New Arrivals · Politics

October 22, 2014
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Leaving Russia : a Jewish story

October 21, 2014
Shrayer, Maxim, 1967- author.
xxii, 324 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

The USA and the world.

October 17, 2014
Harpers Ferry, W. Va. : Stryker-Post Publications
v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.

Political mercenaries : the inside story of how fundraisers allowed billionaires to take over politics

October 16, 2014
Lewis, Lindsay Mark.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
pages cm
"In 1992, when Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush, political fundraising was considered an afterthought. Their campaigns spent $192 million--combined! In contrast, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent over $7 billion to beat one another in 2012--36 times more than that spent just 20 years before. How is it that politics has become so focused on the almighty dollar and the cost of political campaigns so expensive? Lindsay Mark Lewis is arguably the person best able to answer those questions--the notorious political fundraiser renowned for his willingness to do almost anything to get the next political dollar in the war chest. He was part of the new political mob responsible for the excessive influence of money on campaigns. Co-authored with writer and political analyst Jim Arkedis, Political Mercenaries is a fascinating look into how American politics, to contradict former Speaker Tip O'Neill, is now all national money. This book emerges at a time when millions of Americans are more skeptical than ever about politicians on both sides of the aisle and how they obtain the money that funds their campaigns"-- Provided by publisher.

Rosewater : a family's story of love, captivity, and survival

October 16, 2014
Bahari, Maziar, author.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
xxviii, 356 pages ; 21 cm
"Previously published as Then they came for me."

Napoleon : the end of glory

October 16, 2014
Price, Munro, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
xx, 324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Napoleon and his empire, December 1812 -- Plots and alarms, 1812-1813 -- Russia, Austria and Napoleon, 1812-1813 -- War and diplomacy, spring 1813 -- Napoleon and Metternich -- The Congress of Prague -- From Dresden to Leipzig -- The battle of the nations -- Natural frontiers -- Challenge from within -- The Congress of Chatillon -- The beginning of the end -- Talleyrand -- An end to glory.

Shona ba shona : professional reflections of U.S. officers in Afghanistan

October 16, 2014
Washington, D.C. : College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, 2014.
xv, 152 pages ; 23 cm
Shipping list no.:2014-0317-P.
Part I. Counterinsurgency Dilemmas : Chapter 1. Guns vs. Olive Branches: How to Offer the Branch While the Guns Are Still Firing -- Chapter 2. The Future of Stability Operations -- Chapter 3. Between Benevolence and Chastisement: Where Does COIN Belong? -- Chapter 4. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency: Actors, Relationships, and the Nature of the Conflict -- Chapter 5. Strategic Influence of U.S. Medical Diplomacy -- Part II. Implementing Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan : Chapter 6. Partnering in Strategic Communication -- Chapter 7. What is an FET? An Ad Hoc Organization or Misuse of Manpower -- Chapter 8. Ensuring an Effective Transition of Afghan Local Police for Lasting Stability -- Chapter 9. Truth in Lending: Controlling the Afghan Narrative at Home to Ensure Success Abroad.
This publication is a compilation of nine essays written by Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force officers enrolled in the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) Hands program while attending the College of International Security Affairs (CISA) at the National Defense University (NDU. All the officers have extensive experience on Afghanistan and were encouraged to combine this experience with their newly acquired knowledge of theory and history to produce essays that could provide both cutting-edge analysis of our current operations in Afghanistan and deeper insights about counterinsurgency (COIN) and stability operations.

Pay any price : greed, power, and endless war

October 15, 2014
Risen, James.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xvii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Greed. Pallets of cash ; The Emperor of the War on Terror ; The new oligarchs -- Power. Rosetta ; Alarbus ; Too big to fail -- Endless war. The war on decency ; The war on normalcy ; The war on truth.
"War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely. Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses -- and until this book, it has worked very hard to cover them up. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckoning. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely"-- Provided by publisher.

The return of George Washington : 1783-1789

October 14, 2014
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John), author.
© 2014
xv, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Book I. From New York to Mount Vernon, 1782-1786. Retiring becomes him; Reeling in the West; To go or not to go -- Book II. To, from, and in Philadelphia, 1787. The center holds; In his image; "Little short of a miracle" -- Book III. From Mount Vernon to New York, 1877-1789. Ratifying Washington; The first federal elections; The inaugural parade.

La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris

October 14, 2014
García-Lapuerta, Alina.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2014.
x, 309 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Family Tree -- Prologue -- Part I. Cuba -- Havana : A City of Sea and Light -- Mercedes and Mamita -- Joaquin -- Behind the Convent Walls -- Adios, Cuba -- Part II. Spain -- Madrid : Grandeur and Decay -- A Sense of Loss -- Treason, Hatred, Vengeance -- The Good Devils -- Adios, España -- Part III. France -- Starting Over -- The Rise of La Belle Créole -- Romancing the Past -- The Literary Socialite -- Part IV. Cuba, Spain, and France -- Daughter of Havana -- A Song for Havana -- Finale: Adagio Cantabile.
"The adventurous woman nicknamed La Belle Créole is brought to life in this book through the full use of her memoirs, contemporary accounts, and her intimate letters. The fascinating María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, also known as Mercedes, and later the Comtesse Merlin, was a Cuban-born aristocrat who was years ahead of her time as a writer, a socialite, a salon host, and a participant in the Cuban slavery debate. Raised in Cuba and shipped off to live with her socialite mother in Spain at the age of 13, Mercedes triumphed over the political chaos that blanketed Europe in the Napoleonic days, by charming aristocrats from all sides with her exotic beauty and singing voice. She married General Merlin in Napoleon's army and discussed painting with Francisco de Goya. In Paris she hosted the city's premier musical salon where Liszt, Rossini, and great divas of the day performed for Rothschilds, Balzac, and royalty. Celebrated as one of the greatest amateur sopranos of her day, Mercedes also achieved fame as a writer. Her memoirs and travel writings introduced European audiences to 19th-century Cuban society and contributed to the debate over slavery. Mercedes has recently been rediscovered as Cuba's earliest female author and one who deserves a place in the canon of Latin American literature"-- Provided by publisher.


October 14, 2014
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
227 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
ch. 1. What should the US role be in Syria? The United States should use air strikes against Syria / Barack Obama -- Should America enter Syria's hell? / Doug Bandow -- Why the U.S. should use cyber weapons against Syria / Jason Healey -- The United States should arm Syrian rebels / Walter Russell Mead -- Don't arm Syria's rebels / Gary Kamiya -- Asking Congress to approve attacks on Syria acknowledges limits on the president's war powers / Peter M. Shane -- Obama is only making his war powers mightier / Eric Posner -- ch. 2. What is the status of the Syrian resistance? Moderate and radical groups vie for control of resistance in Syria / David Enders -- Syrian rebel groups dominated by Islamists / Ben Hubbard -- "Little doubt" Syria gassed opposition / Adam Entous, Dion Nissenbaum, and Maria Abi-Habib -- UN accuses Syrian rebels of carrying out sarin gas attacks which had been blamed on Assad's troops / Damien Gayle -- Assad will defeat the rebels / Michael Hirsh -- The rebels seem poised to defeat Assad / Bradley Klapper -- An Assad victory would be a disaster / Brian Braun -- Don't let the Syrian rebels win / Glenn E. Robinson -- ch. 3. What is the status of the Syrian refugee crisis? Analysis: The Syrian urban refugee problem in northern Iraq / Louise Redvers -- Why has Israel closed its doors to Syrian refugees? / Angela Godfrey-Goldstein -- Syrian refugees entering Turkey create dangers for the United States / Mark A. Grey -- Camps are a poor way to house Syrian refugees / Refugees International -- Refugee camps provide needed aid and services / Elizabeth Ferris -- ch. 4. What is the relationship between Syria and the world? Iran may cease aiding Assad / Ariel Ben Solomon -- The British rejection of military action will have little effect on Syria / Anshel Pfeffer -- The British rejection of military action should have a major effect on the US approach to Syria / Amy Davidson -- Russia is unlikely to abandon support for the Assad regime because of American pressure / Dimitri Simes, as told to Bernard Gwertzman -- Why Russia protects Syria's Assad / Daniel Treisman -- Using Russian diplomacy to strip Syria of chemical weapons may be the least bad option / The Economist.

Lincoln and the power of the press : the war for public opinion

October 13, 2014
Holzer, Harold.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xxix, 733 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The types are in our glory -- Not like any other thunder -- That attractive rainbow -- A position we cannot maintain -- A mean between two extremes -- The prairies are on fire -- The perilous position of the union -- I cannot go into the newspapers -- Lincoln will not talk with anyone -- Wanted: a leader -- No such thing as freedom of the press -- Slavery must go to the wall -- Sitting on a volcano -- No time to read any papers -- Long Abraham a little longer -- Epilogue: We shall not see again the like.

#Newsfail : climate change, feminism, gun control, and other fun stuff we talk about because nobody else will

October 13, 2014
Kilstein, Jamie, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xiv, 208 pages ; 23 cm
"A hilarious and informative primer on the most urgent issues of our day, from the creators and co-hosts of Citizen Radio, a 100% listener-supported show whose slogan is 'independent radio that won't lead you to war'"

Without you, there is no us : my time with the sons of North Korea's elite

October 13, 2014
Kim, Suki, 1970- author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"A ... memoir of teaching English to the sons of North Korea's ruling class during the last six months of Kim Jong-il's reign"

The hidden agenda of the political mind : how self-interest shapes our opinions and why we won't admit it

October 13, 2014
Weeden, Jason, 1969-
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2014.
pages cm
Machine generated contents note: -- Part I: Political Minds -- Chapter 1: Agendas in Action 3 -- Chapter 2: Investigating Interests 26 -- Chapter 3: Machiavellian Minds 44 -- Part II: Political Issues -- Chapter 4: Fighting over Sex: Lifestyle Issues and Religion 69 -- Chapter 5: Rules of the Game: Group Identities and Human Capital 96 -- Chapter 6: Money Matters: Redistribution and Hard-Times Programs 123 -- Part III: Political Coalitions -- Chapter 7: The Many Shades of Red and Blue 145 -- Chapter 8: The Republican Coalition 160 -- Chapter 9: The Democratic Coalition 176 -- Part IV: Political Challenges -- Chapter 10: An Uncomfortable Take on Political Positions 195 -- Acknowledgments 217 -- Appendixes 219 -- Data Appendix for Chapter 2 219 -- Data Appendix for Part II 236 -- Data Appendix for Chapter 4 251 -- Data Appendix for Chapter 5 268 -- Data Appendix for Chapter 6 287 -- Data Appendix for Chapter 8 304 -- Data Appendix for Chapter 9 321 -- Notes 343 -- References 351 -- Index 359.
"When it comes to politics, we often perceive our own beliefs as fair and socially beneficial, while seeing opposing views as merely self-serving. But in fact most political views are governed by self-interest, even if we usually don't realize it. Challenging our fiercely held notions about what motivates us politically, this book explores how self-interest divides the public on a host of hot-button issues, from abortion and the legalization of marijuana to same-sex marriage, immigration, affirmative action, and income redistribution.Expanding the notion of interests beyond simple economics, Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban look at how people's interests clash when it comes to their sex lives, social status, family, and friends. Drawing on a wealth of data, they demonstrate how different groups form distinctive bundles of political positions that often stray far from what we typically think of as liberal or conservative. They show how we engage in unconscious rationalization to justify our political positions, portraying our own views as wise, benevolent, and principled while casting our opponents' views as thoughtless and greedy.While many books on politics seek to provide partisans with new ways to feel good about their own side, The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind illuminates the hidden drivers of our politics, even if it's a picture neither side will find flattering"-- Provided by publisher.

Founders' son : a life of Abraham Lincoln

October 10, 2014
Brookhiser, Richard.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xi, 347 pages, 8 unnumbred pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
1809-1830: youth -- George Washington and liberty -- 1830-1840: manhood -- Thomas Paine, laughter, and reason -- 1840-1852: maturity -- Henry Clay and the Fourth of July -- 1854: the repeal of the Missouri Compromise -- 1855-1858: running for senate -- 1859-1860: running for president -- Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence. The towering genius (I) -- The election of 1860. The towering genius (II) -- 1861-1863: war, emancipation -- Preamble to the Constitution -- 1864-1865: war, death -- God the father -- 1865: victory. The towering genius (III) -- Epilogue: One old man.

Leningrad : siege and symphony

October 10, 2014
Moynahan, Brian, 1941-
New York, N.Y. : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013.
xii, 542 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : maps, photographs ; 24 cm.

Stop the coming civil war : my savage truth

October 9, 2014
Savage, Michael, 1942-
New York : Center Street, 2014.
314 pages ; 24 cm

Don't wait for the next war : a strategy for American growth and global leadership

October 7, 2014
Clark, Wesley K.
New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
xviii, 250 pages ; 25 cm
"Can America have a real national strategy and move forward together without the focus of war? In the twentieth century, America came together to become the "Arsenal of Democracy," and emerged from World War II as the greatest power in the world. We shaped a global civilization in our own values, first with international institutions and our allies, then triumphing over our long-term adversary, the Soviet Union to emerge as the world's lone superpower. But in losing our adversary, America's leadership has founded. We have not replaced our post-World War II strategic vision with something appropriate for a postwar role. In Syria, and more broadly across the Middle East, bellicosity has not served us well and we look adrift in the face of that region's turbulence. Guns and swords don't seem to help. America's new challenges, global in scope, not amenable to military solutions, require intricate interdependence between government and the private sector. Terrorism, cybersecurity, financial system vulnerabilities, the rise of China, and accelerating climate change constitute a new class of national security challenges-and meeting these will require America to revisit hallowed mythologies and concert domestic and foreign policies in a way which has never before been achieved. All the resources are at hand, but will we have the vision and will to lead? Based on his experience at the highest levels in the military, politics and business, Wesley Clark offers a way forward, if only the American people will demand it of their elected leaders"-- Provided by publisher.

Mayor for a new America

October 7, 2014
Menino, Thomas M., 1942-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
250 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
From Hyde Park to city hall -- The struggle for the schools -- Police and fire -- Getting stuff done -- "To think I did all that..."
"A revealing memoir by Boston's beloved five-term mayor, explaining the power behind Boston's success and lessons for Washington power brokers After twenty years of service, Mayor Thomas Menino is stepping down from his office as one of the longest-serving major-city mayors in United States history--and one of the most popular politicians in modern memory. His political career has stretched from the busing crisis of the 1970s to the city's extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. Menino tells exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of urban politics and provides inspiration for Washington with his proven, people-focused method: "Do the small stuff so you can win the credibility to do the big stuff." He's not known as a fancy talker, but he gets things done. Under his wing, the city has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth while fostering a new attitude of acceptance. Menino shows how a very old city shook off its Puritan roots and racial tensions to become a truly twenty-first-century city"-- Provided by publisher.

The future, declassified : megatrends that will undo the world unless we take action

October 7, 2014
Burrows, Mathew.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
vi, 281 pages ; 25 cm
Don't kill the messenger -- The power of one -- A splintered world -- Playing God -- An era of scarcity or abundance? -- A revolutionary China? -- Will technology be a boon or a curse? -- A return to world at war? -- The last days of pax Americana? -- The enemy of my enemy is my friend -- East is East and West is West -- With friends like this -- Making the system work -- Are we prepared for the future?
"Twenty-five years ago when Mathew Burrows went to work for the CIA as an intelligence analyst, the world seemed frozen. Then came the fall of the Berlin Wall and the implosion of the Soviet Union; suddenly, unpredictability became a universal theme and foresight was critical. For the past decade, Burrows has overseen the creation of the Global Trends report--the key futurist guide for the White House, Departments of State and Defense, and Homeland Security"-- Provided by publisher.

The end of greatness : why America can't have (and doesn't want) another great president

October 7, 2014
Miller, Aaron David.
New York, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
viii, 280 pages ; 25 cm
"There is one thing that has haunted all of America's modern presidents: Americans' expectations of greatness in the man and the office. While it was impossible for the Framers of the Constitution to predict the circumstances that would make America the greatest and most consequential power on Earth, the Founders never intended this spotlight on the presidency. Venerating our past great presidents has always been safe, compelling, and inspiring. But when it also tempts us with the possibilities of their return, it may not be so benign. The End of Greatness offers a new way to appreciate and evaluate the presidency, a mode of understanding that gives conventional achievement ratings their place but ultimately makes the counterintuitive argument that, in expecting greatness, we have made goodness simply impossible. This book looks at the concept of greatness in presidents--the ways in which it is essential to a nation and the ways in which it has been detrimental. Miller argues that greatness in presidents is an overrated virtue, one that eclipses--and perhaps even thwarts--the real contributions of our presidents"-- Provided by publisher.

Putin's kleptocracy : who owns Russia?

October 7, 2014
Dawisha, Karen.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
vii, [4], 445 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The USSR at the moment of collapse -- The making of money and power : the establishment of Putin's Circle, from the KGB to St. Petersburg, 1985-1996 -- Putin in St. Petersburg, 1990-1996: accusations of illicit activities -- Putin in Moscow, 1996-1999 -- Putin prepares to take over: from Prime Minister to Acting President, December 1999-May 2000 -- The founding of the Putin System: his first hundred days and their consequences, May-August 2000 -- Russia, Putin, and the future of kleptocratic authoritarianism.
The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha's brilliant work provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia.

Inside Syria : the backstory of their civil war and what the world can expect

October 6, 2014
Erlich, Reese W., 1947-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, [2014].
313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
The uprising that wasn't supposed to be -- Lawrence of Syria -- Treaties, rebellions, and independence: 1919-1946 -- Wars and coups, then the Assads arrive: 1947-2011 -- The uprising begins -- Chemical weapons, military offensives, and stalemate -- Who supports Assad? -- Why Iran backs Syria -- Will the Kurds have their way? -- Israel, Palestine, and Syria -- United States, Russia, and outside powers.
"Based on first-hand reporting from Syria and Washington, journalist Reese Erlich unravels the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war. Through vivid, on-the-ground accounts and interviews with both rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erlich gives the reader a better understanding of this momentous power struggle and why it matters. Through his many contacts inside Syria, the author reveals who is supporting Assad and why; he describes the agendas of the rebel factions; and he depicts in stark terms the dire plight of many ordinary Syrian people caught in the cross-fire. The book also provides insights into the role of the Kurds, the continuing influence of Iran, and the policies of US leaders who seem interested only in protecting US regional interests. As Erlich shows, current events in Syria can be best understood by looking at Syria's recent history, especially the roles of key historic figures. Several chapters are devoted to these influential leaders--including T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), journalist Lowell Thomas, Muslim brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Saddam Hussein, and Hafez al-Assad. Disturbing and enlightening at once, this timely book shows you not only what is happening inside Syria but why it is so important for the Middle East, the US, and the world"-- Provided by publisher.

The collapse : the accidental opening of the Berlin Wall

October 6, 2014
Sarotte, M. E.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxvi, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"In The Collapse historian Mary Elise Sarotte shows that the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, was not, as is commonly believed, the East German government's deliberate concession to outside influence. It was an accident. A carelessly worded memo written by mid-level bureaucrats, a bumbling press conference given by an inept member of the East German Politburo, the negligence of government leaders, the bravery of ordinary people in East and West Berlin--these combined to bring about the end of nearly forty years of oppression, fear, and enmity in divided Berlin. Drawing on evidence from archives in multiple countries and languages, along with dozens of interviews with key actors, The Collapse is the definitive account of the event that brought down the East German Politburo and came to represent the final collapse of the Cold War order"-- Provided by publisher.

The bullet and the ballot box : the story of Nepal's Maoist revolution

October 6, 2014
Adhikari, Aditya.
London ; New York : Verso, 2014.
xii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The Sun in the Hearts of the People : Origins -- Democracy and Its Discontents -- Blinding the Elephant -- The State at War -- Among the Believers -- The Fish in the Sea : Vignettes -- Blunders and Realignments -- Uprising -- The Aftermath of People's War -- Postscript.
"In 1996, when Nepal's Maoists launched their armed rebellion, their ideology was widely considered obsolete and they had limited public support. By 2008 they had gained access to state power and their ambitious plan of social transformation dominated the national agenda. How did this become possible? The Bullet and the Ballot Box offers a rich and sweeping account of a decade of revolutionary upheaval. Adhikari draws on a broad range of sources, including novels, letters and diaries, to illuminate both the history and human drama of the Maoist rebellion. An indispensible guide to Nepal's recent history, the book also offers a fascinating case study of how communist ideology has been reinterpreted and translated into political action in the twenty-first century"-- Provided by publisher.

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