New Arrivals · Politics

October 31, 2014
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George H. W. Bush : character at the core

October 30, 2014
Smith, Curt.
[Lincoln] : Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
xv, 325 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- Finding the water fine -- Perfectly clear -- Looking for Mr. Right -- Big jawn -- A phone call from the Gipper -- To the brink-and back -- The immaculate election -- Hopeful at the creation -- Bush at the summit -- Into the abyss -- A morning after -- America's "vision thing" -- Poetry of the heart.

The accidental superpower : the next generation of American preeminence and the coming global disorder

October 28, 2014
Zeihan, Peter.
New York : Twelve, 2014.
xi, 371 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
" In the bestselling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER will be a much discussed, contrarian and eye-opening assessment of American power. In THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how geography, combined with demography and energy independence, will pave the way for one of the great turning points in history, and one in which America reasserts its global dominance. No other country has a greater network of internal waterways, a greater command of deepwater navigation, or a firmer hold on industrialization technologies than America. Zeihan argues that the future is undoubtedly bright for America, the only country with enough young adults to fill the capital-generating void that will be left behind by 2030. THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER also explores shale oil and its surprising key role in America's move towards energy independence and how it will shape (and is already shaping) American life for the next fifty years"-- Provided by publisher.

Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war

October 27, 2014
Moten, Matthew, 1960-
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
443 pages ; 25 cm
I. Setting precedents -- George Washington and the Continental Congress -- Adams, Washington, and Hamilton -- Mr. Madison's war -- Polk against his generals -- Lincoln's letter to Hooker -- The politics of collaboration -- Lincoln and Grant -- The pershing paradox -- Roosevelt, Marshall, and Hopkins -- The perils of partisanship -- Exit MacArthur -- Taylor's theory -- Powell's doctrine -- Rumsfeld's assumptions.

The first lady of radio : Eleanor Roosevelt's historic broadcasts

October 27, 2014
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962, author.
New York, NY : The New Press, 2014.
xv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"The girl of today" -- "Woman's career vs. woman's home" -- "A mother's responsibility as a citizen" -- "Concluding broadcast" -- "Negro education" -- "When will a woman become president of the U.S.?" -- "Shall a woman be herself?" -- "A day in the White House" -- "Peace through education" -- "World Court broadcast" -- "Making the wheels go 'round in the White House" -- "Keeping house on a budget in the White House" -- "What it means to be the wife of the president" -- "Education of a daughter for the twentieth century" -- "Problems of working women" -- "Life in a tenement" -- "Eleanor Roosevelt interviewed on the causes and cures of war" -- "Domestic workers and government housing" -- "Questions about the White House" -- "Democracy" -- "Political conventions and campaign trips" -- "Planning for war and postwar periods" -- "Peace, democracy and ideals" -- "Address to the Democratic National Convention" -- "Shall we arm merchant ships?" -- "Freedom of speech" -- "Propaganda" -- "Isolationists" -- "Pearl Harbor attack" -- "Civilian defense" -- "Preparedness for war" -- "Enemy aliens and women in war work" -- "Answering her critics" -- "Broadcast from Liverpool" -- "Wartime conditions in Great Britain" -- "D-Day message" -- "V-E Day radio message" -- "V-J Day radio message."

The Georgetown set : friends and rivals in Cold War Washington

October 27, 2014
Herken, Gregg, 1947- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xi, 494 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
A Borzoi Book.
The WASP ascendancy -- "A political village which has become a world capital" -- "Everything is awful here" -- "Is war inevitable?" -- "Would he go into the woods?" -- "To fight fire with fire" -- "Some brave new approach" -- "A land of conspiracy, run by conspirators" -- "Why has Washington gone crazy?" -- "A rather serious border incident" -- "Venomous, exciting and pretty frightening" -- Bold easterners -- "Stray and gusty winds" -- "The wild pigs of Capitol Hill" -- "An act of very great folly" -- "A chap of great promise" -- "The prophet of the missile gap" -- "A breathless time, full of energy and hope" -- "We will all fry" -- "How great is one's duty to truth?" -- Degringolade -- "The other side of the coin" -- "I'm afraid Joe is a cruel man" -- "It was the war that did him in" -- "Nobody plays by the rules anymore" -- "There is a feeling of doors closing" -- Epilogue: "We're all so old or dead": the end of the Georgetown set.
In the years after World War II, Georgetown's leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and the endgame of Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country's premier political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of CIA covert operations; and a host of other diplomats, spies, and scholars responsible for crafting America's response to the Soviet Union from Truman to Reagan. This was a smaller, cozier Washington--utterly unlike today's capital--where presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and professors over martinis and hors d'oeuvres, and columnists like the Alsops promoted those policies in the next day's newspapers. Together, they navigated the perilous years of the Cold War, yielding triumphs--and tragedies--with very real consequences for present-day America and the world.--From publisher description.

The Nazis next door : how America became a safe haven for Hitler's men

October 24, 2014
Lichtblau, Eric.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xvii, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: A Name from the Past -- Liberation -- The Good Nazis -- "Minor War Crimes" -- Echoes from Argentina -- Tilting at Swastikas -- In the Pursuit of Science -- Out of the Shadows -- "An Ugly Blot" -- The Sins of the Father -- A Good Party Spoiled -- "An Innocent Man" -- Backlash -- Ivan the Terrible -- The Road to Ponary -- Appendix.
"The shocking story of how America became one of the world's safest postwar havens for Nazis. Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies. When the Justice Department finally investigated and learned the truth, the results were classified and buried. Using the dramatic story of one former perpetrator who settled in New Jersey, conned the CIA into hiring him, and begged for the agency's support when his wartime identity emerged, Eric Lichtblau tells the full, shocking story of how America became a refuge for hundreds of postwar Nazis"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreamers and deceivers : true stories of the heroes and villains who made America

October 23, 2014
Beck, Glenn, author, editor.
New York : Threshold Editions/Mercury Radio Arts, 2014.
xiii, 306 pages ; 24 cm
Grover Cleveland : the mysterious case of the disappearing president -- "I did not kill Armstrong" : the war of wills in the early days of radio -- Woodrow Wilson : a masterful stroke of deception -- Streets of gold : Charles Ponzi and the American scheme -- He loved Lucy: the tragic genius of Desi Arnaz, the inventor of the rerun -- The muckracker : how a lost letter revealed Upton Sinclair's deception -- Alan Turing : how the father of the computer saved the world for democracy -- The spy who turned to a pumpkin : Alger Hiss and the liberal establishment that defended a traitor -- The City of Tomorrow : Walt Disney's last and lost dream -- "Make it great, John" : how Steve Jobs and John Lasseter changed history at Pixar.
"Glenn Beck provides stories of the people who [in his view] built America and the people who sought to destroy it"-- Provided by publisher.

When lions roar : the Churchills and the Kennedys

October 23, 2014
Maier, Thomas, 1956-
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014.
pages cm
A far-reaching history of the intertwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys discusses their respective family views, how they overcame bitter differences to unite against Hitler and the enduring influence of their collaborations.

Founding fathers : the fight for freedom and the birth of American liberty

October 23, 2014
Kostyal, K. M., 1951-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Books, 2014.
350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Commonwealths, crimes, and calamities (1763-1774) -- Liberty or death (1775) -- Times that try men's souls (1776) -- Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots (1777-1778) -- In the very midst of a revolution (1779-1780) -- The tide of success (1781-1783) -- A more perfect union (1784-1789).

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.

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