New Arrivals · Politics

March 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Secret empires : how the American political class hides corruption and enriches family and friends

March 22, 2018
Schweizer, Peter, 1964- author.
318 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Corruption by proxy -- American princelings: two sons and a roommate -- Nuclear and other consequences -- Bidens in Ukraine -- McConnell and Chao: from China with profits -- The princelings of K Street -- The princelings of Chicago -- The Hyesan Youth Copper Mine of North Korea -- Barack Obama's best friend -- More smashing and grabbing -- A real estate mogul goes to Washington -- The Trump princelings.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Clinton Cash comes an explosive new political expose! In many parts of the world, the children of powerful political figures go into business and profit handsomely, not necessarily because they are good at it, but because people want to curry favor with their influential parents. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S.; but for relatives of some prominent political families, we may already be talking about hundreds of millions of dollars. "Secret Empires" identifies public servants who cannot be trusted and provides a path toward a more accountable government.

A girl's guide to joining the resistance : a feminist handbook on fighting for good

March 20, 2018
Gray, Emma, author.
xiii, 130 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Welcome to the resistance -- How to resist like a girl.
Interweaving the interviews with her own experiences as a member of the media, reporting and covering events in a time when the media has been under assault, Emma Gray has created a guide for women of all ages to roll up their sleeves and resist the forces that are a threat to our rights.

Empire of water : an environmental and political history of the New York City water supply

March 20, 2018
Soll, David, 1971-
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.
x, 283 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction : the evolution of a water system -- From Croton to Catskill -- Up country -- Drought, delays, and the Delaware -- Back to the Supreme Court -- The water system and the urban crisis -- The rise of watershed management -- Implementing the watershed agreement -- Putting politics in its place.
"Supplying water to millions is not simply an engineering and logistical challenge. As David Soll shows in his finely observed history of the nation's largest municipal water system, the task of providing water to New Yorkers transformed the natural and built environment of the city, its suburbs, and distant rural watersheds. Almost as soon as New York City completed its first municipal water system in 1842, it began to expand the network, eventually reaching far into the Catskill Mountains, more than one hundred miles from the city. Empire of Water explores the history of New York City's water system from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century, focusing on the geographical, environmental, and political repercussions of the city's search for more water.Soll vividly recounts the profound environmental implications for both city and countryside. Some of the region's most prominent landmarks, such as the High Bridge across the Harlem River, Central Park's Great Lawn, and the Ashokan Reservoir in Ulster County, have their origins in the city's water system. By tracing the evolution of the city’s water conservation efforts and watershed management regime, Soll reveals the tremendous shifts in environmental practices and consciousness that occurred during the twentieth century. Few episodes better capture the long-standing upstate-downstate divide in New York than the story of how mountain water came to flow from spigots in Brooklyn and Manhattan.Soll concludes by focusing on the landmark watershed protection agreement signed in 1997 between the city, watershed residents, environmental organizations, and the state and federal governments. After decades of rancor between the city and Catskill residents, the two sides set aside their differences to forge a new model of environmental stewardship. His account of this unlikely environmental success story offers a behind the scenes perspective on the nation’s most ambitious and wide-ranging watershed protection program."--Inside dust jacket.

Killing the Deep State : the fight to save President Trump

March 19, 2018
Corsi, Jerome R., author.
West Palm Beach, FL : Humanix Books, [2018]
xiii, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The Deep State embraces the #NeverTrump movement. The smoking gun ; A shattering defeat and the left's paradise lost ; The Deep State targets Trump ; The strategy to block Trump's inauguration fails ; Democrats go hard-left ; The Deep State sets a trap -- The Deep State's plan to remove Trump from office. The Trump dossier ; The truth about "Russian collusion" ; Mainstream media attack Trump ; Antifa anarchists go wild -- How Trump wins. How Trump can win the propaganda war ; The counteroffensive Trump must launch -- Conclusion: the fight to save President Trump.
Argues that there is a secret conspiracy between leftist extremists, the mainstream media, government holdovers from the previous administration, and shadowy forces within the U.S. intelligence community to destroy the Trump presidency, and explains what Trump must do to prevail.

Andrew Jackson : the making of America

March 15, 2018
Kanefield, Teri, 1960- author.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: a mob in the White House -- A brutal boyhood -- Head of all the rowdies -- Romance on the frontier -- Congressman Jackson -- Justice, Jackson style -- The beat of the war drum -- The Battle of New Orleans -- The corrupt bargain -- Demagogue or passionate patriot? -- The Indian Removal Act -- Who decides? -- Jackson's war with the bank -- Nullification -- Legacy.

Russian roulette : the inside story of Putin's war on America and the election of Donald Trump

March 15, 2018
Isikoff, Michael, author.
New York : Twelve, 2018.
xi, 339 pages ; 24 cm
"Mr. Putin would like to meet Mr. Trump." -- "We did not recognize the degree it would tick Putin off." -- "Are we here because Clinton texted us?" -- "You don't know me, but I'm working on a troll farm." -- "This is the new version of Watergate." -- "Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it." -- "He's been a Russian stooge for fifteen years." -- "How the fuck did he get on the list?" -- "If it's what you say I love it." -- "WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead." -- "I have to report this to headquarters." -- "As for the Ukraine amendment, excellent work." -- "Next they're going to put polonium in my tea." -- "We've been told to stand down." -- "He's got me as the fall guy." -- "Does it even matter who hacked this data?" -- "It also could be somebody sitting on their bed who weighs four hundred pounds, OK?" -- "Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities." -- "We've been ratfucked." -- "This is the real reset of the Western world." -- "We got a sinking feeling .... It looked like a season of Homeland." -- Afterword: "Please, my God, can't you stop this?"
"The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election. The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no 'third-rate burglary.' It was far more sophisticated and sinister--a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle--including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn--and Russia. Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?"--Dust jacket.

The woman's hour : the great fight to win the vote

March 14, 2018
Weiss, Elaine F., 1952- author.
404 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
To Nashville -- Lay of the land -- The feminist peril -- The woman question -- Democracy at home -- The Governor's quandary -- The blessing -- On account of sex -- Front porch -- Home and Heaven -- The woman's hour -- Cranking the machine -- Prison pin -- Fieldwork -- A real and threatening danger -- War of the roses -- In justice to womanhood -- Terrorizing Tennessee manhood -- Petticoat government -- Armageddon -- The hour has come -- Liberty Bell -- Election Day.
"The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history. Nashville, August 1920. The Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, granting all women the vote, is on the verge of ratification--or defeat. Out of the thirty-six states needed, thirty-five have approved it, and one last state is still in play--Tennessee. After a seven-decade crusade to win the ballot, this is the moment of truth for the suffragists, and Nashville becomes a frenzied battleground as the enormous forces allied for and against women's suffrage make their last stand."--Jacket.

The Ukrainian night : an intimate history of revolution

March 14, 2018
Shore, Marci, author.
xxiii, 290 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Part 1 Revolution, the Maidan -- Part 2 War, east of Kiev.
What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013-14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: The blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices. In this lyrical book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore's book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian's reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it - and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced. - from bookjacket.

Downstairs at the White House

March 13, 2018
Stinson, Donald M., author.
Boca Raton, Florida : Eastern Harbor Press, LLC, [2017]
351 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The story of a teenager, an Oval Office, and a ringside seat to Watergate"--Cover.
"At the age of 17, Don Stinson accidentally landed a job in the White House during Watergate, the largest political scandal in American history. A truly insignificant member of the Nixon White House staff, he frequently loitered outside the Oval Office to watch it unfold. What he saw throughout the White House ran the gamut from the deeply profound to the wildly hilarious. He was also a kid who did the same kind of harebrained things most teenagers do. Only steps away from the Oval Office, he fought with a foreign head of state for space in a restroom. He devised a shortcut that tripped countless alarms ans summoned an agitated band of Secret Service agents. He spilled ice water on Frank Sinatra's sock. And that was just the small stuff"--Back cover.

Resistance, rebellion, life : 50 poems now

March 13, 2018
xxiii, 104 pages ; 15 cm
Anthology of political poems.
"I invited contributors to write poems of any political leaning, including ones in support of the current president and/or his policies"--Introduction.
"Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate--and son of immigrants--Amit Majmudar."--Publisher website.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

March 12, 2018
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

The return of Marco Polo's world : war, strategy, and American interests in the twenty-first century

March 12, 2018
Kaplan, Robert D., 1952- author.
xiv, 280 pages ; 25 cm
Strategy -- The return of Marco Polo's world and the U.S. military response -- The art of avoiding war -- The tragedy of U.S. foreign policy -- Elegant decline: the Navy's rising importance -- when North Korea falls -- War and its costs -- Rereading Vietnam -- Iraq: the counterfactual game -- The wounded home front -- No greater honor -- Thinkers -- In defense of Henry Kissinger -- Samuel Huntington: looking the world in the eye -- Why John Mearshimer is right (about some things) -- Reflections -- On foreign policy, Donald Trump is no realist -- The post-imperial moment -- Fated to lead -- The great danger of a new utopianism -- Marco Polo redux -- Traveling China's new Silk Road.
"Drawing on decades of first-hand experience as a foreign correspondent and military embed for The Atlantic, Robert D. Kaplan makes a powerful, clear-eyed case for what timeless principles should shape America's role in the world: a respect for the limits of Western-style democracy; a delineation between American interests versus American values; an awareness of the psychological toll of warfare; a projection of military power via a strong navy; and more"-- Provided by publisher.

Can it happen here? : authoritarianism in America

March 12, 2018
xi, 481 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The dictator's handbook, US edition / Eric A. Posner -- Constitutional rot / Jack M. Balkin -- Could fascism come to America? / Tyler Cowen -- Lessons from the American founding / Cass R. Sunstein -- Beyond elections: foreign interference with American democracy / Samantha Power -- Paradoxes of the Deep State / Jack Goldsmith -- How we lost constitutional democracy / Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Huq -- On "It can't happen here" / Noah Feldman -- Authoritarianism is not a momentary madness, but an eternal dynamic within liberal democracies / Karen Stenner and Jonathan Haidt -- States of emergency / Bruce Ackerman -- Another road to serfdom: cascading intolerance / Timur Kuran -- The resistible rise of Louis Bonaparte / Jon Elster -- Could mass detentions without process happen here? / Martha Minow -- The commonsense presidency / Duncan J. Watts -- Law and the slow-motion emergency / David A. Strauss -- How democracies perish / Stephen Holmes -- "It can't happen here": the lessons of history / Geoffrey R. Stone.

Sabers and utopias : visions of Latin America

March 7, 2018
Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936- author.
xxiii, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Originally published in Spanish in 2009 by Santillana Ediciones Generales, Spain, as Sables y Utopías."
Foreword: The instinctive struggle for freedom / by Carlos Granés -- The fall of Somoza -- Toward a totalitarian Peru -- The perfect dictatorship -- Death in Haiti -- Fidel and his "melancholy whores" -- Funeral rites for a tyrant -- Warning to dictators -- The leader's honor -- Letter to Fidel Castro -- The logic of terror -- Good terrorists -- Down with the law of gravity! -- The apogee of horror -- No more FARC -- For the history of infamy -- Death of the Caudillo -- Elephant and culture -- Why? How? -- The "hispanics" -- Nostalgia for the sea -- Repugnant laudatory fare -- The other state -- The defeat of fascism -- A call for harmony -- Empty the shelves! -- Between namesakes -- Liberalism across two millennia -- Dreams and reality in Latin America -- Hunting gays -- Marijuana comes out of the closet -- Julian Assange on the balcony -- Lost identity -- The students -- José Donoso; or, A life made into literature -- Cabrera infante -- Welcome to Fernando de Szyszlo -- Friendship and books -- Fifty years of the Latin American boom.
"Throughout his career, the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has grappled with the concept of Latin America on a global stage. Examining liberal claims and searching for cohesion, he continuously weighs the reality of the continent against the image it projects, and considers the political dangers and possibilities that face this diverse set of countries. Now this illuminating and versatile collection assembles these never-before-translated criticisms and meditations. Reflecting the intellectual development of the writer himself, these essays distill the great events of Latin America's recent history, analyze political groups like FARC and Sendero Luminoso, and evaluate the legacies of infamous leaders such as Papa Doc Duvalier and Fidel Castro. Arranged by theme, they trace Vargas Llosa's unwavering demand for freedom, his embrace of and disenchantment with revolutions, and his critique of nationalism, populism, indigenism, and corruption. From the discovery of liberal ideas to a defense of democracy, buoyed by a passionate invocation of Latin American literature and art, Sabers and Utopias is a monumental collection from one of our most important writers. Uncompromising and adamantly optimistic, these social and political essays are a paean to thoughtful engagement and a brave indictment of the discrimination and fear that can divide a society.."--Jacket flap.

We matter : athletes and activism

March 7, 2018
Thomas, Etan, author.
320 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The children of the movement -- Athlete activism matters -- The Kaepernick movement matters -- Standing up to police brutality matters -- Coaches and management using their voices matters -- Standing up for Black Lives Matter matters -- Ignoring critics and haters matters -- Speaking out in the age of Trump matters -- Connecting with activists matters -- Having "the talk" with young male athletes matters -- Having "the talk" with young female athletes matters -- Fighting for your rights matters -- Education matters.
"Featuring interviews by former NBA player Etan Thomas with over fifty athletes, executives, media figures, and more--and interwoven with essays and critiques by Thomas--We Matter shares the personal tales and opinions of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Steve Kerr, Oscar Robertson, Mark Cuban, Michael Bennett, Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Swin Cash, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Webber, Jemele Hill, Anquan Boldin, Jamal Crawford, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, James Blake, John Carlos, Laila Ali, Michael Eric Dyson, Joakim Noah, Eric Reid, Adam Silver, Soledad O'Brien, John Wall, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Bradley Beal, Tamika Catchings, Curtis Conway, Harry Edwards, Chris Hayes, Chamique Holdsclaw, Scoop Jackson, Bomani Johnes, Shaun King, Jimmy King, Ted Leonsis, Thabo Sefolosha, Ilyasah Shabazz, Torrey Smith, Kenny Smith, Michael Smith, David West, Michael Wilbon, Jahvaris Fulton (brother of Trayvon Martin), Emerald Snipes (daughter of Eric Garner), Allysza Castile (sister of Philando Castile), Valerie Castile (mother of Philando Castile), and Dr. Tiffany Crutcher (sister of Terence Crutcher)."

Identity politics

March 7, 2018
216 pages ; 23 cm.
How has identity politics historically shaped policy and law? -- All politics is identity politics / Matthew Yglesias -- Compassion is more useful then identity politics / Jamie Heckert -- Identity politics has become a zero-sum game / Joan D. Mandle -- White nationalism is a powerful political force / Ned Resnikoff -- White nationalism is becoming more accepted in the United States / Alexis Terrazas, Atticus Morris -- How has identity politics incorporated or ignored intersectionality? -- There are psychological consequences to identity politics / Beverly Amsel -- Identity politics is a good thing that can be destructive when used to exclude / Julia Serano -- Intersectionality can be left out of identity politics / Hugh Ryan -- White privilege has led to a stronger alt-right movement / Maria Murriel -- We need a new approach to discussing religion / Daniel Trilling -- How has identity politics ignored other useful ways of political organizing? -- Identity is socially constructed to maintain state power / Ramona -- Identity politics is an important modern political movement / Jason Blakely -- Class should be an integral part of identity politics / Fred Mazelis -- Identity politics has eroded free speech / Richard L. Cravatts -- We need a Marxist identity politics / Albert L. Terry, III -- How can identity politics become a more useful political organizing tool in the future? -- Leftist identity politics shares much in common with White Supremacy / Ben Debney -- Identity politics is not working / Douglas Williams -- Identity politics is part of the American experience / Ron Daniels -- The Women's March exemplifies the power of identity politics / M. J. Kaplan -- The end of identity politics is near / Victor Davis Hanson -- A political revolution is coming / Michael Lind.
In an age of divisiveness, perhaps more than America has seen in decades, identity politics has taken its share of the blame. Those who have cheered on progressive ideology often write off detractors as racists, homophobes, and misogynists. And those who rail against political correctness often feel their own voices are not being heard or, worse, are being censored. Do identity politics come at a cost to national empathy and unity? Or do they reflect and address legitimate discrimination? Through multiple perspectives, readers will learn why this topic has become a hot button issue.

Western democracy at risk

March 7, 2018
New York : Greenhaven Publishing, [2018]
208 pages ; 23 cm.
Is democracy too demanding for today's citizens? -- Citizens United has damaged US democracy / Liz Kennedy -- Higher taxes on the wealthy would violate constitutional property rights / James A. Dorn -- Smaller governments require less-informed citizens / Bruce Thornton -- Uninformed voters weaken democracy / Ilya Somin -- The US system of government virtually guarantees low voter turnout / Eric Black -- Can Western democracies withstand the recent trend toward authoritarianism? -- The ability for anyone to become president is one of democracy's greatest weaknesses / Hans-Hermann Hoppe -- The Democrats lost in 2016 because they did not represent the working class / Josh Hollands -- The Founders believed education was central to the government they had created / Alan Taylor -- Populism may not be what you think it is / John Emerson -- Democracy in the west is not as robust as most people believe / Roberto Stefan Foa and Yascha Mounk -- Does the US system of representation preclude a true democracy? -- The United States is not and was never intended to be a democracy / Matt Peppe -- Real democracy takes active participation on the part of citizens / Camilla Hansen --- We need to return the power of government to the people / Jeffrey Fuller -- The US Senate gives citizens in states with small populations an unfair advantage / Corey Robin -- We're stuck with a lousy system / Andrew Prokop -- What does the future hold for Western democracy? -- Democracies are healthier with educated citizens / Cindy Miller -- To be successful, you need more than knowledge / Michael Schrage -- The media does not make up fake news, but it does have biases / Eric R. Mandel -- The death of honesty could mean the death of democracy / William Damon -- Weakness of democracy in the West weakens democratic progress worldwide / Carl Gershman.
America's founding principles have long been held up as model of success to the rest of the world. Somewhat suddenly however, these principles don't seem as solid as they once did. Globalization has created economic growth, but has also widened the gap between rich and poor. A rising conflict between multiculturalism and nationalism has fragmented western populations and caused a surge of nativism. Fake news and filters undermine free speech and a free press. Political parties have fragmented, and election tampering is a valid concern. The viewpoints in this resource address the current state of western democracy.

Pipelines and politics

March 7, 2018
151 pages ; 23 cm
A complex network of pipelines successfully transports natural gas / -- Will the Dakota access pipeline threaten water supplies? / Aleszu Bajak -- Negative effects outweigh benefits of Keystone XL Pipeline / Melissa Denchak -- Delivering natural gas to the consumes / -- All methods of oil transport have risks and benefits / Juliana Henao -- Energy technologies favored by climate skeptics can reduce emissions / Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger -- Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil and natural gas / Diana Furchgott-Roth -- Pipeline spills create economic opportunity--bat at what cost? / David Suzuki -- Aging pipelines are accidents waiting to happen / Elizabeth Shogren -- Explaining the protests over the Dakota access pipeline / Brad Plumer -- Destructive effects linger after oil spill / Debbie Elliott -- Raw, corrosive tar sands oil is cause for concern / Anthony Swift, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, and Elizabeth Shope -- The Trump administration poses a threat to the planet / Michael Ware -- Canadian economic prosperity depends on oil sands / Shawn McCarthy -- Offshore oil production could alleviate poverty for indigenous people / bill Flowers -- Less energy consumption is the answer / Richard Heinberg.
Fossil fuels are a valuable commodity at the forefront of national and international politics. Pipelines can create jobs and economic growth, not to mention delivering a commodity to people who need it. What happens when there is conflict about the land through which a pipeline travels? Such conflicts can lead to protests, stoppages, and even war. Readers of this comprehensive volume, which explores the topic from a multitude of angles, will learn how a simple pipeline can have enormous geopolitical ramifications.

Populism in the digital age

March 7, 2018
119 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- The origin of populism / Nancy MacLean -- Left and right wing populism / Thomas DeMichele -- Understanding the black lives matter movement / Iris Wijers -- Bernie sanders' populism versus racial justice / Dara Lind -- What is digital populism? / Paul Florence and Roderick Jones -- Social media, chaotic pluralism, and populism / Helen Margetts -- The spoiler candidates / Daniel Bush -- A history of third parties / Freeman Stevenson -- Insurgent sanders / Philip Locker -- Contemporary populism's unstable meaning / Charles Postel -- The democratic party's empty populism / Socialist Worker -- Racial and gender inclusivity in early populism / Dr. Anderson?s Blog -- Trump's unlikely populism / Chris Lehmann -- The networked public sphere / Vyacheslav Polonski -- Organizations to contact -- Bibliography -- Index.
The development of social media platforms has allowed a new wave of populism to accelerate rapidly. Tweets, Facebook shares, and viral memes get information to ordinary citizens quickly and directly, without the influence of authorities, and often without the benefit of research and facts. Is this democracy in its purest form or mindless transmission of fake news and irresponsible reporting? What is the result of digital populism, and what can be done to use it for the good of the people? This resource contains viewpoints that will awaken readers to the value of critical thinking skills.

The Family Medici : the hidden history of the Medici dynasty

March 6, 2018
Hollingsworth, Mary, author.
480 pages : color illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Prologue: A city under siege: 'Florence in ashes rather than under the Medici' -- 1. Migrants: Bonagiunta, Chiarissimo and their descendants, 1216-1348 -- 2. Survivors: Salvestro, Foligno, Bicci and Vieri, 1348-1400 -- 3. The fortune: Giovanni di Bicci, 1400-1425 -- 4. Politics: Giovanni di Bicci, Averardo and Cosimo, 1426-1433 -- 5. For honour and profit: Cosimo the banker, 1434-1450 -- 6. The republican toga: Cosimo the politician, 1451-1464 -- 7. The succession crisis: Piero the Gouty, 1464-1469 -- 8. Youth at the helm: Lorenzo and Giuliano, 1469-1479 -- 9. Pride: Lorenzo the Magnificent, 1480-1492 -- 10. Nemesis: Piero and Cardinal Giovanni, 1492-1503 -- 11. Exile: Cardinal Giovanni, Giulio and Giuliano, 1504-1512 -- 12. Age of gold: Pope Leo X, 1513-1521 -- 13. Age of iron: Pope Clement VII, 1521-1530 -- 14. Imperial poodles: Pope Clement VII, Ippolito, Alessandro and Cosimo, 1531-1543 -- 15. The new Augustus: Cosimo I, 1544-1559 -- 16. Grand Duke: Cosimo I, 1560-1574 -- 17. Adultery: Francesco I and Cardinal Ferdinando, 1574-1587 -- 18. Cardinal to Grand Duke: Ferdinando I, 1587-1609 -- 19. The unlucky prince: Cosimo II, Christine of Lorraine and Maria Magdalena of Austria, 1609-1668 -- 20. Science and religion: Ferdinando II, 1628-1670 -- 21. Vanity: Cosimo III, 1670-1723 -- 22. Extinction: Gian Gastone, 1723-1737 -- Epilogue: Revival.
Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe in the fifteenth century, the Medici gained massive political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming its hereditary dukes. Among their number were no fewer than three popes and a powerful and influential queen of France. Their influence brought about an explosion of Florentine art and architecture - Michelangelo, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo were among the artists patronized by the Medici. Thus runs the "accepted view" of the House of Medici. However, Mary Hollingsworth argues that the idea that the Medici were enlightened rulers of the Renaissance is a fiction that has now acquired the status of historical fact. In truth, the Medici were as devious and immoral as the Borgias - tyrants loathed in the city they illegally made their own. In this dynamic new history, Hollingsworth argues that past narratives have focused on a sanitized view of the Medici - wise rulers, enlightened patrons of the arts, and fathers of the Renaissance - but that "in fact" their past was reinvented in the sixteenth century, mythologized by later generations of Medici who used this as propaganda for their legacy. Hollingsworth's revelatory retelling of the story of the family Medici bridges a fresh and exhilarating new perspective to the story behind the most powerful family of the Italian Renaissance.

There are no dead here : a story of murder and denial in Colombia

March 1, 2018
Sánchez-Moreno, Maria McFarland, author.
New York : Nation Books, 2018.
viii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Colombia's drug-fueled cycle of terror, corruption, and tragedy did not end with Pablo Escobar's death in 1993. Just when Colombians were ready to move past the murderous legacy of the country's cartels, a new, bloody chapter unfolded. In the late 1990s, right-wing paramilitary groups with close ties to the cocaine business carried out a violent expansion campaign, massacring, raping, and torturing thousands. There Are No Dead Here is the harrowing story of three ordinary Colombians who risked everything to reveal the collusion between the new mafia and much of the country's military and political establishment: Jesús María Valle, a human rights activist who was murdered for exposing a dark secret; Iván Velásquez, a quiet prosecutor who took up Valle's cause and became an unlikely hero; and Ricardo Calderón, a dogged journalist who is still being targeted for his revelations. Their groundbreaking investigations landed a third of the country's Congress in prison and fed new demands for justice and peace that Colombia's leaders could not ignore. Taking readers from the sweltering Medellín streets where criminal investigators were hunted by assassins, through the countryside where paramilitaries wiped out entire towns, and into the corridors of the presidential palace in Bogotá, There Are No Dead Here is an unforgettable portrait of the valiant men and women who dared to stand up to the tide of greed, rage, and bloodlust that threatened to engulf their country."--Inside dust jacket.

Victorious century : the United Kingdom, 1800-1906

February 28, 2018
Cannadine, David, 1950- author.
xxi, 601 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Act of union, 1800-02 -- Britannia resurgent, 1802-15 -- Great power, great vicissitudes, 1815-29 -- The iconoclastic years, 1829-41 -- The "hungry" forties, 1841-48 -- Great Exhibition, half time, 1848-52 -- Equipoise and angst, 1852-65 -- Leaping in the dark, 1865-80 -- "Disintegration" averted?, 1880-95 -- Jubilation and recessional, 1895-1905 -- General election, 1905-06.

Berlin 1936 : sixteen days in August

February 28, 2018
Hilmes, Oliver, author.
312 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Originally published in German as Berlin 1936: Sechzehn Tage im August"--Title page verso.
Saturday, 1 August 1936 -- Sunday, 2 August 1936 -- Monday, 3 August 1936 -- Tuesday, 4 August 1936 -- Wednesday, 5 August 1936 -- Thursday, 6 August 1936 -- Friday, 7 August 1936 -- Saturday, 8 August 1936 -- Sunday, 9 August 1936 -- Monday, 10 August 1936 -- Tuesday, 11 August 1936 -- Wednesday, 12 August 1936 -- Thursday, 13 August 1936 -- Friday, 14 August 1936 -- Saturday, 15 August 1936 -- Sunday, 16 August 1936 -- What became of...?
During the games the Nazi dictatorship was in many ways put on hold, and Berlin 1936 offers a last glimpse of the vibrant and diverse life in the German capital in the 1920s and 30s that the Nazis wanted to destroy.

Hitler in Los Angeles : how Jews foiled Nazi plots against Hollywood and America

February 28, 2018
Ross, Steven Joseph, author.
414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Map of Nazi and fascist Los Angeles -- Prologue -- Creating a spy network, 1933-1934. "The most dangerous Jew in Los Angeles" ; The spying begins ; Plots revealed, spies uncovered ; Going for help ; A bitter lesson: the German-American Alliance trial -- The Nazi and fascist attack on Hollywood, 1933-1935. The moguls and the Nazis ; Inside the fascist front ; HUAC comes to town ; The most charming Nazi in Los Angeles -- New threats, new spies, 1935-1939. Spy and divide ; The plots to kill the Jews ; Nazi versus Nazi ; Silver shirts, Nazis, and movie stars ; Slaughter the Hollywood Jews ; The most hated Nazi in Hollywood ; The three most dangerous enemies list ; The race is on -- Espionage, sabotage, and the coming of war, 1938-1941. Closing in ; Sabotage, secret agents, and Fifth Columnists ; Darkening skies, new dangers ; Pearl Harbor roundup -- Epilogue: Vigilant till war's end and beyond -- Guide to spies, Nazis, and fascists.
Reveals the little known story of a private Los Angeles spy operation organized by attorney Leon Lewis -- which included Neil Ness, Joseph Roos, and Charles Slocombe -- to stop the rise of Nazis from killing the city's Jews and sabotaging the nation's military installations. Also discusses Nazi threats and their influence on Hollywood film content and the sometimes conflicted role of German consul Georg Gyssling, and also Los Angeles's anti-Semitic political movements.

How Barack Obama fought the War on Terrorism

February 26, 2018
Torres, John Albert, author.
New York, NY : Enslow Publishing, 2018.
128 pages illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm
Introduction -- Humble beginnings -- A war inherited -- Shifting the focus -- Manhunt -- Killing bin Laden -- The rise of ISIS -- Syria -- Terror goes domestic -- The power of words -- What's next? -- Conclusion.
From humble beginnings and a nontraditional upbringing, Barack Obama worked his way through law school and then onto Chicago's political scene. After serving in the state legislature and one term in the Senate, Obama became the first African American president elected in the United States. His mettle would immediately be tested as he inherited a country at war with terror. This ongoing conflict seems to have no end in sight. Read about the president's actions to defeat the terror organizations that threaten America's safety. Quotes from the two-term president himself bring readers into the Situation Room, where matters of life and death are decided.

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