These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
October 21, 2016
Seigel, Jerrold E.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
xi, 626 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
1. Introduction: ends and means -- Part I. Contours of modernity. 2. Precocious integration : England ; 3. Monarchical centralization, privilege, and conflict : France ; 4. Localism, state-building, and bürgerliche gesellschaft : Germany ; 5. Modern industry, class, and party politics in nineteenth-century England ; 6. France and bourgeois France : from teleocracy to autonomy ; 7. One special path : modern industry, politics, and bourgeois life in Germany -- Part II. Calculations and lifeworlds. 8. Time, money, capital ; 9. Men and women ; 10. Bourgeois morals : from Victorianism to modern sexuality ; 11. Jews as bourgeois and network people -- Part III. A culture of means. 12. Public places, private spaces ; 13. Bourgeois and others ; 14. Bourgeois life and the avant-garde ; 15. Conclusion.
"To be modern may mean many different things, but for nineteenth-century Europeans 'modernity' suggested a new form of life in which bourgeois activities, people, attitudes and values all played key roles. Jerrold Seigel's panoramic new history offers a magisterial and highly original account of the ties between modernity and bourgeois life, arguing that they can be best understood not in terms of the rise and fall of social classes, but as features of a common participation in expanding and thickening 'networks of means' that linked together distant energies and resources across economic, political and cultural life. Exploring the different configurations of these networks in England, France and Germany, he shows how their patterns gave rise to distinctive forms of modernity in each country and shaped the rhythm and nature of change across spheres as diverse as politics, money and finance, gender relations, morality, and literary, artistic and musical life"-- Provided by publisher.
October 18, 2016
White, Ronald C. (Ronald Cedric), 1939- author.
New York : Random House, 
xxvii, 826 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part I. Formation 1630-1848 -- "My family is American" -- "My Ulysses" -- West Point -- "My Dear Julia" -- "Either by treaty or the sword" -- "Army of invasion" -- Part II. Trial 1848-1861 -- Panama -- "Forsaken" -- "Hardscrabble" -- Galena -- Part II. Transformation 1861-1865 -- "I am in to do all I can" -- Belmont -- "Unconditional surrender" -- Shiloh -- William Tecumseh Sherman -- "More than forty Richmonds" -- Vicksburg -- Chattanooga -- "Washington's legitimate successor" -- "The wilderness" -- Robert E. Lee -- Petersburg -- Appomattox -- Part IV. Reconstruction 1865-1868 -- "I will keep my word" -- "More & more radical" -- "Let us have peace" -- Part V. President 1869-1877 -- "Gold panic" -- "A radical change in Indian policy" -- "Foreign relations" -- Ku Klux Klan -- The Gilded Age -- "Malfeasance!" -- Centennial crisis -- Part VI. World citizen 1879-1885 -- American ambassador -- Grant & Ward -- Final campaign -- Epilogue.
A "biography of one of America's greatest generals-- and most misunderstood presidents"-- Amazon.com.
October 13, 2016
Jeansonne, Glen, 1946- author.
New York : New American Library, 2016.
vii, 455 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A Quaker orphan on the frontier -- Cardinal red -- The great engineer -- The great humanitarian -- Samaritan to a continent -- Secretary of commerce, locomotive of the economy -- Into the White House -- Getting a grip on the presidency -- Holding a finger in the dike -- Fighting the Depression -- Democracy is a harsh employer -- Challenging the New Deal -- Politics and diplomacy before the second great war -- The maelstrom of war -- The Truman years -- The Republicans return to power -- Tempest and triumph.
"Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover--dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. During the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute--arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a "do-nothing" president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged Congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America's prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR's government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles--a legacy reignited by Ronald Reagan that still endures today."--Dust jacket.
October 12, 2016
London : Macmillan and Co., Ltd.
v. : maps ; 18-25 cm.
Publisher varies: <2016-2017> Palgrave Macmillan.
"Statistical and historical annual of the states of the world. Rev. after official returns" (varies).
October 12, 2016
Chapel Hill, NC : Shelburne Press,
v. : ill. ; 22-23 cm.
Vols. for 1993-<1995> prepared and issued by Carl Jensen and Project Censored ; <2000-2010> by Peter Phillips and Project Censored ; <2012-2017> by Mickey Huff (2014-<2017> with Andy Lee Roth) and Project Censored.
Each volume covers news events from the previous year.
October 12, 2016
Savage, Michael, 1942- author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
286 pages ; 24 cm.
1: Our scorched earth. Life under Trump, death under Clinton ; Hillary Clinton: Crime and no punishment -- 2: Our challenges. It is happening here already ; The decay of American culture ; Is the USA now like the USSR? -- 3: Our internal enemies. Obama is invading his own nation ; The most dangerous subversive organizations in the United States ; Hollywood fought fascism, now it must fight Islamofascism ; How to identify pseudo-conservative bullies ; Corruption festers in both parties ; Diversity is destroying democracy ; Competition is healthy: The story of my aloe plant surrounded by tomatoes -- 4: Our ignorance of history. The Palestinians and Hitler worked together to exterminate Jews ; How guns saved Jews from the Nazis, and why the left wants yours ; From the iceman to the nice man -- 5: Our immediate challenges. Low-information voters on the left -- and right ; American values are under attack ; Communists use sexual liberation and repression to undermine us ; Religion as a Trojan horse ; It's not xenophobic to fear fundamentalist Muslims ; The war over God, guns, gays, Mexicans, Muslims, and metros ; Political deviants have poisoned our finest institutions -- 6: Our virtues. Why I am not a socialist ; Why Christians and Jews must retain their traditions ; What is a twenty-first-century conservative? ; Conservatives are defining themselves to death ; The real Constitution -- 7: Our shame. Watching sailors apologize for being captured ; Putin presses in Syria while Obama just bends ; How a top secret caller blew Hillary's cover -- 8: Our complacency. Survival of the fittest: Will the victors speak Arabic? ; The internet exposes ISIS, the modern-day Mongols ; How to win at cyberwarfare ; Bring back HUAC, call it LAC (Love America Committee) -- 9: Our future. The coming economic collapse? ; A welcome revolution comes to America ; The sleeping giant will awaken: How Eddie will save America.
Listeners to Michael Savage's radio talk show, The Savage Nation, know him to be an engaged spokesman for traditional American values of borders, language, and culture. Now, after eight years of Barack Obama, Dr. Savage lays out a case for how our nation has been undermined by terrorists from without, by anarchists from within, by a president and politicians with contempt for the Constitution and the law, and by a complicit liberal media. He makes a case for the dangers we face from Hillary Clinton and her fellow travelers in the progressive movement. He also explains why Donald Trump may be one of the two best hopes for America's future as we try to regain control of our government, our country, and our national soul. The other hope? It is we, the people: the ordinary "Eddies," as he calls them-motivated, roused, and engaged. This book is about much more than an election. It is a veteran commentator and raconteur providing a blueprint for how to regain our cherished freedoms and our national identity... before they are lost forever.
October 11, 2016
Ryerson, Richard Alan, 1942- author.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016.
xii, 555 pages ; 26 cm
Introduction: the evolution of a distinctive republican vision -- Part I. Adams moves to the center -- A provincial reverence for the British Constitution, 1735-1767 -- The discovery of the republic, 1768-1772 -- Realm versus dominion, 1773-1774 -- From imperial dominion to autonomous republic, 1774-1775 -- Building a republican orthodoxy, 1775-1776 -- Part II. Adams on his own -- Defending executive authority, 1775-1779 -- An education in American aristocracy, 1775-1783 -- Redefining the republican tradition, 1784-1787 -- John Adams's republic in republican America, 1787-1800 -- A retrospective retirement, 1801-1826 -- Conclusion: memory and desire in revolutionary politics.
Scholars have examined John Adams's writings and beliefs for generations, but no one has brought such impressive credentials to the task as Richard Alan Ryerson in John Adams's Republic. The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams's political thought and its development. Of all the founding fathers, Ryerson argues, John Adams may have worried the most about the problem of social jealousy and political conflict in the new republic. Ryerson explains how these concerns, coupled with Adams's concept of executive authority and his fear of aristocracy, deeply influenced his political mindset. He weaves together a close analysis of Adams's public writings, a comprehensive chronological narrative beginning in the 1760s, and an exploration of the second president's private diary, manuscript autobiography, and personal and family letters, revealing Adams's most intimate political thoughts across six decades.
October 10, 2016
Quinn, Susan, 1940- author.
404 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
UNEXPECTED LOVE -- Beginning to trust -- Eleanor according to Hick -- Je t'aime et je t'adore -- Lorena -- Eleanor -- Getaway -- BECOMING A TEAM -- Partnership -- La Presidenta and the newshawk -- Getting away with it -- Now or never -- Blowing off -- Looking for a home -- TOGETHER AND APART -- Trading jobs -- This place! -- Time tears on -- THE WORLD AT WAR -- Afraid no more -- A better politician than her husband -- In residence -- In it, up to the neck -- Risking everything -- A fight for love and glory -- Winning with the women -- There is only one President -- The greatest catastrophe for the world -- STARTING OVER -- Sliding on marble floors -- The opinion of mankind -- A new way to be useful -- Living on.
"In 1933, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread. By that time, she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life--now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next thirty years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship: They were, at different points, lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. They couldn't have been more different. Eleanor had been raised in one of the nation's most powerful political families and was introduced to society as a debutante before marrying her distant cousin, Franklin. Hick, as she was known, had grown up poor in rural South Dakota and worked as a servant girl after escaping an abusive home, eventually becoming one of the most respected reporters at the AP. Her admiration drew the buttoned-up Eleanor out of her shell, and the two fell in love. For the next thirteen years, Hick had her own room at the White House, next to the First Lady's. These fiercely compassionate women inspired each other to right the wrongs of the turbulent era in which they lived. During the Depression, Hick reported from the nation's poorest areas for the WPA, and Eleanor used these reports to lobby her husband for New Deal programs. Hick encouraged Eleanor to turn their frequent letters into her popular and long-lasting syndicated column 'My Day,' and to befriend the female journalists who became her champions. When Eleanor's tenure as First Lady ended with FDR's death, Hick urged her to continue to use her popularity for important causes--advice Eleanor took by leading the UN's postwar Human Rights Commission. At every turn, the bond between these two women was grounded in their determination to better their troubled world. Deeply researched and told with great warmth, Eleanor and Hick is a vivid portrait of love and a revealing look at how an unlikely romance influenced some of the most consequential years in American history"--Publisher description.
October 10, 2016
Bookman, John T.
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, Inc., ©2008.
x, 208 pages ; 23 cm
Preface -- Religion and the constitution -- Original intent -- Separation of powers -- Tyranny of the majority -- Why no socialism? -- The American mission -- The market -- Notes -- Bibliographical essay -- Index.
October 6, 2016
Dowd, Maureen, author.
xxxi, 432 pages ; 24 cm
"Here's the beauty of me." -- Interlude : making America grate again (the quotable DJT, part 1) -- High rise of the short-fingered vulgarian (DJT from back in the day...) -- Interlude : the escalator down (the quotable DJT, part 2) -- Stacking the deck with the woman card -- Interlude : living history (one email at a time) -- Hillary's long trudge up--and on--the Hill : parodying an election beyond parody : SNL's Lorne Michaels and Kate Mckinnon dish on politcal humor -- Meanwhile on Planet Vulcan... -- Interlude by Kevin Dowd : Is Trump the hero or the enema? -- Gasping Old Party -- Interlude by Rita Beamish : the loathsome Trump -- Escape from Bushworld -- Interlude by Peggy Dowd : a life of voting dangerously -- Unconventional conventions.
A noted political columnist traces the psychologies and pathologies in one of the nastiest and most significant battles of the sexes ever, the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
October 6, 2016
Dixon, Chuck, 1954- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle on cover: How the Clintons auctioned U.S. policy for profit.
Inspired by the book by Peter Schweizer.
October 6, 2016
Jacobson, Timothy A., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], 
261 pages ; 23 cm
"Christians bear primary responsibility for the moral decline of our nation... Politics is faith in action. Every Christian has a duty to vote as Christ would vote. Christians should vote according to principles and laws embodied in scripture, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights..."--Page  of cover.
October 3, 2016
Rall, Ted, author, cartoonist.
New York ; Oakland : Seven Stories 2016.
192 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 18 cm
October 3, 2016
Taylor, Nikki Marie, 1972-
Lexington, Kentucky : The University Press of Kentucky, 
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Launcing a life -- Voice of emigration -- Voice of purpose -- "The silver tongued orator of the West" -- Voice of equality -- Radical voice -- Voice of dissent -- Voice of betrayal -- A still voice -- "A painted life": Autobiography and historical memory.
"In pursuit of his foremost goal, full and equal citizenship for African Americans, Peter Humphries Clark (1829-1925) defied easy classification. He was, at various times, the country's first black socialist, a proponent of the Republican Party, and supporter of the Democrats."
September 30, 2016
Tepperman, Jonathan, author.
New York : Tim Duggan Books, 2016.
x, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Legends of the fall -- Profits to the people : how Brazil spreads its wealth -- Let the right ones in : Canada's immigration revolution -- Kill them with kindness : how Indonesia crushed and co-opted its Islamic extremists -- Learn to live with it : Rwanda's wrenching reconciliation -- Assume the worst : how Singapore conquers corruption -- Diamonds aren't forever : how Botswana defeated the resource curse -- This land is my land : why the shale revolution could only happen in the USA -- Manufacture your miracle : how South Korea keeps its economy growing, and growing, and growing -- Give to get : how Mexico got its government going again -- DIY defense : New York City and the art of the work-around -- Conclusion: How to survive and thrive in a world of decline.
September 30, 2016
Zirin, Dave, author.
xvii, 275 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Finding Michael Jackson in Rio : Brazil is not for beginners -- Brazil : "A country for everyone" : Danger: stampeding white elephants ; Priorities ; The Museum of the Slaves ; The Maracaña and the death of crowds ; Environment ; Security -- "There is no sin below the Equator" : Slavery in Brazil ; The beginning of the "mosaic" ; Rumblings of independence ; Brazil as a free state ; The time of Vargas and the military dictatorship ; Goodbye to all that: the end of the dictatorship -- Oh, Lula! : Lula's rise ; Negotiating neoliberalism: Lula's foreign policy ; Lula's domestic policy: image and reality ; A political root canal ; The election of Dilma -- Futebol: the journey from daring to fear : Soccer comes to Brazil's shores ; Garrincha and Pelé ; The cold cool of Pelé ; The unity of Garrincha and Pelé ; The wisdom of Sócrates ; Women and soccer in Brazil ; The neoliberal game -- Killing Santa : In the beginning ; Nazism, the Olympics, and the birth of hypernationalism ; Don Juan Antonio ; FIFA and the World Cup -- Neoliberal Trojan horses and sporting shock doctrines : Greece 2004 ; Beijing 2008 ; Vancouver 2010 ; South Africa 2010 ; London 2012 ; Sochi 2014 ; Qatar 2022 -- Target favelas : The scramble for Rio ; Struggling against eviction in Vila Autódromo ; The Port, Providência, and Maurício Hora -- "FIFA-quality schools " : The resistance ; The real president ; The nobodies.
As the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games approach, ordinary Brazilians are holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why. In a rollicking read that travels from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the fabled Maracanã Stadium, Zirin examines how athletic mega-events turn into neoliberal Trojan horses.
September 30, 2016
Conason, Joe, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
486 pages ; 24 cm
"A veteran political journalist chronicles the post-presidential achievements and adventures of Bill Clinton, drawing on interviews with dozens of the former President's colleagues, friends, supporters and family members to examine his philanthropic work, the charges of corruption levied against him, and the ways he continues to inspire and infuriate the world."--NoveList.
September 29, 2016
New York : Nation Books, 
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.
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.
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.
September 26, 2016
Ackerman, Kenneth D., author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, 
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.
September 16, 2016
New York : The New Press, 
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.
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.
September 15, 2016
Lilla, Mark, author.
New York : New York Review Books, 
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.
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.