New Arrivals · Politics

September 17, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cracking the AP U.S. government and politics exam.

September 16, 2014
New York, NY : Random House,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
At head of title: The Princeton Review.

Arctic thaw : climate change and the global race for energy resources

September 16, 2014
McPherson, Stephanie Sammartino.
64 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 27 cm

Mountain to mountain : a journey of adventure and activism for the women of Afghanistan

September 15, 2014
Galpin, Shannon.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 22 cm
"Being inspired to act can take many forms. For some it's taking a weekend to volunteer, but for Shannon Galpin, it meant leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls. Focusing on the war-torn country of Afghanistan, Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. As if launching a nonprofit wasn't enough, in 2009 Galpin became the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan. Now she's using that initial bike ride to gain awareness around the country, encouraging people to use their bikes "as a vehicle for social change and justice to support a country where women don't have the right to ride a bike." In her lyric and honest memoir, Galpin describes her first forays into fundraising, her deep desire to help women and girls halfway across the world, her love for adventure and sports, and her own inspiration to be so much more than just another rape victim. During her numerous trips to Afghanistan, Shannon reaches out to politicians and journalists as well as everyday Afghanis -- teachers, prison inmates, mothers, daughters -- to cross a cultural divide and find common ground. She narrates harrowing encounters, exhilarating bike rides, humorous episodes, and the heartbreak inherent in a country that is still recovering from decades of war and occupation"-- Provided by publisher.

Be a changemaker : how to start something that matters

September 12, 2014
Thompson, Laurie Ann.
New York : Simon Pulse ; Hillsboro, Oregon : Beyond Words, 2014.
x, 230 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Utopia or bust : a guide to the present crisis

September 11, 2014
Kunkel, Benjamin.
London ; New York : Verso, 2014.
180 pages ; 20 cm
David Harvey: crisis theory -- Fredric Jameson: the cultural logic of neoliberalism -- Robert Brenner: full employment and the long downturn -- David Graeber: in the midst of life we are in debt -- Slavoj Žižek: the unbearable lightness of "communism" -- Boris Groys: aesthetics of utopia.
""The deepest economic crisis in eighty years prompted a shallow revival of Marxism," writes Benjamin Kunkel of the 2008 recession--and the shallowness was undoubtedly a result of the complex, sometimes difficult nature of contemporary Marxist thought. Enter Kunkel's Utopia or Bust, which leads the uninitiated reader through the biggest names in critical political theory today. Written with the wit and verve of a novelist, Utopia or Bust engages with the revolutionary philosophies of Slavoj Žižek, the economic analyses of David Graeber and David Harvey, and the cultural diagnoses of Fredric Jameson. Discussing the crisis of capitalism alongside the idea of full employment and the right to work, Utopia or Bust is not only a tour through the world of Marxist thought, but also an examination of the state of Western society today"-- Provided by publisher.

Demon's brood : a history of the Plantagenet dynasty

September 11, 2014
Seward, Desmond, 1935-
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxix, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Constable, 2014.
The demon and her heirs -- The first Plantagenets. The first Plantagenets ; The Eagle : Henry II ; The Lionheart : Richard I ; The Madman : John ; The Aesthete : Henry III -- Plantagenet Britain? The Hammer : Edward I ; The Changeling : Edward II -- Plantagenet France? The Paladin : Edward III ; The Absolutist : Richard II ; The Usurper : Henry IV ; The 'Gleaming King' : Henry V -- Lancaster and York. The Holy Fool : Henry VI ; The Self-Made King : Edward IV ; The Suicide : Richard III -- The Kings in the national myth.
A vivid and colorful history of the most dominant royal dynasty in English history, from Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince to Henry IV and Richard III.

Gaza : a history

September 10, 2014
Filiu, Jean-Pierre, author.
New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xiv, 422 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Gaza before the strip -- 1947-67 : the generation of mourning -- 1967-87 : the generation of dispossession -- 1987-2007 : the generation of the intifadas -- The generation of impasses/
"Through its millennium-long existence, Gaza has often been bitterly disputed while simultaneously and paradoxically enduring prolonged neglect. Squeezed between the Negev and Sinai desert on the one hand and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Gaza was contested by the Pharaohs, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Fatimids, the Mamluks, the Crusaders, and the Ottomans. Napoleon had to secure it in 1799 to launch his failed campaign on Palestine. In 1917, the British Empire fought for months to conquer Gaza, before establishing its mandate on Palestine. In 1948, 20,000 Palestinians sought refuge in Gaza, a marginal area that neither Israel nor Egypt wanted. Palestinian nationalism grew there, and Gaza has since found itself at the heart of Palestinian history. ." --Publisher's website.

The Roosevelts : an intimate history

September 8, 2014
Ward, Geoffrey C.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xii, 503 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Get action : 1858-1901 -- In the arena : 1901-1910 -- The fire of life : 1910-1919 -- The storm : 1920-1933 -- The rising road : 1933-1939 -- The common cause : 1939-1944 -- A strong and active faith : 1944-1962.
An extraordinarily vivid and personal portrait of America's greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation--the tie-in volume to the PBS documentary to air in the fall of 2014.

Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world

September 8, 2014
Gillibrand, Kirsten, 1966-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xviii, 194 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color); 25 cm
I'm one of Polly's girls -- From A to B, with detours -- So what if the cows outnumber your supporters? -- The best lobbyist I ever met was a twelve-year-old girl -- Let's clean up the sticky floor -- Ambition is not a dirty word -- Now we're yours -- "You need to be beautiful again" and other unwanted advice -- Be kind -- My real inner circle -- A time such as this -- Get in the game.
"Fourteen years before Kirsten Gillibrand succeeded Hillary Rodham Clinton as senator from New York, she heard her future mentor say these life-changing words: 'Decisions are being made every day in Washington, and if you are not part of those decisions, you might not like what they decide, and you'll have no one to blame but yourself.' A young corporate lawyer at the time, Gillibrand felt as if she'd been struck by lightning. She instantly knew that her voice--all women's voices--were essential to shaping the future of this country, and that she had a greater purpose in life: to speak up and effect change. Now, in this extraordinary memoir, the senator, wife, and mother of two recounts her personal journey in public service and galvanizes women to reach beyond their busy lives and make a meaningful difference in the world around them. Off the Sidelines is a playbook for women who want to step up, whether in Congress or the boardroom or the local PTA. If women were fully represented in politics, Gillibrand says, national priorities would shift to issues that directly impact them: affordable daycare, paid family medical leave, and equal pay. Pulling back the curtain on Beltway politics, she speaks candidly about her legislative successes (securing federally funded medical care for 9/11 first responders, repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell) and her crushing disappointments (failing by five votes to pass a bill protecting survivors of sexual assault in the military). Gillibrand also shares stories of growing up the daughter and granddaughter of two trailblazing feminists in a politically active family in Albany, New York, and retraces her nonlinear path to public office. She lays bare the highs and lows of being a young (pregnant!) woman in Congress, the joys and sacrifices every working mother shares, and the support system she turns to in her darkest moments: her husband, their two little boys, and lots of girlfriends. In Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand is the tough-love older sister and cheerleader every woman needs. She explains why 'ambition' is not a dirty word, failure is a gift, listening is the most effective tool, and the debate over women 'having it all' is absurd at best and demeaning at worst. In her sharp, honest, and refreshingly relatable voice, she dares us all to tap into our inner strength, find personal fulfillment, and speak up for what we believe in. Advance praise for Off the Sidelines: 'Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, in offering this compellingly personal account of her journey to the U.S. Senate, fulfills a vital public purpose. Writing in a voice that is honest, funny, blunt, and strong, she urges women to get off the sidelines and start changing the world'--Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org; 'What do you get when a woman is the third generation of fierce, kindhearted, and brilliant political activists? You get Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who writes irresistibly, helps in real-life terms, and uses her clout to get more women elected. Off the Sidelines is one of the most helpful, readable, down-to-earth, and truly democratic books ever to come out of the halls of power'--Gloria Steinem; 'Kirsten Gillibrand has written a handbook for the next generation of women to redefine their role in our world. With Off the Sidelines, Gillibrand shows that it's not about getting to the top, or choosing between career and family--it's simply about getting involved'--Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of Thrive"-- Provided by publisher.

The promise of party in a polarized age

September 8, 2014
Muirhead, Russell, 1965-
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
xii, 317 pages ; 22 cm
The party problem -- The partisan threat -- The partisan community -- Reasonable partisans -- Loyal partisans -- The primary problem -- Partisanship at home: the legislature -- Partisanship beyond the legislature -- Can the government govern?

Chasing shadows : the Nixon tapes, the Chennault affair, and the origins of Watergate

September 8, 2014
Hughes, Ken, 1964-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2014.
x, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Chasing shadows -- The Chennault affair -- Johnson v. Humphrey -- Nixon v. Nixon -- On the case -- "Hold on" -- Election eve -- "I let you down" -- "Time to blow the whistle" -- The united front -- "Candid and forthright" -- The man who knew too little -- "All the documents" -- The Huston plan -- Nixon tapes -- Tricia's wedding -- The Pentagon papers -- The secret bombing of Cambodia -- Leaks -- The wrong men -- Charge Gelb -- LBJ cracks the case -- Ellsberg's decision -- Fear of a damaging disclosure -- Legal action -- The Diem chapter -- "Destroy the times" -- Illegal action -- "A natural enemy" -- Lord high executioner -- Supreme Court rules -- Documents -- These Harvards -- "Rumors and reports of a conspiracy" -- Imitation of the enemy -- Special Investigations Unit -- "All these Harvard people" -- The economic conspiracy theory -- "Are they all Jews?" -- "They're all over" -- "Somebody sits on high" -- Counting Ivy Leaguers -- Counting Jews -- Above the law -- "Pretty much carte blanche" -- "One little operation" -- The CIA bluff -- The smoking gun -- "I don't kiss and tell" -- Dean testifies -- The X envelope -- The White House tapes.
"This book, based on research on and transcripts of the Nixon, Johnson, and Kennedy White House presidential recordings as well as other contemporary sources, reveals for the first time the origins of the 'Plumbers' (the Special Investigations Unit) and Nixon's policy of illegal break-ins for partisan political gain, which led to Watergate, its cover-up, and Nixon's resignation. The e-book links to extended transcripts and audio files of the presidential recordings"--Provided by publisher.

Inequality in America : race, poverty, and fulfilling democracy's promise

September 8, 2014
Caliendo, Stephen M., 1971-
xviii, 270 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction -- Representation and the Roots of Inequality -- Income and Wealth -- Housing -- Education -- Crime and Employment -- Health -- Gender -- Affirmative Action -- Conclusion: The Space between Power and Powerlessness.
"Why does inequality have such a hold on American society and public policy? And what can we, as citizens, do about it? Inequality in America takes an in-depth look at individual-level and systemic inequality, focusing in particular on race, poverty, and gender, across a wide range of issues from housing and education to crime, employment and health. Caliendo shows how individual-level prejudice and systemic inequality are interrelated, how individual beliefs and attitudes can affect public opinion and lawmakers' policy solutions and how systemic barriers to advancement as a result of these policies then contribute to individual perceptions, creating a cycle of disadvantage and advantage that can be difficult to break, though not impossible. Feature boxes throughout the book offer insight into key public figures who have worked to combat inequality and suggestions for individual action. Concise and written in an accessible manner, Inequality in America paves the way for students to think critically about the effects of the attitudes, behaviors and structures of inequality"-- Provided by publisher.

Dixie Highway : road building and the making of the Modern South, 1900-1930

September 4, 2014
Ingram, Tammy.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]
xiv, 255 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Sponsored by the postdoctoral fellows program at the Center for the Study of the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"--Title page verso.
Building a good roads movement, 1900-1913 -- The road to Dixie, 1914-1916 -- Roads at war, 1917-1919 -- Modern highways and chain gang labor, 1919-1924 -- Paved with politics : business and bureaucracy in Georgia, 1924-1927.

Before the storm : Barry Goldwater and the unmaking of the American consensus

September 4, 2014
Perlstein, Rick, 1969-
New York : Nation Books, 2009, c2001.
xiv, 671 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
Originally published: New York : Hill and Wang, 2001.
"Combining prodigious research with journalistic flair, Rick Perlstein. . .has produced a detailed and dramatic narrative of the rise of the modern right...It's an amazing story, and Perlstein, a man of the left, does it justice."--William Kristol, "The New York Times Book Review" "Daring, virtuosic writing, and encyclopedic mastery make . . . [Before the Storm] one of the most stylish, riveting achievements in narrative history to appear in years . . . An exciting volume, an outstanding debut. It goes beyond conservatism. It ups the ante on what popular history can, and should, do."-- Mark Greif, "The Village Voice" .

World order

September 2, 2014
Kissinger, Henry, 1923- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2014.
420 pages ; 25 cm
Europe : the pluralistic international order -- The European balance-of-power system and its end -- Islamism and the Middle East : a world in disorder -- The United States and Iran : approaches to order -- The multiplicity of Asia -- Toward an Asian order : confrontation or partnership? -- "Acting for all mankind" : the United States and its concept of order -- The United States : ambivalent superpower -- Technology, equilibrium, and human consciousness.
Kissinger offers his analysis of the twenty first century's ultimate challenge: how to build a shared international order in a world of divergent historic perspectives, violent conflict, proliferating technology, and ideological extremism.

Forgetting to be afraid

August 29, 2014
Davis, Wendy, 1963-
New York, NY : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
301 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A deeply personal memoir by the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate traces her upbringing by a single-mom high school dropout, her early divorce, her Harvard Law School education and the early political achievements that led to her successful 2008 election to the Texas Senate.

SOSart : [catalog].

August 28, 2014
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Ghosn Publishing
v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Title from cover.
"A sociopolitical, for peace and justice, 2D and 3D visual art group show and related events, poetry, performances, movies, lectures and debates at the Mockbee ..." (varies).

The worth of war

August 27, 2014
Ginsberg, Benjamin.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
pages cm
"Although war is terrible and brutal, history shows that it has been a great driver of human progress. So argues political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg in this incisive, well-researched study of the benefits to civilization derived from armed conflict. Ginsberg makes a convincing case that war selects for and promotes certain features of societies that are generally held to represent progress. These include rationality, technological and economic development, and liberal forms of government. Contrary to common perceptions that war is the height of irrationality, Ginsberg persuasively demonstrates that in fact it is the ultimate test of rationality. He points out that those societies best able to assess threats from enemies rationally and objectively are usually the survivors of warfare. History also clearly reveals the technological benefits that result from war--ranging from the sundial to nuclear power. And in regard to economics, preparation for war often spurs on economic development; by the same token, nations with economic clout in peacetime usually have a huge advantage in times of war. Finally, war and the threat of war have encouraged governments to become more congenial to the needs and wants of their citizens because of the increasing reliance of governments on their citizens' full cooperation in times of war. However deplorable the realities of war are, the many fascinating examples and astute analysis in this thought-provoking book will make readers reconsider the unmistakable connection between war and progress"-- Provided by publisher.

The world of the John Birch Society : conspiracy, conservatism, and the Cold War

August 22, 2014
Mulloy, D. J., author.
Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, [2014]
xi, 286 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Exposure -- Putsch -- Extremism -- Rights -- War -- Conspiracy.
"A comprehensive, engaging and provocative study of the John Birch Society, which examines the controversial right-wing group in the context of American's Cold War and conspiracy cultures during the 1950s and 1960s, and demonstrates its significant role in the development of the conservative movement in the United States"-- Provided by publisher.

All the way

August 20, 2014
Schenkkan, Robert, 1953-
New York : Grove, 2014.
xiv, 125 p. ; 21 cm.
Chronicles the first 11 months of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. The story tells how nation-shifting legislation was accomplished and how the presidency was won in 1964.--Director's note.

Collective bargaining and the battle of Ohio : the defeat of Senate Bill 5 and the struggle to defend the middle class

August 18, 2014
McNay, John T., 1957-
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]
xi, 257 pages ; 23 cm.
The storm comes -- Disaster Republicanism -- The battle begins -- GOP forces Senate Bill 5 on Ohio -- Gathering forces -- Extremism's high tide -- The real fight begins -- War on many fronts -- Democracy under assault -- "Stage is set for battle" -- The middle class defended -- Conclusion: A "rendezvous with destiny" if we choose.

The invisible soldiers : how America outsourced our security

August 18, 2014
Hagedorn, Ann, author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
xii, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Transformation. Beginnings ; Out of the shadows ; A watershed year ; The faint hum of secrecy ; Rules of engagement ; Privatized mayhem -- Reaction. Sounding the alarm ; "A remarkably unprecedented experiment" ; Conquering chaos ; The General and Kadhim ; "What's all the fuss about?" ; A thicket of ironies -- Expansion. Shell games ; Beyond Iraq ; Riding the wave ; And now, the debate? ; "Full speed ahead" ; Big Brother's big brother.
"The story behind the ultimate American privatization, which has taken place gradually and almost invisibly: how we privatized our national security"-- Provided by publisher.

Makers of modern Asia

August 15, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
385 pages ; 24 cm.

Why place matters : geography, identity, and civic life in modern America

August 14, 2014
New York : Encounter Books, [2014]
xi, 297 pages ; 24 cm
GPS and the end of the road / Ari N. Schulman -- Place-conscious transportation policy / Gary Toth -- "I can't believe you're from L.A.!" / Dana Gioia -- Cosmopolitanism and place / Russell Jacoby -- Making places : the cosmopolitan temptation / Mark T. Mitchell -- Place/space, ethnicity/cosmos : how to be more fully human / Yi-Fu Tuan -- The demand side of urbanism / Witold Rybczynski -- Metaphysical realism, modernity, and traditional cultures of building / Philip Bess -- A plea for beauty : a manifesto for a new urbanism / Roger Scruton -- Place and poverty / William A. Schambra -- The rise of localist politics / Brian Brown -- The new meaning of mobility / Christine Rosen -- Making American places : civic engagement rightly understood / Ted V. McAllister -- Place as pragmatic policy / Pete Peterson -- Local history : a way to place and home / Joseph A. Amato -- The space was ours before we were the place's / Wilfred M. McClay.

Dunmore's new world : the extraordinary life of a royal governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites, counterfeiters, land schemes, shipwrecks, scalping, Indian politics, runaway slaves, and two illegal royal weddings

August 14, 2014
David, James Corbett, 1977-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013.
viii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Family Politics, 1745-1770 -- The Absence of Empire, 1770-1773 -- Promised Land, 1773-1774 -- A Refugee's Revolution, 1775-1781 -- Abiding Ambitions, 1781-1796 -- Conclusion, 1796-1809 -- A Note on Method : Biography and Empire.

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