New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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

May 18, 2018
Weaver, Jeff, author.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Andrew Jackson : the making of America

March 15, 2018
Kanefield, Teri, 1960- author.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: a mob in the White House -- A brutal boyhood -- Head of all the rowdies -- Romance on the frontier -- Congressman Jackson -- Justice, Jackson style -- The beat of the war drum -- The Battle of New Orleans -- The corrupt bargain -- Demagogue or passionate patriot? -- The Indian Removal Act -- Who decides? -- Jackson's war with the bank -- Nullification -- Legacy.

Russian roulette : the inside story of Putin's war on America and the election of Donald Trump

March 15, 2018
Isikoff, Michael, author.
New York : Twelve, 2018.
xi, 339 pages ; 24 cm
"Mr. Putin would like to meet Mr. Trump." -- "We did not recognize the degree it would tick Putin off." -- "Are we here because Clinton texted us?" -- "You don't know me, but I'm working on a troll farm." -- "This is the new version of Watergate." -- "Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it." -- "He's been a Russian stooge for fifteen years." -- "How the fuck did he get on the list?" -- "If it's what you say I love it." -- "WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead." -- "I have to report this to headquarters." -- "As for the Ukraine amendment, excellent work." -- "Next they're going to put polonium in my tea." -- "We've been told to stand down." -- "He's got me as the fall guy." -- "Does it even matter who hacked this data?" -- "It also could be somebody sitting on their bed who weighs four hundred pounds, OK?" -- "Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities." -- "We've been ratfucked." -- "This is the real reset of the Western world." -- "We got a sinking feeling .... It looked like a season of Homeland." -- Afterword: "Please, my God, can't you stop this?"
"The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election. The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no 'third-rate burglary.' It was far more sophisticated and sinister--a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle--including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn--and Russia. Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?"--Dust jacket.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

March 12, 2018
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

Movie nights with the Reagans : a memoir

March 2, 2018
Weinberg, Mark (Communications consultant), author.
xxiv, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 23 cm
Introduction. Nancy Reagan's last good-bye -- 9 to 5: the film that made the Reagans angry and propelled a First Lady's crusade -- Oh, God! Book II: the film that starred one of the Reagans' dearest Hollywood friends, who modeled how to joke about old age -- Raiders of the Lost Ark: the film that revealed the President's greatest Hollywood regret -- On Golden Pond: the film that hit close to home -- Chariots of Fire: the film that inspired a President -- E.T. the Extra-terrestrial: the film that made the Reagans cry -- Return of the Jedi and Wargames: the films that stirred the President's imagination -- Curse of the Pink Panther: the film that revealed Reagan's biggest disappointment -- A golden oldie--Bedtime for Bonzo: the film that helped define a career -- Ghostbusters: the film that energized the 1984 campaign -- Back to the Future: the film that left us speechless -- Anti-communist films--Rocky IV, Reds, and Red Dawn: the films that set the tone for an era -- Top Gun: the film that became a touchstone for the Reagan years -- Knute Rockne All-American: the film that created a political legend -- The Untouchables: the film that echoed one of Reagan's lifelong missions -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off: the film that reminded the Reagans of yesterday -- Hellcats of the Navy: the film they starred in together.
"Former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan shares an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency--told through the movies they watched together during weekends at Camp David. Over the course of eight years, Mark Weinberg travelled to the legendary presidential retreat at Camp David each weekend with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He was one of a few select members invited into Aspen Lodge when the First Family gathered for 'movie nights,' showing contemporary and classic films on Fridays and Saturdays. Movies brought them together in times of triumph, such as Reagan's historic 1984 landslide, and after moments of tragedy, like the explosion of the Challenger and the shooting of the president and press secretary Jim Brady. Weinberg's unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse of the Reagans--unscripted, relaxed, unburdened by the world with no cameras in sight. Each chapter discusses a legendary film, shares the Reagans' thoughts, and provides warm anecdotes and never-before-told stories about the family and the administration. From Reagan's pranks on the Secret Service to his thoughts on the parallels between Hollywood and Washington, Weinberg paints a full picture of the president The New Yorker once famously dubbed "The Unknowable." Movie Nights with the Reagans is a nostalgic journey through the 1980s and its most iconic films, seen through the eyes of one of Hollywood's former stars: one who was simultaneously transforming the Republican Party, the American economy, and the course of the Cold War."--Dust jacket.

The faith of Donald J. Trump : a spiritual biography

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

Washington : the man and the mason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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