New Arrivals · Politics

February 5, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Children of paradise : the struggle for the soul of Iran

February 4, 2016
Secor, Laura, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
xv, 508 pages : map ; 24 cm
Revolution. Little black fish ; Islamic Republic ; The period of constant contemplation ; Baptism of blood -- Rebirth. Expansion and contraction ; Thermidor ; The second of Khordad -- Reform. The chain murders ; The eighteenth of Tir ; Master plans ; The miracle room ; The spider's house ; Postmortem -- Resistance. A common man ; Asieh ; The epic of dirt and dust ; The end of the dirty wars of intellectuals.
In 1979, seemingly overnight-- moving at a clip some thirty years faster than the rest of the world-- Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been largely a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the horizon. But inside Iran, a breathtaking drama has unfolded since then, as religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists, and activists have imagined and reimagined what Iran should be. They have drawn as deeply on the traditions of the West as of the East and have acted upon their beliefs with urgency and passion, frequently staking their lives for them.-- Publisher

Exit right : the people who left the Left and reshaped the American century

February 3, 2016
Oppenheimer, Daniel.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
x, 403 pages ; 24 cm
In Spite of Noise and Confusion : Whittaker Chambers -- The Finest Brain : James Burnham -- When the Team's Up Against It : Ronald Reagan -- Mr. Yes, Mr. No : Norman Podhoretz -- The Betrayed : David Horowitz -- A Man Alone : Christopher Hitchens -- Postscript.
"A provocative, intimate look at the evolution of America's political soul through the lives of six political figures--from Whittaker Chambers to Christopher Hitchens--who abandoned the left and joined the right. In Exit Right, Daniel Oppenheimer tells the stories of six major political figures whose journeys away from the left reshaped the contours of American politics in the twentieth century. By going deep into the minds of six apostates--Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens--Oppenheimer offers an unusually intimate history of the American left, and the right's reaction. Oppenheimer is a brilliant new voice in political history who has woven together the past century's most important movements into a single book that reveals the roots of American politics. Through the eyes of his six subjects, we see America grow, stumble, and forge ahead--from World War I up through the Great Depression and World War II, from the Red Scare up through the Civil Rights Movement, and from the birth of neoconservatism up through 9/11 and the dawn of the Iraq War. At its core, Exit Right is a book that asks profound questions about why and how we come to believe politically at all--on the left or the right. Each of these six lives challenges us to ask where our own beliefs come from, and what it might take to change them. At a time of sky-high partisanship, Oppenheimer breaks down the boundaries that divide us and investigates the deeper origins of our politics. This is a book that will resonate with readers on the left and the right--as well as those stuck somewhere in the middle"--Provided by publisher.

Brown is the new white : how the demographic revolution has created a new American majority

February 3, 2016
Phillips, Steve, 1964- author.
xix, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
51 percent (and growing every day): the new American majority -- Meet the new American majority -- Blinded by the white -- Requiem for the white swing voter -- Fewer smart ass white boys -- Invest wisely -- What is justice? Policy priorities for the new American majority -- Conservatives can count -- Conclusion: From fear to hope.

The senator from New England : the rise of JFK

February 3, 2016
Savage, Sean J., 1964- author.
Albany, New York : Excelsior Editions, State University of New York Press, [2015]
xii, 333 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 24 cm

Dorothy, "an amoral and dangerous woman" : the murder of E. Howard Hunt's wife : Watergate's darkest secret

February 3, 2016
Hunt, Saint John, 1954- author.
xvii, 185 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Born in Ohio -- Bern, 1944 -- Shanghai, 1945 -- Paris 1949 -- The Organization for European Economic Cooperation -- Mrs. E. Howard Hunt -- A clean slate -- Mexico City, 1950 -- Tokyo, 1954 -- Montevideo, 1957 -- Washington, D.C. 1960 -- Madrid, 1964 -- Witches Island, 1966 -- Who's on first? -- Watergate begins -- Watergate blues -- Hippie with a shotgun -- Dorothy : Watergate paymaster -- The $1,000,000 dollar question -- Watergate continues -- CIA shadows -- Chicago, 1972 -- We aren't in Kansas anymore -- Prison & hearings -- Escape from Witches Island -- The end?
Written by her son, this compelling tale of espionage presents the mysterious life and death of Dorothy Hunt, wife of CIA operative and Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt.

David's sling : a history of democracy in ten works of art

February 3, 2016
Gardner Coates, Victoria C.
New York : Encounter Books, [2016]
xiii, 310 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Throughout western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of works from the Parthenon to Michelangelo's David to Picasso's Guernica, histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon. Millions have admired the works of art covered in this book but relatively few know why they were commissioned, what was happening in the culture that produced them, and what they were meant to achieve. Even scholars who have worked on these objects for decades often miss the big picture as these objects have been traditionally studied in isolation. The goal of this book is to integrate the pursuits of creative excellence and human freedom on the grounds that this synthetic approach will bring a fresh, new perspective into both lines of inquiry. David's Sling places into context ten canonical works of art executed to commemorate the successes of free societies that exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected of them. The book thus fuses political and art history with a judiciously-applied dose of creative reconstruction to craft a lively narrative around each key work of art and the free system that inspired it. David's Sling tells their story"-- Provided by publisher.

Too dumb to fail : how the GOP betrayed the Reagan revolution to win elections (and how it can reclaim its conservative roots)

February 3, 2016
Lewis, Matt K., author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
xxvi, 230 pages ; 24 cm
Part One: the Great Thinkers Who Invented Conservatism -- 1. A History of Brilliant Conservatism -- 2. Ronald Reagan: A Student and a Star -- 3. Tear Down This Party! -- Part Two: The Great Betrayal -- 4. How the GOP Went South -- 5. Living on a Prayer -- 6. Surrending the Culture -- Part Three: What a Mess -- 7. Too Smart to Win -- 8. Meet the Vultures -- 9. The Conservative Echo Chamber -- Part Four: How to Fix It -- 10. Acceptance -- 11. Modernize, Don't Moderate -- 12. What Can I Do?.
"From a leading voice among young conservatives, an impassioned argument that to stay relevant the Republican Party must look beyond short-term electoral gains and re-commit to historic conservative values,"

1916 : a global history

February 2, 2016
Jeffery, Keith, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain, 2015"--Title-page verso.
Gallipoli -- Verdun -- On the Isonzo -- 'Ypres on the Liffey' -- Jutland and the war at sea -- The Eastern Front -- Asia -- The war in Africa -- The Somme -- The Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans -- The USA -- Russia -- The potential for peace in 1916.
"This is eminent historian Keith Jeffery's accomplishment in his magisterial '1916: a global history,' which focuses on a sequence of key events that unfolded around the world that year, and casts the Great War in an entirely new light"-- Dust jacket flap.

Dark money : the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right

February 2, 2016
Mayer, Jane, author.
xii, 449 pages : chart ; 25 cm
Chart on lining papers.
The investors -- Weaponizing philanthropy : the war of ideas, 1970-2008. Radicals : a Koch family history ; The hidden hand : Richard Mellon Scaife ; Beachheads : John M. Olin and the Bradley brothers ; The Koch method : free-market mayhem ; The Kochtopus : free-market machine -- Secret sponsors : covert operations, 2009-2010. Boots on the ground ; Tea time ; The fossils ; Money is speech : the long road to "Citizens United" ; The shellacking : dark money's midterm debut, 2010 -- Privatizing politics : total combat, 2011-2014. The spoils : plundering Congress ; Mother of all wars : the 2012 setback ; The States : gaining ground ; Selling the new Koch : a better battle plan.
"Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the ascendancy of a broad-based conservative movement. But Mayer shows that a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views bankrolled a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Their core beliefs-- that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom-- are sincerely held. The chief figures in the network are Charles and David Koch. Mayer traces the trail of the billions of dollars spent by their network, and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy."--Publisher.

Liberty and coercion : the paradox of American government from the founding to the present

February 2, 2016
Gerstle, Gary, 1954-
Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015.
xiii, 452 pages ; 24 cm
A liberal state emerges, 1780-1840 -- The states and their police power, 1790s-1920s -- An improvisational liberal state, 1860-1920 -- World War I : crisis and resurgence -- Money, parties, and extra-constitutional government, 1830-1930 -- From populism to the iron triangle : building the agricultural state, 1880-1940 -- From Gilded Age strikes to the treaty of Detroit : the challenge of labor, 1880-1960 -- Leviathan rising, 1945-1970 -- Breaking the power of the states, 1960-1980 -- Leviathan besieged, 1980-2015.

Our promised land : faith and militant Zionism in Israeli settlements

February 1, 2016
Selengut, Charles, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xxi, 179 pages : map ; 24 cm
The rise of the settlements -- From Zionism to messianic nationalism -- Faith, culture, and community life -- Inside the settlements : portraits, conversations and experiences -- Judaism, religious nationalism, and the Middle East conflict.
"Our Promised Land takes readers inside radical Israeli settlements to explore how these settlements were formed, what the people in them believe, and their role in Israel and the Middle East today. Drawing on three years of research in these settlements, Our Promised Land offers an in-depth exploration of a topic that is often mentioned in headlines but little understood. Attempting to take a neutral perspective on a contentious topic, the book offers an overview of settlements in Israeli past and present, filled with the voices and stories of people who live there"--Provided by publisher.

Republic of spin : an inside history of the American presidency

January 29, 2016
Greenberg, David, 1968-
xvii, 540 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Introduction: A world of spin -- Part I. The age of publicity -- Theodore Roosevelt and the public presidency -- William McKinley and the passing of the old order -- The rise of public opinion -- TR and "the fair-haired" -- Muckraking and its critics -- The passion of Upton Sinclair -- The dawn of public relations -- Wilson speaks -- Pitiless publicity -- The press agents' war -- The journey of George Creel -- Disillusionment -- Part II. The age of ballyhoo -- Return to normalcy -- Walter Lippmann and the problem of the majority -- The likes and dislikes of H.L. Mencken -- Bruce Barton and the soul of the 1920s -- "Silent Cal" -- The overt acts of Edward Bernays -- Master of emergencies -- Part III. The age of communication -- Tuned to Roosevelt -- Nazism and propaganda -- The dark side of radio -- Campaigns, inc. -- The wizard of Washington -- The road to war -- The facts and figures of Archibald MacLeish -- Propaganda and the "Good War" -- Part IV. The age of news management -- The underestimation of Harry Truman -- George Gallup and the promise of scientific polling -- Psychological warfare -- Eisenhower answers America -- Salesmanship and secrecy -- The TV president -- "Atoms for peace" -- Vance Packard and the anxiety of persuasion -- Part V. The age of image making -- Theodore H. White and the unmaking of presidential mystique -- The great debates -- The politics of image -- The Kennedy moment -- News management in Camelot -- Crisis -- "Let us continue" -- The credibility gap -- The new politics -- Part VI. The age of spin -- Richard Nixon and the permanent campaign -- The Reagan apotheosis -- Spinning out of control -- George W. Bush and the "truthiness" problem -- Barack Obama and the spin of no spin.
"The most powerful political tool of the modern presidency is control of the message and the image. The Greeks called it 'rhetoric,' Gilded Age politicians called it 'publicity,' and some today might call it 'lying,' but spin is a built-in feature of American democracy. Presidents deploy it to engage, persuade, and mobilize the people--in whom power ultimately resides. Presidential historian David Greenberg recounts the development of the White House spin machine from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama. His sweeping narrative introduces us to the visionary advisers who taught politicians to manage the press, gauge public opinion, and master the successive new media of radio, television, and the Internet. We see Wilson pioneering the press conference, FDR scheming with his private pollsters, Reagan's aides hatching sound bites, and George W. Bush staging his extravagant photo-ops. We also see the past century's most provocative political critics, from H. L. Mencken to Stephen Colbert, grappling with the ambiguous role of spin in a democracy--its capacity for misleading but also for leading"--Provided by publisher.

The fight : a Secret Service agent's inside account of security failings and the political machine

January 29, 2016
Bongino, Dan, author.
xi, 226 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
What events led a veteran Secret Service agent at the top of his profession, with no political experience, to resign his position and run for office, nearly pulling off the unlikeliest of upsets as a Republican in a deep-blue state? More importantly, what insight on issues from national and personal security to big politics can be gleaned from his successes as a Secret Service agent and failures in politics? As a former member of the elite Presidential Protection Division who served three Presidents, bestselling author Dan Bongino is uniquely qualified to provide a view from behind the curtain to warn readers about the political system that is failing them, and the security future that won't protect them. --Publisher

Right out of California : the 1930s and the big business roots of modern conservatism

January 29, 2016
Olmsted, Kathryn S., author.
323 pages ; 25 cm
Revolution and Reaction -- The Great Strike -- A New Deal -- Bohemians -- Imperial -- Crooks or Tools -- Seeing Red -- Campaigns Inc. -- Making History -- Harvest.
"In a major reassessment of modern conservatism, noted historian Kathryn S. Olmsted reexamines the explosive labor disputes in the agricultural fields of Depression-era California, the cauldron that inspired a generation of artists and writers and that triggered the intervention of FDR's New Deal. Right Out of California tells how this brief moment of upheaval terrified business leaders into rethinking their relationship to American politics--a narrative that pits a ruthless generation of growers against a passionate cast of reformers, writers, and revolutionaries. Olmsted reveals how California's businessmen learned the language of populism with the help of allies in the media and entertainment industries, and in the process created a new style of politics: corporate funding of grassroots groups, military-style intelligence gathering against political enemies, professional campaign consultants, and alliances between religious and economic conservatives. The business leaders who battled for the hearts and minds of Depression-era California, moreover, would go on to create the organizations that launched the careers of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. A riveting history in its own right, Right Out of California is also a vital chapter in our nation's political transformation whose echoes are still felt today"-- Provided by publisher.

The Covenant with Black America : ten years later

January 29, 2016
Smiley, Tavis, 1964- compiler, editor.
[United States] : Smiley Books, 2016.
xii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Iran : ally or enemy : Persian Empire, pariah state, nuclear partner.

January 28, 2016
Berkeley, CA : Lightning Guides, [2015]
126 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm.
"After decades of political and cultural isolation, Iran faces a new chapter in its 2500-year-old history. Following the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Iran will re-enter international trade markets and be reinstated in the eyes of the West. Trace the evolution and impact of Iran's complex relationship with the United States in Iran: Ally or Enemy? Through a series of concise, powerful articles, Iran: Ally or Enemy? examines events from the shah's rule to the Islamic Revolution to the hostage crisis. Placing these tensions and milestones in context, Iran follows the country's emergence from its status as a geopolitical pariah to its new role: a partner for the West"

Russia: Putin's playground, empire, revolution, and the new Tsar

January 28, 2016
Edel, Anastasia.
[Place of publication not identified]: Lightning Guides, 2015.
134 p. : color illustrations ; 18 cm.
"An informed and nuanced portrayal of the Russian psyche."--[4]Cover.

Islamic fascism

January 28, 2016
Abdel-Samad, Hamed, 1972- author.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2016.
255 pages ; 24 cm
"This polemic against Islamic extremism highlights the striking parallels between contemporary Islamism and the 20th-century fascism embodied by Hitler and Mussolini. Like those infamous ideologies, Islamism today touts imperialist dreams of world domination, belief in its inherent superiority, contempt for the rest of humanity, and often a murderous agenda. The author, born and raised in Egypt and now living in Germany, not only explains the historical connections between early 20th-century fascist movements in Europe and extremist factions in Islam, but he also traces the fascist tendencies in mainstream Islam that have existed throughout its history. Examining key individuals and episodes from centuries past, the book shows the influence of Islam's earliest exploits on current politics in the Islamic world. The author's incisive analysis exposes the fascist underpinnings of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Shia regime in Iran, ISIS, Salafi and Jihadist ideologies, and more. Forcefully argued and well-researched, this book grew out of a lecture on Islamic fascism that the author gave in Cairo, resulting in a call for his death by three prominent Egyptian clerics"-- Provided by publisher.

Let the people rule : Theodore Roosevelt and the birth of the presidential primary

January 28, 2016
Cowan, Geoffrey, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2016]
404 pages, [8] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A portrait of Theodore Roosevelt's controversial 1912 campaign describes how he unsuccessfully challenged close friend William Howard Taft for the nomination, established key practices in primary elections, and created a new political party.

A passion for leadership : lessons on change and reform from fifty years of public service

January 27, 2016
Gates, Robert Michael, 1943- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
239 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Why bureaucracies so often fail us -- Where you want to go: "the vision thing" -- Formulating a strategy -- Techniques for implementing change -- It's always about people -- Stakeholders: friends and foes -- The agent of change: "mirror, mirror on the wall" -- Money, money, money: reforming in scarce times -- Reform: the never-ending story -- A flaming heart.
From the former Secretary of Defense and author of the best-selling memoir Duty, a characteristically direct, informed, and urgent assessment of why big institutions are failing us and how smart, committed leadership can effect real improvement regardless of scale. Across the realms of civic and private enterprise alike, bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life. With so much at stake, competence, efficiency, and fiscal prudence are essential, yet Americans know these institutions fall short. Many despair that they are too big and too hard to reform. Robert Gates disagrees. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations--the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense--he offers us the ultimate insider's look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed, which is by turns heartening and inspiring and always instructive.--Adapted from book jacket.

The lightless sky : a twelve-year-old refugee's harrowing escape from Afghanistan and his extraordinary journey across half the world

January 27, 2016
Passarlay, Gulwali, author.
361 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"A gripping, inspiring, and eye-opening memoir of fortitude and survival--of a twelve-year-old boy's traumatic flight from Afghanistan to the West--that puts a face to one of the most shocking and devastating humanitarian crises of our time."To risk my life had to mean something. Otherwise what was it all for?"In 2006, after his father was killed, Gulwali Passarlay was caught between the Taliban who wanted to recruit him, and the Americans who wanted to use him. To protect her son, Gulwali's mother sent him away. The search for safety would lead the twelve-year-old across eight countries, from the mountains of eastern Afghanistan through Iran and Europe to Britain. Over the course of twelve harrowing months, Gulwali endured imprisonment, hunger, cruelty, brutality, loneliness, and terror--and nearly drowned crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Eventually granted asylum in England, Gulwali was sent to a good school, learned English, won a place at a top university, and was chosen to help carry the Olympic Torch in the 2012 London Games.In The Lightless Sky, Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis--the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, The Lightless Sky is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy--and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control"-- Provided by publisher.

Con job : how Democrats gave us crime, sanctuary cities, abortion profiteering, and racial division

January 27, 2016
Wright, Crystal, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
286 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The party of crime -- The party of mob violence -- The party of hopeless slums -- The party of illegal immigration -- The party of sanctuary cities -- The party of abortion profiteers -- The party of baby butchers -- The party of family breakdown -- The party of racial division -- The party of identity politics -- The party of bigoty and low expectations -- The party of corruption and never-ending excuses -- A personal story.
"Democrats have pulled a big con job on blacks in America. Black voters have overwhelmingly supported the Democratic Party for the last fifty years. Where has that support gotten the black community? Democrats have let black incarceration rates rise and marriage rates drop. They've let entire neighborhoods become dependent on welfare, and they've let education and job opportunities dwindle. So why do black voters keep voting for progressive Democratic candidates? Crystal Wright, editor of the blog Conservative Black Chick, takes the Democratic Party to task in this bold, biting expose of the Democrats' systematic betrayal of the blindly loyal black community"-- Provided by publisher.

American governor : Chris Christie's bridge to redemption

January 27, 2016
Katz, Matt (Reporter), author.
viii, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: moving the cones -- Part I. The Christie mystique -- A perennial candidate -- "It's hard to be a saint in the city" -- "Everybody in New Jersey was arrested today" -- Part II. Governor -- Big Steve, Joe D. and Cory B. -- Conquering Camden -- "Damn, man, I'm governor" -- Union wars -- Glory days -- Jersey strong -- Four more years -- Part III. The bridge -- From bridge to Bridgegate -- A Bridgegate timeline -- No surrender -- The crisis -- The investigations -- Christie loses his fleece -- Epilogue: reborn to run.
"The ultimate insider to Chris Christie's 2016 presidential campaign delivers a definitive biography of the popular and controversial governor of New Jersey--including the true story behind the Bridgegate lane-closure scandal,"

The invitation-only zone : the true story of North Korea's abduction project

January 27, 2016
Boynton, Robert S., 1963- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
xiii, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Welcome to the invitation-only zone -- The Meiji moment: Japan becomes modern -- Reunited in North Korea -- Japan and Korea's "common origins" -- Adapting to North Korea -- Abduction as statecraft -- From Emperor Hirohito to Kim Il-sun -- Developing a cover story -- The repatriation project: from Japan to North Korea -- Neighbors in the invitation-only zone -- Stolen childhoods: Megumi and Takeshi -- An American in Pyongyang -- Terror in the air -- Kim's golden eggs -- A story too strange to believe -- The great leader dies, a nation starves -- Negotiating with Mr. X -- Kim and Koizumi in Pyongyang -- Returning home: from North Korea to Japan -- An extended visit -- Abduction, Inc. -- Kaoru Hasuike at home.
"Throughout the late 1970s and early '80s, dozens of Japanese citizens were abducted from coastal Japanese towns by North Korean commandos. In what proved to be part of a global project, North Korea attempted to reeducate the abductees and train them to spy on the state's behalf. When the project faltered, the abductees were hidden in a series of guarded communities known as "Invitation-Only Zones"--the fiction being that these were exclusive enclaves, not prisons. In 2002, Kim Jong Il admitted to kidnapping thirteen Japanese citizens and returned five of them (the other eight, he said, had died). From the moment that Robert S. Boynton first saw a photograph of these men and women, he became obsessed with the window their story provided into the vexed politics of Northeast Asia. In The Invitation-Only Zone, he untangles the logic behind the kidnappings and shows why some Japanese citizens described them as "their 9/11." He tells the story of how dozens were abducted and reeducated; how they married and had children; and how they lived anonymously as North Korean citizens. He speaks with nationalists, diplomats, abductees, and even crab fishermen, unearthing the bizarre North Korean propaganda tactics and the peculiar cultural interests of both countries. A deeply reported, thoroughly researched treatise on the power struggle of one of the most important areas in the global economy, Boynton's keen investigation is riveting and revelatory"-- Provided by publisher.

Crisis point : why we must-- and how we can-- overcome our broken politics in Washington and across America

January 27, 2016
Lott, Trent, 1941- author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
284 pages ; 24 cm
Conflict. The 228-year argument ; The pulling ; The permanent campaign ; Down in the well ; The media effect -- Chemistry. A nation of men and women ; The 50-50 Senate ; Roadblocks to chemistry ; Experience and transparency -- Leadership. In their own words ; The leadership hole ; Trent and Tom ; The impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton ; The world at large ; Leader of the free world ; The center of the storm ; 9/11 and its aftermath ; The humility and the audacity ; Courage and memory in the United States Senate ; Fear and loathing in the U.S. Congress -- Vision. Writing the future ; A bipartisan answer ; Electoral and campaign reform ; The money problem ; Congressional reform ; A call to service -- Duty.
"Tom Daschle and Trent Lott are two of the most prominent senators of recent time. Both served in their respective parties' leadership positions from the 1990s into the current century, and they have almost sixty years of service between them. Their congressional tenure saw the Reagan tax cuts, a deadlocked Senate, the Clinton impeachment, 9/11, and the Iraq War. Despite the tumultuous times, and despite their very real ideological differences, they have always maintained a positive working relationship, one almost unthinkable in today's hyper-partisan climate. In their book, Daschle and Lott come together from opposite sides of the aisle to sound an alarm on the current polarization that has made governing all but impossible; never before has the people's faith in government been so dismally low. The senators itemize damaging forces-- the permanent campaign, the unprecedented money, the 24/7 news cycle-- and offer practical recommendations, pointing the way forward. Most crucially, they recall the American people, especially our leaders, to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, and to the necessity of debate but also the imperative of compromise-- which will take leadership, vision, and courage to bring back. Illustrated with personal stories from their own eminent careers and events cited from deeper in American history, Crisis Point is an invaluable work that comes at a critical juncture. It is a work of conscience, as well as duty, written with passion and eloquence by two men who have dedicated their lives to public service and share the conviction that all is far from lost"-- Provided by publisher.

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