New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

February 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The faith of Donald J. Trump : a spiritual biography

February 22, 2018
Brody, David, 1965- author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2018]
xx, 375 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: this Trump is your Trump -- Luck and pluck -- Making Augsburg great again -- Mother Mary comes to Queens -- Back to the future Presbyterians -- City on a Jamaican hill -- Hindenberg -- We have confirmation -- The church for Spock babies -- The power of positive thinking -- Manhattan, malaise, and morning in America -- The man who has everything -- Prospereality -- The escalator -- What is your relationship with God? -- The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that's the book for me -- Pentecostals, prayer, and dinner at the Polo -- Mr. Cyrus meets wrecking ball -- 3 wings, 2 Corinthians, and February 1 -- Pat, the Pope, and the Palmetto state primary -- #NeverTrump -- Coalesce or two evils? -- Cleveland rocks... and prays -- Pastors and pews -- What the hell do you have to lose? -- What happens in Vegas -- The art of the unreal -- Gorsuch a time as this -- You've got a friend in me -- Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Rome -- Give me liberty.
Drawing on extensive interviews and unparalleled access to the White House, looks at President Trump's connection to the Christian faith, the evangelical right, the prosperity gospel, and today's pressing moral and ethical issues.

Washington : the man and the mason

February 19, 2018
Callahan, Charles H., 1858-
©1913
viii, 380 pages [115] leaves of plates : illustrations, maps (folded), portraits ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"Published under the auspices of the Memorial Temple Committee of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association."
The Cavaliers --John Washington, the Immigrant -- Lawrence Washington of Wakefield -- Augustine Washington -- Lawrence Washington of Mount Vernon -- The Virginia Fairfaxes -- Washington, the Surveyor -- Washington's Mission to the French Commandant -- Washington in Braddock's Campaign -- Washington's Defence of the Valley -- Washington, the Civilian -- Washington in the Revolution -- Washington Again in Private Life -- Washington, President of the United States -- Last Days and Death of Washington -- Resolutions of Congress and Tributes of Respect -- Mrs. Martha Washington, her Children and Grandchildren -- Bushrod Washington and his Successors at Mount Vernon -- Our Masonic Forebears -- Masonic Incidents in the Life of Washington -- Lodges No. 39 and 22 of Alexandria, Virginia -- Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, A.F. & A.M. -- The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association -- Appendix: Washington's Will, Schedule, Appraisement of Property, and Declaration of Independence.

The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency

February 13, 2018
Davis, Lanny J., author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The wary candidate -- The Times gets the story half-wrong -- The Times gets it wrong again -- The FBI criminal investigation -- Policy and fairness be damned -- Giuliani in the shadows? -- The fallacy of the false choice -- Comey's letter elects Donald Trump.
Argues that FBI Director James Comey's fateful letter to Congress, sent in the crucial days leading up to the presidential election, was the ultimate factor in shifting the election to a Trump victory.

Media madness : Donald Trump, the press, and the war over the truth

February 12, 2018
Kurtz, Howard, 1953- author.
©2018
ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A catastrophic media failure -- Trump works the refs -- Trump trauma -- A question of loyalty -- A leaky ship of state -- The dossier surfaces -- Spicer goes to war -- Bannon as Darth Vader -- Kellyanne under siege -- Trump targets media "enemies" -- The war over wiretapping -- "The knives are out" -- Answering with airstrikes -- White House game of thrones -- Jared and Ivanka fight back -- The Comey firestorm -- The media go to DEFCON 1 -- Collusion confusion -- Climate change calamity -- The Mueller escalation -- Investigative overreach -- The secret Russia meeting -- The mooch's moment -- Charlottesville catastrophe -- Tackling the sports world -- The fight over "fake news" -- The era of harassment.
"According to the media, Donald Trump could never become president. Now many are on a mission to prove he shouldn't be president. The Trump administration and the press are at war -- and as in any war, the first casualty has been truth.This book offers a stunning expose of how supposedly objective journalists, alarmed by Trump's success, have moved into the opposing camp. Kurtz's exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes interviews with reporters, anchors, and insiders within the Trump White House reveal the unprecedented hostility between the media and the president they cover." -- From book jacket.

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

February 8, 2018
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
2018
514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The beginning -- A mother's duty -- Heady times -- The White House years -- Trouble brewing -- The assassination -- Recovery -- Transition -- Onassis -- Shifting tides -- Enduring -- "Well, happy and loved ..." -- Epilogue: Passages.
A portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; her mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss; and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, discusses their ambitions, status-seeking marriages, illicit liaisons, and psychological profiles.

Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America

February 7, 2018
Kerrison, Catherine, 1953- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xi, 425 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
First Monticello -- To Paris -- School life -- Families reunited -- Transitions -- Becoming American again -- A Virginia wife -- Harriet's Monticello -- An enlightened household -- Departure -- Passing -- Legacies.
"Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonniᥲes are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers." -- Publisher's description.

Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House

January 8, 2018
Wolff, Michael, 1953- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
xiii, 321 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Election day -- Trump Tower -- Day one -- Bannon -- Jarvanka -- At home -- Russia -- Org chart -- CPAC -- Goldman -- Wiretap -- Repeal and replace -- Bannon agonistes -- Situation room -- Media -- Comey -- Abroad and at home -- Bannon redux -- Mika who? -- McMaster and Scaramucci -- Bannon and Scaramucci -- General Kelly -- Epilogue: Bannon and Trump.
Thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump's term as President. Among the revelations: What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers.

Friends divided : John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

January 3, 2018
Wood, Gordon S., author.
©2017
502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue : The eulogies -- Contrasts -- Careers, wives, and other women -- The imperial crisis -- Independence -- Missions abroad -- Constitutions -- The French Revolution -- Federalists and Republicans -- The President vs. the Vice President -- The Jeffersonian Revolution of 1800 -- Reconciliation -- The great reversal -- The national jubilee.
"Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England's rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into the fight. But ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and writ large in the nation, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. It was a bitter breach, lasting through the presidential administrations of both men, and beyond. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. In their final years they were the last surviving founding fathers and cherished their role in this mighty young republic as it approached the half century mark in 1826. ... Arguably no relationship in this country's history carries as much freight as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Gordon Wood has more than done justice to these entwined lives and their meaning; he has written a magnificent new addition to America's collective story."--Dust jacket.

Let Trump be Trump : the inside story of his rise to the presidency

January 3, 2018
Lewandowski, Corey R., author.
New York : Center Street, 2017.
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Election night -- House money -- New Hampshire -- You're hired -- The island of the misfit toys -- The golden escalator -- Up in the air -- The delegate hunter -- Thurston Howell III -- The ground game -- Digital madness -- The high road -- The hurricane -- The race to the bottom -- Fake news -- Epilogue: The transition.
Two of Trump's closest campaign advisors present an eyewitness account of the stories behind the headlines. From the Access Hollywood recording and the Clinton accusers, to Paul Manafort, to the last-moment comeback and victory, they pull back the curtain on a drama that has mesmerized the whole world -- including the palace intrigues of the Mooch, Spicer, Priebus, Bannon, and more.

Collusion : secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win

January 2, 2018
Harding, Luke, 1968- author.
©2017
354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Vintage Books original."
Prologue: Meeting -- The end of history not -- I think he's an idiot -- Publish and be damned -- Hack -- General Misha -- He does bastards -- Tuesday night massacre -- Collusion -- Thraldom -- From Russia with cash -- The strange case of the German bank -- Epilogue.
"December 2016. [the author] and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's Russia connections. A month later, Steele's now-famous dossier sparks what may be the biggest scandal of the modern era. The names of the Americans involved are well-known--Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page--but here [the author] also shines a light on powerful Russian figures like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have been coming from the highest echelons of the Kremlin. Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, [the author] takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the 'Trump-Russia' story--an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history."-- Back cover.

The Mafia's president : Nixon and the mob

December 28, 2017
Fulsom, Don, author.
©2017
xxii, 280 pages ; 22 cm
The mob in the age of Nixon -- The Nixon-Mafia relationship -- Dick and Bebe -- Mobsters in Cuba -- Nixon's Mafia web -- Hoffa and clemency -- The most violent man in the Oval Office -- The JFK Assassination and the Warren Commission -- Nixon and Ford -- Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover -- Nixon, Sparky, and Ozzie -- Did Oswald know Ruby? -- Mob assassination connections -- The Watergate-assassination connection -- The Bay of Pigs Invasion -- Blackmailing the CIA chief -- Conclusion.
Describes President Nixon's association, through a political advisor and lawyer, with individuals in the Mafia, including Mickey Cohen, Meyer Lansky, Jimmy Hoffa, and Carlos Marcello and details the favors he exchanged with them to advance his own career.

Madison Park : a place of hope

December 28, 2017
Motley, Eric L. (Eric Lamar), 1972- author.
©2017
304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Motley boy -- Madison Park -- A proud black community -- My Motley heritage -- Everything rounded out -- Years in training -- Not my only parents -- Rabbits v. Turtles -- The D.U.K. -- Shave and a haircut -- That old-time religion -- The best "hind-catcher" in the neighborhood -- The music that would change my life -- Three queens: Rosebud, Mama, and Mayes -- The book of knowledge -- Blessed interventions -- 1,002 uses for a pie pan -- Keeping it real for me -- Steve Urkel and Boys State -- Evolution -- Beyond Madison Park, but still a part of it -- Remember, we're still in Alabama -- There's a part for every one of us to play -- Scotland -- The limits of knowledge, the unlimited nature of friendship -- "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening" -- "If you're not ready now" -- From the White House to Foggy Bottom -- "Barbara Ann" -- Paid in full -- Wherever I go.
A former special assistant to President George W. Bush chronicles his coming of age in a small Alabama community founded by freed slaves, where he learned valuable lessons about helping others, embracing faith, and fighting racial injustice.

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

December 13, 2017
Dallek, Robert, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
x, 692 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Everything to fear -- -Chapter 1: The making of a patrician -- Chapter 2: The making of a politician -- Chapter 3: Polio -- Chapter 4: "Chameleon on plaid" -- Chapter 5: "Instrument of their wishes" -- Chapter 6: "Trustee of the existing social system" -- Chapter 7: Mastering Washington "bedlam" -- Chapter 8: Triumph of the new order -- Chapter 9: Second-term curse -- Chapter 10: The worst of times -- Chapter 1: Dangers abroad, uncertainties at home -- Chapter 12: Faux neutral -- Chapter 13: "Safe on third" -- Chapter 14: The path to war -- Chapter 15: Setbacks and losses: "We might lose this war" -- Chapter 16: The end of the beginning -- Chapter 17: "High promise of better things" -- Chapter 18: "Dr. Win the War" -- Chapter 19: The "good soldier" -- Chapter 20: Winning the war, planning the peace -- Chapter 21: Last full measure -- Epilogue.
"In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled strategic skills as a unifier and a consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions of his remarkable presidency: How did a man who came from so privileged a background become one of the greatest champions of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster such revolutionary innovations in our economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt bring about such a profound change in America's foreign relations, leading it from isolationism to become an international superpower? By the time he became president, Roosevelt already commanded the respect and affection of millions of people through his services as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York. Although many of his biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek views that affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms and advance a remarkably progressive agenda. He attributes Roosevelt's success to two perceptive political insights. First, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in the political system. Under his watch the country was able to recover from the Depression and entered World War II, but more controversially, he used that power in an unsuccessful attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Second, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building consensus and commanding stable, long-term popular support. In addressing the country's international and domestic challenges, Roosevelt recognized the critical importance of remaining attentive to the full range of public sentiment regarding policy decisions--perhaps his most important lesson in effective leadership, and one that remains vital today."--Dust jacket flaps.

The last Republicans : inside the extraordinary relationship between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

December 12, 2017
Updegrove, Mark K., author.
©2017
ix, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I. I never looked back -- A flash of light -- Bar -- Go west -- The sky's the limit -- More than tongue can tell -- Aggravation and pride -- A certain sort of expectation -- Part II. A debt to pay -- To do something of service -- Young and foolish -- A whole different life -- Up in the air -- Listen to your conscience -- Horizons -- Go east -- Coming home -- Defeat isn't defeat -- Part III. Turning points -- The big mo -- The call from Reagan -- A heartbeat away -- Arbusto or bust -- Why don't you come to Washington -- Awakening -- Junior -- Be tough -- Not so kind, not so gentle -- Part IV. 41 -- A new breeze -- Comfortable in the job -- A whole new ballgame -- Commander-in-chief -- You can't give in -- Coming of age -- Defeat with dignity -- Finish strong -- Part V. His turn now in the family" -- The l-word -- Joy and heartache -- Chart your own course -- No turning back -- Great expectations -- Part VI. 43 -- Mr. President -- Shock and awe -- Mourning in America -- Prelude to war -- A broader battle -- 41 and 43 -- Part VII. The decider -- To whom much is given -- Regards from President Bush -- The last campaign -- Brother from another mother -- The first Jewish president -- The toughest decision -- Last days -- Part VIII. The last Republicans -- It wasn't me -- Trumped -- What about George? -- Epilogue.
Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies. He examines the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, which derailed the Bush presidential dynasty. Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other's presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America's role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

Playing with fire : the 1968 election and the transformation of American politics

December 8, 2017
O'Donnell, Lawrence, author.
©2017
484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Seizing the moment -- Declaring war -- "Why isn't he a priest?" -- Sleepy Hollow -- "A hard and harsh moral judgment" -- Dump Johnson -- The general -- "We will never be young again" -- Old politics -- "A decent interval" -- Peace with honor -- Peter the hermit -- "Clean for Gene" -- The new Nixon -- "Nixon's the one" -- "Abigail said no" -- The poor people's campaign -- "Something bad is going to come of this" -- "Stand up and be counted" -- "It's not important what happens to me" -- "I've seen the promised land" -- The happy warrior -- Don't lose -- "Everything's going to be okay" -- Stop Nixon -- "Great television" -- The last liberal standing -- The peace plank -- "The whole world's watching" -- "The government of people in exile" -- The perfect crime -- Epilogue.
The celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell presents an account of the 1968 presidential election to evaluate its lasting influence on American politics and the Democratic party, exploring the pivotal roles of RFK and McCarthy, two high-profile assassinations and the Chicago riots.

You can't spell America without me : the really tremendous inside story of my fantastic first year as President Donald J. Trump

December 7, 2017
Baldwin, Alec, 1958- author.
©2017
246 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
You actually can't spell America without "me' -- I had to do it my way -- This is American history -- I won, I'm a winner, I'm the winner -- With great wealth comes great quality -- The actual legal takeover of the government -- I need a TV in the Oval -- It finally felt real, like a movie -- I'm the President -- I feel like a new man -- I like tough -- It was about to get even better -- The so-called Russia stories -- If I acted "presidential" I'd lose my special powers -- The American people understand -- A good test for Comey -- They said it on the news -- The bad polls are probably mostly or completely fake -- Everybody lied to me -- Ivanka has such a gorgeous smile -- The presidency really is like a TV series -- I never panic -- I had to "kill" him- kill in quotation marks -- The "Special Counsel" is totally rigged -- Everyone nervous except me -- Is Jared a Fredo? -- We're both strong and know the score -- If anything happens to me, here's the truth -- We'll all look back and laugh about this -- Call him Flipper -- It's a crazy world -- So many, many secrets to keep -- Route 66 -- MAGA -- My Nobel Prize -- Shlimazel -- Ang Buhlay Ay Maganda -- Was that all a dream? -- All fake -- Hooray President Trump, hooray Presidente Trump, hooray President Trump in Russian with the crazy backward 3 -- The end.
A satirical memoir written in the style of Donald Trump shares lampooning insights into the forty-fifth president's election, disdain for the press, backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers, and world-changing decisions.

President McKinley : architect of the American century

December 6, 2017
Merry, Robert W., 1946- author.
©2017
x, 608 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Ohio roots -- The forge of war -- Life and work -- The Ohio Republicans -- Steadfast protectionist -- Four years in Columbus -- The Major versus the bosses -- St. Louis triumph -- The victor -- Building a cabinet -- Inauguration Day -- Taking charge -- White House life -- Cuba -- Year-end assessment -- America and Spain -- Path to war -- Victory at sea -- The Caribbean War -- End of hostilities -- Empire -- War's aftermath -- Aguinaldo -- Second-term question -- Second-term resolve -- China -- Reelection -- Family and nation -- Buffalo.
"Lively, definitive, eye-opening, [this book] by acclaimed historian Robert W. Merry brilliantly evokes the life and presidency of William McKinley, cut short by an assassin. Most often lost in the shadow of his brilliant and flamboyant successor, TR, the twenty-fifth president is presented by Merry as a transformative figure, the first modern Republican. It was President McKinley who established the United States as an imperial power. In the Spanish-American War he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he took the country to a strict gold standard; he developed the doctrine of 'fair trade'; he forced the 'Open Door' to China; and he forged the 'special relationship' with Great Britain. McKinley established the noncolonial imperialism that took America global. He set the stage for the bold leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments. [This book] brings to life a sympathetic man and an often overlooked president. Merry raises his rank to a chief executive of consequence who paved the way for the American Century."--Dust jacket flap.

The three lives of James Madison : genius, partisan, president

December 6, 2017
Feldman, Noah, 1970- author.
New York : Random House, 2017.
xviii, 773 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 25 cm
Book I. Constitution. Friendships ; Rise ; Crisis ; Philadelphia ; Compromise ; Ratification -- Book II. Party. The Bill of Rights ; Debts ; Enemies -- The President and his party ; In the shade -- Book III. War. Secretary of State ; Neutrality ; President ; War ; Failure and redemption.
"Over the course of his life, James Madison changed the United States three times: First, he designed the Constitution, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification, then drafted the Bill of Rights. As an older, cannier politician he co-founded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship. Finally, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, becoming the first wartime president and, despite the odds, winning. An intriguing portrait of this elusive genius and the constitutional republic he created--and how both evolved to meet unforeseen challenges."--Jacket.

Hacks : the inside story of the break-ins and breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House

December 6, 2017
Brazile, Donna, 1959- author.
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2017.
xx, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Storm clouds -- From the back of the bus to center stage -- The Russians, the Russians, the Russians -- Picking the apples -- Trouble comes to the White House -- Gentlemen, let's put our dicks on the table -- Meeting at the FBI -- The duck and the spook -- The smell of a loss -- Bernie, I found the cancer but I won't kill the patient -- The collapse -- I am not Patsey the slave -- Hacker house -- October surprise -- The terror comes home -- State of denial -- Firefighters -- Comey's 18-wheeler -- Election night -- Grief and regret.
"In June 2016, the Washington Post first reported that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee. Barely a month later, these cyber criminals--which the U.S. government later confirmed as Russian intelligence operatives--posted thousands of damaging emails online. These documents seemed to confirm Bernie Sanders supporters' belief that the DNC had become a tool of the Clinton campaign well before the convention. The hacking's fallout was swift and devastating, and the attack wasn't even over. As chaos threatened to consume the party, Democrats turned to a familiar figure: Donna Brazile. Known to millions from her frequent TV appearances, Brazile was no stranger to high stakes and dirty opponents. What Brazile found at the DNC, however, was unlike anything she had experienced before--and much worse than is commonly known. The party was beset by infighting, scandal, and hubris, while reeling from a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence the presidential election. --Jacket.

The accidental president : Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world

December 4, 2017
Baime, A. J. (Albert J.), author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xvi, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- April 12, 1945 -- The political education of Harry S. Truman -- April-May 1945 -- June-July 1945 -- Little Boy, Fat Man, and Potsdam -- Epilogue.
"Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR's fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman--a midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man. Until, that is, he found himself quickly in over his head after FDR's death. The first four months of Truman's administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings in Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation of Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in so short a time. Tightly focused, meticulously researched, and rendered with vivid detail and narrative verse, The Accidental President takes readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history making 120 days when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times."--Dust jacket.

Impeachment : a citizen's guide

November 29, 2017
Sunstein, Cass R., author.
©2017
199 pages ; 19 cm
Majesty and mystery -- From king to president -- "Shall any man be above justice?" -- What We the People heard -- Interpreting the Constitution : an interlude -- Impeachment, American-style -- Twenty-one cases -- The Twenty-fifth Amendment -- What every American should know -- Keeping the republic.
"Cass Sunstein considers actual and imaginable arguments for a president's removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment are judicious and others not. In direct and approachable terms, he dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that all Americans may use their ultimate civic authority wisely"-- Provided by publisher.

The great gasbag : an A-to-Z study guide to surviving Trump world

November 22, 2017
Behar, Joy, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
xiv, 255 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
On cover and spine of jacket the title is given as: "The great Gatsby" with "Gatsby" crossed out and "gasbag" written below/across it.
Besides despair, the sane response to the insanity in the White House is laughter. Behar walks readers through the next four years (maybe less if liberal dreams come true) of life under the Trump presidency. Structured as an A-Z guide, Behar offers doses of levity and humor as she takes on the worst president since... well, since ever.

Chasing light : Michelle Obama through the lens of a White House photographer

November 22, 2017
Lucidon, Amanda, author, photographer.
California : Ten Speed Press, [2017]
222 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Inside the bubble -- The people's house -- Reach higher -- A world of possibility -- Chasing light.
"A collection of striking and intimate photographs of Michelle Obama--many never before seen--coupled with personal reflections and behind-the-scenes stories from Official White House Photographer Amanda Lucidon, presented in a deluxe format. Michelle Obama is one of the most admired First Ladies in history, known for her grace, spirit, and beauty, as well as for the amazing work she did during her tenure to promote girls' education, combat childhood obesity, and support military families. In Chasing Light, former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, who spent four years covering the First Lady, shares a rare insider's perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel. This collection of 150 candid photos--many previously unreleased--and Amanda's narrative reflections reveal just what makes Mrs. Obama so special. From an affectionate moment with her daughters atop the strikingly empty Great Wall of China to exuberant moments with schoolchildren and quiet moments between the First Lady and President Obama, the photos are a vibrant, candid, and beautiful celebration of the First Lady, capturing the qualities and strengths that have made Mrs. Obama so beloved"-- Provided by publisher.

Courage is contagious : and other reasons to be grateful for Michelle Obama

November 20, 2017
©2017
xxiii, 102 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Foreword / Lena Dunham -- Introduction / Nick Haramis -- Alice Waters -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie -- Janet Mock -- Jason Wu -- Cecile Richards -- Adasendis De La Cruz -- Issa Rae -- Charlamagne tha God -- Gloria Steinem -- Patton Oswalt -- Anna Wintour -- Rashida Jones -- Jon Meacham -- Laura Camacho -- Gabourey Sidibe -- Kate Millett -- Tracee Ellis Ross.
"A collection of essays celebrating the influential former first lady, by an array of acclaimed contributors and with a foreword by Lena Dunham. Michelle Obama's legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama's equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women's rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. Her genre-busting personal style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress as they wished. In an extension of his popular T, the New York Times Style Magazine feature, Nick Haramis has assembled nineteen essays from prizewinning writers, Hollywood stars, and political leaders--all of whom have been moved and influenced by Mrs. Obama's extraordinary example of grace in power. Here are original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne the God, among others. Presidential biographer Jon Meacham supplies historical perspective. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross suggests that Mrs. Obama 'provided an antidote to all the false representations of black women that have inundated us for centuries.' Anna Wintour and designer Jason Wu celebrate the former first lady's impact as an international fashion icon. Two ninth-grade girls--one in training to be a boxer--talk about how Mrs. Obama has emboldened them to be themselves. Here are some of the many facets of Michelle Obama as she continues to inspire us, a stirring reminder that the best of America once lived in the White House, embodied in one authentic, inclusive, and courageous woman.--Jacket flap.

Inside Camp David : the private world of the presidential retreat

November 20, 2017
Giorgione, Michael, author.
©2017
307 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The good ship Shangri-La -- Reporting for duty -- Living there -- Happy campers -- The spirit of Camp David -- The lonely sentry -- An unusual duty -- Pew one -- Guesthouse to the world -- Down the mountain -- Changing of the guard -- The true meaning of Camp David.
"Camp David is American diplomacy's secret weapon. The home of the 2015 GCC and 2012 G8 summits, the 2000 Peace Summit, and the 1978 Peace Accords, the camp has played a vital role in American history over the past century, inviting Presidents and international leaders alike to converge, converse, and, perhaps most importantly, relax. A peaceful mountaintop setting, crucially removed from the constant scrutiny of the press, Camp David has served as both a site of critical diplomacy and unparalleled tranquility. It is where President and Mrs. Reagan rode horses through the mountains, where Gerald Ford could take a moment to jump on a trampoline with his daughter, where Nixon rode shotgun with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, and where Jimmy Carter could find the ultimate flight-sledding-only to break his clavicle two weeks before the end of his tenure. Under the pressure and stress, it is easy to forget that those occupying the highest seat in the land are, at the end of the day, human but at Camp David, we finally get to see these leaders at their most vulnerable, their most unguarded, and as their most true selves."--Amazon.com

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