New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

February 6, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dead presidents : an American adventure into the strange deaths and surprising afterlives of our nation's leaders

February 5, 2016
Carlson, Brady, author.
xii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Monument man -- Well-timed exits -- The first patient -- Farewell, Mr. President -- Death trips -- His good name -- Robots and sphinxes -- Unintended legacies -- Eternal flame -- The rest of the set -- Family reunion.
An entertaining exploration into the varied ways we remember and memorialize the American presidents. --Publisher

The golden lad : the haunting story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

February 5, 2016
Burns, Eric, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xv, 201 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Explores the relationship between president Theodore Roosevelt and his youngest and favorite son Quentin, who died in an air fight during the first World War.

Theodore Roosevelt in the field :

February 5, 2016
Canfield, Michael R., author.
Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
476 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Development of an identity -- First love -- The craft of the naturalist -- A thousand thoughts awakened -- Finding a home -- Persona into practice -- Tramping West -- The wilderness writer -- Into murderous thickets -- In tooth and claw -- The field president -- Return to the field -- African syzygy -- To the Amazon -- The democracy of the field.
"Draws extensively on the 26th President's field notebooks, diaries and letters to share insight into how Roosevelt's field expeditions shaped his character and political polices, covering his teen ornithology adventures, Badlands travels and safaris in Africa and South America,"--NoveList.

The firebrand and the First Lady : portrait of a friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice

February 4, 2016
Bell-Scott, Patricia, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xix, 454 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prelude: Camp Tera -- Taking aim at the White House, 1938-40 -- Bumping up against the law, 1940-42 -- Making friends with the First Lady, 1942-44 -- Standing up to life's challenges, 1944-45 -- Fashioning new lives, 1945-52 -- Drawing closer as friends, 1952-55 -- Fighting for a just world, 1956-59 -- Lighting the path for new activists, 1959-62 -- Speaking truth to the end, 1963-85.
"Describes the unlikely friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a granddaughter of a mixed race slave and a lesbian, who became a lawyer and civil rights pioneer, and the important work they each did, taking stands for justice and freedom,"--NoveList.

The senator from New England : the rise of JFK

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

Hillary Rodham Clinton : a woman living history

January 29, 2016
Blumenthal, Karen, author.
New York, NY : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
433 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Beginnings. Roots ; Groundwork ; Park Ridge ; Wellesley ; Making possible ; Yale ; Bill ; Courtship ; Children ; Nixon -- Arkansas. Fayetteville ; Lawyer ; Governor ; Comeback ; Mom ; Campaign ; President -- First Lady. Firsts ; Saint Hillary ; Whitewater ; Pink ; Eleanor Roosevelt ; Subpoena ; Reelection ; Lewinsky ; Impeachment ; New York -- Hillary. Senator ; War ; Candidate ; 2008 ; Secretary ; MOTB ; Benghazi ; 2016?.
Presents the life and career of Hilary Clinton, discussing her childhood in Illinois, her college and law school years, her life as First Lady, her time as a New York Senator, and her achievements as Secretary of State. --Publisher's description.

Republic of spin : an inside history of the American presidency

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

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

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

The president's first year : none were prepared, some never learned--why the only school for presidents is the presidency

January 27, 2016
Cohn, Douglas, author.
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2015.
vii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

George Washington's journey : the president forges a new nation

January 27, 2016
Breen, T. H.
xiii, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: untrodden ground: defining a new political culture -- The power of public opinion -- Inventing a new theater of politics -- The script: Washington's defense of the union -- Voices of the people -- The New England tour: triumphant moments -- Signs of trouble: the road south.

Ronald Reagan

January 15, 2016
Weisberg, Jacob.
New York, New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm
"Times Books."
Introduction: Surrounded by a wall of light -- Fact and fancy -- Sign before they change their minds -- The only voice for real liberals -- Living better electrically -- I've never played a governor -- You can call it mysticism -- I paid for that microphone -- The present crisis -- I think I made a friend -- The ash-heap of history -- They keep dying on me -- Morning again in America -- Why wait until the year 2000? -- The facts tell me -- Tear down this wall -- Conclusion: that's how I saw it.
"In the second half of the twentieth century, no American president defined his political era as did Ronald Reagan. He ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office from 1981 to 1989 were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict but moved in surprising new directions. Jacob Weisberg provides a bracing portrait of America's fortieth president and the ideas that animated his political career, offering a fresh psychological interpretation and showing that there was more to Reagan than the usual stereotypes. Reagan, he observes, was a staunch conservative but was also unafraid to compromise and cut deals where necessary. And Reagan espoused a firm belief, just as firm as his belief in small government and strong defense, that nuclear weapons were immoral and ought to be eliminated. Weisberg argues that these facets of Reagan were too often ignored in his time but reveal why his presidency turned out to be so consequential. In the years since Reagan left office, he has been cast in marble by the Republican Party and dismissed by the Democrats. Weisberg shows why we need to move past these responses if we wish truly to appreciate his accomplishments and his legacy."--From book jacket.

Last act : the final years and emerging legacy of Ronald Reagan

December 31, 2015
Shirley, Craig.
Nashville, Tennessee : Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2015]
xxxiii, 408 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword: "Ronald Reagan, the People's Choice" by Lou Cannon -- Preface: A Tide in the Affairs of Men -- Chapter 1 Mortal Coil -- Chapter 2 The Death of the Hired Man -- Chapter 3 To Bury Reagan -- Chapter 4 Rough Requiem -- Chapter 5 A Ranch in the Sky -- Chapter 6 Hoi Polloi v. Hoity-Toity -- Chapter 7 Assault on Jenkins Hill -- Chapter 8 Do We Not Hear the Chimes at Midday? -- Chapter 9 "Signal: Rawhide's Last Arrival" -- Chapter 10 A Prayer in Spring -- Author's Note -- Acknowledgments -- Note -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author.
"His name in American politics is more cited than any other president. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are radically different today, mainly as a result of Ronald Reagan and the force of his ideas. No twentieth century president shaped the American political landscape so profoundly. Craig Shirley's Last Act is the important final chapter in the life of Reagan that no one has thus far covered. It's the kind of book that widens our understanding of American history and of the presidency and the men who occupied it. To tell Reagan's story, Craig has secured the complete, exclusive, and enthusiastic support of the Reagan Foundation and Library and spent considerable time there reviewing sealed files and confidential information. Cast in a grand and compelling narrative style, Last Act contains interesting and heretofore untold anecdotes about Reagan, Mrs. Reagan, their pleasure at retirement, the onslaught of the awful Alzheimer's and how he and Mrs. Reagan dealt with the diagnosis, the slow demise, the extensive plans for a state funeral, the outpouring from the nation, which stunned the political establishment, the Reagan legacy, and how his shadow looms more and more over the Republican Party, Washington, the culture of America, and the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Fatal politics : the Nixon tapes, the Vietnam War, and the casualties of reelection

December 30, 2015
Hughes, Ken, 1964-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2015.
xii, 273 pages ; 24 cm

Man of destiny : FDR and the making of the American century

December 16, 2015
Hamby, Alonzo L.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
x, 500 pages ; 25 cm
Part I. Becoming FDR -- "The best people": family and identity, 1882-1896 -- Young gentleman: schooldays, 1896-1904 -- Eleanor and Franklin: marriage, family, job, 1904-1910 -- Insurgent progressive, 1910-1913 -- Riding in front: Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1913-1914 -- Armageddon: the Great War, 1914-1919 -- Victory in defeat, 1919-1921 -- Paralysis and philanthropy, 1921-1928 -- The young prince returns, 1922-1928 -- Chief executive: power in Albany, 1929-1932 -- Destiny calls: the quest for the presidency, January-July, 1932 -- Much to fear: election and interregnum, July, 1932-March, 1933 -- Part II. The New Deal -- Nothing to fear: creating a New Deal, March-July, 1933 -- Unlimited ambitions, limited achievement: the First New deal, July, 1933-November, 1934 -- Presidential government, the politics of maximum leadership, 1933-1934 -- Toward "a new order of things": origins of the Second New Deal, 1935 -- Rendezvous with destiny: the Second New Deal and the triumph of 1936 -- "Panic and lack of confidence": the economic and political consequences of the second hundred days, 1937-39 -- Part III. The world at war -- Winds of war, 1933-1939 -- Private plans and public danger, September, 1939-November, 1940 -- Undeclared war, December 7, 1940-December 7, 1941 -- Commander-in-chief of the United Nations, December, 1941-January, 1943 -- Dr. New Deal at bay: mobilization and mortality, 1942-44 -- War and diplomacy, February, 1943-June 1944 -- Indispensable man, June 6, 1944-November 7, 1944 -- The quest for a new world order, November 8, 1944-April 15, 1945 -- Epilogue: FDR and the american century.

The American president : from Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton

December 11, 2015
Leuchtenburg, William Edward, 1922-
New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xiv, 886 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft -- Woodrow Wilson -- Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- Harry Truman -- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- John F. Kennedy -- Lyndon B. Johnson -- Richard Nixon -- Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter -- Ronald Reagan -- George H. W. Bush -- Bill Clinton.
"The American President is an enthralling account of American presidential actions from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton's last night in office in January 2001. William Leuchtenburg, one of the great presidential historians of the century, portrays each of the presidents in a chronicle sparkling with anecdote and wit,"

Sir White House Chef

December 10, 2015
Seaton, Ronnie, author.
Monterey, California : Heritage Builders Publishing, 2015.
xii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Serving 5 presidents for over 32 years"--Dust jacket.
section 1. President Ronald Reagan -- section 2. President George H.W. Bush -- section 3. President William "Bill" Clinton -- section 4. President George W. Bush -- section 5. President Barack Obama.

The Washingtons : George and Martha, "join'd by friendship, crown'd by love"

December 8, 2015
Fraser, Flora.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xviii, 440 pages, 24 unnumbered plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Book one: The colonel and his lady, 1758-1775 -- Colonial colonel -- Dandridge's daughter -- North and south -- Mount Vernon, Fairfax County -- Family affairs -- Acts and associations -- Fevers and physicians -- The schooling of Jacky Custis -- Death and adjustment -- Continental Army -- Book two: The general and Lady Washington, 1775-1783 -- Taking command, 1775 -- Besieging Boston, 1775-1776 -- New York and Philadelphia, 1776 -- Retreat to the Delaware, 1776-1777 -- Morristown and Brandywine, 1777 -- Valley Forge, 1777-1778 -- Philadelphia and Middlebrook, New Jersey, 1778-1779 -- The hard winter: Morristown, 1779-1780 -- Home and headquarters, 1780-1781 -- Victory on the York and private grief, 1781 -- Uncertainty and disaffection, 1781-1783 -- Peace on the Hudson, 1783 -- Book three: After the war, 1784-1802 -- Mount Vernon, 1784-1786 -- Conventions and elections, 1787-1789 -- New York houses, 1789-1790 -- Market Street, Philadelphia, 1790-1793 -- Second term, 1793-1797 -- Retirement, 1797-1798 -- The death of a president, 1799 -- Dissolution, 1799-1802.
"A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of our country--and of the struggle for independence that he led"--Dust jacket flap.

The wilderness : deep inside the Republican Party's combative, contentious, chaotic quest to take back the White House

December 7, 2015
Coppins, McKay, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
x, 383 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part I: Exile -- Chapter One: The Exodus -- Chapter Two: The Bitmore Caucus -- Chapter Three: Battle Hymn of the Bleeding Heart Conservatives -- Chapter Four: The Coroners -- Chapter Five: Outreach -- Part II: Prophets -- Chapter Six: The Stand -- Chapter Seven: "It's Not You, It's Me" -- Chapter Eight: Daddy Issues -- Chapter Nine: The Chosen One -- Chapter Ten: All In -- Chapter Eleven: Gridlock -- Chapter Twelve: Seeing the Light -- Part III: Wandering -- Chapter Thirteen: Coalition Building -- Chapter Fourteen: Into the Fever Swamps -- Chapter Fifteen: Inner-City Education -- Chapter Sixteen: Double Blind in the Greenroom -- Chapter Seventeen: From Teacher's Pet to Troll -- Part IV: Promised Land -- Chapter Eighteen: Ball and Chain -- Chapter Nineteen: Midterms -- Chapter Twenty: Shock and Awe -- Chapter Twenty-One: Homeland Security -- Chapter Twenty-Two: The Crusade -- Chapter Twenty-Three: Donnybrook in Des Moines -- Chapter Twenty-Four: The Promised Land -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
"After the 2012 election, the GOP was in the wilderness. Lost and in disarray. And doggedly determined to do whatever it took to get back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. McKay Coppins has had unparalleled access to Republican presidential candidates, power brokers, lawmakers, and Tea Party leaders. Based on more than 300 interviews, The Wilderness is the book that [examines] the party like never before: the deep passions, larger-than-life personalities, and dagger-sharp power plays behind the scenes"--Dust jacket flap.

The triumph of William McKinley : why the election of 1896 still matters

December 1, 2015
Rove, Karl, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Sense of duty -- Early beginnings -- Political apprenticeship -- Rise and fall -- Three steps closer, one step back -- Resurrection -- The Major's war plan -- Audacious first strike -- The people against the bosses -- Democrats fall apart -- Maneuvering -- The battles begin -- McKinley gains traction -- High stakes in Springfield -- Last-minute attacks before St. Louis -- Battle for an idea -- Credentials and currency fights -- GOP Convention -- Republicans' shaky start -- The silver edge -- The logic of the situation -- Cross of gold -- Change course or fail -- Three revolts -- The front-porch campaign -- Message for the workingman -- Closing arguments -- Coercion and farm prices -- McKinley's triumph.
Examines "President William McKinley, whose 1896 campaign ended a bitter period of political gridlock and reformed and modernized his party, thereby creating a governing majority that dominated American politics for the next thirty-six years"

Destiny and power : the American odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

November 11, 2015
Meacham, Jon.
xxiv, 836 pages, 32 unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), 25 cm
Part I. A vanished universe, Beginnings to 1942 -- Part II. War and marriage, 1942 to 1948 -- Part III. Texas and tragedy, 1948 to 1966 -- Part IV. The wars of Washington, 1966 to 1977 -- Part V. The age of Reagan, 1977 to 1989 -- Part VI. The awesome responsibility, 1989 to 1993 -- Part VII. In the twilight, 1993 to 2016.
"In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush's personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics. With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush's candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it. From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first"--Provided by publisher.

Lady Bird and Lyndon : the hidden story of a marriage that made a president

October 30, 2015
Caroli, Betty Boyd.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 463 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bird learns to fly -- Mama's boy -- Getting out of Karnak, with the right man -- More than "electric going" -- Becoming a priceless political partner -- Network builder -- CEO and finance manager -- Crucial campaigner and marketer -- "A wonderful, wonderful wife" -- Struggling with balance and momentum -- Outshining her husband -- Presidential partnering -- Teaming up for the big win -- Linchpin in the launch of the Great Society -- Beautification: a legacy of Bird's own -- War clouds -- Outlandish LBJ -- Wrapping up "our" presidency -- Calming anchor for a "holy terror" -- Flying solo.

Before the oath : how George W. Bush and Barack Obama managed a transfer of power

October 29, 2015
Kumar, Martha Joynt, author.
xi, 316 pages ; 23 cm
"Having watched from a front row seat as many incumbent and electoral campaign presidential teams managed administration transitions, Martha Kumar was struck by how productively the Bush and Obama teams worked together to effect a smooth transition of power in 2008. She has reflected upon what made the transition so effective, and wonders if it could be a model for future incoming and outgoing administrations. This book focuses on the preparations made by President Bush's transition team as well as those by Senators Obama and McCain as one administration exited and the other entered the White House. Using this recent transition as a lens through which to examine the presidential transition process, Kumar simultaneously outlines the congressional legislation that paved the way for this distinctive transition and interweaves comparative examples from previous administrative transitions going back to Truman-to-Eisenhower. She evaluates the early and continuing actions by the General Services Administration to plan and set up transition offices; the work on financial disclosure issues handled by the Office of Government Ethics; and the Office of Management and Budget's preparatory work. In this fascinating historical and contemporary vivisection of presidential transitions, Kumar maps out, in the words of former NSA advisor General James L. Jones, the characteristics of a smooth "glide path" for presidential campaign staffs and their administrations"-- Provided by publisher.

Under this roof : the White House and the presidency-- 21 presidents, 21 rooms, 21 inside stories

October 13, 2015
Brandus, Paul, author.
viii, 287 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
John Adams: A Benediction for the Furute : The State Dining Room -- Thomas Jefferson: The Lewis & Clark Expedition : The President's Library -- James and Dolly Madison : The Burning of the White House : The Queen's Sitting Room, State Dining Room -- James Monroe: The Monroe Doctrine : The Oval Room -- Andrew Jackson: The Nullification Crisis : The East Room -- John Tyler: Ten Funerals and a Wedding : The East Room -- James K. Polk: Five Presidents, One War : The President's Office -- Abraham Lincoln: The Gettysburg Address : The Shop -- Ulysses S. Grant: The Secret Swearing In : The Red Room -- Rutherford Hayes: The Wired White House : The Telegraph Room -- William McKinley: The Spanish-American War : The War Room -- Theodore Roosevelt: The Dawn of the American Century : The West Wing -- Woodrow Wilson: The Secret Illness : The President's Bedroom -- Warren G. Harding: Scandals Galore : The Yellow Oval Room -- Calvin Coolidge: The Roaring Twenties : The Sky Parlor -- Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Fireside Chats : The Diplomatic Reception Room -- Harry Truman: "The Moon, the Stars, and All the Planets" : The Rebuilding of the White House -- John F. Kennedy: The Blood Red Carpet : The Oval Office -- Richard Nixon: The Enemy Within : The Briefing Room -- Ronald Reagan: Lights, Camera, Action : The Family Theater -- Barack Obama: The bin Laden Raid : The Situation Room -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index -- About the Author.

The age of Clinton : America in the 1990s

October 7, 2015
Troy, Gil, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Prologue : "Lost in the funhouse" : how Bill Clinton invented the Nineties -- 1990 : Houston : Cowboy cosmopolitanism and the end of history? -- 1991 : Philadelphia : "You just don't get it" : from the "new world order" to domestic disorder -- 1992 : Little Rock : "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" : Bubba, Billary, and the rise of the adversarials -- 1993 : Washington, D.C. : "We must care for one another" : Clinton's learning curve -- 1994 : Seattle : the new nihilism in the Coffee Capital, and renewed Republicanism in the nation's capital -- 1995 : Oklahoma City : "Their legacy must be our lives" : the Claw-Back Kid finds windows of opportunity -- 1996 : Alphabet City, New York : "Take me or leave me" : cultural salvoes from Blue America -- 1997 : Silicon Valley : "Think different" : the everyday wizardry of everything and everywhere machines -- 1998 : Beverly Hills, 90210 : the Great American Moral Panic -- 1999 : Chicago : Finding forgiveness in the Church of Oprah -- 2000 : Miami : "The purpose of prosperity" : dilemmas of multiculturalism and hedonism in America's pleasure capital -- 2001 : "Let's roll" : America the function under attack.
"The 1990s was a decade of extreme change. Seismic shifts in culture, politics, and technology radically altered the way Americans did business, expressed themselves, and thought about their role in the world. At the center of it all was Bill Clinton, the talented, charismatic, and flawed Baby Boomer president and his controversial, polarizing, but increasingly popular wife Hillary. Although it was in many ways a Democratic Gilded Age, the final decade of the twentieth century was also a time of great anxiety. The Cold War was over, America was safe, stable, free, and prosperous, and yet Americans felt more unmoored, anxious, and isolated than ever. Having lost the script telling us our place in the world, we were forced to seek new anchors. This was the era of glitz and grunge, when we simultaneously relished living in the Republic of Everything even as we feared it might degenerate into the Republic of Nothing. Bill Clinton dominated this era, a man of passion and of contradictions both revered and reviled, whose complex legacy has yet to be clearly defined.In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy examines Clinton's presidency alongside the cultural changes that dominated the decade. By taking the '90s year-by-year, Troy shows how the culture of the day shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped it. In so doing, he offers answers to two of the enduring questions about Clinton's legacy: how did such a talented politician leave Americans thinking he accomplished so little when he actually accomplished so much? And, to what extent was Clinton responsible for the catastrophes of the decade that followed his departure from office, specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the housing market? Even more relevant as we head toward the 2016 election, The Age of Clinton will appeal to readers on both sides of the aisle"-- Provided by publisher.

Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration

October 6, 2015
Locker, Ray, author.
xii, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Taking the gamble. Origins ; Nixon takes charge (1969) ; First moves (1969) ; The secret wiretaps (1969) ; The military's harsh awakening (1969) ; Cooking intelligence with SALT (1969-1970) ; The Cambodia sideshow (1970) ; Nixon's war with the FBI (1970) ; Chile (1970) ; Laos and other crises (1970-1971) ; China (1971) ; Pentagon papers and FBI (1971) ; India-Pakistan (1971) ; Triumphs (1972) ; Watergate and early cover-up (1972) -- The unraveling. Early 1973 ; May 1973 ; The White House tapes ; Spy ring cover-up (1973-1974) ; Impeachment (1974).
"After taking the Oath of Office, Richard Nixon announced that 'government will listen ... Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in' and signed National Security Decision Memorandum 2. Using years of research and newly released NSC and administration documents, Ray Locker upends conventional wisdom about the Nixon presidency and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values; and sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today"-- Provided by publisher.

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