These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
December 19, 2014
Jeffries, Donald, 1956- author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, 
ix, 374 pages ; 24 cm
Examines what the author sees as "the amount of effort over the past fifty years that our government has dedicated to lying and covering up the truth to the world"-- Provided by publisher.
December 16, 2014
Levin, Jack E., 1925- author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Jack E. Levin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of George Washington: The Crossing, presents a beautifully designed chronicle--complete with maps, portraits, and other Civil War illustrations--detailing President Abraham Lincoln's historic Second Inaugural Address.
The Mayor : how I turned around Los Angeles after riots, an earthquake and the O.J. Simpson murder trial
December 15, 2014
Riordan, Richard J., 1930-
Franklin, Tenn. : Post Hill Press ; c2014.
xiv, 252 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.
Tough enough to turn L.A. around? -- Why I am who I am -- The great adventure -- Success, tragedy, and politics -- L.A. nears the brink -- Running to save L.A. -- Winning -- Empowering Los Angeles -- Getting things done -- Chaos before order -- Shaking up the status quo -- The reform mayor -- L.A. turns around -- "If not me, who? If not now, when?" -- Epilogue.
Elected with the campaign slogan "Tough enough to turn L.A. around," Richard J. Riordan made good on his promise to voters and returned Los Angeles to its former glory. In this thought-provoking memoir, Riordan reveals the personal tragedies and life events that informed him as a visionary leader, and how policies of empowerment and compassionate pragmatism can lead the United States into a brighter future.
December 15, 2014
Stowe, Vermont : Casey Reserch, LLC, 
xvi, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Doug Casey -- The end of the lost decade -- Humbling of the oligarchs -- The great game and the end of the cold war -- The Slavic warrior -- Ukraine -- Putin the statesman -- The Putinization of oil -- The Putinization of gas -- The Putinization of uranium -- The Middle East: oil, wars, and the great game -- Twilight of the petrodollar -- Post-petrodollar America.
Katusa takes a look at the ways the western world is losing control of the energy market, and what can be done about it. He shows that Russia is in the midst of a rapid economic and geopolitical renaissance under the rule of Vladimir Putin, and that understanding his rise to power provides the keys to understanding the shift in the energy trade from Saudi Arabia to Russia.
December 11, 2014
Cohen, Andrew, 1955- author.
Toronto : Signal, 2014.
xii, 404 pages ; 24 cm
American queen : the rise and fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War "Belle of the North" and gilded age woman of scandal
December 8, 2014
Boston : Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 
xxiii, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: A Woman in the Arena -- Part 1. Miss Chase -- 1. "Qualified to Ornament Any Society" -- 2. "I Shall Strive to Be First Wherever I May Be" -- 3. "How Short Then Is This Life!" -- 4. The Belle of Columbus -- 5. The Belle of Washington -- 6. The Boy Governor -- 7. Mrs. Lincoln's Rival -- 8. Wedding of the Decade -- Part 2. Mrs. Sprague -- 9. "Imagine My Disappointment" -- 10. "Our Accomplished Countrywoman" -- 11. "More Unfitness Day by Day" -- 12. "I Am Told That She Actually Controls the Entire Affair" -- 13. "You Have Been Most Cruelly Deceived" -- 14. "I Almost Hate This Man" -- 15. "She's Capable of Hitting Him" -- 16. Some Dared Call It Treason -- 17. End of an Era -- 18. End of an Empire -- 19. "Intended by Their Creator for Each Other" -- 20. "Mrs. Conkling Is Not Here This Winter" -- 21. "The Now Notorious Outbreak" -- 22. "The Bird Has Flown" -- Part 3. Kate Chase Again -- 23. "A Dinner with the Queen" -- 24. "As Much Alone as Cleopatra" -- 25. Gilded Age Woman -- 26. Stalwart Woman -- 27. An Unmarried Woman -- 28. An Independent Woman -- 29. "What We Have Is Good" -- 30. "None Outshone Her" -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- Photographs following page.
December 8, 2014
Walker, Diana (Diana H.)
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xi, 212 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
First Lady -- Senator -- Presidential campaign -- Secretary of State.
December 5, 2014
Enslin, Elizabeth, 1960-
Berkeley, California : Seal Press, 
298 pages ; 21 cm
Author's Note -- Notes on Terminology -- Parajuli Family -- Map of Chitwan, Nepal -- Base Camp -- PART I -- Not India -- A Long Night -- Fog -- Kin -- PART II -- Ripe Mangos -- Bikas -- Harvest -- Literacy -- Gatherings -- Meeting Spaces -- Long Live Women's Unity -- PART III -- The News -- On Tape -- Life Stories -- Scandal -- Bringing the Bride In -- Elections -- Natural Births -- Glossary.
"Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself. While the Gods Were Sleeping : A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin's story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in society--and make their voices heard"--Provided by publisher.
December 4, 2014
Fathi, Nazila, 1970- author.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 
xiv, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Surveillance -- The formative years, 1979-1989. The revolution ; Nessa ; The time of horror ; "World powers did it!" ; The cleansing ; The war ; Our bodies, our battlefields ; Masoud ; The war ends -- Awakening, 1989-1999. After Khomeini ; Meeting a hawk ; The Intelligence Ministry ; The war revisited ; The walls come crashing down ; Nessa mourns ; A force for change ; Reform ; The regime strikes back -- The decade of confrontation, 1999-2009. The reformers speak out ; No fear of authority ; The "good" children of the revolution ; The "bad" children of the revolution ; Nasrin ; The rising tide ; End of an era ; Exile.
"As a nine-year-old Tehrani schoolgirl during the Iranian Revolution, Nazila Fathi watched her country change before her eyes. The revolutionaries--most of them poor, uneducated, and radicalized--seized jobs, housing, and positions of power, transforming Iranian society practically overnight. But this socioeconomic revolution had an unintended effect. As Fathi shows, the forces unleashed in 1979 inadvertently created a robust Iranian middle class, one that today hungers for more personal freedoms and a renewed relationship with the outside world"-- Provided by publisher.
December 4, 2014
Merriman, John M.
New York, NY : Basic Books, 
xxvi, 327 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue -- War and the Collapse of the Empire -- The Birth of the Commune -- Masters of Their Own Lives -- The Commune Versus the Cross -- The Battle Turns Against the Communards -- Bloody Week Begins -- Death Comes to the Archbishop -- The Court Martials at Work -- Massacre -- Prisoners of Versailles -- Remembering.
"The Paris Commune lasted for only 64 days in 1871, but during that short time it gave rise to some of the grandest political dreams of the nineteenth century--before culminating in horrific violence. Following the disastrous French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, hungry and politically disenchanted Parisians took up arms against their government in the name of a more just society. They expelled loyalists and soldiers and erected barricades in the streets. In Massacre, John Merriman introduces a cast of inimitable Communards--from les petroleuses (female incendiaries) to the painter Gustave Courbet--whose idealism fueled a revolution. And he vividly recreates the Commune's chaotic and bloody end when 30,000 troops stormed the city, burning half of Paris and executing captured Communards en masse. A stirring evocation of the spring when Paris was ablaze with cannon fire and its citizens were their own masters, Massacre reveals how the indomitable spirit of the Commune shook the very foundations of Europe"-- Provided by publisher.
December 3, 2014
Murphy, R. Taggart.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xxvii, 443 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Introduction: Does Japan Still Matter? -- Part One. Past -- Japan Before the Edo Period -- The Incubation of the Modern Japanese State -- Restoration to Occupation -- Appendix: The Meiji Leaders -- The Miracle -- The Institutions of High-speed Growth -- Consequences (Intended and Otherwise) -- Part Two. Present -- Economy and Finance -- Business -- Social and Cultural Change -- Politics -- Appendix: Important Political Figures of Postwar Japan -- Japan and the World.
"Japan is one of the world's wealthiest and most technologically advanced nations, and its rapid ascent to global power status after 1853 remains one of the most remarkable stories in modern world history. Yet it has not been an easy path; military catastrophe, political atrophy, and economic dysfunction have made regular appearances from the feudal era to the present. A quarter-century ago, Tokyo's stock exchange was even bigger than New York's, and the Japanese industrial juggernaut was thought to be unsurpassable. Now, Japan is seen as a has-been with a sluggish economy, an aging population, dysfunctional politics, and a business landscape dominated by yesterday's champions. Though it is supposed to be America's strongest ally in the Asia-Pacific region, it has almost entirely disappeared from the American radar screen. In Japan and the Shackles of the Past, R. Taggart Murphy places the current troubles of Japan in a sweeping historical context, moving deftly from early feudal times to the Tokagawa era and finally to the modern age that began with the Meiji Restoration. Combining fascinating analyses of Japanese culture and society over the centuries with hard-headed accounts of Japan's numerous political regimes, Murphy not only reshapes our understanding of Japanese history, but of Japan's place in the contemporary world. He concedes that Japan has indeed been out of sight and out of mind in recent decades, but he contends that this is already changing. Political and economic developments in Japan today risk upheaval in the pivotal arena of Northeast Asia; Murphy argues that parallels with Europe on the eve of the First World War are not misplaced. America's half-completed effort to remake Japan in the late 1940s is unraveling, and the American foreign policy and defense establishment is directly culpable for what has happened. The one apparent exception to Japan's malaise is the vitality of its pop culture, but it's actually no exception at all; rather, it provides critical clues to what is going on now. Murphy shares insights into everything from Japan's politics and economics to the texture of daily life, gender relations, the changing business landscape, and both popular and high culture. He places particular emphasis on the story of the fraught, quasi-pathological relationship between the United States and Japan, arguing that it is central to understanding Japan today--and to the prospects for continued American global hegemony"-- Provided by publisher.
December 2, 2014
Kameny, Frank, 1925-2011.
Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 
xiii, 379 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
December 1, 2014
Kynaston, David, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
872 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"'Opening the Box' copyright © 2013 by David Kynaston ; 'A Shake of the Dice' copyright © 2014 by David Kynaston"--T.p. verso.
Opening the box -- A shake of the dice.
"The late 1950s and early 1960s was a period in its own right--neither the stultifying early to midfifties nor the liberating mid- to late-sixties--and an action-packed, dramatic time in which the contours of modern Britain started to take shape. These were the 'never had it so good' years, in which mass affluence began to change, fundamentally, the tastes and even the character of the working class; when films like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and TV soaps like Coronation Street and Z Cars at last brought that class to the center of the national frame; when Britain gave up its empire; when economic decline relative to France and Germany became the staple of political discourse; when 'youth' emerged as a fully fledged cultural force; when the Notting Hill riots made race and immigration an inescapable reality; when a new breed of meritocrats came through; and when the Lady Chatterley trial, followed by the Profumo scandal, at last signaled the end of Victorian morality."--Publisher's website.
November 28, 2014
Geoghegan, Thomas, 1949- author.
New York : The New Press, 2014.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"Is labor's day over or is labor the only real answer for our time? In this new book, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan argues that even as organized labor seems to be crumbling, a revived--but different--labor movement is now more relevant than ever in our increasingly unequal society. The inequality reshaping the country goes beyond money and income: the workplace is more authoritarian than ever, and we have even less of a say over our conditions at work. He tells us stories, sometimes humorous but more often chilling, about problems working people like his own clients--cabdrivers, cashiers, even Chicago public school teachers--now face in our largely union-free economy. He then explains why a new kind of labor movement (and not just more higher education) will be crucial for saving what is left of the middle class; pushing Keynes's original, sometimes forgotten ideas for getting the rich to invest and reduce our balance of trade; and promoting John Dewey's "democratic way of life"--One that would start in the schools and continue in our places of work. A "public policy" book that is compulsively readable, Only One Thing Can Save Us is vintage Geoghegan, blending acerbic and witty commentary with unparalleled insight into the real dynamics (and human experience) of working in America today."-- Provided by publisher.
November 28, 2014
Bishop, Patrick (Patrick Joseph), author.
xii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits the death of Zionist leader Avraham Stern--head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang--at the hand of a British policeman during WWII"-- Provided by publisher.
November 28, 2014
Johnson, Boris, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2014.
390 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The mayor of London and former Spectator editor challenges popular misconceptions to assess Churchill's enduring influence on the world, discussing the many contradictions of his life and his considerable political and military achievements.
November 28, 2014
Johnson, Charles, 1948- author.
Boston : Shambhala, 2014.
xii, 191 pages ; 22 cm
Essays. The Dharma and the artist's eye ; Dharma for a dangerous time ; The Dharma of social transformation ; Be peace embodied ; The king we need : teachings for a nation in search of itself ; Why Buddhists should vote ; Is mine bigger than yours? ; Why Buddhism for black America now? ; Mindfulness and the beloved community ; The meaning of Barack Obama ; Every twenty-eight hours : the case of Trayvon Martin -- Reviews and Prefaces. A full-bodied Zen ; Going beyond ethnic dualism ; Foreword for Nixon under the Bodhi Tree and other works of Buddhist fiction ; Introduction for why is American Buddhism so white? "We think, therefore we are" -- Stories. Prince of the Ascetics ; The cynic ; Kamadhatu, a modern Sutra ; Welcome to Wedgwood ; Guinea pig ; The weave.
"Buddhism-influenced essays, stories, and reviews by National Book Award winner Charles R. Johnson. This wide and varied collection of essays, reviews, and short stories by the renowned author Charles Johnson offers incisive views on politics, race, and Buddhism. Johnson notes that in his life the two activities that have anchored him and reinforce each other are creative production and spiritual practice. This book is a crystallization of what he has learned during his passage through American literature, the visual arts, and the Buddha dharma. Essays include: "And if Peace Is Their Goal" on the principles of enlightened politics, "The King We Need" on the deep and sophisticated moral philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and why King's teachings and example are important to all Americans, "Why Buddhists Should Vote"--Johnson posits that voting can be seen as a way to reduce suffering, "The Meaning of Barack Obama"--an appreciation of the man who became one of the most historic US presidents, even before his first 100 days were through, "Why Buddhism for Black America Now?"--what Buddhism can offer the African-American community in the post-MLK era"-- Provided by publisher.
November 26, 2014
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [The Enquirer], 1978.
38 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 37 cm
ʻThis valley̓ Calendar of Events: p.4-6.
Land and early settlements / R.A. Davis--Economy of Cincinnati, region / Lawrence E. McLaughlin--Arts of the region / Betty Zimmerman--Transportation of the region / Dr. John P. Patton--Religion in Cincinnti / The Rev. M. Edmund Hussey--Cincinnati, regional education / Dr. Joseph Felix--City of neighborhoods / Zane L. Miller--Cincinnati, regional government / Iola Silberstein.
America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation
November 24, 2014
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2015.
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: New Year's Day at the White House -- "This glorious hope" -- A prophet for president -- "Annexation and war...are identical" -- "Who the devil is Polk?" -- The missionary and the publicist -- To Oregon and California -- Summer of discontent -- The great disappointment -- "The severest struggle ever witnessed" -- Epilogue: the shaping of America.
November 24, 2014
Brabner, Joyce, author.
New York : Hill and Wang a division of Straus and Giroux, 2014.
147 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
"A novel graphic from Hill and Wang"--Title page.
November 24, 2014
New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2014.
xxiv, 278 pages ; 24 cm
"Author of the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, Mark Leibovich returns with a masterly collection of portraits of Washington's elite, and wannabe elites. Hailed by The Washington Post as a 'master of the political profile,' Leibovich has spent his career writing memorable, buzz-worthy, and often jaw-dropping features about politicians and other notables. Currently chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Leibovich punctures the inflated personas of the powerful, and in Citizens of the Green Room, he reveals the lives, stories, and peculiarities behind the public masks. A brilliant reporter with a talent for subversive, engaging storytelling, Leibovich maintains a refreshing conviviality with many of his subjects even as he renders incisive and unflinching assessments. His features have driven the national conversation while exposing the fallibilities of the kingmakers and media stars: consider his 2007 profile of Hillary Clinton, which unearthed a treasure trove of old letters that the then senator had written as a vulnerable young college student; or his much-talked-about 2010 portrait of Glenn Beck, which laid bare the tortured soul and precarious standing of the once invincible host and his uneasy relationship with his soon-to-be ex-employer FOX News. In the political arena, Leibovich's portraits of John Kerry, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and John McCain are already classics; they invariably remind us that great journalism and stylish writing are not only essential to the Republic but necessary to maintain the citizenry's sanity and humor in the face of made-for-TV government"-- Provided by publisher.
November 24, 2014
Lungina, L. Z.
New York : Overlook, 2014.
336 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Russia in 2010 by Oleg Doorman"--Title page verso.
"A bestselling sensation in Russia, where it was called 'the most significant cultural event of the year,' Word for Word is nothing less than the story of a nation's literary conscience--the history of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of a single person. A child of the 1920s, Lilianna Lungina was a Russian Jew born to privilege, spending her childhood in Germany, France, and Palestine. But when her parents moved to the USSR when she was thirteen, Lungina became witness to many of the era's greatest upheavals. Exiled during World War II, dragged to KGB headquarters to report on her cosmopolitan friends, and subjected to her new country's ruthless, systematic anti-Semitism, Lungina nonetheless carved out a remarkable career as a translator who introduced hundreds of thousands of Soviet readers to Knut Hamsun, August Strindberg, and, most famously, Astrid Lindgren. In the process, she found herself at the very center of Soviet cultural life, meeting and befriending Pasternak, Brodsky, Solzhenitsyn, and many other major figures of the era's literature. Her extraordinary memoir--at once heartfelt and unsentimental--is an unparalleled tribute to a lost world"-- Provided by publisher.
November 24, 2014
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the slogan 'The Arsenal of Democracy' to describe American might during the grim years of World War II. The man who financed that arsenal was his Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau Jr. This is the first book to focus on the wartime achievements of this unlikely hero-- a dyslexic college dropout who turned himself into a forceful and efficient administrator and then exceeded even Roosevelt in his determination to defeat the Nazis." -- Provided by publisher.
November 24, 2014
Root, Damon, author.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
274 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction : The Long War -- "The Right of Free Labor" -- The Devil and Oliver Wendell Holmes -- "Robert Bork's America" -- Libertarians vs. Conservatives -- Litigating for Liberty -- Guns, Lawyers, and Butchers -- Obamacare on Trial -- Epilogue : No Peace.
"Can the federal government make you eat your fruits and vegetables? Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan seemed to think so when asked if she thought Congress possessed the constitutional power to force every American to "eat three fruits and three vegetables every day." Kagan laughed and said that while it sounded like "a dumb law," that did not make it an unconstitutional one. In other words, if you don't like what your lawmakers have done, take your complaint to the ballot box, not to the courthouse. It was a classic case of judicial restraint, the idea that judges should defer to the will of the majority and refrain from striking down most democratically-enacted laws, even the really dumb ones. Judicial restraint and judicial activism cut across the political spectrum in surprising ways and make for some unusual bedfellows. Judicial restraint is not only a touchstone of the Progressive left, it is also a philosophy adopted by many members of the modern right. The growing camp of libertarians and free-market conservatives, however, has no patience with judicial restraint and little use for majority rule. Chief Justice Roberts' 2012 ruling in favor of Obama's health care law is an excellent case in point, though only the most recent. This is the story of two competing visions, each one with its own take on what role the government and the courts should play in our society, a fundamental debate that goes to the very heart of our constitutional system"-- Provided by publisher.
November 20, 2014
Lane, Carl. author
Yardley, Pennsylvania : Westholme Publishing, 2014.
xi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Crisi and promise : December 1824-March 1825 -- The crisi and promise of 1824-1825 in historical context -- The national debt and the failure of the Adams administration -- The accession of Jackson and the end of internal improvements -- Jackson, the Bank War, and the national debt -- The nullification crisis and debt freedom -- Awaiting debt freedom, 1833-1834 -- Debet freedom and the mesning of Jacksonian democracy -- Surplus, distribution, and the end of debt freedom.
When President James Monroe announced in his 1824 message to Congress that the [nation's] large public debt, [accumulated since the Revolution], would be extinguished on January 1, 1835, Congress crafted legislation to transform that prediction into reality. Yet John Quincy Adams, Monroe's successor, seemed not to share the commitment to debt freedom, resulting in the rise of opposition to his administration and his defeat for reelection in the bitter presidential campaign of 1828. The new president, Andrew Jackson, was thoroughly committed to debt freedom, and when it was achieved, it became the only time in American history when the country carried no national debt. Lane shows that the great and disparate issues that confronted Jackson, such as internal improvements, the "war" against the Second Bank of the United States, and the crisis surrounding South Carolina's refusal to pay federal tariffs, become unified when debt freedom is understood as a core element of Jacksonian Democracy.-- from Jacket.
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