New Arrivals · Politics

September 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Show me a hero : a tale of murder, suicide, race, and redemption

September 3, 2015
Belkin, Lisa, 1960- author.
©2015
xvii, 347 pages ; 21 cm
Issues facing public housing in Yonkers and the people who live with the results.

The Israeli mind : how the Israeli national character shapes our world

September 2, 2015
Gratch, Alon, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
278 pages ; 25 cm
Who is an Israeli? -- It's easier to change a song than a city -- The whole world is against us and the world is silent -- Crying while shooting -- Anatomy of a cliché : Sabras at war -- There is no place like Masada.
"Israelis are bold and visionary, passionate and generous. But they can also be grandiose and self-absorbed. Emerging from the depths of Jewish history and the drama of the Zionist rebellion against it, they have a deeply conflicted identity. They are willing to sacrifice themselves for the collective, but also to sacrifice that very collective for a higher, and likely unattainable, ideal. Resolving these internal conflicts and coming to terms with the trauma of the Holocaust are imperative to Israel's survival as a nation and to the stability of the world. Alon Gratch, a clinical psychologist whose family has lived in Israel for generations, is uniquely positioned to confront these issues. Like the Israeli psyche that Gratch details, The Israeli Mind is both intimate and universal. Intelligent and forthright, compassionate but sometimes maddening, it is an utterly compelling read. Drawing on a broad cultural and historical canvas, and weaving in the author's personal and professional experience, The Israeli Mind presents a provocative, first-hand portrait of the Israeli national character,"--Amazon.com.

Time to get tough : making America great again!

August 26, 2015
Trump, Donald, 1946- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, 2015.
216 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"Updated for 2016"--Cover.
Get tough -- Take the oil -- Tax China to save American jobs -- It's your money, you should keep more of it -- A government we can afford -- Strengthen American muscle -- A safety net, not a hammock -- Repeal Obamacare -- It's called illegal immigration for a reason -- The America our children deserve -- The press and the presidency.

Because we say so

August 25, 2015
Chomsky, Noam.
[San Francisco] : City Lights Books, [2015]
199 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
"Because We Say So presents more than thirty short, forceful commentaries written between 2011 and 2015 covering the most urgent matters in U.S. politics during global crisis. With uncompromising clarity, Chomsky takes on a range of hot-button issues from climate change, nuclear politics, and spying/cyberwar, to the Middle East and the future of democracy. Brilliant, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing"-- Provided by publisher.

One Islam, many Muslim worlds : spirituality, identity, and resistance across Islamic lands

August 25, 2015
Baker, Raymond William, 1942-
©2015
xiii, 375 pages ; 25 cm.
The mystery of Islam's strength -- Oases of resistance and reform -- Guidance from the center -- Heralds of renewal -- Medieval pathways and Ibn Battuta -- Contemporary networks and Fahmi Huwaidi -- God's "signs" and democracy in Islam -- The Islamist imaginary -- The epochal story of Islam and the common people -- The "river of life".

Kissinger's shadow : the long reach of America's most controversial statesman

August 24, 2015
Grandin, Greg, 1962- author.
New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
270 pages ; 22 cm
A cosmic beat -- Ends and means -- Kissinger smiled -- Nixon style -- Anti-Kissinger -- The opposite of unity -- Secrecy and spectacle -- Inconceivable -- Cause and effect -- Onward to the Gulf -- Darkness into light.
"A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance."--Provided by publisher.

Base nation : how U.S. military bases abroad harm America and the world

August 24, 2015
Vine, David.
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
x, 418 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

Hannah Arendt : a life in dark times

August 18, 2015
Heller, Anne Conover.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
134 pages ; 23 cm
Hannah Arendt, one of the most gifted and provocative voices of her era, was a polarizing cultural theorist--extolled by her peers as a visionary and berated by her critics as a poseur and a fraud. Born in Prussia to assimilated Jewish parents, she escaped from Hitler's Germany in 1933 and is now best remembered for the storm of controversy that arose after the publication of her 1963 New Yorker series on the trial of the kidnapped Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Arendt was a woman of many contradictions. She was brilliant, beautiful when young, and irresistible to gifted men, even in her chain-smoking, intellectually provocative middle age. She learned to write in English only at the age of thirty-six, and yet her first book, The Origins of Totalitarianism, single-handedly altered the way generations of Americans and Europeans viewed fascism and genocide. Her most famous--and most divisive--work, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, created fierce controversy that continues to this day, exacerbated by the posthumous discovery that she had been the lover of the great romantic philosopher and Nazi sympathizer Martin Heidegger. In this fast-paced, comprehensive biography, Anne C. Heller tracks the source of Arendt's apparent contradictions and her greatest achievements to her sense of being what she called a "conscious pariah"--one of those few people in every time and place who doesn't "lose confidence in ourselves if society does not approve us" and will not "pay any price" to gain the acceptance of others.

Plenty ladylike

August 14, 2015
McCaskill, Claire, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 260 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Blonde ambition -- Bill and Betty -- A house hazing -- Madame prosecutor -- A statewide office -- Reaching for a dream -- "Go for it." -- Call me Claire -- Boondoggles -- Dark money -- Operation Dog Whistle -- The magic uterus -- Divine intervention -- A new civility -- "A vastly underreported offense." -- Redefining ladylike.
Missouri's first woman senator recounts her coming-of-age in a political family at a time when women were held back from their ambitions, describing her failed first marriage, her unconventional choices in office and her relationships with fellow politicians. --Publisher's description.

It is about Islam : exposing the truth about Isis, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate

August 14, 2015
Beck, Glenn, author.
New York : Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts, 2015.
viii, 263 pages ; 22 cm.
Subtitle from cover.
"From the barbarians of ISIS to the terror tactics of Al-Qaeda and its offshoots, to the impending threat of a nuclear Iran, those motivated by extreme fundamentalist Islamic faith have the power to endanger and kill millions. The conflict with them will not end until we face the truth about those who find their inspiration and justification in the religion itself."--provided by publisher.

The 51 day war : ruin and resistance in Gaza

August 14, 2015
Blumenthal, Max, 1977- author.
©2015
viii, 261 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Rogues -- Human animals -- The resistance -- The Battle of Shujaiya -- A thin red line -- Bloodlands -- Human shields -- Hannibal -- Good night, Left Side -- The attrition factor -- Three million bullets -- Assassins -- Bringing the towers down -- Defiance in the rubble -- Dodging death -- The deadliest catch -- Singapore or Darfur -- The teacher.
On July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion. The ensuing fifty-one days of war left more than 2,200 people dead. Max Blumenthal was in Gaza and throughout Israel-Palestine during what he argues was an entirely avoidable catastrophe. Blumenthal radically shifts the discussion around a number of highly contentious issues-- the use of civilians as human shields by Israeli forces, the arbitrary targeting of Palestinian civilians, and the radicalization of Israeli public officials and top military personnel. The 51 Day War is an urgent warning that the aftermath of the conflict has made another military assault on Gaza almost inevitable.

From King to Obama : witness to a turbulent history : a memoir

August 14, 2015
Hutchinson, Earl Ofari.
©2014
243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and the decline of the Progressive Party in Wisconsin :

August 13, 2015
Johnson, Roger T.
Madison, State Historical Society of Wisconsin for the Department of History, University of Wisconsin, 1964.
ix, 195 pages ; 24 cm.

Conservative heroes : fourteen leaders who shaped America, from Jefferson to Reagan

August 12, 2015
Tucker, Garland S.
Wilmington, DE : Intercollegiate Studies Institute, [2015]
234 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Conservative Heroes is the story of fourteen Americans whose lives reflected conservative values and principles as defined by author Garland S. Tucker III. The book surveys the thought and achievement of statesmen ranging from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison through Calvin Coolidge and Andrew Mellon up to Ronald Reagan"-- Provided by publisher.

Return to sender : unanswered letters to the President, 2001-2015

August 11, 2015
Nader, Ralph.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision. Each letter offers frank advice and shines light on government mishaps and missed opportunities for progress. With his signature dry wit, Nader holds these presidents to their campaign promises. He also boldly points to the ignoble and sometimes heinous decisions made in pursuit of party platforms and misguided ideals. Covering a range of still-current topics--including the Iraq War, torture, the Crimean annexation, the minimum wage, worker's health legislation, and corporatism--these letters were wholesale ignored on receipt. Here they are reproduced to refute that fate in the spirit of true and healthy democracy"-- Provided by publisher.

Strategic failure : how President Obama's drone warefare, defense cuts, and military amateurism have imperiled America

August 11, 2015
Moyar, Mark, 1971- author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2015.
xii, 387 pages ; 24 cm

The happiness industry : how the government and big business sold us well-being

August 11, 2015
Davies, William, 1976- author.
London : Verso, 2015.
314 pages ; 22 cm
Knowing How You Feel -- The Price of Pleasure -- In the Mood to Buy -- The Psychosomatic Worker -- The Crisis of Authority -- Social Optimization -- Living in the Lab -- Critical Animals.
"When Jeremy Bentham proposed that government should run 'for the greatest benefit of the greatest number,' he posed two problems: what is happiness and how can we measure it? With the rise of positive psychology, freakonomics, behavioural economics, endless TED talks, the happiness manifesto, the Happiness Index, the tyranny of customer service, the emergence of the quantified self movement, we have become a culture obsessed with measuring our supposed satisfaction. In anecdotes that include the Buddhist monk who lectured the business leaders of the world at Davos, why the Nike Fuel band makes us more worried about our fitness, how parts of our city are being rebuilt in response to scientific studies of oxytocin levels in our brain, and what a survey from Radisson hotels--that proves that 62% of us believe that well-being is a luxury worth more than work or a good relationship--really tells us about the way we measure ourselves, and continually find ourselves wanting"-- Provided by publisher.

Onward : engaging the culture without losing the gospel

August 11, 2015
Moore, Russell, 1971- author.
©2015.
ix, 224 pages. ; 22 cm.

The tail wags the dog : international politics and the middle east

August 10, 2015
Karsh, Efraim.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
236 pages ; 25 cm
The making of the modern Middle East -- Britain's Palestine moment -- Innocents abroad -- Adrift in Iran -- The cautious bear -- The only remaining superpower? -- The limits to power -- Clueless in Arabia -- The Spring that never was.

Eighty-eight years : the long death of slavery in the United States, 1777-1865

August 10, 2015
Rael, Patrick, author.
Athens, GA : The University of Georgia Press, [2015]
xix, 392 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
A house divided -- The Slave Power -- The Age of Revolution. Impious prayers : slavery and the revolution ; Half slave and half free : the founding of the United States -- The Early Republic. A house dividing : Atlantic slavery and abolition in the era of the early republic ; To become a great nation : caste and resistance in the age of emancipations -- The Age of Immediatism. Minds long set on freedom : rebellion, metropolitan abolition, and sectional conflict ; Ere the storm come forth : antislavery militance and the collapse of party politics -- The Civil War and Reconstruction. This terrible war : secession, civil war, and emancipation ; One hundred years : reconstruction ; What peace among the whites brought.

North Korea undercover : inside the world's most secret state

July 28, 2015
Sweeney, John, 1958- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, LLC, 2015.
xv, 306 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Originally published by Bantam Press, 2013.
In the Land of the Plastic Toad -- Zombie Gods Seep Goo -- God the Waxwork Father -- 'No photos, no photos' -- Jimmy the Gold-Smuggler -- Pyongyang Zoo -- The Scariest Place on Earth -- Facing the Final Curtain -- Cruel Christs of Pus -- Pissing on Marble -- 'Would the Dear Leader not be offended by such a gift?' -- The Man Who Went to North Korea and Came Back Mad -- The Washing of Brains -- God the Bad Elvis Son -- Fifty Shades of Green -- Empty Bellies -- The American Who Went to North Korea and Stayed -- The Hospital that Has Patients, but Only in the Morning -- The Gulag Circus -- God the Fat Boy Kim.
North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and big brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea. Having entered the country undercover, Sweeny posed as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ--the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins--are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty at the slightest sign of discontent. Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney's North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today while examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.

She takes a stand : 16 fearless activists who have changed the world

July 28, 2015
Ross, Michael Elsohn, 1952-
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xv, 192 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Portraits of brave women from the late 1800s through today--role models who are passionate about important issues A source of inspiration for young women with strong social convictions, She Takes a Stand highlights 16 extraordinary women who have fought for human rights, civil rights, workers' rights, reproductive/sexual rights, and world peace. Among these are many who have been imprisoned, threatened, or suffered financial hardships for pursuing their missions to change the world for the better. Included are historic heroes such as anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and suffragist Alice Paul, along with contemporary figures such as girls-education activist Malala Yousafzai; "Gulabi Gang" founder Sampat Pal Devi, who fights violence against Indianwomen; and SPARK executive director Dana Edell, who works to end the sexualization of women and girls in the media. Taking a multicultural, multinational perspective, She Takes a Stand spotlights brave women around the world with an emphasis on childhooddetails, motivations, and life turning points--in many cases gleaned from the author's original interviews--and includes related sidebars, a bibliography, source notes, and a list of organizations young women can explore to get involved in changing theirworld"-- Provided by publisher.

Circling the Square : stories from the Egyptian Revolution

July 27, 2015
Steavenson, Wendell, 1970- author.
©2015
x, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beforeword -- Tanks -- Tahrir -- Hassan -- Welter -- Tewfik house -- Koshari -- When Platon met Wael Ghonim -- The Army is a red line -- Bread, life -- Milling -- Let's go for a walk -- Every Friday -- Maspero -- Z -- On thugs -- Trees grow -- November December January -- Circle of deceit -- A parliament -- Mogamma -- Anniversary -- The second battle of Mohammed Mahmoud -- The skin -- The standard bearer -- Graffiti -- Broken cameras -- Islam is the solution! -- Merry-go-round -- Intelligence -- On the beach -- Election -- Morsi is the President -- Lie down for a bit -- 1900 : two tribes -- Down with the Brotherhood -- Citadel -- Napoleon -- Reasons to be cheerful -- Waves and sea -- Afterword -- Note about the graffiti.

The two-state delusion : Israel and Palestine - a tale of two narratives

July 24, 2015
O'Malley, Padraig, author.
New York, New York : Viking, 2015.
xvi, 493 pages : map ; 25 cm
Early history: the two narratives -- Dueling narratives and addiction to narrative -- Two-state paradigm, decades of failure, and addiction to process -- Specifics failures -- Hamas: spinning wheels -- Refugees and right of return -- Settlers and settlements -- The economics of sustainability -- Demographics: the enemy within -- Facing the truth
Arguing that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to lasting peace, a controversial assessment of the Israeli-Palestine conflict addresses key issues while outlining a framework for action.

History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense

July 21, 2015
Washington, D.C. : Historical Office, Office of the Sec. of Defense : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1984-<2015>
v. <1-7> : ill., ports., maps ; 26 cm.
v. 1. The formative years, 1947-1950 -- v. 2 The test of war, 1950-1953 -- v. 3. Strategy, money, and the new look, 1953-1956 -- v. 4. Into the missile age, 1956-1960 -- v. 5. The McNamara ascendancy, 1961-1965 -- v. 6. McNamara, Clifford, and the burdens of Vietnam 1965-1969 -- v. 7. Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the post-Vietnam military 1969-1973

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