheart -- Chapter 1: In Which Kremlin Strategist Alexander Voloshin Learns to Tolerate Lenin -- Chapter 2: In Which Political Émigré Boris Berezovsky Is Not Invited to the Royal Wedding -- Chapter 3: In Which Russia's Richest Man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Loses His Business and Freedom, and the Family Disappears -- Part Two: Putin II The Magnificent -- Chapter 4: In Which Kremlin Chief of Staff Dmitry Medvedev Creates a New Russian Class -- Chapter 5: In Which Ukrainian Presidential Chief of Staff Viktor Medvedchuk Is the Last Ukranian to Enjoy Putin's Trust -- Chapter 6: In Which Deputy Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov Defends the Besieged Kremlin -- Chapter 7: In Which Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov Comes Up with a Plan to Make Russia an Empire Once More -- Chapter 8: In Which Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov Is Convinced That He Is the Heir to the Throne -- Part Three: Prince Dmitry -- Chapter 9: In Which Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili Retains Power--and Something Far More Valuable -- Chapter 10: In Which Barack Obama Becomes the Kremlin's Best Friend and Worst Enemy -- Chapter 11: In Which Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin Turns into a Russian Che Guevara -- Chapter 12: In Which Russian Princess Tatyana Yumasheva Comes Up with a New Democratic Party -- Chapter 13: In Which Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Thinks He Can Lead the People to the Kremlin -- Part Four: Putin The Terrible -- Chapter 14: In Which Patriarch Kirill Gives Fatherly Advice to Russia's Cabinet of Ministers -- Chapter 15: In Which Kremlin Strategist Vyacheslav Volodin Invents a New National Idea -- Chapter 16: In Which Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov Realizes the Futility of Trying to Please the West -- Chapter 17: In Which Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu Takes Revenge for Afghanistan and Nicholas I -- Chapter 18: In Which Alexei Kudrin Loses the Battle for the President's Heart and Mind -- Chapter 19: In Which Ramzan Kadyrov Takes a Round Trip to Dubai -- Chapter 20: In Which Bashar al-Assad Becomes the Mirror Image of Putin.
"Charting the transformation of Vladimir Putin from a passionate fan of the West and a liberal reformer into a hurt and introverted outcast, All the Kremlin's Men is a historical detective story, full of intrigue and conspiracy. This is the story of the political battles that have taken place in the court of Vladimir Putin since his rise to power, and a chronicle of friendship and hatred between the Russian leader and his foreign partners and opponents..."-- Provided by publisher.

The art of waiting : on fertility, medicine, and motherhood

September 12, 2016
Boggs, Belle, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2016]
242 pages ; 21 cm
The art of waiting -- Baby fever -- Imaginary children -- In the peanut hospital -- Visible life -- Just adopt -- Solstice -- The whole house -- Takeover -- Birth stories -- Carrying -- Paying for it.
"A brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility"--Back cover.

Weapons of math destruction : how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy

September 12, 2016
O'Neil, Cathy, author.
New York : Crown, [2016]
x, 259 pages ; 22 cm
Bomb parts: what is a model? -- Shell shocked: my journey of disillusionment -- Arms race: going to college -- Propaganda machine: online advertising -- Civilian casualties: justice in the age of big data -- Ineligible to serve: getting a job -- Sweating bullets: on the job -- Collateral damage: landing credit -- No safe zone: getting insurance -- The targeted citizen: civic life.
"We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives--where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance--are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O'Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they're wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can't get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he's then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a 'toxic cocktail for democracy.' Welcome to the dark side of Big Data. Tracing the arc of a person's life, O'Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These 'weapons of math destruction' score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health. O'Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it's up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change."--Dust jacket.

The gatekeeper : Missy LeHand, FDR, and the untold story of the partnership that defined a presidency

September 12, 2016
Smith, Kathryn, 1956- author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The daring flight to Chicago -- When Missy was Marguerite -- Scion of the Hudson Valley Roosevelts -- The Cuff Links Gang -- Adrift -- Warm Springs -- Don't you dare -- The Governor's girl Friday -- Running for President -- Nothing to fear -- Queen of the White House staff -- The Ambassador to Russia -- Woman of influence -- Mixing work and play -- Polio redux -- Hubris and hell -- Missy knows -- War -- Bitter victory -- Disaster -- The exiled queen -- Going home -- Missy's legacy.
"The first biography of arguably the most influential member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration, Marguerite 'Missy' LeHand, FDR's de facto chief of staff, who has been misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history ... until now"-- Provided by publisher.

Enough said : what's gone wrong with the language of politics?

September 12, 2016
Thompson, Mark John, 1957- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
342 pages ; 24 cm
Lost for words -- That glib and oily art -- There you go again -- Spin and counterspin -- Why is this lying bastard lying to me? -- An unhealthy debate -- How to fix a broken public language -- Sentences that sell -- Commit it to the flames -- War -- The abolition of public language -- Keep calm but don't carry on.
"There's a crisis of trust in politics across the Western world. Public anger is rising and faith in conventional political leaders and parties is falling. Anti-politics, and the anti-politicians, have arrived. In Enough Said, president and CEO of The New York Times Company Mark Thompson argues that one of the most significant causes of the crisis is the way our public language has changed. Enough Said tells the story of how we got from the language of FDR and Churchill to that of Donald Trump. It forensically examines the public language we've been left with: compressed, immediate, sometimes brilliantly impactful, but robbed of most of its explanatory power. It studies the rhetoric of Western leaders from Reagan and Thatcher to Berlusconi, Blair, and today's political elites on both sides of the Atlantic. And it charts how a changing public language has interacted with real-world events--the war in Iraq, the financial crash, immigration--and led to a mutual breakdown of trust between politicians and journalists, leaving ordinary citizens suspicious, bitter, and increasingly unwilling to believe anybody. Drawing from classical as well as contemporary examples, and ranging across politics, business, science, technology, and the arts, Enough Said is a smart and shrewd look at the erosion of language by an author uniquely placed to measure its consequences."--Dust jacket.

Faustian bargains : Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the robber baron culture of Texas

September 12, 2016
Mellen, Joan, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
xxiii, 359 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Texans -- A man of good character -- "He must be a real leader" -- Lyndon Johnson betrays Richard M. Kleberg and George Parr works his magic -- Senator Lyndon Johnson -- Mac Wallace goes to Washington under the auspices of Lyndon Johnson -- The killing of John Douglas Kinser -- Texas justice -- Two Faustian bargains :little Lyndon and Billie Sol -- Enter the Office of Naval Intelligence -- Some Faustian bargains come due : the falls of Billie Sol Estes and Bobby Baker -- Mac Wallace in California -- President Lyndon Johnson, Part I -- President Lyndon Johnson and the USS Liberty : Lyndon Johnson as President, Part II -- Downward spirals -- Billie Sol Estes creates an urban legend -- The fingerprint -- Epilogue -- Appendix: Evaluation and comparison of fingerprints.
"Perhaps no president has a more ambiguous reputation than LBJ. A brilliant tactician, he maneuvered colleagues and turned bills into law better than anyone. But he was trailed by a legacy of underhanded dealings, from his 'stolen' Senate election in 1948 to kickbacks he artfully concealed from deals engineered with Texas wheeler-dealer Billie Sol Estes and defense contractors like his longtime supporter Brown & Root. On the verge of investigation, Johnson was reprieved when he became president upon JFK's assassination. Among the remaining mysteries has been LBJ's relationship to Mac Wallace who, in 1951, shot a Texas man having an affair with LBJ's loose-cannon sister Josefa, also Wallace's lover. When arrested, Wallace coolly said 'I work for Johnson ... I need to get back to Washington.' Charged with murder, he was overnight defended by LBJ's powerful lawyer John Cofer, and though convicted, amazingly received a suspended sentence. He then got high-security clearance from LBJ friend and defense contractor D.H. Byrd, which the Office of Naval Intelligence tried to revoke for 11 years without success. Using crucial Life magazine and Naval Intelligence files and the unredacted FBI files on Mac Wallace, never before utilized by others, investigative writer Joan Mellen skillfully connects these two disparate Texas lives and lends stark credence to the dark side of Lyndon Johnson that has largely gone unsubstantiated"-- Provided by publisher.

Five days in Philadelphia : the amazing "We want Wilkie!" convention of 1940 and how it freed FDR to save the Western World

September 8, 2016
Peters, Charles, 1926-
New York : Public Affairs, ©2005.
x, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
1: Danger looms -- "World of tomorrow" -- "A stunning combination of intellect and homely warmth" -- The hurricane of events -- 2: The greatest convention -- "Just the next president of the United States" -- Monday, June 24, 1940 -- Tuesday, June 25, 1940 -- Wednesday, June 26, 1940 -- Thursday, June 27, 1940 -- Friday, June 28, 1940 -- 3: "Saving freedom at a moment of great peril" -- "I still don't want to run" -- "The convention is bleeding to death" -- The deal and the muster -- "Sail on O ship of state!"
There were four strong contenders when the Republican Party met in June of 1940 to nominate its candidate: the crusading young attorney and rising Republican star Tom Dewey, two solid members of the Republican establishment, and dark horse Wendell Willkie, utilities executive, favorite of the literati and only very recently even a Republican. The leading candidates campaigned as isolationists. The charismatic newcomer Willkie was a liberal interventionist, just as anti-Hitler as FDR. After five days of floor rallies, telegrams from across the country, multiple ballots, rousing speeches, backroom deals, terrifying international news, and, most of all, the relentless chanting of "We Want Willkie" from the gallery, Willkie walked away with the nomination. As Peters shows, these five days and their improbable outcome were as important as the Battle of Britain in defeating the Nazis.--From publisher description.

Yuge! : 30 years of Doonesbury on Trump

September 7, 2016
Trudeau, G. B., 1948- author, artist.
111 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
This Doonesbury collection about Donald Trump offers strips from the 1980s to 2016.

The new Trail of Tears : how Washington is destroying American Indians

September 7, 2016
Riley, Naomi Schaefer, author.
New York ; London : Encounter Books, 2016.
xiii, 214 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: What do we owe American Indians? -- The false promise of sovereignty -- Someone else's responsibility: property rights as Native rights -- Money instead of freedom: the loophole economy and the politics of poverty -- "White people call it nepotism. We call it kinship." -- Unprepared: a narrative of victimhood -- Walking in two worlds: the weight of Indian identity -- Who will stand up for civil rights? -- Equal protection: the tribe versus the individual -- Conclusion: Native Americans as Americans.

The United States government manual.

September 2, 2016
Washington, D.C. : Office of Government Reports,
v. : ill. ; 24 cm.

American treasures : the secret efforts to save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address

September 1, 2016
Puleo, Stephen, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xv, 415 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Early 1941. "It is natural that men should value the original documents" -- 1776. "We hold these truths ..." ; "The unanimous Declaration" -- 1941. "The preservation of national morale" -- 1787-1791. "Suspended upon a single hair" ; "Our doors will be shut" ; "That a national government ought to be established" ; "We are now at a full stop" ; "The people are the King" ; "Approaching so near to perfection ..." ; "Tis done! ... We have become a nation" -- 1941. "A place of greater safety" -- 1814. "Take the best care of the books and papers ..." ; "Such destruction-- such confusion" -- 1942. "The Library of Congress goes to war" -- 1826-1860. "I had flattered myself that he would survive the summer" ; "No government upon the earth is so safe as ours" -- 1942-1943. "Are you satisfied we have taken all reasonable precautions?" ; "He loved peace and he loved liberty" -- 1860-1924. "Four score and seven years ago ..." ; "Of the people, by the people, for the people ..." ; "The instrument has suffered very seriously" ; "Touch any aspect of the address, and you touch a mystery" -- 1944. "Nothing that men have ever made surpasses them" -- 1952. "They are not important as manuscripts, they are important as THEMSELVES" ; "The National Archives will not forget" ; "Symbols of power that can move the world."
"On December 26, 1941, Secret Service Agent Harry E. Neal stood on a platform at Washington's Union Station, watching a train chug off into the dark and feeling at once relieved and inexorably anxious. These were dire times: as Hitler's armies plowed across Europe, seizing or destroying the Continent's historic artifacts at will, Japan bristled to the East. The Axis was rapidly closing in. So FDR set about hiding the country's valuables. On the train speeding away from Neal sat four plain-wrapped cases containing the documentary history of American democracy: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, and more, guarded by a battery of agents and bound for safekeeping in the nation's most impenetrable hiding place. American Treasures charts the little-known journeys of these American crown jewels. From the risky and audacious adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to our modern Fourth of July celebrations, American Treasures shows how the ideas captured in these documents underscore the nation's strengths and hopes, and embody its fundamental values of liberty and equality. Stephen Puleo weaves in exciting stories of freedom under fire--from the Declaration and Constitution smuggled out of Washington days before the British burned the capital in 1814, to their covert relocation during WWII--crafting a sweeping history of a nation united to preserve its definition of democracy"-- Provided by publisher.

The Cincinnati convention : the conditions upon which the Republicans can elect a President, as affected by the question of civil service reform, and the position of that issue

September 1, 2016
Eaton, Dorman B. (Dorman Bridgman), 1823-1899.
[New York?] : [publisher not identified], [1876?]
46 pages ; 23 cm
Cover title.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original gray wrappers.

Necessary trouble : Americans in revolt

August 24, 2016
Jaffe, Sarah, 1980- author.
New York : Nation Books, [2016]
xi, 338 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: No future shock -- Banks got bailed out, we got sold out -- Middle-class meltdown and the debt trap -- Walmart, Walmart, you can't hide, we can see your greedy side -- Challenging the austeritarians -- Race to the bottom -- A moral movement -- Red scares and radical imagination -- The militarization of everything -- Change is gonna come -- Conclusion: Our future is not yours to leverage.

The terror years : from al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

August 24, 2016
Wright, Lawrence, 1947- author.
xiii, 366 pages ; 24 cm
The man behind bin Laden -- The counterterrorist -- The agent -- The kingdom of silence -- The terror web -- Captured on film -- The master plan -- The spymaster -- The rebellion within -- Captives -- Five hostages.
"Eleven powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker recall the path terror in the Middle East has taken from a more peaceful time in 1990s Israel to the recent beheadings of reporters by ISIS.With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how Al Qaeda and its core cult-like beliefs have morphed and spread. They include: a picture of Saudi Arabia under the control of the religious police; the Syrian film industry, then compliant at the edges but already exuding a feeling of the barely masked fury that erupted into civil war; Israel and Hamas waging war over Gaza. Others continue to look into Al-Qaeda as it forms a master plan for its future, experiences a rebellion from within the organization, and spins off a growing web of terror in the world. The American response is covered in profiles of two FBI agents and a head of the CIA. It ends with the recent devastating capture and beheadings by ISIS of four American journalists and how our government handled the situation"-- Provided by publisher.

We're still right, they're still wrong : the Democrats' case for 2016

August 23, 2016
Carville, James, author.
xx, 242 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
A letter from the author -- Prologue: 1.6 billion facts & a snowball -- Introduction: America's Muller moment -- Snake oil or the cure? -- American isn't what it used to be -- Shit sandwiches -- The anatomy of bullshit -- Interlude: where we were wrong -- Trump's original sin -- I'd sooner work for Kim Jong-un -- Conclusion: do facts matter anymore?
"In We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong, Carville analyzes how the Republican party has ultimately failed to deliver on its promises and how Donald J. Trump--the party's likely nominee in the 2016 presidential election--is the embodiment of that failure--and worse..."--Dust jacket.

Theodore the great : conservative crusader

August 23, 2016
Ruddy, Daniel, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Part I. The first modern president -- TR's roller coaster reputation -- Delighted defender of family and country -- Misconceptions about TR -- The Bull Moose progressive -- Part II. The making of a conservative reformer -- TR's political education -- TR's run-up to the White House -- Part III. TR as president: domestic policy -- The trust buster myth -- Sidestepping the tariff third rail -- Neglecting currency/banking reform -- Setting the model for labor disputes -- Protecting consumer health and safety -- Conserving natural resources -- Delivering water to the arid west -- Winning, then losing Black voters -- Part IV. TR as president: foreign policy -- Britain: forging the special relationship -- Germany: restraining the Kaiser -- Japan: preventing war in the Pacific -- Panama: making the dirt fly -- Monroe Doctrine: adding a police power -- Part V. Assessing his two terms -- One of the greatest presidents -- Founding father of the American century.

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