New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

November 12, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

Don't tell me to wait : how the fight for gay rights changed America and transformed Obama's presidency

October 5, 2015
Eleveld, Kerry, author.
New York, NY : Basic Books, [2015]
xvi, 349 pages ; 24 cm
"As former Advocate journalist Kerry Eleveld shows, Obama's support transformed the issue of gay rights from a political liability into an electoral imperative, and in Don't Tell Me to Wait she offers a boots-on-the-ground account of how gay rights activists pushed the president to this political tipping point. Obama's "evolution" on marriage equality was not the result of a benevolent politician who entered the Oval Office with a wealth of good intentions. Rather, pressure from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists changed the conversation, issue by issue. As a result of the protests and outcry following the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban, Obama realized that overturning the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was the one 2008 campaign promise he couldn't ignore. While pledges to other progressive constituencies fell apart during Obama's first two years in office, the LGBT rights movement protested the administration's fecklessness early and often. By the time the sun set on the 111th Congress, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal had become the sole piece of major progressive legislation to become law. The repeal's overwhelming success and popularity paved the way for other LGBT advances, including the president's eventual embrace of the freedom to marry"-- Provided by publisher.

The Nixon tapes : 1973

September 21, 2015
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
xxi, 819 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes indexes.
January-February -- March -- April -- May -- June-July.
"A selection of transcribed audio recordings from 1973 covers Nixon and Kissinger's private knowledge of flaws in the 1973 Vietnam peace agreement and the early warnings about the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East,"--Novelist.

Fracture : Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the racial divide

September 11, 2015
Reid, Joy-Ann Lomena, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
xiii, 367 pages ; 24 cm
1964 -- All in the family -- The third way -- The "first Black President" -- Kanye -- Hope and change -- Father's Day -- Post-racial -- Backlash -- Victory -- Fracture.
"Barack Obama's speech on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches should have represented the culmination of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial unity. Yet, in Fracture, MSNBC national correspondent Joy-Ann Reid shows that, despite the progress we have made, we are still a nation divided--as seen recently in headline-making tragedies such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore.With President Obama's election, Americans expected an open dialogue about race but instead discovered the irony of an African American president who seemed hamstrung when addressing racial matters, leaving many of his supporters disillusioned and his political enemies sharpening their knives. To understand why that is so, Reid examines the complicated relationship between Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and how their varied approaches to the race issue parallel the challenges facing the Democratic party itself: the disparate parts of its base and the whirl of shifting allegiances among its power players--and how this shapes the party and its hopes of retaining the White House. Fracture traces the party's makeup and character regarding race from the civil rights days to the Obama presidency. Filled with key political players such as Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, and Al Sharpton, it provides historical context while addressing questions arising as we head into the next national election: Will Hillary Clinton's campaign represent an embrace of Obama's legacy or a repudiation of it? How is Hillary Clinton's stand on race both similar to and different from Obama's, or from her husband's? How do minorities view Mrs. Clinton, and will they line up in huge numbers to support her--and what will happen if they don't? Veteran reporter Joy-Ann Reid investigates these questions and more, offering breaking news, fresh insight, and experienced insider analysis, mixed with fascinating behind-the-scenes drama, to illuminate three of the most important figures in modern political history, and how race can affect the crucial 2016 election and the future of America itself"-- Provided by publisher.

Return to sender : unanswered letters to the President, 2001-2015

August 11, 2015
Nader, Ralph.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision. Each letter offers frank advice and shines light on government mishaps and missed opportunities for progress. With his signature dry wit, Nader holds these presidents to their campaign promises. He also boldly points to the ignoble and sometimes heinous decisions made in pursuit of party platforms and misguided ideals. Covering a range of still-current topics--including the Iraq War, torture, the Crimean annexation, the minimum wage, worker's health legislation, and corporatism--these letters were wholesale ignored on receipt. Here they are reproduced to refute that fate in the spirit of true and healthy democracy"-- Provided by publisher.

The queen : the epic ambition of Hillary and the coming of a second "Clinton era"

August 3, 2015
Hewitt, Hugh, 1956-
New York : Center Street, 2015.
314 pages ; 22 cm
"Machiavelli's 'The Prince'--addressed to his political rivals--has proven to be the most influential book on power politics since it was published 500 years ago. Now comes a successor to that work from a preeminent conservative journalist, analyst, and law professor addressed to Hillary Clinton, which lays out how she can win the White House in 2016, while warning all readers--left, right and center--why that victory would be ruinous to the nation."--Jacket.

The President and the apprentice : Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961

July 21, 2015
Gellman, Irwin F.
xviii, 791 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
More than half a century after Eisenhower left office, the history of his presidency is so clouded by myth, partisanship, and outright fraud that most people have little understanding of how Ike's administration worked or what it accomplished. We know-or think we know-that Eisenhower distrusted his vice president, Richard Nixon, and kept him at arm's length; that he did little to advance civil rights; that he sat by as Joseph McCarthy's reckless anticommunist campaign threatened to wreck his administration; and that he planned the disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. None of this is true. This book reveals a different Eisenhower, and a different Nixon. Ike trusted and relied on Nixon, sending him on many sensitive overseas missions. Eisenhower, not Truman, desegregated the military. Eisenhower and Nixon, not Lyndon Johnson, pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 through the Senate. Eisenhower was determined to bring down McCarthy and did so.

The house tells the story : homes of the American presidents

July 15, 2015
Van Doren, Adam, 1962- author.
Boston : David R. Godine Publisher, 2015.
189 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 x 32 cm
Map on lining papers.
Foreword by David McCullough -- Introduction -- Springwood, Hyde Park, New York Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, New York Teddy Roosevelt -- Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia Thomas Jefferson -- Mount Vernon, Virginia George Washington -- Peacefield, Quincy, Massachusetts John Adams / John Quincy Adams -- Walker's Point, Kennebunkport, Maine George H. W. Bush -- Woodrow Wilson Home, Washington DC Woodrow Wilson -- John F. Kennedy House, Brookline, MA Joe and Rose Kennedy Home, Hyannis Port, MA John F. Kennedy -- Wheatland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania James Buchanan -- Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont Calvin Coolidge -- Lindenwald, Kinderhook, New York Martin Van Buren -- Harry Truman Home, Independence, Missouri Harry S. Truman -- Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford, Texas George W. Bush -- Jimmy Carter Historic Site, Plains, Georgia Jimmy Carter -- Epilogue: The White House, Washington DC -- Brief Biographies of the Presidents -- A Gallery of Presidents' Homes -- Acknowledgments.
Pre-eminent historian David McCullough and noted artist Adam Van Doren unite for an excursion to the celebrated homes of fifteen American presidents, past and present.

A full life : reflections at ninety

July 2, 2015
Carter, Jimmy, 1924- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
257 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Archery and the race issue -- Navy years -- Back to Georgia -- Atlanta to Washington -- Life in the White House -- Issues mostly resolved -- Problems still pending -- Back home.
In this autobiography, President Carter "tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world"

Julia and Ulys : the childhood, courtship, and marriage of General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant

June 22, 2015
Lambert, Lois J., author.
xiv, 206 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.
"Volume I of the series The Generals' ladies."
Environs of childhood: Missouri -- Environs of childhood: Ohio -- The courtship -- The marriage of Ulysses and Julia -- A long separation -- Farewell to Army life -- Threats of war.
"The attraction of this couple may appear to the casual observer as the most unlikely of relationships. They experienced quite different circumstances, which included wildly diverse economic and social conditions as well as polar opposite political views during their childhood and developmental years. The prospect of theirs ever being one of the most deep and devoted love stories of the time would have seemed to most observers as highly unlikely, if not impossible. Through all their challenges--financial reversals, the Civil War, and the great responsibilities Grant faced on the field of battle, their unwavering love for and devotion to each other held firm."--Publisher's description.

One man against the world : the tragedy of Richard Nixon

June 19, 2015
Weiner, Tim.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xi, 369 pages : illustration ; 25 cm

Being Nixon : a man divided

June 11, 2015
Thomas, Evan, 1951-
New York : Random House, 2015.
xv, 619 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The fatalistic optimist -- Part I. The striver -- Lives of great men remind us -- Pat and Dick -- The greenest congressman -- Rock 'em, sock 'em -- Checkers -- "El gringo tiene cajones" -- Jack -- Over the wall we go -- The new Nixon -- October surprise -- Part II. At the mountaintop -- "He loves being P!" -- Statesman and mad man -- "Need for joy" -- Silent majority -- The movie goer -- Hippies and hardhats -- Department of dirty tricks -- Father of the bride -- "Blow the safe" -- Part III. The fall -- Big plays -- Speak quietly -- Triumph and tragedy -- "An exciting prospect" -- Peace at last -- Ides of March -- Praying not to wake up -- Saturday Night Massacre -- "I hope I haven't let you down" -- "Richard! Wake up!" -- Elder statesman -- Epilogue: Rise again.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

May 13, 2015
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

Reagan : the life

May 8, 2015
Brands, H. W.
New York : Doubleday, [2015].
805 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prairie idyll : 1911-1934 -- The golden west : 1935-1962 -- A time for choosing : 1962-1980 -- Heroic dreams : 1980-1983 -- A worthy adversary : 1984-1986 -- The frosty Iceland air : 1986-1988 -- A ranch in the sky : 1989-2004.
"From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling biographer H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the first full life of Ronald Reagan since his death. Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, H. W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the twentieth century. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty. Reagan sought to restore democracy by bolstering capitalism. In Brands's telling, how Reagan, who voted four times for FDR, engineered a conservative transformation of American politics is both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. In Hollywood, Reagan edged closer to public service as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild, before a stalled film career led to his unlikely reinvention as the voice of General Electric and a spokesman for corporate America. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. Brands employs archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era"-- Provided by publisher.

American warlords : how Roosevelt's high command led America to victory in World War II

May 6, 2015
Jordan, Jonathan W., 1967-
New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
xvi, 607 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"New powers of destruction" ; Three minutes ; "The hand that held the dagger" ; "Fewer and better Roosevelts" ; The New Deal war ; "One-fifty-eight" ; The parable of the garden hose ; Inching into war ; Beggars banquet ; Last stand of the old guard ; Year of the snake ; Kido butai -- Part two: A new doctor. Kicking over anthills ; "Do your best to save them" ; "O.K. F.D.R." ; "There are times when men have to die" ; "Inter arma silent leges" ; Rolling in the deep ; Sharks and lions ; "Lights of perverted science" ; Midway's glow ; "The burned child dreads fire" ; Chairman of the Board ; Along the watchtower ; Girdles, beer, and coffee ; The devil's bridge ; "Hollywood and the Bible" ; "A war of personalities" ; Blind spots ; Stickpins ; The first casualty ; Landings, Luzon, and Lady Lex ; "A vital difference of faith" ; Plains of Abraham ; The indispensable man ; "Dirty baseball" ; Vinegar Joe and Peanut's wife ; A Russian uncle ; Reno and granite ; "Considerable sob stuff" ; Sorrows of war ; "Dr. Win-the-War" ; Halcyon plus five ; Hatfields and McCoys ; Mr. Catch ; Trampling out the vintage ; Old wounds ; Voltaire's battalions ; Counting stars ; The tsarina's bedroom ; "O captain" -- Part three: Swords, plowshares, and atoms. Truman ; Downfall ; "Come and see" ; "This is a peace warning".
The story of the greatest "team of rivals" since the days of Lincoln. In a lifetime shaped by politics, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved himself a master manipulator. But when war in Europe and Asia threatened America's shores, FDR found himself in a world turned upside down, where his friends became his foes, his enemies his allies. To help wage democracy's first "total war," he turned to one of history's most remarkable triumvirates. Henry Stimson, an old-money Republican from Long Island, rallied to FDR's banner to lead the Army as Secretary of War, and championed innovative weapons that shape our world today. General George C. Marshall argued with Roosevelt over grand strategy, but he built the world's greatest war machine and willingly sacrificed his dream of leading the invasion of Europe that made his protégé, Dwight Eisenhower, a legend. Admiral Ernest J. King, a hard-drinking, irascible fighter who "destroyed" Pearl Harbor in a prewar naval exercise, understood how to fight Japan, but he also battled the Army, the Air Force, Douglas MacArthur, and his British allies as they moved armies and fleets across the globe. These commanders threw off sparks whenever they clashed: generals against politicians, Army versus Navy--but during four years of bitter warfare, FDR's lieutenants learned to set aside deep personal, political, and professional differences and pull a nation through the twentieth century's darkest days.--From publisher description.

First ladies : presidential historians on the lives of 45 iconic American women

April 22, 2015
New York : PublicAffairs, [2015]
xxi, 462 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Martha Dandridge Washington / Patricia Brady, Richard Norton Smith -- Abigail Smith Adams / Edith Gelles, C. James Taylor -- Martha Wayles Jefferson / Catherine Allgor, William Seale -- Dolley Payne Madison / Catherine Allgor, Edith Mayo -- Elizabeth Kortright Monroe / Daniel Preston, Richard Norton Smith -- Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams / Amanda Mathews, Richard Norton Smith -- Rachel Donelson Jackson / Patricia Brady, Michael Henderson -- Hannah Hoes Van Buren / Patricia Brady, Michael Henderson -- Anna Symmes Harrison / Edith Mayo, Edna Greene Medford -- Letitia Christian Tyler, Julia Gardiner Tyler / Edna Greene Medford, Taylor Stoermer -- Sarah Childress Polk / Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt -- Margaret Smith Taylor / Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt -- Abigail Powers Fillmore / Paul Finkelman, Conover Hunt -- Jane Appleton Pierce / Ann Covell -- Harriet Lane / Ann Covell, Feather Schwartz Foster -- Mary Todd Lincoln / Richard Norton Smith, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn -- Eliza McCardle Johnson / Jacqueline Berger, Kendra Hinkle -- Julia Dent Grant / Pamela Sanfilippo, William Seale -- Lucy Webb Hayes / Allida Black, Tom Culbertson -- Lucretia Rudolph Garfield / Carl Sferrazza Anthony -- Ellen Herndon Arthur / Carl Sferrazza Anthony -- Frances Folsom Cleveland / Annette Dunlap, Taylor Stoermer -- Caroline Scott Harrison / Edith Mayo, William Seale -- Ida Saxton McKinley / Carl Sferrazza Anthony, Richard Norton Smith -- Edith Carow Roosevelt / Stacy Cordery, Kathleen Dalton -- Helen Herron Taft / Jane Hampton Cook, Lewis Gould -- Ellen Axson Wilson, Edith Bolling Wilson / John Milton Cooper, Kristie Miller -- Florence Kling Harding / David Pietrusza, Katherine Sibley -- Grace Goodhue Coolidge / Cyndy Bittinger, Amity Shlaes -- Lou Henry Hoover / Emily Charnock, Annette Dunlap -- Anna Eleanor Roosevelt / Allida Black, Douglas Brinkley -- Elizabeth (Bess) Wallace Truman / Nicole Anslover, William Seale -- Mamie Doud Eisenhower / Marilyn Irvin Holt, Edith Mayo -- Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy / Michael Beschloss, Barbara Perry -- Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson / Betty Boyd Caroli, Cokie Roberts -- Patricia Ryan Nixon / Mary Brennan, Timothy Naftali -- Elizabeth (Betty) Bloomer Ford / Richard Norton Smith -- Rosalynn Smith Carter / Jay Hakes, Grace Hale -- Nancy Davis Reagan / Carl Cannon, Judy Woodruff -- Barbara Pierce Bush / Jeffrey Engle, Myra Gutin -- Hillary Rodham Clinton / David Maraniss, Gail Sheehy -- Laura Welch Bush / Ann Gerhart, Mark Updegrove -- Michelle Robinson Obama / Liza Mundy, Krissah Thompson.

The Presidents and UFOs : a secret history from FDR to Obama

April 14, 2015
Holcombe, Larry.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2015]
xvi, 334 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
The beginning : the Roosevelt and Truman administrations -- First contact? : the Eisenhower administration : shifting the paradigm of power -- the great conspiracy theory : the Kennedy administration -- Leader for space : the Johnson administration -- Plan for disclosure : the Nixon administration -- Swamp gas : the Ford administration -- Presidential sighting and NASA : the Carter administration -- JAL flight 1628 : the Hudson Valley sightings : the Reagan administration -- The Belgian save and STS-48 : the George H.W. Bush administration -- The Rockefeller Initiative : the Clinton administration -- Stephenville UFO and the Crawford White House : the George W. Bush administration -- The Podesta factor : the Obama administration -- The abduction phenomenon -- Final thoughts -- Appendix A. Truman-Forrestal memo authorizing Majestic-12 Group -- Appendix B. Eisenhower briefing document -- Appendix C. cutler-Twining memo following the Washington, D.C., flap on July 12, 1952 -- Appendix D. The Special Operations Manual -- Appendix E. The Bowen manuscript -- Appendix F. The Burned Memo referencing "Lancer," JFK's code name -- Appendix G. The most chilling of the Burned Memo documents -- Appendix H. Letter from Donald Keyhoe to President Johnson -- Appendix I. FBI memo on Frances Swan and her channeling with AFFA -- Appendix J. Letter from Air Force information officer Albert Chop, reproduced on the back cover of "Flying saucers from outer space."
"The UFO enigma has been part of our culture since the 1940s and building to a worldwide explosion of acceptance today. Now, as governments around the world open their files and records on internal UFO investigations, the US remains steadfast in its denial of interest in the UFO issue. As more of the world's population accepts the possibility of an extraterrestrial presence, the demand is building for disclosure from the United States. Using newly declassified and Freedom of Information Act documents, eyewitness accounts, interviews, and leaked documents being authenticated, THE PRESIDENTS AND UFOS details the secret history of UFOs and the corresponding presidential administration. Starting in 1941 with the Roosevelt administration, author Larry Holcombe examines the startling discoveries facing a president preoccupied by WWII, the explosion of UFO sightings during the Truman years, first contact during the Eisenhower administration, and the possibility of a UFO connection to the Kennedy assassination. In 1975, the Nixon administration came very close to admitting that UFOs exist by funding a documentary by Robert Emenegger. Almost 40 years later, this book will examine Emenegger's findings. For the first time, the involvement of all of the modern presidents up to and including President Obama, and the rise and then fall of their influence on UFO issues, are told in one story that is an integral part of the fascinating UFO tapestry"-- Provided by publisher.

Presidents in crisis : tough decisions inside the White House from Truman to Obama

April 9, 2015
Bohn, Michael K.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2015]
xxviii, 333 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public-and especially the news media and political opponents-expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option. In Presidents in Crisis, a former director of the Situation Room takes the reader inside the White House during seventeen grave international emergencies handled by the presidents from Truman to Obama: from North Korea's invasion of South Korea to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, and from the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the taking of American diplomats hostage in Iran and George W. Bush's response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. In narratives that convey the drama of unfolding events and the stakes of confrontation when a misstep can mean catastrophe, he walks us step by step through each crisis. Laying out the key players and personalities and the moral and political calculations that the leaders have had to make, he provides a fascinating insider's look at modern presidential decision making and the fundamental role in it of human frailty. "-- Provided by publisher.

The residence : inside the private world of the White House

April 7, 2015
Brower, Kate Andersen.
New York : Harper, [2015]
x, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Controlled chaos -- Discretion -- Devotion -- Extraordinary demands -- Dark days -- Sacrifice -- Race and the residence -- Backstairs gossip and mischief -- Growing up in the White House -- Heartbreak and hope.

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