New Arrivals · Politics

June 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

George Washington : the wonder of the age

June 23, 2017
Rhodehamel, John H., author.
©2017
353 pages ; 22 cm
Look around you -- Powerful ambitions, powerful friends -- War for North America -- The rise of George Washington -- "Because we are Americans" -- Winter soldier -- Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth -- The great man : Yorktown, Newburgh, and Annapolis -- "The destiny of unborn millions" -- "On untrodden ground" : the first term -- The age of passion : the second term -- "The debt which all must pay".
"As editor of the award-winning Library of America collection of George Washington's writings and a curator of the great man's original papers, John Rhodehamel has established himself as an authority of our nation's preeminent founding father. Rhodehamel examines George Washington as a public figure, arguing that the man--who first achieved fame in his early twenties--is inextricably bound to his mythic status. Solidly grounded in Washington's papers and exemplary in its brevity, this approachable biography is a superb introduction to the leader whose name has become synonymous with America"--Google Books.

The House of Truth : a Washington political salon and the foundations of American liberalism

June 22, 2017
Snyder, Brad, 1972- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
viii, 811 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Expanding horizons -- 1727 Nineteenth Street -- The call of the moose -- The center of the universe -- Buddha -- The soldier's faith -- Temperamentally unfit -- Our founder -- Fighting Valentine's fight -- The house at war -- One man war -- Uniting the labor army -- The inquiry -- The wonderful one -- The H/T cannot be re-constituted -- Harvard's dangerous men -- Touched with fire -- Protestant of Nordic stock -- We live by symbols -- The 1924 election and the basic issues of liberalism -- Eloquence may set fire to reason -- A fly on an elephant -- No ordinary case -- This world cares more for red than for black -- A damn poor psychologist -- The happy warrior -- Freedom for the thought that we hate -- America's shrine for political democracy -- The best men -- A very great beginning -- The hard case has melted.
"Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose campaign. They self-mockingly called the 19th Street row house in which they congregated the 'House of Truth,' playing off the lively dinner discussions with frequent guest (and neighbor) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. about life's verities. Lippmann and Frankfurter were house-mates, and their frequent guests included not merely Holmes but Louis Brandeis, Herbert Hoover, Louis Croly--founder of the New Republic--and the sculptor (and sometime Klansman) Gutzon Borglum, later the creator of the Mount Rushmore monument. Weaving together the stories and trajectories of these varied, fascinating, combative, and sometimes contradictory figures, Brad Snyder shows how their thinking about government and policy shifted from a firm belief in progressivism--the belief that the government should protect its workers and regulate monopolies--into what we call liberalism--the belief that government can improve citizens' lives without abridging their civil liberties and, eventually, civil rights. Holmes replaced Roosevelt in their affections and aspirations. His famous dissents from 1919 onward showed how the Due Process clause could protect not just business but equality under the law, revealing how a generally conservative and reactionary Supreme Court might embrace, even initiate, political and social reform. Across the years, from 1912 until the start of the New Deal in 1933, the remarkable group of individuals associated with the House of Truth debated the future of America"--Provided by publisher.

Young radicals : in the war for American ideals

June 21, 2017
McCarter, Jeremy, 1976- author.
New York : Random House, 2017.
xvii, 368 pages ; 25 cm
I. Commencement, or Five dreams find their dreamers (1912-13) -- II. The world is on fire and there is tinder everywhere (1914-16) -- III. Big America, or The great consummation (1916-17) -- IV. The real and the ideal (1917-18) -- V. Lonely utopia (1918-22) -- Epilogue.
"What does it mean to live for your ideals ... and to risk dying for them? This book tells the story of young American radicals who sensed a moment of unprecedented promise for American life--politically, socially, culturally--and struggled to bring it about, only to see a cataclysmic war sweep it away. Based on six years of extensive archival research, Jeremy McCarter's dramatic narrative brings to life the adventures of Randolph Bourne, a cerebral hunchbacked writer, Max Eastman, an activist editor, Walter Lippmann, a slippery political operative, Alice Paul, a trailblazing suffragette, and John Reed, a Communist journalist."--Provided by publisher.

Democracy in chains : the deep history of the radical right's stealth plan for America

June 20, 2017
MacLean, Nancy, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
xxxii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
There was no stopping us -- Part I: the ideas take shape -- A country boy goes to the Windy City -- The real purpose of the program -- Letting the chips fall where they may -- To protect capitalism from government -- A counterrevolution takes time -- A world gone mad -- Part II: Ideas in action -- Large things can start from small beginnings -- Never compromise -- A constitution with locks and bolts -- Democracy defeats the doctrine -- The kind of force that propelled Columbus -- Part III: The fallout -- Conclusion: Get ready.
"Perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.” —Booklist

Grown-up anger : the connected mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet massacre of 1913

June 20, 2017
Wolff, Daniel J., author.
New York, NY : Harper, [2017]
354 pages ; 24 cm
Once upon a time -- True stories about real events -- A little bad luck -- Some vision of the future -- Men possessed by anger -- No martyr is among ye now -- To handle men -- Till the world is level -- We are the bosses now -- The truth just twists -- Struggle -- Take a trip with me in 1913 -- How does it feel? -- Underground.
A tour de force of storytelling years in the making: a dual biography of two of the greatest songwriters, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, that is also a murder mystery and a history of labor relations and socialism, big business and greed in twentieth-century America; woven together in one epic saga that holds meaning for all working Americans today. When thirteen-year-old Daniel Wolff first heard Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," it ignited a life-long interest in understanding the rock poet's anger. When he later discovered "Song to Woody," Dylan's tribute to his hero, Woody Guthrie, Wolff believed he'd uncovered one source of Dylan's rage. Sifting through Guthrie's recordings, Wolff found "1913 Massacre", a song which told the story of a union Christmas party during a strike in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913 that ended in horrific tragedy. Following the trail from Dylan to Guthrie to an event that claimed the lives of seventy-four men, women, and children a century ago, Wolff found himself tracing the history of an anger that has been passed down for decades. From America's early industrialized days, an epic battle to determine the country's direction has been waged, pitting bosses against workers and big business against the labor movement. In Guthrie's eyes, the owners ultimately won; the 1913 Michigan tragedy was just one example of a larger lost history purposely distorted and buried in time. In this magnificent cultural study, Wolff braids three disparate strands, Calumet, Guthrie, and Dylan, together to create a devastating revisionist history of twentieth-century America. Grown-Up Anger chronicles the struggles between the haves and have-nots, the impact changing labor relations had on industrial America, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate economic injustice and inspire change.

The politics of resentment : rural consciousness in Wisconsin and the rise of Scott Walker

June 19, 2017
Cramer, Katherine J. (Katherine Jean), author.
©2016
xii, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Making sense of politics through resentment -- A method of listening -- The contours of rural consciousness -- The context of rural consciousness -- Attitudes toward public institutions and public employees -- Support for small government -- Reactions to the ruckus -- We teach these things to each other -- Appendix A: county map of Wisconsin -- Appendix B: descriptions of groups observed and municipalities in which they met -- Appendix C: Questions used during observation.
"Since the election of Scott Walker, Wisconsin has been seen as ground zero for debates about the appropriate role of government in the wake of the Great Recession. In a time of rising inequality, Walker not only survived a bitterly contested recall that brought thousands of protesters to Capitol Square, he was subsequently reelected. How could this happen? How is it that the very people who stand to benefit from strong government services not only vote against the candidates who support those services but are vehemently against the very idea of big government? With The Politics of Resentment, Katherine J. Cramer uncovers an oft-overlooked piece of the puzzle: rural political consciousness and the resentment of the "liberal elite." Rural voters are distrustful that politicians will respect the distinct values of their communities and allocate a fair share of resources. What can look like disagreements about basic political principles are therefore actually rooted in something even more fundamental: who we are as people and how closely a candidate's social identity matches our own. Using Scott Walker and Wisconsin's prominent and protracted debate about the appropriate role of government, Cramer illuminates the contours of rural consciousness, showing how place-based identities profoundly influence how people understand politics, regardless of whether urban politicians and their supporters really do shortchange or look down on those living in the country. The Politics of Resentment shows that rural resentment--no less than partisanship, race, or class--plays a major role in dividing America against itself."--Publisher's description.

Lies : and the lying liars who tell them : a fair and balanced look at the Right

June 16, 2017
Franken, Al.
New York : Penguin Group Inc., ©2004, ©2003.
xxi, 421 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
On cover: "With more Lies! and more lying liars!"
Hummus -- Ann Coulter: nutcase -- You know who I don't like? Ann Coulter. Addendum to Ann Coulter chapter -- Liberals who hate America -- Loving America the Al Franken way -- I bitch-slap Bernie Goldberg -- The 2000 presidential election: how it disproved the hypothetical liberal media paradigm matrix -- Conclusion: a lesson learned -- Five get-rich-quick tips the Wall Street fat cats don't want you to know -- Chapter for American book by Kharap Juta -- I'm funnier than Kharap Juta -- The chapter on Fox -- Bill O'Reilly: lying, splotchy bully. Addendum to O'Reilly chapter -- Hannity and Colmes -- The blame-America's ex-president-first crowd -- Operation ignore -- Our national dialogue on terrorism -- Humor in uniform -- Who created the tone? -- Did the tone change? -- Why did anyone think it would change? -- I grow discouraged about the tone -- I'm prudenized -- Paul Gigot is unable to defend an incredibly stupid Wall Street Journal editorial -- "This was not a memorial to Paul Wellstone": a case study in right-wing lies -- I attend the White House Correspondents Dinner and annoy Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, and the entire Fox News team -- The lying years -- Bush can't lose with Clinton's military -- Operation Chickenhawk: episode one -- Fun with racism -- I'm a bad liar -- Thank God for Jerry Falwell -- Abstinence heroes -- Abstinence heroes II -- "By far the vast majority of my tax cuts go to those at the bottom" -- The waitress and the lawyer: a one-act play -- The gospel of supply side Jesus -- I challenge Rich Lowry to a fight -- Vast lagoons of pig feces: The Bush environmental record -- I meet former First Lady Barbara Bush and it doesn't go well -- My personal search for weapons of mass destruction -- The no child left behind standardized test -- What is a lie? -- I win.
Offers a whimsical critique of the Right, exposing their deceptive practices, challenging conceptions about the media's liberal bias, and identifying inconsistencies in the Bush administration.

Stolen sovereignty : how to stop unelected judges from transforming America

June 15, 2017
Horowitz, Daniel E., author.
Washington, D.C. : WND Books, [2016]
x, 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The courts : neither force nor will -- Courts and Obamacare : limitless federal power -- The courts remake civilization and threaten religious liberty -- Violating sovereignty : the ultimate disenfranchising of a nation-state -- The judicial coup -- Our founders' commitment to American sovereignty -- Transformation through immigration : remaking America without consent -- Diluting American citizenship and disenfranchising Americans -- Reclaiming the keys to society and sovereignty from the courts -- Conclusion : our last chance to restore the republic.

Daring to drive : a Saudi woman's awakening

June 15, 2017
Sharif, Manal, 1979- author.
©2017
x, 289 pages ; 24 cm
A country of one king and millions of queens -- Cockroaches and prison bars -- Dirty girls -- Mecca under siege -- Behind the veil -- My Barbie is murdered -- The forbidden satellite dish -- Employed and homeless -- Love and the falafel man -- Live free or die -- Driving while female -- In the kingdom of Saudi men -- Abouya and the king -- The rain starts with a single drop.
A memoir by a Saudi Arabian woman who became the unexpected leader of a movement to support women's rights describes how fundamentalism influenced her radical religious beliefs until her education, a job, and legal contradictions changed her perspectives.

A man and his presidents : the political odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr.

June 14, 2017
Felzenberg, Alvin S., author.
©2017
xviii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preface -- In the shadow of Woodrow, Lindbergh, and Franklin D. -- God and Bill at Yale -- Standing athwart history -- "Reading Dwight Eisenhower out of the conservative movement" -- The editor, the colossus, and the "Anti-Communist at Harvard" -- Sailing against the New Frontier -- Bill, Barry, and the Birchers -- Part of the way with LBJ -- "Demand a recount" -- Buckley and Nixon : mutual suspicions -- "Let the man go decently" -- Bill and Ronnie : preparing a president -- Bill and Ronnie : advising a president -- Disappointed with G.H.W. Bush; unsold on Clinton -- W : "counting the silver" -- The ancient truths.
"William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. In this nuanced biography, Alvin Felzenberg sheds light on little-known aspects of Buckley's career, including his role as back-channel adviser to policy makers, his intimate friendship with both Ronald and Nancy Reagan, his changing views on civil rights, and his break with George W. Bush over the Iraq War. Felzenberg demonstrates how Buckley conveyed his message across multiple platforms and drew upon his vast network of contacts, his personal charm, his extraordinary wit, and his celebrity status to move the center of political gravity in the United States closer to his point of view. Including many rarely seen photographs, this account of one of the most compelling personalities of American politics will appeal to conservatives, liberals, and even the apolitical."--Provided by publisher.

Understanding Trump

June 13, 2017
Gingrich, Newt, author.
New York, NY : Center Street, 2017.
xvii, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Understanding Trump: From Queens to the White House ; The four-sided table ; Winning big league -- Understanding the rise of Trump: The rise of the IYI ; The propaganda media ; Toxic identity politics ; The great transition ; The inaugural ; The permanent opposition -- The four-box model for the Trump agenda: the safety box ; The American competitiveness box ; The health box ; The making-government-work box ; Bringing Trump to States and communities ; The road ahead.
A former speaker of the House and Fox News contributor explains why Donald Trump is different from previous presidents and offers advice to the newest commander-in-chief.

Kennedy and King : the president, the pastor, and the battle over civil rights

June 12, 2017
Levingston, Steven, author.
©2017
xi, 511 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"To teach a president" -- Two men, two worlds -- A call to Coretta -- "Tomorrow may be too late" -- "Pawns in a white man's political game" -- It often helps me to be pushed" -- Epilogue.
An account of the contentious relationship between the thirty-fifth president and Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the tumultuous early years of the civil rights movement explores their influence on one another and the important decisions that were inspired by their rivalry.

In search of the lost chord : 1967 and the hippie idea

June 12, 2017
Goldberg, Danny, 1950- author.
Brooklyn, New York : Akashic Books, [2017]
336 pages ; 22 cm
Being in -- Before the deluge (1954-1966) -- The media and the messages -- Electric music for the mind and body -- Black Power -- Flower power -- Being there then -- You say you want a revolution -- Death of hippie -- Reflections in the crystal wind -- 1967 timeline.
"Danny Goldberg's new book is a subjective history of 1967, the year he graduated from high school ... 1967 was the year of the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin, among many others. 1967 was also the year of the Summer of Love; the year that millions of now-illegal LSD tabs flooded America; Muhammad Ali was convicted of avoiding the draft; Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam... It was the year that hundreds of thousands of protesters vainly attempted to levitate the Pentagon. It was the year the word 'hippie' peaked and died, and the Yippies were born. Exhaustively researched and informed by interviews and conversations with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Tom Hayden, Cora Weiss, and Grace Slick, In Search of the Lost Chord is a mosaic of seminal moments in the psychedelic, spiritual, rock-and-roll, and political protest cultures of 1967"--Dust jacket flap.

The least among us : waging the battle for the vulnerable

June 12, 2017
DeLauro, Rosa L., author.
©2017
276 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: our safety net -- Preparation for Congress and gaining a platform -- Breaking the contract with America -- In defense of working families -- In defense of the hungry -- In defense of women -- "Two women on the ticket": notes on ending sexism -- Politics and faith -- In defense of people who get sick -- In defense of children -- In defense of the unemployed -- In defense of fair trade -- Paul Ryan's assault on the poor -- Conclusion: ten policies for an American twenty-first century.

A pope and a president : John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the extraordinary untold story of the 20th century

June 9, 2017
Kengor, Paul, 1966- author.
Wilmington, Delaware : ISI Books, [2017]
x, 637 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: May 13, 1981 : Moscow Takes Its Shot -- Part 1: Warnings and Beginnings -- May 13, 1917 : An Echo -- October 26, 2017 : The Devils Take Over -- May 1920-June 1922 : A Birth in Poland and a Rebirth in the Midwest -- Part 2: Persecutions and Errors -- 1924-1939 : The "Satanic Scourge" of Communism -- 1939-1945 : Blood, Blood, Blood, and Again Blood -- 1945-1952 : The Iron Curtain Descends -- 1956-1963 : Crushing Hungary and Smearing Pius XII -- November 22, 1963 : Communism's Errors Reach Dallas -- Part 3: Wojtyla and Reagan Rising -- 1946-1959 : Battling Communists in Poland and Hollywood -- The 1960s : A Time for Choosing -- May 6, 1975 : The Dry Martyrdom of Cardinal Mindszenty -- Summer of 1976 : Two Freedom Fighters in America -- 1977-1978 : "We Win and They Lose" -- 1978-1979 : "Be Not Afraid" -- 1980-1981 : An Era of Renewal -- Part 4: Game Changers -- March 30, 1981 : A Bullet for a President -- March 29-30, 1981 : The Soviet Invasion That Wasn't -- May 13, 1981 : A (Soviet) Bullet for a Pope -- May-September 1981 : Commencement -- December 13, 1981 : Martial Law -- January-June 1982 : Face to Face in the Vatican -- July-December 1982 : Moscow Under Suspicion -- 1983 : Dealing with an "Evil Empire" -- March 25, 1984 : The Consecration of Russia -- May 1984 : Together Again -- October 19, 1984 : The Martyrdom of Father Jerzy Popieluszko -- March 1985 : A New Kind of Soviet Leader -- May 1985 : A President in Portugal -- May 1985 : "The Russians Did It" -- Part 5: Ending an Evil Empire -- November 1985-December 1987 : The President and the "Closet Christian" -- December 8, 1987 : An Immaculate Peace -- June-December 1987 : Reagan's Fátima Briefing -- May-June 1988 : Reagan's Mission to Moscow -- June 1988 : Ending the Soviet "War on Religion" -- 1989-1991 : The Collapse of the Evil Empire -- Part 6: Revelations and Goodbyes -- May 13, 2000 : The Third Secret of Fátima, Revealed -- June 5, 2004 : Ronald Reagan's Silent Goodbye -- April 2, 2005 : Divine Mercy for John Paul II -- Epilogue: June 27, 2011 : Kindred Spirits, Kindred Souls.
"Although historians are increasingly giving Reagan and John Paul II due credit for their roles in ending the Cold War, Kengor reveals the depth and significance of the bond between the president and the pope. New details based on the author's unique access to Reagan insiders and his tireless archival research are provided. The role of the Marian apparition at Fatima on May 13, 1917 is explored as key to understanding both the bond between JP II and Reagan and the narrative of what they considered a divine plan to end communism in the USSR and Eastern Bloc, especially Poland, which is seen as the linchpin"-- Provided by publisher.

The revolution of Robert Kennedy : from power to protest after JFK

June 9, 2017
Bohrer, John R., author.
©2017
372 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The future question -- A job for Bobby -- Seeing ghosts -- Distractions -- Loyalty above all -- A newer world -- The sixties breaking open -- Ruthless -- The revolution now in progress -- Slow boil -- Revolution -- Power and responsibility -- Ripple.

Sea power : the history and geopolitics of the world's oceans

June 9, 2017
Stavridis, James, author.
©2017
363 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The sea is one -- The Pacific: mother of all oceans -- The Atlantic Ocean: the cradle of civilization -- The Indian Ocean: the future sea -- The Mediterranean: where war at sea began -- The South China Sea: a likely zone of conflict -- The Caribbean: stalled in the past -- The Arctic Ocean: promise and peril -- The outlaw sea: oceans as crime scenes -- America and the oceans: a naval strategy for the twenty-first century.
"From one of the most admired admirals of his generation -- and the only admiral to serve as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO -- comes a remarkable voyage through all of the world's most important bodies of water, providing the story of naval power as a driver of human history and a crucial element in our current geopolitical path. From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power. To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world's oceans from the admiral's chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow. Not least, Sea Power is marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and submarine conflicts of the Cold War. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean, Eastern Mediterranean, and the South China Sea. Finally, Sea Power steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution. When most of us look at a globe, we focus on the shape of the of the seven continents. Admiral Stavridis sees the shapes of the seven seas. After reading Sea Power, you will too. Not since Alfred Thayer Mahan's legendary The Influence of Sea Power upon History have we had such a powerful reckoning with this vital subject"-- Provided by publisher.

Radical hope : letters of love and dissent in dangerous times

June 8, 2017
New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.
x, 258 pages ; 21 cm
A symphony of voices / Carolina De Robertis -- Radical hope / Junot Diaz -- Dear Mama Harriet / Alicia Garza -- The lantern / Roxana Robinson -- Dear Henry / Lisa See -- Not a moment but a movement / Jewelle Gomez -- A letter to my son / Hari Kunzru -- Dreams from our fathers / Faith Adiele -- America / Parnaz Foroutan -- Dear Chebon / Chip Livingston -- Human rights is the handhold, pass it on / Mohja Kahf -- You / Achy Obejas -- A time to demand the impossible / Viet Thanh Nguyen -- A "holla" from the West Side / Cherríe Moraga -- What I mean / Kate Schatz -- Dear Mr. Roell / Boris Fishman -- While you are standing / Karen Joy Fowler -- To the woman standing in line at the store, / Elmaz Abinader -- Dear millenials / Aya de León -- Is there no hope? / Jane Smiley -- Grace and karma under Orange Caesar / Luis Alberto Urrea -- #fuckfascism #fuckthepatriarchy / Mona Eltahawy -- The fear and the resistance / Jeff Chang -- A letter to my daughter / Claire Messud -- The most important act of resistance / Meredith Russo -- To my goddaughter / Reyna Grande -- Language is how you will make yourself / Katie Kitamura -- You are my kind / iO Tillett Wright -- Zenaida / Francisco Goldman -- Stay open / Celeste Ng -- Rambling thoughts for Roscoe / Peter Orner -- Queridísima Palonita: a letter to my great-great-great-great-great granddaughter / Cristina García -- Signs from the Women's March / Carolina De Robertis.
A collection of letters--to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged--written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists.

The retreat of western liberalism

June 7, 2017
Luce, Edward, 1968- author.
©2017
234 pages ; 22 cm

Nixon's White House wars : the battles that made and broke a president and divided America forever

June 2, 2017
Buchanan, Patrick J. (Patrick Joseph), 1938- author.
New York : Crown Forum, 2017.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Nixon in the 60s -- Left behind -- Storm warnings -- "The great Silent Majority" -- Agnew's hour -- American kulturkampf -- The Nixon court -- The second reconstruction -- Converting the Catholics -- Cambodia and Kent State -- The seven weeks war -- The Pentagon papers -- Nixon in China -- "Turn all the dogs loose" -- St. George & the dragon -- Watergate erupts -- "Burn the tapes!" -- Before the Watergate Committee -- Saturday night massacre -- Final days -- Ex-president, 1974-1994.
"Pat Buchanan, bestselling author and former senior adviser to President Richard Nixon in the White House, for the first time describes his years advising the president throughout the two terms of his administration, up until he resigned office in August 1974 in the wake of Watergate"--Provided by publisher.

The ideas industry

May 26, 2017
Drezner, Daniel W., author.
©2017
xi, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction. The transmogrification -- 1. Do ideas even matter? -- 2. How pessimists, partisans, and plutocrats are changing the marketplace of ideas -- 3. The standard indictment against the academy -- 4. The disciplines : why economics thrives while political science survives -- 5. This is not your father's think tank -- 6. The booming private market for public ideas -- 7. The promise and perils of intellectual brands -- 8. Is the ideas industry working? -- 9. Tweeting ideas : or, the requisite chapter on social media -- Conclusion. The Dark Knight theory of the ideas industry.
"The public intellectual, as a person and ideal, has a long and storied history. Writing in venues like the New Republic and Commentary, such intellectuals were always expected to opine on a broad array of topics, from foreign policy to literature to economics. Yet in recent years a new kind of thinker has supplanted that archetype: the thought leader. Equipped with one big idea, thought leaders focus their energies on TED talks rather than highbrow periodicals. How did this shift happen? In The Ideas Industry, Daniel W. Drezner points to the roles of political polarization, heightened inequality, and eroding trust in authority as ushering in the change. In contrast to public intellectuals, thought leaders gain fame as single-idea merchants. Their ideas are often laudable and highly ambitious: ending global poverty by 2025, for example. But instead of a class composed of university professors and freelance intellectuals debating in highbrow magazines, thought leaders often work through institutions that are closed to the public. They are more immune to criticism--and in this century, the criticism of public intellectuals also counts for less. Three equally important factors that have reshaped the world of ideas have been waning trust in expertise, increasing political polarization and plutocracy. The erosion of trust has lowered the barriers to entry in the marketplace of ideas. Thought leaders don't need doctorates or fellowships to advance their arguments. Polarization is hardly a new phenomenon in the world of ideas, but in contrast to their predecessors, today's intellectuals are more likely to enjoy the support of ideologically friendly private funders and be housed in ideologically-driven think tanks. Increasing inequality as a key driver of this shift: more than ever before, contemporary plutocrats fund intellectuals and idea factories that generate arguments that align with their own. But, while there are certainly some downsides to the contemporary ideas industry, Drezner argues that it is very good at broadcasting ideas widely and reaching large audiences of people hungry for new thinking. Both fair-minded and trenchant, The Ideas Industry will reshape our understanding of contemporary public intellectual life in America and the West."-- Provided by publisher.

Pantsuit nation

May 26, 2017
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
xvii, 269 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
An inspiring collection of stories and photographs that capture what it means to live, work, love, and resist in America--from the Facebook group with millions of engaged and impassioned members. In October 2016, Maine resident Libby Chamberlain created a "secret" Facebook group encouraging a handful of friends to wear pantsuits to the polls. Overnight, the group of thirty exploded to 24,000 members. By November 8, the group was three million strong. Since Pantsuit Nation's inception, its members have shared personal stories that illustrate the complexities of living in a vibrant, oftentimes contentious democracy. Members turn to Pantsuit Nation as a place of refuge and inspiration, where marginalized voices are amplified, faces are put to political decisions, resources are shared, and activism is ignited. It is a dynamic, diverse community united by an unwavering commitment to building a more just, inclusive world. Now, hundreds of Pantsuit Nation members have contributed their stories and photographs to form this extraordinary book. An indelible testament to the idea that change comes first from the heart, and that the surest way to move a heart is to tell a story, Pantsuit Nation is a portrait of a moment in history and a rallying cry for our time.

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house

May 25, 2017
Epstein, Daniel Mark, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
xx, 438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Preface: a night journey, 1731 -- Part I. Sons of the empire -- Americans in London: September 22, 1761 -- Colonial contemporaries, 1753 -- Defenses and engagements -- Challenges, 1757 -- Triumphs -- Part II. America and her children -- America, 1763 -- A frenzy or madness -- Blood and money -- Rebellion, 1772-73 -- A thorough government man -- Two roads -- Part III. War -- Trevose, 1775 -- The last word -- The reckoning, 1776 -- Paterfamilias -- The dark night of the soul -- Part IV. Danse macabre -- The scene of action, 1778-81 -- Captain Huddy and the dance of death -- Going home -- Epilogue, 1785-1823.

The revolt of the Black athlete

May 25, 2017
Edwards, Harry, 1942- author.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
xxx, 186 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The emergence of the black athlete in America -- Sports and the mass media -- Mounting revolt -- Feeding the flame -- Mexico City, 1968 -- The future direction of the revolt.
"In 1968, Harry Edwards, virtually alone, opposed the U.S. Olympic Committee, the political establishment, and the mass media and made an international issue of the Olympic boycott movement. In this book, he explains why he organized the Olympic boycott, why black athletes revolted, and why they are prepared to do so again."--Provided by publisher.

Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom

May 24, 2017
Ricks, Thomas E., author.
New York, New York : Penguin Press, [2017]
339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The two Winstons -- Churchill the adventurer -- Orwell the policeman -- Churchill : down and out in the 1930s -- Orwell becomes "Orwell" : Spain 1937 -- Churchill becomes "Churchill" : Spring 1940 -- Fighting the Germans, reaching out to the Americans : 1940- 1941 -- Churchill, Orwell, and the class war in Britain : 1941 -- Enter the Americans : 1941-1942 -- Grim visions of the postwar world : 1943 -- Animal Farm : 1943-1945 -- Churchill (and Britain) in decline and triumph : 1944-1945 -- Churchill's revenge : the war memoirs -- Orwell in triumph and decline : 1945-1950 -- Churchill's oremature afterlife : 1950-1965 -- Orwell's extraordinary ascension : 1950-2016 -- Afterword: The path of Churchill and Orwell.
A "dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, with a focus on the pivotal years from the mid-1930s through the 1940s, when their farsighted vision and inspired action in the face of the threat of fascism and communism helped preserve democracy for the world"-- Provided by publisher.

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