New Arrivals · Politics

May 3, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Bright, infinite future : a generational memoir on the progressive rise

May 2, 2016
Green, Mark J., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Blending the historical, biographical and political, the wide-ranging Bright, Infinite Future describes how the values of the '60s are creating a new progressive majority in '16. The multi-faceted Mark Green--bestselling author, public interest lawyer and elected official--is our guide through contemporary American politics as Nader launches the modern consumer movement; Clinton wins the 1992 New York primary and therefore the nomination; and Green loses the closest NYC mayoral election in a century to Bloomberg after 9/11 in a perfect storm of money, terrorism, and race. As Public Advocate, Green is Mayor Giuiliani's bête noir, exposing NYPD's racial profiling, killing off Joe Camel, and then running against a "Murderer's Row" of Cuomo, de Blasio, Schumer, and Bloomberg. Starting with the consequential movements of the '60s, Green shows how a rising tide of minority and millennial voters, GOP's lurch from mainstream to extreme, and the contrast between the presidencies of Bush and Clinton Obama are leading to a new era of "Progressive Patriotism" built on four cornerstones: an Economy-for-All, Democracy-for-All, Compact on Race & Justice, and Sustainable Climate. Full of behind-the-scenes stories about bold-faced names, this will be the 2016 book for liberals looking to a "bright, infinite future" (Leonard Bernstein), conservatives wanting to know what they're up against, and readers who want to know "what-it-takes" in the arena."-- Provided by publisher.

Off script : an advance man's guide to White House stagecraft, campaign spectacle, and political suicide

May 2, 2016
King, Josh (Joshua), author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
xv, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Being a public figure is no walk in the park - the world focuses on every move that politicians make and highlights their every mistake. "Image collapse" can befall anyone whose carefully cultivated persona is pitted against intermediaries in the broadcast booths of cable news networks or behind the photo desks of newspapers, magazines, and today's host of digital platforms. As a world-traveling "advance man," an operative who orchestrates TV- and photo-ready moments involving important political figures, Josh King has unique experience working with the reputations of officeholders, candidates and other public figures. In Off Script, King leads readers through an entertaining and illuminating journey through the Hall of Infamy of some of the most catastrophic examples of political theater of the last quarter century. Readers might remember these cringe worthy moments as simple cases of bad luck. King argues, instead, that they were symptomatic of something larger: our broad appetite for public embarrassment, the media's business imperatives in satiating that craving, and the propensity of politicians to serve it up on a platter, often by pretending to be someone they're not while strutting on the public stage. We tour recent history - King calls it "the Age of Optics"--To establish this syndrome, and then turn to the Obama administration and what Josh calls the emergence of the "Vanilla Presidency." King argues that Barack Obama has been more guarded and more protective of the presidential persona than anyone in history, and as we look to the elections of 2016 and beyond, we have to wonder: Will our future president follow Obama's example? If so, how will that influence the relationship between our nation's citizens and their leader?"-- Provided by publisher.

ISIS : a history

May 2, 2016
Gerges, Fawaz A., 1958- author.
xiii, 368 pages ; 23 cm
Down the rabbit hole and into the history of ISIS -- The world according to ISIS -- Where ISIS came from : Zarqawi to Baghdadi -- How broken Iraqi politics fueled the revival of ISIS -- Baghdadi's evolution : from invisible to infamous -- Baathists and ISIS Jihadists : who converted whom? -- How the Syrian War empowered ISIS -- Misappropriating the Arab Spring uprisings -- ISIS versus Al Qaeda : redefining Jihad and the transition from the global to the local -- The future of ISIS.
"The Islamic State has stunned the world with its savagery, destructiveness, and military and recruiting successes. What explains the rise of ISIS and what does it portend for the future of the Middle East? In this book, one of the world's leading authorities on political Islam and jihadism sheds new light on these questions as he provides a unique history of the rise and growth of ISIS. Moving beyond journalistic accounts, Fawaz Gerges provides a clear and compelling account of the deeper conditions that fuel ISIS. The book describes how ISIS emerged in the chaos of Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion, how the group was strengthened by the suppression of the Arab Spring and by the war in Syria, and how ISIS seized leadership of the jihadist movement from Al Qaeda. Part of a militant Sunni revival, ISIS claims its goals are to resurrect a caliphate and rid "Islamic lands" of all Shia and other minorities. In contrast to Al Qaeda, ISIS initially focused on the "near enemy" -- Shia, the Iraqi and Syrian regimes, and secular, pro-Western states in the Middle East. But in a tactical shift ISIS has now taken responsibility for spectacular attacks in Europe and other places beyond the Middle East, making it clear that the group is increasingly interested in targeting the "far enemy" as well. Ultimately, the book shows how decades of dictatorship, poverty, and rising sectarianism in the Middle East, exacerbated by foreign intervention, led to the rise of ISIS -- and why addressing those problems is the only way to ensure its end. An authoritative introduction to arguably the most important conflict in the world today, this is an essential book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the social turmoil and political violence ravaging the Arab-Islamic world."--provided by publisher.

World War I (1914-1919)

April 29, 2016
xix, 308 pages ; 27 cm.
Opening volleys. US ambassador's reaction to Austria's ultimatum ; Germany's appeal to the Americans ; US report on German atrocities in Belgium ; US statements on the status of armed merchant vessels ; US "strict accountability" warning to Germany ; The sinking of the Lusitania ; US reaction to Allied protest regarding German submarines ; Wilson's "Peace without victory" address ; The British prime minister on America's entry into the war ; The German chancellor on the prospect of war with the United States ; The French prime minister on America's entry in the war ; Former President Taft on America's entry into the war ; The US Press Office on actions by US naval destroyers ; Germany's Crown Prince Wilhelm's assessment of US troops -- A range of reactions. War increases toy soldier sales ; Resolutions adopted by the International Congress of Women ; The failure of German-Americanism ; War is "a blessing, not a curse" -- the case for why we must fight ; A Nebraska senator opposes US entry into the war ; The Espionage Act of 1917 ; Walter Lippmann on the war and American democracy ; America first, now and hereafter ; The unity of America ; German enemy of US hanged by mob ; Remarks by Scott Nearing at his trial ; The Sedition Act of 1918 ; No Negroes allowed -- Outside influences. Report on Armenian genocide ; US-Mexico tensions ; The Zimmerman telegram ; US participation in the Archangel Expedition in Russia -- War preparedness. President Woodrow Wilson: "Do your bit for America" ; A labor leader on military conscription ; The use of US railroads during wartime ; A survey of American war readiness ; The Railway Control Act -- Combat maneuvers. US ambassador's report of German retreat in France ; On the Paris gun ; The battle of Cantigny ; The battle of Belleau Wood ; The second battle of the Marne -- Soldier's stories. Personal letter of a driver at the front ; A Marine flyer in France ; A Marine corporal's war diary ; Ernest Hemingway's return from the Italian front ; The story of a Black infantry unit ; A soldier's letters home ; Diary of a soldier on the front lines in France ; Letter from a private in the Expeditionary Force ; Letters home by a supply officer ; Diary of an artillery soldier at the end of the war ; Armistice: the end of the war ; Diary of an ordnance officer assigned to postwar "cleanup" -- Medical realities. The first gas attack ; The effects of shell shock ; Diary of an Army private at a base hospital ; The high road to self-support ; An Army physician on the 1918 flu pandemic -- A new world. Wilson's Fourteen Points ; John Dewey: "The social possibilities of war" -- Appendixes. Chronological list ; Web resources ; Bibliography ; Index.

A rage for order : the Middle East in turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

April 27, 2016
Worth, Robert Forsyth, 1965- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
259 pages ; 24 cm
Revolts. One People (Egypt) ; Revenge (Libya) ; Sects (Syria) ; Prisoners of the Sheikh (Yemen) -- Restorations. Brothers (Egypt) ; In the Caliph's shadow (Yemen, Syria) ; Reconciliation (Tunisia).
"In 2011, a wave of revolution spread through the Middle East as protesters demanded an end to tyranny, corruption, and economic decay. From Egypt to Yemen, a generation of young Arabs insisted on a new ethos of common citizenship. Five years later, their utopian aspirations have taken on a darker cast as old divides reemerge and deepen. In one country after another, brutal terrorists and dictators have risen to the top. A Rage for Order is the first work of literary journalism to track the tormented legacy of what was once called the Arab Spring. In the style of V.S. Naipaul and Lawrence Wright, the distinguished New York Times correspondent Robert F. Worth brings the history of the present to life through vivid stories and portraits. We meet a Libyan rebel who must decide whether to kill the Qaddafi-regime torturer who murdered his brother; a Yemeni farmer who lives in servitude to a poetry-writing, dungeon-operating chieftain; and an Egyptian doctor who is caught between his loyalty to the Muslim Brotherhood and his hopes for a new, tolerant democracy. Combining dramatic storytelling with an original analysis of the Arab world today, A Rage for Order captures the psychic and actual civil wars raging throughout the Middle East, and explains how the dream of an Arab renaissance gave way to a new age of discord"--Provided by publisher.

Blood year : the unraveling of Western counterterrorism

April 27, 2016
Kilcullen, David, author.
New York ; London : Oxford University Press, 2016.
xi, 288 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Debacle -- Disaggregation -- Abyss -- Waterfall -- Crocodile -- Tsunami -- Rebirth -- Collapse -- Retribution -- Rollback? -- Internationale -- Wilayat -- Khilafah -- Transformation -- Spillover -- Maskirovka -- Age of conflict.
"2014 has the potential to go down as a crucial year in modern world history. A resurgent and bellicose Russia took over Crimea and fueled a civil war in Eastern Ukraine. Post-Saddam Iraq, in many respects a creature of the United States because of the war that began in 2003, lost a third of its territory to an army of hyper-violent millennialists. The peace process in Israel seemed to completely collapse. Finally, after coalescing in Syria as a territorial entity, the Islamic State swept into northern Iraq and through northeastern Syria, attracting legions of recruits from Europe and the Middle East. In short, the post-Cold War security order that the US had constructed after 1991 seemed to be coming apart at the seams. David Kilcullen was one of the architects of America's strategy in the late phases of the second Gulf War, and also spent time in Afghanistan and other hotspots. In Blood Year, he provides a wide-angle view of the current situation in the Middle East and analyzes how America and the West ended up in such dire circumstances. Whereas in 2008 it appeared that the U.S. might pull a modest stalemate from the jaws of defeat in Iraq, six years later the situation had reversed. After America pulled out of Iraq completely in 2011, the Shi'ite president cut Sunnis out of the power structure and allowed Iranian influence to grow. And from the debris of Assad's Syria arose an extremist Sunni organization even more radical than Al Qaeda. Unlike Al Qaeda, ISIS was intent on establishing its own state, and within a remarkably short time they did. Interestingly, Kilcullen highlights how embittered former Iraqi Ba'athist military officers were key contributors to ISIS's military successes. Kilcullen lays much of the blame on Bush's initial decision to invade Iraq (which had negative secondary effects in Afghanistan), but also takes Obama to task for simply withdrawing and adopting a "leading from behind" strategy. As events have proven, Kilcullen contends, withdrawal was a fundamentally misguided plan. The U.S. had uncorked the genie, and it had a responsibility to at least attempt to keep it under control. Instead, the U.S. is at a point where administration officials state that the losses of Ramadi and Palmyra are manageable setbacks. Kilcullen argues that the U.S. needs to re-engage in the region, whether it wants to or not, because it is largely responsible for the situation that is now unfolding. Blood Year is an essential read for anyone interested in understanding not only why the region that the U.S. invaded a dozen years ago has collapsed into utter chaos, but also what it can do to alleviate the grim situation."--Provided by

Cause & effect: The fall of the Soviet Union

April 26, 2016
Marcovitz, Hal.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., 2016.
80 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Rise and fall of a superpower -- How did czarist policies contribute to the rise of communism? -- How did Soviet economic polices lead to collapse? -- What role did the Cold War weapons build-up play in the Soviet collapse? -- How did the collapse of the Soviet Union lead to war and ethnic conflict?
The Fall of the Soviet Union occurred after decades of economic chaos and a nuclear arms race with the West. This title begins with a brief history of the Soviet Union's collapse and then examines key questions.

Tom Paine's iron bridge : building a United States

April 25, 2016
Gray, Edward G., 1964-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2016.
xiv, 235 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Author's note: Architect, not engineer -- River city -- The hazards of competition -- Years of peril -- The trials of the republic of Pennsylvania -- The Schuylkill and its crossings -- The Schuylkill Permanent Bridge Company -- The magical iron arch -- American architect -- An architect and his patrons -- The great rupture -- The specter of Paine -- Citizen Paine -- No nation of iron bridges -- Epilogue -- A note on sources.
"The little-known story of the architectural project that lay at the heart of Paine's grand political vision for the United States. Thomas Jefferson praised Tom Paine as the greatest political writer of the age. The author of 'Common Sense' and Rights of Man, Paine helped make revolutions in America and France. But beyond his inspiring calls to action, Paine harbored a deeper political vision for his adopted country. It was embodied in an architectural project that he spent decades planning: an iron bridge to span the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia. The bridge was Paine's answer to the political puzzle of the new nation: how to sustain a republic as large and geographically fragmented as the United States. Among its patrons were other giants of the time, including Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Burke, Paine's ideological opponent. Set against the background of the American Revolution, the story of his iron bridge reveals a new Tom Paine and connects this revolutionary to the vast program of internal improvements that soon transformed America"--Provided by publisher.

Postwar 1940s (1945-1950)

April 25, 2016
xix, 308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Edition statement supplied by publisher.
War Crimes and Tribunals. Executive Order 9547 ; Nuremberg Code ; Establishment and Proceedings of the Tribunal ; Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide -- The New World Order. Preamble of the UN Charter ; Potsdam Agreement ; Statement by General MacArthur on the Occupation of Japan ; No Sacrificing of Basic Principles for Expediency ; Complete Integration of Military Operations ; The World Needs the Tonic of Universal Truth ; No Country Fears a Strong America ; "The Sources of Soviet Conduct" ; Truman Statement on Immigration into Palestine ; Truman Doctrine Speech ; Speech on the Marshall Plan ; Vyshinsky's Speech to the UN General Assembly ; NATO Treaty ; Memorandum on Lifting the Soviet Blockade -- American Alliances. Act of Chapultepec ; Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance ; Pact of Bogota ; Address by Secretary Acheson, September 19, 1949 -- Atomic Policy. Atomic Energy and International Trade ; Atomic Explosion in the USSR ; International Control of Atomic Energy -- The Red Scare. Executive Order 9835 ; Testimony of J. Edgar Hoover before the House Un-American Activities Committee ; Ronald Reagan's Testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee ; Testimony Regarding Communist Investigations -- Domestic Affairs. A Reason Must Be Substituted for Force ; Twenty-Second Amendment ; Taft-Hartley Act ; Practical Peacetime Applications ; Truman's State of the Union Speech -- The Rise of Civil Rights. Mendez et al. v. Westminister School District of Orange County et al. ; Morgan v. Virginia (1946) ; Report of the President's Committee on Civil Rights ; Shelley v. Kraemer (1948) ; Executive Order 9981 ; Southern Legislators Protest Proposed Anti-lynching Legislation -- Appendixes. Chronological List ; Web Resources ; Bibliography ; Index.
"Defining Documents in American History: Post War 1940s contains 40 primary source documents that provide a compelling view of documents produced from 1945-1950, following the close of World War II. This unique era in American history is one characterized by increased economic prosperity and a great expansion of the role played by the United States in world affairs. The establishment of the United Nations in 1945 brought hope that a new and better world would emerge from the ashes of World War II. The end of the war was followed by a rapid demobilization of the armed forces, but it also brought shortages in housing, an inflationary trend in the economy, conflicts between labor and management, and the emergence of a new 'red scare' wherein innocent citizens and government officials alike were persecuted for their alleged ties to communist organizations."--Publisher website.

The 1920s (1920-1929)

April 25, 2016
Ipswich, Massachusetts : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services ; Amenia, NY : Grey House Publishing, [2014]
xv, 325 pages ; 26 cm.
A return to normalcy. Warren G. Harding: "Not nostrums, but normalcy" ; Harding on Americanism ; Franklin D. Roosevelt on Americanism ; On the Transportation Act of 1920 ; On the Teapot Dome Scandal ; The National Origins Act (Immigration Act of 1924) -- The Sacco-Vanzetti case in context. The case against the Reds ; Labor will not be outlawed or enslaved ; Summation of the defense, Sacco-Vanzetti trial ; Summation of the prosecution, Sacco-Vanzetti trial ; Selected prison letters of Bartolomeo Vanzetti ; Selected prison letters of Nicola Sacco ; From Facing the Chair: The Americanization of Two Foreign-born Workingmen -- Prohibition and problems. President Harding's appeal to halt lawbreaking ; Fiorello La Guardia on Prohibition ; An account of the St. Valentine's Day massacre ; The Wickersham Commission Report on Prohibition and Crime -- The age of Coolidge. The destiny of America ; The press under a free government ; Speech on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence ; On intervention in Nicaragua -- Women and the modern world. Prison writings of a radical suffragist ; Now we can begin: women and their vote ; Margaret Sanger: the morality of birth control ; A flapper's appeal to parents -- African American affairs. Marcus Garvey on Back to Africa ; W.E.B. Du Bois: An open letter to Warren G. Harding ; On the Tulsa race riot ; Letter regarding Ku Klux Klan activity in Arkansas ; The Klansman's manual ; The name "Negro" -- letters between Roland A. Barton and W.E.B. Du Bois -- The Scopes "Monkey" Trial. William Jennings Bryan: Scopes trial summation ; Court decision in the Scopes trial ; Impressions of the Scopes trial -- International negotiations. On the necessity of naval disarmament ; Treaty on the limitation of naval armaments ; The problem of Japan -- a Japanese view ; The Kellogg-Briand pact ; On the Multilateral (Kellogg-Brand) Pact -- New horizons in industry, travel, and culture. From My Life and Work, by Henry Ford ; Lindbergh's Paris trip makes him world hero ; The Jazz Singer: reviews of the first "talking movie" ; WLS Showboat: the floating palace of wonder -- Herbert Hoover takes the helm. Herbert Hoover on "The constructive side of government" ; President Hoover responds to the stock market crash -- Appendixes: Chronological list ; Web resources ; bibliography ; Index.
Offers in-depth critical analysis of 40 primary source documents important to this uproarious decade in American history. Articles begin by introducing readers to the historical context, followed by a description of the author's life and circumstances in which the document was written. A document analysis, written by professional writers and historians, guides readers in understanding key elements of language, rhetoric, and social and political meaning that define the significance of the author and document in American history. Defining Documents in American History: The 1920s provides detailed analysis of a wide array of topics, including: Treaty of Versailles & The League of Nations; Prohibition; Women's Right to Vote; The Great Migration of African Americans & the Harlem Renaissance; Stock Market Collapse & the onset of the Great Depression. --Publisher website.

World War II (1939-1946)

April 25, 2016
2 volumes (xv, 470 pages) ; 27 cm.
Paged continuously.
Edition statement supplied by publisher.
Volume 1. The lead-up to war. Letter from President Roosevelt to Chancellor Adolf Hitler ; F.D.R: There will be no blackout of peace in America ; President Roosevelt's speech recommending revision of the neutrality law ; We must not falter now ; Compulsory service must be adopted ; The country is being rushed into military conscription ; Proclamation 2425: selective service registration ; Our own democracy is threatened ; We ought to stay out of the war ; Lend-Lease Act ; Charles Lindbergh: Radio address ; Joint resolution of the US Congress reaffirming the principles of the Monroe Doctrine -- Pearl Harbor. Memorandum for the President, December 7, 1941 ; Fourteen-part message from Japan to the United States and Secretary Hull's response ; The man in the street reacts to Pearl Harbor ; Franklin Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor speech -- Domestic aliens. The Japanese American creed ; Excerpts of the Munson report ; Presidential Proclamation 2526: Alien-enemies-Germans ; Presidential Proclamation 2527: Alien-enemies-Italians ; Let us not persecute these people ; Executive Order 9066 -- Wartime relocation and internment of civilians ; To all persons of Japanese ancestry ; An interview with an older Nisei -- Other demographics. Executive Order 8802 -- Fair employment practice in defense industries ; Those who deserve freedom will fight for it ; The colored people are still waiting, still watchful ; Letter recommending Navajo enlistment ; The American workers' responsibility ; Women's part in the war effort ; Don't make slaves of future generations ; President Roosevelt's "call for sacrifice" ; We love honor more than we fear death ; Let us have action for women instead of lip-service ; An act to repeal the Chinese exclusion acts -- Foreign policy. Atlantic charter ; Joint message of assistance to the Soviet Union from President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill ; German declaration of war with the United States ; Our heritage can be preserved only by fighting ; Declaration by the United Nations ; We need tanks, not talk ; President Franklin D. Roosevelt's broadcast to Canadians ; More dollars do not mean more goods -- Master lend-lease agreement ; Mutual aid agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union ; The war and human freedom ; Casablanca conference.
This 2-volume resource contains 80 primary source documents that provide a compelling view of this unique period of American history. World War II is remembered not only for its violent encounters on the battlefield, its war of words between competing ideologies, its genocidal events, and, ultimately, its reconfiguration of Europe. It is also remembered for having reshaped whole areas of modern life, from economics and social relations to politics and popular culture. Along with the Civil War, it continues to be one of the most written about topics in US (and international) history. World War II had a lasting impact on the United States, both domestically and in terms of the nation's place in the international community. Besides altering values and patterns of life, the war gave rise to a massive military-industrial complex involving government agencies, the military, corporations, and universities in the pursuit of national security and economic and political advantage. Historians and the American populace at large will surely continue to investigate this rich and fascinating subject as they seek to understand the basis of the modern nation. Defining Documents in American History: World War II provides detailed analyses of key documents produced from 1936-1947, organized under nine broad categories: The Lead-Up to War; Pearl Harbor; Domestic Aliens; Other Demographics; Foreign Policy; War and Victory; The Holocaust; Nuremberg; The Atom Bomb. Each document is supported by a critical essay, written by historians and teachers, that includes a Summary Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Document Analysis, and Essential Themes. Readers will appreciate the diversity of the collected texts, including journals, letters, speeches, political sermons, laws, government reports, and court cases, among other genres. An important feature of each essay is a close reading of the primary source that develops evidence of broader themes, such as author's rhetorical purpose, social or class position, point of view, and other relevant issues. In addition, essays are organized by section themes, listed above, highlighting major issues of the period, many of which extend across eras and continue to shape American Life. Each section begins with a brief introduction that defines questions and problems underlying the subjects in the historical documents. A brief glossary is included at the end of each document, highlighting keywords that are important in the study of the primary source. Each essay also includes a Bibliography and Additional Reading section for further research. - Publisher.

Connectography : mapping the future of global civilization

April 19, 2016
Khanna, Parag, author.
New York : Random House, 2016
466 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm

Feisty & feminine : a rallying cry for conservative women

April 19, 2016
Young Nance, Penny.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, 2016.
224 pages ; 24 cm
Feminine conservatives face an esther moment -- The devaluation of women -- Sexual assault and politics -- Marriage and true tolerance -- Abortion and the sanctity of life -- The real war against women -- The rise of islamic extremism and the need to fight back -- Beyond our borders: why israel matters to christians -- Seasons : work, family, life, and balance -- A vision for the future.

The Cincinnati courthouse riot

April 18, 2016
Rolfes, Steven J., author.
Gretna : Pelican Publishing Company, 2016.
208 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original paper cover.
Cincinnati and the Gilded Age -- Dress rehearsal for a riot -- The curious world of Cincinnati politics -- Murder most foul -- A dragon rises from the Ohio -- Murder most foul, again! -- The trial and the verdict -- Escape and a meeting at Music Hall -- The first night -- The second night -- The third night -- Lessons unlearned.
"In the late nineteenth century, political corruption had plagued Cincinnati for years, and the city repeatedly turned a blind eye to its leaders' depravity. However, a string of murders in the mid-1880s, culminating in the controversial verdict of an 1884 murder trial, sparked a three-day riot during which the Hamilton County courthouse was burned to the ground. This account of the incident serves as a reminder that true freedom and democracy require all citizens to hold elected officials accountable for leading responsibly"--Provided by publisher.

The fires of spring : a post-Arab Spring journey through the turbulent new Middle East

April 18, 2016
Culbertson, Shelly, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 368 pages : map ; 24 cm
"The 'Arab Spring' all started when a young Tunisian fruit-seller set himself on fire in protest of a government official confiscating his apples without cause and slapping his face. The aftermath of that one personal protest grew to become the Middle East movement known as the Arab Spring -- a wave of disparate events that included revolutions, protests, government overthrows, hopeful reform movements, and bloody civil wars ... Shelley Culbertson strives to answer the questions 'what led to the Arab Spring,' 'what is it like there now,' and 'what trends after the Arab Spring are shaping the future of the Middle East?' The Fires of Spring tells the story by weaving together a sense of place, history, insight about key issues of our time, and personal stories and adventures. It navigates street life and peers into ministries, mosques, and women's worlds. It delves into what Arab Spring optimism was about, and at the same time sheds light on the pain and dysfunction that continues to plague some parts of the region."-- Provided by publisher.

The scandal of money : why Wall Street recovers but the economy never does

April 14, 2016
Gilder, George F., 1939- author.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, 2016.
xxii, 202 pages ; 23 cm
"Why do conservatives have such a hard time winning the economic debate in the court of public opinion? Simple, George Gilder says: conservatives misunderstand economics almost as badly as liberals do. Republicans have been running on tax cut proposals since the era of Harding and Coolidge without seriously addressing the key problems of a global economy in decline. Enough is enough. Gilder, author of New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty, proposes a completely new framework for understanding economic growth that will replace failed 20th century conservative economics and turn the economic debate-and the country-around"-- Provided by publisher.

Moscow, 1937

April 14, 2016
Schlögel, Karl.
Cambridge : Polity, 2012.
xix, 652 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Translated from the German.
Maps on endpapers.
Margarita's flight : Manuscripts don't burn. A writer in 1937 -- Relief map of the city, locations, staging posts -- Dramatis personae and their portrayal, dual characters -- NKVD, the organization -- "People vanished from their apartments without trace" -- Sudden deaths, execution as spectacle -- 'That can't be!' -- Aleksandr Medvedkin's New Moscow- A new cityscape: Stalin's General Plan for the Reconstruction of Moscow -- Moscow as a construction site: between demolition and new construction -- Moscow beyond the Ring Roads -- Human landscape, struggle for survival -- Snapshot of the status quo. Directories as documents of their age -- Topography of power and other locations -- Traces of the disappeared -- Lists of people to be shot and the posthumous reconstruction of their addresses -- World-historical criminal cases: the rhetoric of the first Moscow show trial -- The echo of violence: how a latent civil war comes to be articulated in language -- 'Double-dealers' -- The birth of the show trial from the spirit of lynch-law -- The ideal enemy -- A key scene in European intellectual history: Feuchtwanger's meeting with Stalin -- The impotence of the anti-fascist movement: how to generate a point of view -- The end of the flaneur: journey in the shadow of the NKVD -- The phenomenology of confusion and the creation of unambiguous meaning: credo quia absurdum -- Leave-taking at Belorussky Station -- Moscow maps: the scene is Spain -- A world in meltdown, war scare -- The Soviet nation as a patriotic fighting unit -- Metastases: show trial in Barcelona, the NKVD abroad -- Barcelona transfer: Moscow experiences -- A journey into the interior of society -- 6 January 1937: snapshot of an empire -- Ten years after the census of 1926: balance sheet after the Great Transformation -- Self-analysis, self-education, data acquisition- The shock of the missing millions -- Statistics as crime -- 'Business-like atmosphere' -- The language of expert witnesses -- The topography of the Five-Year Plan -- Human sacrifice, nemesis, chorus -- Postscript -- The New York Times: 'All Russia was Pushkin-mad today' -- 'Comrade Pushkin' : consecration of a classic -- A feast in the time of plague: coded discourses -- Platitudes of a new culture -- Russian genius and Imperial rule -- The shock: Sergo is dead -- Escape into ritual -- Suicide as a weapon -- A hopeless situation and protest -- Death as a group experience: speaking of death in times of mass murder -- A leadership at its wits' end. The voice of panic -- Testing the limits and exceeding them: the Party indicts Bukharin and Rykov -- The shock: 'universal, free, secret elections' -- Audit report: ungovernability and fear of chaos -- Wreckers at work in the NKVD -- Dissolution of the Party and the creation of a new one -- Setting the machinery in motion -- The exhibition trail: a journey through the map of the Soviet Union -- The theme park of Twentieth Century civilization -- Marginal encounters -- Red Square: parade ground and place of execution -- Radiofikatsia: the two faces of progress -- Radio as the background noise of the new age -- The sphere of feelings -- Radio listeners as 'citizens of the world' -- Stalin: the original soundtrack. The direction of the historical moment -- Wreckers at work in the ether -- The First All-Union Congress of Architects, 16-26 June 1937 -- Moscow as a building site -- Chaos and stress -- The Soviet universe as exhibition -- The creation of a new style during a state of emergency -- Closing speech: Frank Lloyd Wright -- 'The glorious beauty of young people' -- 'Fizkulturnik', 'Fizkulturnitsa': icons of the new age -- 'Stalin's tribe': Tableaux vivants in Red Square.

Democracy now! : twenty years covering the movements changing America

April 14, 2016
Goodman, Amy, 1957- author.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
373 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: going to where the silence is -- The war and peace report -- The whistleblowers -- Undocumented and unafraid -- Stopping the machinery of death -- The rise of the 99 percent -- Climate justice -- The LGBTQ revolution -- When the killer wears a badge -- "This flag comes down today" -- Disabling the enablers -- Epilogue: the sword and the shield.
"A celebration of the acclaimed television and radio news program Democracy Now! and the extraordinary movements and heroes who have moved our democracy forward. In 1996 Amy Goodman began hosting a show on Pacifica Radio called Democracy Now! to focus on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by the corporate media. Today Democracy Now! is the largest public media collaboration in the US, broadcasting on over 1,400 public television and radio stations around the world, with millions accessing it online at Now Amy, along with her journalist brother, David, and co-author Denis Moynihan, share stories of the heroes -- the whistleblowers, the organizers, the protesters -- who have brought about remarkable change. This important book looks back over the past two decades of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes the reader along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson to Staten Island, Wall Street, South Carolina to East Timor -- and other places where people are rising up to demand justice. Democracy Now! is the modern day underground railroad of information, bringing stories from the grassroots to a global audience."--provided by publisher.

1941 : fighting the shadow war : a divided America in a world at war

April 12, 2016
Wortman, Marc (Marc Josef), author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2016]
x, 409 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Foreign correspondents -- A new world -- "That prophecy comes true" -- Unneutral acts -- Scooping Hitler -- Blitzkrieg propaganda -- Shadowed by the G-men -- The Roosevelt brand -- Cassandra -- A rising sun -- Prairie fire -- "Aviation, geography, and race" -- Indictments -- The garden hose -- How do you do? -- Intolerance -- Good Americanism -- Living in a nightmare -- Volunteers -- The strongest fortress in the world -- Geographers -- Son of a harness maker -- The obvious conclusion -- At last we've gotten together -- The rattlesnakes of the Atlantic -- Tennō -- The undeclared war -- Son of man, son of God -- East wind, rain -- Rendezvous with destiny.
Describes how Franklin D. Roosevelt quietly used his power and all the tools he had to assist Winston Churchill in fighting the Axis long before the United States' official entry into World War II. --Publisher

Political suicide : missteps, peccadilloes, bad calls, backroom hijinx, sordid pasts, rotten breaks, and just plain dumb mistakes in the annals of American politics

April 12, 2016
McHugh, Erin, 1969- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xii, 258 pages ; 22 cm
The many faces of death -- Money & finances -- Slavery, bigotry & racism -- Conspiracy, bribery & fraud -- No guts, no glory -- Crazy in the capitol -- Indicted, censured & Impeached -- Judges & fixers -- Sex & other vices -- Government hijinx -- ...And plain old random nuttiness.
"A collection of entertaining and cautionary tales of political missteps in American history, from the birth of the nation through the present day. Just in time for the presidential election of 2016 comes Political Suicide, a history of the best and most interesting missteps, peccadilloes, bad calls, back room hijinks, sordid pasts, rotten breaks, and just plain dumb mistakes in the annals of American politics. They have tweeted their private parts to women they're trying to impress. They have gotten caught on tape doing and saying things they really shouldn't have. They have denied knowing about the underhanded doings of underlings-- only to have a paper trail lead straight back to them. Nowadays, it seems like half of what we hear about politicians isn't about laws or governing, but is instead coverage focused on shenanigans, questionable morals, and scandals too numerous to count. And while we shake our heads in disbelief, we still can't resist poring over the details of these notorious incidents. In Political Suicide, the foibles of our politicians are brought from the tabloid pages to this entertaining-- and cautionary-- tale of American history."--provided by publisher.

Mounting frustration : the art museum in the age of Black power

April 8, 2016
Cahan, Susan, author.
xvi, 344 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 26 cm.
Electronic refractions II at the Studio Museum in Harlem -- Harlem on my mind at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- Contemporary Black artists in America at the Whitney Museum of American Art -- Romare Bearden : the prevalence of ritual and the sculpture of Richard Hunt at the Museum of Modern Art.
"Prior to 1967 fewer than a dozen museum exhibitions had featured the work of African American artists. And by the time the civil rights movement reached the American art museum, it had already crested: the first public demonstrations to integrate museums occurred in late 1968, twenty years after the desegregation of the military and fourteen years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. In Mounting Frustration Susan E. Cahan investigates the strategies African American artists and museum professionals employed as they wrangled over access to and the direction of New York City's elite museums. Drawing on numerous interviews with artists and analyses of internal museum documents, Cahan gives a detailed and at times surprising picture of the institutional and social forces that both drove and inhibited racial justice in New York's museums. Cahan focuses on high-profile and wildly contested exhibitions that attempted to integrate African American culture and art into museums, each of which ignited debate, dissension, and protest. The Metropolitan Museum's 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind was supposed to represent the neighborhood, but it failed to include the work of the black artists living and working there. While the Whitney's 1971 exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America featured black artists, it was heavily criticized for being haphazard and not representative. The Whitney show revealed the consequences of museums' failure to hire African American curators, or even white curators who possessed knowledge of black art. Cahan also recounts the long history of the Museum of Modern Art's institutional ambivalence toward contemporary artists of color, which reached its zenith in its 1984 exhibition "Primitivism" in Twentieth Century Art. Representing modern art as a white European and American creation that was influenced by the "primitive" art of people of color, the show only served to further devalue and cordon off African American art. In addressing the racial politics of New York's art world, Cahan shows how aesthetic ideas reflected the underlying structural racism and inequalities that African American artists faced. These inequalities are still felt in America's museums, as many fundamental racial hierarchies remain intact: art by people of color is still often shown in marginal spaces; one-person exhibitions are the preferred method of showing the work of minority artists, as they provide curators a way to avoid engaging with the problems of complicated, interlocking histories; and whiteness is still often viewed as the norm. The ongoing process of integrating museums, Cahan demonstrates, is far broader than overcoming past exclusions." -- Publisher's description

The highest glass ceiling : women's quest for the American presidency

April 8, 2016
Fitzpatrick, Ellen F. (Ellen Frances), author.
318 pages ; 22 cm
Victoria Woodhull : "A very conspicuous position" -- Margaret Chase Smith : "The elephant has an attractive face" -- Shirley Chisholm : "Shake it up, make it change."
"A woman will one day occupy the Oval Office because women themselves have made it inevitable, says best-selling historian Ellen Fitzpatrick. She tells the remarkable 150-year story of the candidates, voters, activists, and citizens who, despite overwhelming odds against women in politics, set their sights on the highest glass ceiling in the land."--Provided by publisher.

Why save the bankers? : and other essays on our economic and political crisis

April 7, 2016
Piketty, Thomas, 1971- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xii, 212 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Shares incisive commentary on the financial meltdown and its aftermath, counseling democratic societies on how to avoid the practices that have led to unregulated markets and economic inequality.

Bloodsport : when ruthless dealmakers, shrewd ideologues, and brawling lawyers toppled the corporate establishment

April 6, 2016
Teitelman, Robert, author.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]
vii, 412 pages ; 25 cm

Prisoners of hope : Lyndon B. Johnson, the Great Society, and the limits of liberalism

April 6, 2016
Woods, Randall Bennett, 1944-
New York : Basic Books, 2016.
viii, 461 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In Prisoners of Hope, prize-winning historian Randall Woods presents the first comprehensive history of the Great Society, exploring both the breathtaking possibilities of politics, as well as the limits of liberalism. During his first two years in office, Johnson passed a host of historic liberal legislation as part of his Great Society campaign, from the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act to the 1964 Food Stamp Act, Medicare, and Medicaid. But Johnson's ambitious vision for constructing a better, stronger America contained within it the seeds of the program's own destruction. A consummate legislator, Johnson controlled Congress like no president before or since. But as Woods shows, Johnson faced mounting resistance to his legislative initiatives after the 1966 midterm elections, and not always from the Southern whites who are typically thought to have been his opponents. As white opposition to his policies mounted, Johnson was forced to make a number of devastating concessions in order to secure the passage of further Great Society legislation. Even as Americans benefited from the Great Society, millions were left disappointed, from suburban whites to the new anti-war left to urban blacks. Their disillusionment would help give rise to powerful new factions in both the Democratic and Republican parties. The issues addressed by Lyndon Johnson and his cohort remain before the American people today, as we've witnessed in the fight for Obamacare, the racial unrest in St. Louis and Baltimore, and the bitter debate over immigration. As Prisoners of Hope tragically demonstrates, America is still fundamentally at war over the legacy of the Great Society"-- Provided by publisher.

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