New Arrivals · Politics

August 28, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

The way forward : renewing the American idea

August 12, 2014
Ryan, Paul, 1970-
New York : Twelve, 2014.
xii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
"The way forward challenges conventional thinking, outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election--including a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics--Ryan examines the state of the Republican party and dissects its challenges going forward. The way forward also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the progressive movement as a whole--its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin. Culminating in a plan for the future, The way forward argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals. "-- Provided by publisher.

On Tocqueville : democracy and America

August 7, 2014
Ryan, Alan, 1940-
©2014.
259 pages ; 20 cm.
"Portions previously published in On politics: a history of political thought from Herodotus to the present"--Title page verso.
"In On Tocqueville, Alan Ryan brilliantly illuminates the observations of the French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, who first journeyed to the United States in 1831 and went on to catalog the unique features of the American social contract in his two-volume masterpiece, Democracy in America."--book jacket.

The slaughter : mass killings, organ harvesting, and China's secret solution to its dissident problem

August 7, 2014
Gutmann, Ethan.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
368 pages ; 24 cm
"The inside story of China's organ transplant business and its macabre connection with internment camps and killing fields for arrested dissidents, especially the adherents of Falun Gong. Mass murder is alive and well. That is the stark conclusion of this comprehensive investigation into the Chinese state's secret program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs--in many cases to Western recipients. Based on interviews with top-ranking police officials and Chinese doctors who have killed prisoners on the operating table, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann has produced a riveting insider's account--culminating in a death toll that will shock the world. Why would the Chinese leadership encourage such a dangerous perversion of their medical system? To solve the puzzle, Gutmann journeyed deep into the dissident archipelago of Falun Gong, Tibetans, Uighurs and House Christians, uncovering an ageless drama of resistance, eliciting confessions of deep betrayal and moments of ecstatic redemption. In an age of compassion fatigue, Gutmann relies on one simple truth: those who have made it back from the gates of hell have stories to tell. And no matter what baggage the reader may bring along, their preconceptions of China will not survive the trip"-- Provided by publisher.

On Marx : revolutionary and utopian

August 7, 2014
Ryan, Alan, 1940-
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
242 pages ; 20 cm.
"Portions previously published in On politics: a history of political thought from Herodotus to the present"--Title page verso.
Marx: revolutionary and utopian -- Selections -- A note on the selections -- Notes on James Mill -- The German ideology -- Theses on Feuerbach -- The Communist manifesto -- Capital -- The civil war in France -- Critique of the Gotha program.

Nixon's secrets : the rise, fall, and untold truth about the president, Watergate, and the pardon

August 7, 2014
Stone, Roger J., author.
©2014
669 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Making David into Goliath : how the world turned against Israel

August 7, 2014
Muravchik, Joshua, author.
New York : Encounter Books, 2014.
xiii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
"In the Six Day War of 1967, polls showed that Americans favored Israel over the Arabs by overwhelming margins while in Europe support for Israel ran even higher. In the UN Security Council, a British resolution essentially gave Israel the terms of peace it sought; and when the Arabs and their Soviet backers tried to counteract this in the General Assembly they fell short of the necessary votes. Fast forward forty years and Israel had become perhaps the most reviled country in the world. True, Americans remained constant in their sympathy for the Jewish state, but America stood virtually alone while almost all the rest of the world treated Israel as a pariah. What had caused this remarkable turnabout? Joshua Muravchik traces the process by which material pressures and intellectual seductions reshaped world opinion. First, terrorist intimidation, oil blackmail, and the sheer weight of Arab and Muslim numbers gave the world powerful inducements to back the Arab cause. Then, a prevalent new paradigm of Leftist orthodoxy, in which class struggle was supplanted by the noble struggles of people of color, created a lexicon of rationales to take sides against Israel. Thus could nations behave cravenly while striking a high-minded pose in aligning themselves on the Middle East conflict. "-- Provided by publisher.

Slavery, race and conquest in the tropics : Lincoln, Douglas, and the future of Latin America

August 1, 2014
May, Robert E.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
xi, 296 pages : map ; 24 cm
Introduction -- 1. A "spot" for manifest destiny -- 2. Antilles to Isthmus -- 3. Beyond Kansas -- 4. Caribbeanizing the house divided -- 5. A matter of inches -- 6. Freedom in the tropics -- Coda.
"Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics challenges the way historians interpret the causes of the American Civil War. Using Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas's famed rivalry as a prism, Robert E. May shows that when Lincoln and fellow Republicans opposed slavery in the West, they did so partly from evidence that slaveholders, with Douglas's assistance, planned to follow up successes in Kansas by bringing Cuba, Mexico, and Central America into the Union as slave states. A skeptic about "Manifest Destiny," Lincoln opposed the war with Mexico, condemned Americans invading Latin America, and warned that Douglas's "popular sovereignty" doctrine would unleash U.S. slaveholders throughout Latin America. This book internationalizes America's showdown over slavery, shedding new light on the Lincoln-Douglas rivalry and Lincoln's Civil War scheme to resettle freed slaves in the tropics"-- Provided by publisher.

Take no prisoners : the battle plan for defeating the left

August 1, 2014
Horowitz, David, 1939-
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, [2014].
xiv, 202 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Happy warriors -- PART ONE. Go for the heart -- Defend our country -- The Progressive threat -- Fight fire with fire -- Uniting the right -- Destructive social justice (with John Perazzo) -- The Tea Party and the GOP : can this marriage survive? -- PART TWO. The art of political war -- How to beat the Democrats.
America is at a crucial turning point in its history, and Republicans have been losing ground to Democrats for too long. In Take No Prisoners, Horowitz sounds a clarion call for conservatives to use liberals' take-no-prisoners playbook against them. From his days as a founder of the radical New Left movement in the 1960s to his storied career as a leading conservative activist, Horowitz has a lifetime of experience in battleground politics. Now he lays out a winning political strategy for the Right that can save the country from sliding into economic and social ruin. If conservatives want a better future for America, they need to be able to beat liberals at their own game--and David Horowitz is telling them how.

The invisible bridge : the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan

July 31, 2014
Perlstein, Rick, 1969-
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
xx, 856 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Author offers his source notes online at rickperlstein.net.
The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.

"And then I met..." : stories of growing up, meeting famous people, and annoying the hell out of them

July 25, 2014
Rogan, James.
Washington, DC : WND Books, 2014.
pages cm
Includes index.
Homework assignment -- KGO's gift -- The Indian and the preacher -- The happy warrior -- George who? -- Mr. Conservative -- My governor -- Valhalla -- You didn't wait for me -- The Eagleton question -- Speaking of dog lovers -- Thanks for the memory -- President of what? -- A night of heroes -- Memphis -- Something to tell your grandkids -- What case is he on? -- Pretend I am dead -- In the shadows -- Finch on Nixon (and a few others) -- Curses, foiled again -- Plains -- Welcome home -- He remembered me -- Spanky and the boss -- Kennedy's Lincoln -- Das Kapitalist -- Mr. Television -- Dream team -- Pat -- Sissy picture -- Woooo-hoooo -- Nixon at twilight -- I don't do trash -- Before the storm -- Bobby's friend -- Always looking the part -- "What doin??" -- Losing stinks -- Man talk -- One for the team -- Bad rap -- Vignettes from the mailbox -- A last good-bye -- Appendix.
"A collection of humorous, adventurous, and poignant stories told by former Congressman Jim Rogan of doing everything possible, short of breaking the law, to meet and get advice from many famous politicians, sports and entertainment figures he met as a kid growing up in San Francisco"--Provided by publisher.

Unreasonable men : Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican rebels who created progressive politics

July 24, 2014
Wolraich, Michael.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
x, 310 pages ; 25 cm
The bolt -- The railroad -- The muck rake -- The panic -- The money power -- The smile -- The tariff -- The insurgency -- The progressive -- The Bull Moose -- Epilogue.

Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine

July 24, 2014
Halper, Daniel, author.
New York, NY : Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xxv, 319 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Brand management -- Hillary's redemption -- On their own -- Charm offensives -- Seducing the Bushes -- Death defiers -- Out of control -- The bubble -- The deal -- Daddy's little girl -- Chasing Hillary -- The road to coronation.
In 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House under a cloud, dogged by scandals and investigations. Even many Democrats were glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a new reputation as a global humanitarian and elder statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become a powerful and respected figure in his cabinet. Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in America--respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons' remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation, backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for wealth and power. Here, Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents, and candid interviews with friends, allies, and former enemies of the Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations, reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves for even greater success. Halper describes in intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works; provides new insights into their deals and friendships; and a comprehensive Republican effort to bring their ambitions to a halt.--From publisher description.

We went back : photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim

July 24, 2014
Young, Cynthia, 1969-
Munich : DelMonico Books, [2013]
304 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Published on the occasion of the exhibition held January 18 - May 5, 2013.
Director's foreword -- Lives of Chim / Carole Naggar -- We went back: Photographs from Europe 1933-1956 by Chim / Cynthia Young -- Actual Responsibility / Roger Cohen -- Plates -- Publication history.
"This book traces the career of Chim, famed photojournalist and cofounder of Magnum Photos, who dedicated much of his life to documenting war and its aftermath. Born Dawid Szymin in Warsaw, Chim began his career in the early 1930s photographing for leftist magazines in Paris. In 1936, one of these magazines, Regards, sent him to the front lines of the civil war in Spain, along with comrades Robert Capa and Gerda Taro. Although war formed the backdrop of much of his reportage, Chim was an astute observer of 20th-century European politics, social life, and culture, from the beginnings of the antifascist struggle to the rebuilding of countries ravaged by World War II. Like millions of other Europeans, Chim had suffered the pain of dislocation and the loss of family in a concentration camp. His profound empathy for his subjects is evident in his postwar work on child refugees. In this volume, Chim emerges as both a talented reporter and a creator of elegant compositions of startling grace and beauty. The book places Chim's work within the broader context of 1930s-1950s photography and European politics"-- Provided by publisher.

The American Idea of England, 1776-1840 : transatlantic writing

July 24, 2014
Clark, Jennifer, 1958-
Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2013]
232 pages ; 24 cm.
"The Britainism of our great men!": anglophilia, political writing and the political context of American writing -- The history of John Bull: allegorical writing, 1774-1835 -- The war of 1812: the idea of England and American nationalism -- The paper war: Anglo-American recrimination and retaliation -- Far hills look green: travel writing -- "fair, But different": England and the English in the American literary imagination.

Politics is a joke! : how TV comedians are remaking political life

July 23, 2014
Lichter, S. Robert.
Boulder : Westview Press, 2014.
pages cm
Introduction: politics is a funny business -- The rise of late night comedy -- A funny thing happened on the way to the White House -- Politicians behaving badly -- What's so funny? -- Laughing matters? -- If you can't beat them, join them -- Political humor: prospect and retrospect.

The Nixon tapes

July 16, 2014
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xxiii, 758 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The start of taping to the China Announcement, February-July 1971 -- The collapse of the gold standard to the India-Pakistan War, August-December 1971 -- Summit planning and escalation in Vietnam, January-May 1972 -- The road to reelection and the end of the war, June 1972-January 1973.
"The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius"-- Provided by publisher.

935 lies : the future of truth and the decline of America's moral integrity

July 14, 2014
Lewis, Charles, 1953-
New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
xxiii, 364 pages ; 25 cm
Our first casualty -- The public's right to know : the Pentagon Papers, Watergate and a triumph for truth -- Race : the American delusion -- America's secret foreign policy and the arrogance of power -- Doubt is their product : the corporate war on truth -- Where have you gone, Edward R. Murrow? -- A watchdog in the corridors of power -- The future of truth.
Lewis describes the ways in which he sees that "truth can be manipulated and distorted by governments, corporations, even [lone] individuals. He [posits that] truth is often distorted or diminished by delay: truth in time can save terrible erroneous choices. In part a history of communication in America, a cri de couer for the principles and practice of objective reporting, and a journey into several notably labyrinths of deception, [this book is a] search for honesty in an age of casual, sometimes malevolent distortion of the facts"-- Provided by publisher.

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