New Arrivals · Politics

July 3, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A full life : reflections at ninety

July 2, 2015
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
257 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Archery and the race issue -- Navy years -- Back to Georgia -- Atlanta to Washington -- Life in the White House -- Issues mostly resolved -- Problems still pending -- Back home.
In this autobiography, President Carter "tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"--Amazon.com.

Putinism : Russia and its future with the West

June 30, 2015
Laqueur, Walter, 1921-
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.
xiv, 271 pages ; 25 cm
1. The End of the Soviet Era. Perestroika ; After Gorbachev -- 2. Who Rules Russia?. The Oligarchs ; The Siloviki -- 3. The Pillars of the New Russian Idea. The Russian Orthodox Church ; Leading Thinkers of the Russian Right ; Eurasianism ; Russian Geopolitics ; Confabulation? -- 4. Putin and Putinism. Putinism -- 5. Stalin and the Fall of the Byzantine Empire. The Fall of an Empire -- 6. Demography. Russian Islam ; Tatarstan ; Opposition ; The State Party -- 7. The New National Doctrine. Back to the Roots ; The Russian Party under the Soviets ; Ivan Ilyin rediscovered -- 8. Foreign Policy and the Petrostate. Russia and the European Radical Right ; Russia and China ; The Near Abroad ; Russian Oil -- 9. Sources of Future Conflicts. The Idea of a New Empire -- Russophobia and Zapadophobia (fear of the West) -- The Economic Future -- The Face of the Younger Generation -- Central Asian Conflicts -- Epilogue: Kamo gryadeshi, Roosiya? : Quo vadis, Russia? -- Bibliography.
"There is no question that tensions between Russia and America are on the rise. The forced annexation of Crimea, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and the Russian government's treatment of homosexuals have created diplomatic standoffs and led to a volley of economic sanctions. Much of the blame for Russia's recent hostility towards the West has fallen on steely-eyed President Vladimir Putin, and Americans have begun to wonder if they are witnessing the rebirth of Cold War-style dictatorship. Not so fast, argues veteran historian Walter Laqueur. For two decades Laqueur has been ahead of the curve, predicting events in post-Soviet Russia with uncanny accuracy. In Putinism, he deftly demonstrates how three long-standing pillars of Russian ideology: a strong belief in the Orthodox Church, a sense of Eurasian 'manifest destiny,' and a fear of foreign enemies, continue to exert a powerful influence on the Russian populace. As a result, Putin may well be much more a servant of his people than we think. Topical and provocative, Putinism contains much more than historical analysis. Looking to the future, Laqueur explains how the tendency to view Russia as a Cold War relic is dangerous and premature. Russia can, and will, continue to challenge the West so it is in our best interest to figure out exactly who it is we are facing--and what they want--before it is too late"-- Provided by publisher.

Dogmas and dreams : a reader in modern political ideologies

June 29, 2015
©2011
xv, 804 pages : illustration, map ; 23 cm
Liberalism. Treatise of civil government / John Locke -- The wealth of nations / Adam Smith -- The Federalist papers, nos. 10 and 51 / James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay -- On liberty / John Stuart Mill -- "Lecture on liberal legislation and freedom of contract" / Thomas Hill Green -- "The continuing struggle for liberalism" / Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Capitalism and freedom / Milton Friedman -- "Equal opportunity and the 'race of life'" / Isaac Kramnick -- Is multiculturalism bad for women? / Susan Moller Okin -- Conservatism. "On being conservative" / Michael Oakeshott -- Reflections on the revolution in France / Edmund Burke -- "Why I am not a conservative" / F.A. Hayek -- "The democratization of the university" / Allan Bloom -- "The neoconservative persuasion: what it was, and what it is" / Irving Kristol -- The enemy at home: the cultural left and its responsibility for 9/11 / Dinesh D'Souza -- Socialism. "Utopian socialism" / Charles Fourier -- "Estranged labor" / Karl Marx -- The Communist manifesto / Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels -- State and revolution / V.I. Lenin -- "Democracy as it relates to socialism" / Norberto Bobbio -- "The Port Huron statement at 40" / Tom Hayden and Dick Flacks -- Anarchism. "Anarchism: what it really stands for" / Emma Goldman -- "Essay on civil disobedience" / Henry David Thoreau -- Mutual aid / Petyr Kropotkin -- "Scientific anarchism" / Mikhail Bakunin -- "How we really shut down the WTO" / Starhawk -- Fascism. Fascism: doctrine and institutions / Benito Mussolini -- Mein Kampf / Adolf Hitler -- The Turner diaries / Andrew Macdonald -- Democracy, incorporated: managed democracy and the specter of inverted totalitarianism / Sheldon Wolin -- Feminism. Vindication of the rights of woman / Mary Wollstonecraft -- "Our revolution is unique" / Betty Friedan -- The power of the positive woman / Phyllis Schlafly -- "The unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism: towards a more progressive union" / Heidi Hartmann -- "Age, race, class, and sex: women redefining difference" / Audre Lorde -- "La conciencia de la mestiza: towards a new consciousness" / Gloria Anzaldua -- "What is feminism?" / Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards -- "'Under Western eyes' revisited: feminist solidarity through anticapitalist struggles" / Chandra Talpade Mohanty -- Environmentalism and ecology. Silent spring / Rachel Carson -- Earth in the balance: ecology and the human spirit / Al Gore -- "Thinking green!" / Petra Kelly -- Defending the Earth: a dialogue between Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman / Murray Bookchin and Dave Foreman -- Stolen harvest: the hijacking of the global food supply / Vandana Shiva -- "The death of environmentalism" / Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger -- Nationalism and globalization. The duties of man / Joseph Mazzini -- Imagined communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism / Benedict Anderson -- The end of the nation state: the rise of regional economies / Kenichi Ohmae -- "Lecture on the supreme jihad" / Imam Khomeini -- "Origins of terrorism" / Edward W. Said -- "The clash of civilizations?" / Samuel P. Huntington -- "Jihad vs. McWorld" / Benjamin R. Barber -- Cosmopolitanism: ethics in a world of strangers / Kwame Anthony Appiah.

Writing on the wall : selected prison writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

June 25, 2015
Abu-Jamal, Mumia.
San Francisco : City Lights Publishers, 2015.
xxxvi, 333 pages ; 20 cm.
"From the first slave writings to contemporary hip hop, the canon of African American literature offers a powerful counter-narrative to dominant notions of American culture, history, and politics. Resonant with voices of prophecy and resistance, the African American literary tradition runs deep with emancipatory currents that have had an indelible impact on the United States and the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of our most important contributors to this canon for decades, writing from the confines of the US prison system to give voice to those most silenced by chronic racism, impoverishment, and injustice. Writing on the Wall is a selection of one hundred previously unpublished essays that crystalize Mumia Abu-Jamal's essential perspectives on community, politics, power, social change, and US history. From discussions of Rosa Parks and Trayvon Martin to John Walker Lindh and Edward Snowden, Abu-Jamal articulates lucid, humorous, and often prescient insight into the past, present, and future of American politics and society. Written as radio commentaries from his prison cell in Death Row, where he was held in solitary confinement for close to thirty years, Mumia's revolutionary perspective brims with hope, encouragement, and profound faith in the possibility of social change and redemption. MUMIA ABU-JAMAL is an award-winning journalist and author of two best-selling books, Live From Death Row and Death Blossoms, which address prison life from a critical and spiritual perspective. In 1981 he was elected president of the Association of Black Journalists (Philadelphia chapter). That same year he was arrested for allegedly killing a white police officer in Philadelphia. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 1982, in a process that has been described as an epic miscarriage of justice. After spending more than 28 years on death row, in 2011 his death sentence was vacated when the Supreme Court allowed to stand the decisions of four federal judges who had earlier declared his death sentence unconstitutional. He is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. In spite of his three-decade-long imprisonment, most of which was spent in solitary confinement on Death Row, Abu-Jamal has relentlessly fought for his freedom and for his profession. From prison he has written seven books and thousands of radio commentaries. He holds a BA from Goddard College and an MA from California State University, Dominguez Hills. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies and have been translated into seven languages. JOHANNA FERNÁNDEZ is a former Fulbright Scholar to Jordan and Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College of the City University of New York where she teaches 20th Century US history and African American History. She is author of the forthcoming When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords Party, 1968-1976 (Princeton University Press). Fernandez is the writer and producer of the film, Justice on Trial: the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal and she is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal, Long Distance Revolutionary. Her writings have been published internationally, from Al Jazeera to the Huffington Post. She gives interviews often and has appeared in a diverse range of print, radio, online and televised media including Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, the Fox News shows Hannity and Megyn Kelley, Al Jazeera and The New York Times. She is a coordinator of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. CORNEL WEST is a scholar, philosopher, activist and author of over a dozen books including his bestseller, Race Matters. He appears frequently in the media, and has appeared on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on Tavis Smiley's PBS TV Show. "-- Provided by publisher.

The republic of conscience

June 25, 2015
Hart, Gary, 1936- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press,an imprint of Renguin Random House, [2015]
xx, 215 pages ; 24 cm
"Former Senator Gary Hart's 'The Republic of Conscience' is a meditation on the growing gap between the founding principles of the United States Constitution and our current political landscape"-- Provided by publisher.

Patience and fortitude : power, real estate, and the fight to save a public library

June 25, 2015
Sherman, Scott (Scott G.), author.
©2015.
xvii, 205 pages ; 23 cm
Preface "There Will Never Be an End to This Library" -- 1. "A Great Work" -- 2. Decay and Renewal -- 3. "The Greatest Project Ever" -- 4. Hubris and Corporate Logic -- 5. An Invitation to Act -- 6. "I Will Raise the Money" -- 7. "Don't Gut Our Lions" -- 8. "The Wrong Plan" -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Sources -- Index.
"A riveting investigation of a beloved library caught in the crosshairs of real estate, power, and the people's interests--by the reporter who broke the story. In a series of cover stories for The Nation magazine, journalist Scott Sherman uncovered the ways in which Wall Street logic almost took down one of New York City's most beloved and iconic institutions: the New York Public Library. In the years preceding the 2008 financial crisis, the library's leaders forged an audacious plan to sell off multiple branch libraries, mutilate a historic building, and send millions of books to a storage facility in New Jersey. Scholars, researchers, and readers would be out of luck, but real estate developers and New York's Mayor Bloomberg would get what they wanted. But when the story broke, the people fought back, as famous writers, professors, and citizens' groups came together to defend a national treasure. Rich with revealing interviews with key figures, Patience and Fortitude is at once a hugely readable history of the library's secret plans, and a stirring account of a rare triumph against the forces of money and power"-- Provided by publisher.

Voters' who and what of elections.

June 23, 2015
[Cincinnati, Ohio : League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area]
v. : ill. ; 35 cm.
Title from caption.
"Questions and issues, candidates and non-partisan voting information."

A time for truth : reigniting the promise of America

June 23, 2015
Cruz, Ted, 1970-
New York : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
x, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A first book by the controversial senator outlines his political and personal perspectives while evaluating his potential for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

One man against the world : the tragedy of Richard Nixon

June 19, 2015
Weiner, Tim.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xi, 369 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

Léon Blum : prime minister, socialist, zionist

June 16, 2015
Birnbaum, Pierre, author.
New Haven [Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2015]
218 pages : port. ; 22 cm.
English translation of unpublished French manuscript.
Introduction -- Portrait of a young Jew -- The Dreyfus Affair -- On love -- The heir of Jaurès : the socialist commitment -- In service of the state -- The attack -- Popular front! -- From Vichy to Buchenwald -- Kfar Blum -- Conclusion.

Undemocratic : how unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats are stealing your liberty and freedom

June 15, 2015
Sekulow, Jay.
New York : Howard Books, 2015.
viii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
"Jay Sekulow--one of America's most influential attorneys--explores the current political landscape in which bureaucracy has taken over our government and provides a practical roadmap to help take back our personal liberties. From Ellis Island to the Supreme Court in just two generations, Jay Sekulow is on a mission to defend the American right to individual freedom--and he will protect it from any threat, even if that includes our current administration. According to Jay, the warning signs were there before Obama was elected. This new and unprecedented attack on individual liberties became clear as soon as Obama came to power. The administration's focus on increasing the power of the government, decreasing individual autonomy, and suppressing dissent goes against all of the fundamental liberties outlined in the Constitution. As our government cracks down on leaks in their own operations and supports intrusions into individual privacy, personal freedom is lost. But Jay has a plan to fight back. With insights into Jay's legal strategies, Power Trip focuses on successful responses to previous Obama Administration overreach and acts as a guide to help Americans continue on this path. Jay shines a light on many abuses Americans are unaware of, and teaches us how to respond in effective ways, providing a roadmap for future victories. A welcome voice to conservative ears, Sekulow's point of view wholeheartedly supports those fighting to uphold personal liberties regardless of the administration in charge"-- Provided by publisher.

The full catastrophe : travels among the new Greek ruins

June 11, 2015
Angelos, James (Journalist)
New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
294 pages : map ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Island of the blind -- Off the books -- The resistance -- Murder in the Civil Service -- Tha apostate -- Europe's hopefuls -- The new Spartans -- Epilogue.
"A transporting, good-humored, and revealing account of Greece's dire troubles, reported from the mountain villages, idyllic islands, and hardscrabble streets that define the country today In recent years, small Greece, often associated with ancient philosophers and marble ruins, whitewashed villages and cerulean seas, has been at the center of a debt crisis that has sown economic and social ruin, spurred panic in international markets, and tested Europe's decades-old project of forging a closer union. In The Full Catastrophe, James Angelos makes sense of contrasting images of Greece, a nation both romanticized for its classical past and castigated for its dysfunctional present. With vivid character-driven narratives and engaging reporting that offers an immersive sense of place, he brings to life some of the causes of the country's financial collapse, and examines the changes, some hopeful and others deeply worrisome, emerging in its aftermath. A small rebellion against tax authorities breaks out on a normally serene Aegean island. A mayor from a bucolic, northern Greek village is gunned down by the municipal treasurer. An aging, leftist hero of the Second World War fights to win compensation from Germany for the wartime occupation. A once marginal group of neo-Nazis rises to political prominence out of a ramshackle Athens neighborhood. The Full Catastrophe goes beyond the transient coverage in the daily headlines to deliver an enduring and absorbing portrait of modern Greece"-- Provided by publisher.

The quiet man : the indispensable presidency of George H.W. Bush

June 11, 2015
Sununu, John H.
New York, NY : Broadside Books an imprint of HarperCollins, [2015].
xvi, 412 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Journey to the White House -- Framing the mission -- Clearing the way -- The disciplined leader-ending the Cold War -- 'Read my lips'-the budget agreement of 1990 -- Free market policies for the environment and energy -- Empowering communities and families -- The compassionate conservative -- Desert Storm -- Panama, China, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict -- The Supreme Court -- An embattled 1992.
George H. W. Bush is much too modest to brag about what he accomplished as the 41st President of the United States. As a result, the conventional wisdom about his presidency misses many of his greatest achievements. Now this insider account by former chief of staff John H. Sununu finally gives Bush full credit for the positive impact he had on the United States and the world. Though Bush is rightfully remembered for orchestrating one of the largest and most effective military campaigns in history--the first Gulf War--Sununu argues that this success overshadowed many of his other significant accomplishments. Most important, of course, was Bush's calm and capable leadership during the collapse of the Soviet empire. These foreign policy achievements alone should earn Bush 41 a place in the front ranks of U.S. presidents, but his domestic accomplishments were equally impressive. During his single term in office, Bush passed more domestic legislation than almost any other president, which included strengthening civil rights, breaking a twelve-year logjam to enact environmental protections, passing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and negotiating the 1990 budget agreement that generated federal surpluses and a decade of economic growth. The Bush presidency also had an outsize impact on the subsequent American political landscape. Bush alumni such as Dick Cheney, Robert Gates, Colin Powell, and Roger Ailes have continued to reshape global policy, diplomacy, and media. As chief of staff, Sununu was an active participant in and front-row observer to the most significant events of the Bush presidency. Respectful yet honest, he reveals policy conflicts and clashes, as well as inside alliances among the diverse personalities in and out of the White House, giving credit--and candid criticism--where it's deserved. --From publisher description.

Being Nixon : a man divided

June 11, 2015
Thomas, Evan, 1951-
New York : Random House, 2015.
xv, 619 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The fatalistic optimist -- Part I. The striver -- Lives of great men remind us -- Pat and Dick -- The greenest congressman -- Rock 'em, sock 'em -- Checkers -- "El gringo tiene cajones" -- Jack -- Over the wall we go -- The new Nixon -- October surprise -- Part II. At the mountaintop -- "He loves being P!" -- Statesman and mad man -- "Need for joy" -- Silent majority -- The movie goer -- Hippies and hardhats -- Department of dirty tricks -- Father of the bride -- "Blow the safe" -- Part III. The fall -- Big plays -- Speak quietly -- Triumph and tragedy -- "An exciting prospect" -- Peace at last -- Ides of March -- Praying not to wake up -- Saturday Night Massacre -- "I hope I haven't let you down" -- "Richard! Wake up!" -- Elder statesman -- Epilogue: Rise again.

By the people : rebuilding liberty without permission

June 11, 2015
Murray, Charles A., author.
©2015
xv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
In this provocative book, acclaimed social scientist and bestselling author Charles Murray shows us why we can no longer hope to roll back the power of the federal government through the normal political process. Murray describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable, through a targeted program that identifies regulations that arbitrarily and capriciously tell us what to do.

Catch the Jew!

June 10, 2015
Tenenbom, Tuvia, author.
Jerusalem : Gefen Publishing House ; Springfield, NJ : Gefen Books, 2015.
xv, 467 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Catch the Jew! recounts the adventures of gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders around Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven months in search of the untold truths in today's Holy Land. With holy chutzpah, Tenenbom boldly goes where no Jew has gone before, at times risking his life as he assumes the identities of Tobi the German and even Abu Ali in order to probe into the many stories in this strange land and poke holes in all of them. From the self-hating leftists in Tel Aviv to the self-promoting PLO execs in Ramallah, from the black-clad Haredim of Bet Shemesh to the glowing foreign human rights activists in Beit Hanina, from Jewish settlers and the Christians who come from abroad to toil with them to ardent Jerusalem monks and Bedouins in surprisingly glorious shacks, Tenenbom takes on the people of the land, getting to know them and disarming them as he breaks bread and mingles with anyone and everyone.

The hunter killers : the extraordinary story of the first Wild Weasels, the band of maverick aviators who flew the most dangerous missions of the Vietnam War

June 10, 2015
Hampton, Dan, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
xi, 432 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Spring high -- Hitchhiker in a hailstorm -- Wild Weasel -- Charlie and SAM -- Hunter killers -- Make mud, not war -- A full day's work -- Year of the Monkey -- Warts on a frog -- Winds of change -- Death from above -- Appendix A. Wild Weasel combat losses, Vietnam-- 1965-1973 -- Appendix B. Aircraft loss tables -- Appendix C. The Bamboo Dragon : background notes on Ho Chi Minh, France, and the origins of the Vietnam War.

"They can live in the desert but nowhere else" : a history of the Armenian genocide

June 10, 2015
Suny, Ronald Grigor.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015.
xxiv, 490 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Human rights and crimes against humanity"--Jacket flap.
Empire -- Armenians -- Nation -- Great powers -- Revolution -- Counterrevolution -- War -- Removal -- Genocide -- Orphaned nation.
"Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the twentieth century. By the end of the First World War, the number of Armenians in what would become Turkey had been reduced by ninety percent--more than a million people. A century later, the Armenian Genocide remains controversial but relatively unknown, overshadowed by later slaughters and the chasm separating Turkish and Armenian versions of events. In this definitive narrative history, Ronald Suny cuts through nationalist myths, propaganda, and denial to provide an unmatched account of when, how, and why the atrocities of 1915-16 were committed. As it lost territory during the war, the Ottoman Empire was becoming a more homogenous Turkic-Muslim state, but it still contained large non-Muslim communities, including the Christian Armenians. The Young Turk leaders of the empire believed that the Armenians were internal enemies secretly allied to Russia and plotting to win an independent state. Suny shows that the great majority of Armenians were in truth loyal subjects who wanted to remain in the empire. But the Young Turks, steeped in imperial anxiety and anti-Armenian bias, became convinced that the survival of the state depended on the elimination of the Armenians. Suny is the first to explore the psychological factors as well as the international and domestic events that helped lead to genocide. Drawing on archival documents and eyewitness accounts, this is an unforgettable chronicle of a cataclysm that set a tragic pattern for a century of genocide and crimes against humanity"-- Provided by publisher.

End of discussion : how the Left's outrage industry shuts down debate, manipulates voters, and makes America less free (and fun)

June 8, 2015
Ham, Mary Katharine.
New York : Crown Forum, [2015]
292 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Head explosions -- Everything's a thing: combating the politicized life -- Anatomy of an outrage: how the racket operates -- The dog-whistle whisperers: race baiting as a silencing strategy -- "Extreme" makeover: voter ID edition -- Speech police academy: orthodoxy enforcement on campus -- The vagina demagogues: feminism and the "war on women" -- "Extreme" makeover: abortion edition -- (Different) rules for "radicals": double standards on violence and rhetoric -- "Extreme" makeover: semiautomatic ignorance edition -- Bake me a cake, bigots: gay rights and authentic coexistence -- The uptight citizens brigade: the war on comedy -- Resist we much?: advice, sort of.
Two of the most recognizable and influential young conservatives in the American media today take on the "Outrage Industry," revealing how the Left exploits wedge issues and fake outrage to silence their political opponents, helping readers to cut through the noise and find their voices again. --Publisher's description.

American Prometheus : the triumph and tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

June 8, 2015
Bird, Kai.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2005.
xiii, 721 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
pt. 1. "He received every new idea as perfectly beautiful" -- "His separate prison" -- "I am having a pretty bad time" -- "I find the work hard, thank God, & almost pleasant" -- "I am Oppenheimer" -- "Oppie" -- "The nim nim boys" -- pt. 2. "In 1936 my interests began to change" -- "[Frank] clipped it out and sent it in" -- "More and more surely" -- "I'm going to marry a friend of yours, Steve" -- "We were pulling the new deal to the left" -- "The coordinator of rapid rupture" -- "The Chevalier affair" -- pt. 3. "He'd become very patriotic" -- "Too much secrecy" -- "Oppenheimer is telling the truth" -- "Suicide, motive unknown" -- "Would you like to adopt her? '' -- "Bohr was God, and Oppie was his prophet" -- "The impact of the gadget on civilization" -- "Now we're all sons-of-bitches" -- pt. 4. "Those poor little people" -- "I feel I have blood on my hands" -- "People could destroy New York" -- "Oppie had a rash and is now immune" -- "An intellectual hotel" -- "He couldn't understand why he did it" -- "I am sure that is why she threw things at him" -- "He never let on what his opinion was" -- "Dark words about Oppie" -- "Scientist X" -- "The beast in the jungle" -- pt. 5. "It looks pretty bad, doesn't it?" -- "I fear that this whole thing is a piece of idiocy" -- "A manifestation of hysteria" -- "A black mark on the escutcheon of our country" -- "I can still feel the warm blood on my hands" -- "It was really like a never-never-land" -- "It should have been done the day after trinity" -- "There's only one Robert."
J. Robert Oppenheimer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century, a physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb for his country in a time of war, and who later found himself confronting the moral consequences of scientific progress. In this biography twenty-five years in the making, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin capture Oppenheimer's life and times, from his early career to his central role in the Cold War. --From publisher's description.

War against all Puerto Ricans : revolution and terror in America's colony

June 5, 2015
Denis, Nelson A., author.
New York, NY : Nation Books, [2015]
xiii, 379 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Facts. La Princesa ; Four hundred years of solitude ; Our children speak English and Spanish ; The green pope ; A good career move ; Cadets of the Republic ; The Ponce Massacre ; It's only Chinatown ; Carpetas -- People. The governor ; How to rule a country with a one-page report ; The nationalist ; The artist ; The OSS agent ; The barber ; The Academy of Truth -- Events. Last days ; Revolution ; Salón Boricua ; La Caja de Chinchas ; Atomic lynching ; Weird science in Puerto Rico ; The King of the Towels.
Details the unsuccessful Puerto Rican insurrection of 1950 through the life of Pedro Albizu Campos, the president of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico.

Once upon a time in Russia : the rise of the oligarchs -- a true story of ambition, wealth, betrayal, and murder

June 4, 2015
Mezrich, Ben, 1969- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
vii, 280 pages ; 24 cm
This book offers a gripping and shocking insight into the lives of Russia's most famous oligarchs from New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House. 'Once upon a time in Russia' is the story of modern day Russia through the eyes of some of the most powerful and wealthy people in the world: the oligarchs. The story starts in the early 1990s with the formation of the huge oil company Sibneft owned by Roman Abramovich (with help from Boris Berezovsky), and takes the reader right through from Boris Yeltsin's resignation on New Year's Eve of the millennium, Putin's rise to power and Alexander Litvinenko's assassination to Berezkovsky's court case against Abramovich in 2011, which was the largest civil court case in British legal history. Told in an intimate narrative voice that makes you feel part of the action, but at an exhilarating pace that is typical of Mezrich, 'Once upon a time in Russia' is his most hard-hitting and pertinent work yet.

Rachel Maddow : prime time political commentator

June 2, 2015
Houts, Amy, 1957- author.
New York : Rosen Publishing, 2015.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Here we come! -- More than an education -- Fateful firsts -- Career transition -- A country life.

Out of ashes : a new history of Europe in the twentieth century

June 2, 2015
Jarausch, Konrad Hugo.
©2015
ix, 867 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction: The European Paradox -- Part I: Promise of Progress, 1900-1929 -- 1. Global Domination -- 2. Breakdown of Peace -- 3. Waging Total War -- 4. Bolshevik Revolution -- 5. Democratic Hopes -- 6. Fascist Alternative -- 7. Modernist Provocations -- Part II: Descent into Self-destruction, 1929-45 -- 8. Devastating Depression -- 9. Stalinist Modernization -- 10. Hitler's Volksgemeinschaft -- 11. Unleashing World War II -- 12. Axis Conquest -- 13. Nazi Holocaust -- 14. Bitter Victory -- Part III: Surprising Recovery, 1945-73 -- 15. Democratic Renewal -- 16. Dictating Communism -- 17. Cold War Crises -- 18. Disappointing Decolonization -- 19. Economic Integration -- 20. Pop and Prosperity -- 21. Planning Social Reform -- Part IV: Confronting Globalization, 1973-2000 -- 22. Revolt against Modernity -- 23. Postindustrial Transition -- 24. Return to Détente -- 25. Peaceful Revolution -- 26. Transforming the East -- 27. Global Challenges -- 28. Prospects for the Twenty-First Century -- Postscript: A Chastened Europe.
"A sweeping history of twentieth-century Europe, Out of Ashes tells the story of an era of unparalleled violence and barbarity yet also of humanity, prosperity, and promise. Konrad Jarausch describes how the European nations emerged from the nineteenth century with high hopes for continued material progress and proud of their imperial command over the globe, only to become embroiled in the bloodshed of World War I, which brought an end to their optimism and gave rise to competing democratic, communist, and fascist ideologies. Out of Ashes explores the paradox of the European encounter with modernity in the twentieth century, shedding new light on why it led to cataclysm, inhumanity, and self-destruction, but also social justice, democracy, and peace"-- Provided by publisher.

Jacksonland : President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a great American land grab

June 2, 2015
Inskeep, Steve, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
421 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
The Indian map and the White man's map -- Horseshoe, 1814. Every thing is to be feared ; Urge on all those Cherokees ; Stamping his foot for war ; It was dark before we finished killing them -- Origins, 1767-1814. Send a few late newspapers by the bearer ; I am fond of hearing that there is a peace ; Every thing that was dear to me -- Old Hickory, 1815-1818. Address their fears and indulge their avarice ; Men of cultivated understandings ; Let me see you as I pass -- Young prince, 1820-1828. This unexpected weapon of defence ; Ominous of other events ; The taverns were unknown to us -- Interlude. Hero's progress, 1824-1825. Liberty, equality, and true social order ; Clay is politically damd ; We wish to know whether you could protect us -- Inaugurations, 1828-1829. We are politically your friends and brethren ; This is a straight and good talk ; The blazing light of the nineteenth century -- State of the Union, 1829-1830. They have been led to look upon us as unjust ; The expediency of setting fire ; Sway the empire of affection -- Checks and balances, 1830-1832. Legislative ; Judicial ; Executive -- Democracy in America, 1833 -1835. The purest love of formalities ; I have the right to address you ; We are yet your friends ; Should they be satisfied with the character of that country -- Tears, 1835-1838. Five millions of dollars ; The War Department does not understand these people ; Perchance, you may have heard that the Cherokees are in trouble ; The thunder often sounding in the distance.
Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. One man we recognize: Andrew Jackson--war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South--whose first major initiative as President instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure: John Ross--a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat--who used the United States' own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers--cultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school--Ross championed the tribes' cause all the way to the Supreme Court. He gained allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committed civil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. In shocking detail, Jacksonland reveals how Jackson, as a general, extracted immense wealth from his own armies' conquest of native lands. Later, as president, Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres in today's Deep South. This is the story of America at a moment of transition, when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men.--From publisher description.

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