New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

July 12, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Obama : an oral history 2009-2017

July 11, 2018
Abrams, Brian (Journalist), author.
New York : Little A, [2018]
xviii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This provocative collage of anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and impressions from confidants and critics not only provides an authoritative window into the events that defined an era but also offers the first published account into the making of the forty-fourth president of the United States--one that history will soon not forget."--Back cover.

George and Barbara Bush : a great American love story

July 11, 2018
Sosa, Ellie LeBlond, author.
Camden, Maine : Down East Books, [2018]
xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
They meet -- Poppy -- Courting -- Phillips Academy -- Bar -- "I'm going in." -- Secret's safe -- Secret's out -- Halfway across the world -- Word from home -- A time for celebration -- Then there were three -- Promises of West Texas -- Friends, faith, and family -- Off they go! -- Driving head-first into the world of politics -- Distance, it's good for the heart -- Back in the races -- First couple -- FLFW & FFLFW -- Anchor to windward.
"To begin with I was in love and I am in love so that's not hard," Barbara Bush told her granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa on her porch in Kennebunkport, Maine. Sosa had asked for the secret to her and President George H.W. Bush's 77-year love affair that withstood World War II separation, a leap of faith into the oil fields of West Texas, the painful loss of a child, a political climb to the highest office, and after the White House, the transition back to a "normal" life. Through a lifetime's worth of letters, photographs, and stories, Sosa and coauthor Kelly Anne Chase paint the portrait of the enduring relationship of George and Barbara Bush. Sharing intimate interviews with the Bushes and family friends, this is a never-before-seen look into the private life of a very public couple.

From the corner of the oval

July 10, 2018
Dorey-Stein, Beck, author.
©2018
xix, 330 pages ; 25 cm
Guidelines for aspiring stenographers -- Prologue : this place -- Act I : 2011-2012 -- Act II : 2013 -- Act III : 2014 -- Act IV : 2015 -- Act V : 2016-2017 -- Epilogue : Send in the clowns.
"In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. For five years, Beck was a part of the elite team of men and women who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. She got to know everyone from the White House butler to the secret servicemen, advance team, speechwriters, photographers, and press secretaries, and on whirlwind trips across time zones, she forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travelers in the bubble--young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with one of the President's closest aides...who was already otherwise engaged... Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the compulsively readable story of a young woman finding friends, falling in love, getting her heart broken, finding her voice as a writer, and finding herself in the process"-- Provided by publisher.

The great revolt : inside the populist coalition reshaping American politics

June 28, 2018
Zito, Salena, author.
©2018
x, 309 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Hidden in plain sight -- Red-blooded and blue-collared -- Perot-istas -- Rough rebounders -- Girl gun power -- Rotary reliables -- King Cyrus Christians -- Silent suburban moms -- A culture craving respect -- Pragmatism before ideology -- Localism, not globalism -- What comes next.
"Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions--for Republicans and Democrats--for years to come. The history of the American electorate is not a litany of flukes; instead it is a pattern of tectonic plate-grinding, punctuated by a landscape-altering earthquake every generation or so. Donald Trump's electoral coalition is smashing both American political parties and its previously impenetrable political news media.The political experts called the 2016 election wrong and in the wake of the 2016 election surprise, the experts have continued to blow it - looking to predict the coming demise of the President without pausing to consider the durability of the trends and winds that swept him into office. The Great Revolt delves deep into the minds and hearts of the voters the make up this coalition. What emerges is a group of citizens who cannot be described by terms like "angry," "male," "rural," or the often-used "racist." They span job descriptions, income brackets, education levels, and party allegiances. What unites them is their desire to be part of a movement larger than themselves that puts pragmatism before ideology, localism before globalism, and demands the respect it deserve from Washington. Zito and Todd have traveled on over 27,000 miles of country roads to interview more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties. What they have discovered is that these voters were hiding in plain sight--ignored by both parties, the media, and the political experts all at once, ready to unite into the movement that spawned the greatest upset in recent electoral history. Deeply rooted in the culture of these Midwestern swing states, Zito and Brad Todd reframe the discussion of the "Trump voter" to answer the question: What next?"-- Provided by publisher.

The presidents and the pastime : the history of baseball and the White House

June 26, 2018
Smith, Curt, author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2018]
xvi, 469 pages,18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings: 1700s to Theodore Roosevelt,1901-1909 -- Power of Two: William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson, 1909-1921 -- Triple Play: Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover, 1921-1933 -- "The Champ" : Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945 -- The accidental President: Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 -- "From the Heart of America" : Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961 -- "The First Irish Brahmin" : John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963 -- Larger than life : Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969 -- Nixon's the one : Richard Nixon, 1969-1974 -- "Friendship, a perfect blendship!" : Gerald Ford, 1974-1977 -- From softball to hardball : Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981 -- The gipper : Ronald, Reagan, 1981-1989 -- The baseball lifer : George H.W. Bush, 1989-1993 -- Our man Bill : William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001 -- W. : George W. Bush, 2001-2009 -- The pioneer : Barack Obama, 2009-2017 -- The Donald and the game : Donald Trump, 2017-.
"An historical yet also anecdotal and episodic examination of the unique relationship between the U.S. presidency and America's national pastime"-- Provided by publisher.

The plot to destroy democracy : how Putin and his spies are undermining America and dismantling the West

June 22, 2018
Nance, Malcolm W., author.
©2018
viii, 344 pages ; 24 cm
section I. Cyber bears: Shots fired ; Reporting to Moscow ; Make Russia great again ; Putin's philosophy ; A rising Russia, a failing America -- section II. Bullets, lies, laptops, and spies: Active measures ; Fake news ; Internet Research Agency & Russian cyber weapons ; Hail Hydra! ; The axis of autocracy ; Operation GLOBAL GRIZZLY -- section III. America under seige...from within: Russia's American beachhead ; The American fifth column ; A treasonous aspect.

Yes we (still) can : politics in the age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

June 15, 2018
Pfeiffer, Dan, author.
©2018
xvii, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Started from the bottom -- How not to lose a campaign -- Telling the country and other tales of presidential communications -- Something pants-splittingly funny -- The new media wasteland -- Fighting fake news -- My beautiful, dark, twisted (White House) fantasy -- Fox (and friends) is destroying America -- The Republicans go off the deep end -- Tweeting while Rome burns -- From 1600 Penn to Keepin' it 1600 -- Advice you can believe in -- The 2016 campaign clusterfuck -- Thanks,Obama (seriously)
The former White House director of communications explores how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama administration and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

Lincoln's last trial : the murder case that propelled him to the presidency

June 12, 2018
Abrams, Dan, 1966- author.
©2018
287 pages, 26 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and which played out in the nation's newspapers as he began his presidential campaign. Lincoln's Last Trial captures the presidential hopeful's dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client--but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today. --Provided by publisher.

The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House

June 6, 2018
Rhodes, Benjamin J., 1977- author.
©2018
xx, 450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part one. Hope: 2007-2010 -- In the beginning -- Talk to Iran, get Bin Laden -- A community of fate -- The President is on board the aircraft -- Cairo -- Obama's war -- War and a peace prize -- The end of the beginning -- Part two. Spring: 2011-2012 -- Egypt: the transition must begin now -- Libya -- Bin Laden: life inside a secret -- Gathering clouds -- Reaction and action -- Life, death, and Benghazi -- A second term -- Young men wage war, old men make peace -- Part three. Change: 2013-2014 -- Clenched fists -- Red line -- Becoming a right-wing villain -- Race, Mandela, and Castro -- Russians and intervention -- Divine intervention -- Permanent war -- New beginnings -- Part four. What makes America great: 2015-2017 -- Tapping the brakes -- The antiwar room -- Bombs and children -- Havana -- The stories people tell about you -- The stories we tell -- Information wars -- The end.
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there--from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and--above all--Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

William Howard Taft

June 1, 2018
Rosen, Jeffrey, 1964- author.
©2018
xviii, 183 pages : portrait ; 22 cm.
Introduction : Judicial president and presidential chief justice -- "A judicial temperament" : the education of Judge Taft -- "We want Taft" : civil governor, secretary of war, and president-elect -- "The best tariff bill" : the president, tax reform, and free trade -- "Within the law" : the environment, monopolies, and foreign affairs -- "Popular unrest" : the election of 1912 and the battle for the Constitution -- "I love judges and I love courts" : chief justice at last -- Epilogue : Our constitutional president.
William Howard Taft never wanted to be president, but won resounding victory in the election of 1908 as Theodore Roosevelt's handpicked successor. The only man to serve as both president and chief justice on the Supreme Court, Taft played a crucial role in shaping how American balances populism against the rule of law. Rosen shows how Taft approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders' vision of limited government.

How Bernie won : inside the revolution that's taking back our country-- and where we go from here

May 18, 2018
Weaver, Jeff, author.
©2018
xx, 378 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The brilliant manager of Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign shows how Bernie took on the entire establishment and changed modern American politics for good.When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign. In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how Bernie sparked a movement that would sweep America and inspire millions. He vowed not to run a negative campaign. He would focus on policies, not personalities. He would not be beholden to big money. He would actually make America work for ordinary people. Weaver also shows how they overcame significant challenges: A media that thrived on negative campaigns. A party controlled by insiders. And a political system dependent on big money. Weaver explains how Bernie beat them all and, in doing so, went from having little national name recognition when he entered to the race to being one of the most respected and well-known people in the world by its end--because, Weaver argues, Bernie won the race. He moved the discussion from the concerns of the 1% to those of the 99%. He forced the Democrats to remember their populist roots. And he showed that an outsider with real ideas and ways to get them done could compete and win against the establishment's hand-picked candidate.From holding bags of "Bernie buttons" and picket-stick signs, to managing thousands of campaign workers, to looking ahead to 2020, Weaver chronicles the birth of a revolution that didn't end in November 2016. It's only just begun.

To end a presidency : the power of impeachment

May 17, 2018
Tribe, Laurence H., author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, 2018.
xxii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
Preface -- Why Impeachment? -- Impeachable Offenses -- To Impeach or Not to Impeach -- Congress, the Decider -- Impeachment Talk -- Impeachment, Incapacity, and Broken Politics.
"This is a book about ending presidencies through the power of impeachment. It's also a book about fighting for the US Constitution and the democracy it protects. As such, this book is a general exploration of law, history, and politics bearing on the exercise of the impeachment power in the US Constitution. Our goal is to identify general principles and frameworks that should govern any impeachment analysis, in each chapter identifying important recurring questions and proposing a framework for how to think about them"-- Provided by publisher.

When the center held : Gerald Ford and the rescue of the American presidency

May 17, 2018
Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- author.
New York : Free Press, 2018.
xvii, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A revealing political memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford is seen through the eyes of Donald Rumsfeld, Ford's former secretary of defense, chief of staff, and longtime personal confidant.

Barbara Bush : a memoir

May 9, 2018
Bush, Barbara, 1925-2018, author.
©1994
xx, 583 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"A Lisa Drew book."

Gaslighting America : why we love it when Trump lies to us

May 8, 2018
Carpenter, Amanda B., author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
269 pages ; 24 cm
Birthing a president -- Winning ugly -- #War -- Terrorized -- Inside job -- Burned -- The pledge -- Surrogate secrets -- Punch 'em in the face -- Kayfabe -- The cult of KEK -- Hacks -- Bimbo eruptions -- Lock her up -- President Trump -- Nixon's shadow.
In Gaslighting America, Carpenter breaks down Trump's formula, showing why it's practically foolproof, playing his victims, the media, the Democrats, and the Republican fence-sitters perfectly. She traces how this tactic started with Nixon, gained traction with Bill Clinton, and exploded under Trump.

Young Washington : how wilderness and war forged America's founding father

May 1, 2018
Stark, Peter, 1954- author.
©2018
xiii, 514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
A new, brash, and unexpected view of the president we thought we knew, from the bestselling author of Astoria. Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naive and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War--a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships. By weaving together Washington's harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

President Carter : the White House years

April 27, 2018
Eizenstat, Stuart, author.
©2018
xxi, 999 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates ; 25 cm
Part I: Into the White House. The 1976 campaign ; A perilous transition ; The making of the modern Vice President ; A new kind of First Lady ; The indispensable man -- Part II: Energy. The moral equivalent of war ; Energizing Congress ; The Senate graveyard ; Energy and the dollar at the Bonn summit ; Into the pork barrel, reluctantly -- Part III: The environment. An early interest ; The water wars ; Alaska forever wild, despite its senators -- Part IV: The economy. The great stagflation ; The consumer populist ; Saving New York and Chrysler -- Part V: Peace in the Middle East. The clash of peace and politics ; Sadat changes history ; Carter's triumph at Camp David ; A cold peace -- Part VI: Peace in the rest of the world. The Panama Canal and Latin America ; The Soviet Union ; Afghanistan -- Part VII: The unraveling: resignations and reshuffling. The "malaise" speech ; Resignations and reshuffling -- Part VIII: Iran. The rise of the Ayatollah ; The fall of the president -- Part IX: A catastrophic conclusion. "Where's the Carter bill, when we need it?" ; No good deed goes unpunished ; Are you better off ...? ; Final days.
"The definitive history of the Carter Administration from the man who participated in its surprising number of accomplishments--drawing on his extensive and never-before-seen notes. Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter's side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as Chief Domestic Policy Adviser. He was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as in many foreign policy ones. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, he draws on more than 7500 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time, to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president--and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works. Eizenstat reveals the grueling negotiations behind Carter's peace between Israel and Egypt, what led to the return of the Panama Canal, and how Carter made human rights a presidential imperative. He follows Carter's passing of America's first comprehensive energy policy, and his deregulation of the oil, gas, transportation, and communications industries. And he details the creation of the modern vice-presidency. Eizenstat also details Carter's many missteps, including the Iranian Hostage Crisis, because Carter's desire to do the right thing, not the political thing, often hurt him and alienated Congress. His willingness to tackle intractable problems, however, led to major, long-lasting accomplishments. This major work of history shows first-hand where Carter succeeded, where he failed, and how he set up many successes of later presidents"-- Provided by publisher.

The moralist : Woodrow Wilson and the world he made

April 26, 2018
O'Toole, Patricia, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xviii, 636 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 25 cm
Son of the South -- When a man comes to himself -- Ascent -- Against all odds -- A new freedom -- A president begins -- Lines of accommodation -- Our detached and distant situation -- Moral force -- A psychological moment -- Departures -- The general wreck -- At sea -- Moonshine -- Strict accountability -- Haven -- Dodging trouble -- The world is on fire -- Stumbling in the dark -- The mystic influence of the stars and stripes -- By a whisker -- Verge of war -- Decision -- The associate -- The right men -- One white-hot mass instinct -- Over here, over there -- So many problems per diem -- Defiance -- Final triumph -- Storm warning -- The fog of peace -- Settling the accounts -- Stroking the cat the wrong way -- Paralyzed -- Altogether an unfortunate mess -- Breaking the heart of the world -- Best of the second-raters -- Swimming upstream -- Epilogue.
"By the author of acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, a penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial US presidents, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). The Moralist is a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs."--Provided by publisher.

Rising star, setting sun : Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the presidential transition that changed America

April 24, 2018
Shaw, John, 1957- author.
©2018
xvi, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Chasing Hillary : ten years, two presidential campaigns, and one intact glass ceiling

April 23, 2018
Chozick, Amy, author.
©2018
x, 382 pages : illustration ; 24 cm

West Winging it : an un-presidential memoir

April 18, 2018
Cunnane, Pat, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
x, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Warehouse to the White House -- In the buffer -- Lower press -- 2012 -- Office politics -- Disaster casual -- The normals -- Interviews about nothing -- Friday the thirteenth -- Epilogue: ... of the end.
"A fresh and funny exclusive look into President Barack Obama's years in the White House, directly from his Senior Writer and former Director of Messaging"--Provided by publisher.

First ladies of the republic : Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the creation of an iconic American role

April 11, 2018
Abrams, Jeanne E., 1951- author.
New York : New York University Press, [2018]
312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: first ladies of the republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the forging of an American role -- Martha Washington: the road to the first ladyship -- Abigail and John Adams: the long apprenticeship to the White House -- Abigail Adams: the second first lady -- Dolley Madison: the first lady as "queen of America" -- Conclusion: the first ladyship launched.
"America's first First Ladies—Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison—had the challenging task of playing a pivotal role in defining the nature of the American presidency to a fledgling nation and to the world. In First Ladies of the Republic, Jeanne Abrams breaks new ground by examining their lives as a group. From their visions for the future of the burgeoning new nation and its political structure, to ideas about family life and matrimony, these three women had a profound influence on one another’s views as they created the new role of presidential spouse. Martha, Abigail and Dolley walked the fine line between bringing dignity to their lives as presidential wives, and supporting their husbands’ presidential agendas, while at the same time, distancing themselves from the behavior, customs and ceremonies that reflected the courtly styles of European royalty that were inimical to the values of the new republic. In the face of personal challenges, public scrutiny, and sometimes vocal criticism, they worked to project a persona that inspired approval and confidence, and helped burnish their husbands’ presidential reputations. The position of First Lady was not officially authorized or defined, and the place of women in society was more restricted than it is today. These capable and path-breaking women not only shaped their own roles as prominent Americans and 'First Ladies,' but also defined a role for women in public and private life in America."--Inside dust jacket.

Lady in red : an intimate portrait of Nancy Reagan

April 11, 2018
Tate, Sheila, 1942- author.
New York : Crown Forum, 2018.
xi, 237 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 22 cm
Elegance and style -- The boss -- The new First Lady -- Always an actress -- Just say no -- Protector in Chief -- The perfectionist -- Family ties -- Christmas at the White House -- The art lover -- Finding her voice -- Press contacts -- Diplomat in Chief -- Planes, trips, and weather reports -- Protecting Nancy -- Up close and personal -- Blame it on Nancy -- No better friend -- White House humor -- Searching for privacy -- Staff memories -- The long goodbye -- No words.
A collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of the influential First Lady. Compiled by a close confidante and former press secretary, sharing insights into her personal life, from her daily routines to her enduring influence in the Reagan White House.

The list : a week-by-week reckoning of Trump's first year

April 11, 2018
Siskind, Amy B., 1953- author.
©2018
xiv, 509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime."--Dust jacket.

Eunice : the Kennedy who changed the world

April 3, 2018
McNamara, Eileen, author.
©2018
xxiv, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Part one. In her parents' image. The middle child ; London ; From the Sacred Heart to Stanford University ; Dollar-a-year girl -- Part two. In her brothers' shadows. Juvenile delinquency ; Women in prison ; Chicago ; Consultant to the president -- Part three: In her own right. From Camp Shriver to Special Olympics ; An American in Paris ; Maternal feminism ; Protecting the present, seeding the future -- Epilogue.
"While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter, Eunice was hijacking her father's fortune and her brothers' political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the reason we no longer lock away children and adults with intellectual disabilities--that we educate them, employ them, and help them thrive. Her compassion was born of rage: at the medical establishment that had had no answers for her sister Rosemary, at her revered but dismissive father, whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons, and at a government that failed to deliver on America's promise of equality. In [this book], Pulitzer Prize-winner Eileen McNamara brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers' shadows to reveal an officious, cigar-smoking, fast-driving, indefatigable woman who was a shrewd player in the careers of lack, Bobby, and Ted, a complicated wife to Sargent, an oft-neglected daughter of Rose, and a fiercely devoted but emotionally aloof mother to her five children. Granted access to never-before-seen private papers, including the scrapbooks Eunice kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London, McNamara paints an extraordinary portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer-lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men."--Dust jacket.

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