New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

April 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Selected speeches and writings of Theodore Roosevelt

April 18, 2014
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
New York : Vintage Books, A Division of Random House LLC, 2014.
xviii, 365 pages ; 24 cm

Letters to President Clinton : biblical lessons on faith and leadership

March 26, 2014
Genaḳ, Menaḥem Dov ben Ḥayim Yitsḥaḳ, author, editor.
New York : Sterling Ethos, [2013]
xxix, 256 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, photographs ; 24 cm
Preface by Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.
Includes index.

So you think you know the presidents? : fascinating facts about our chief executives

March 25, 2014
Meltzer, Peter E., 1958-
Palisades, NY : History Pub. Co., c2013.
p. ; cm.
Full of interesting insights and quirky questions, this book goes beyond oft-discussed presidential trivia and exposes the reader to the stories that define our nation's chief executives as individuals. A great reference guide for students and avid history buffs alike.--Publisher.

Who is Michelle Obama?

March 7, 2014
Stine, Megan.
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, An Imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013]
108 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
Who is Michelle Obama? -- A close family -- Making the grades -- Meeting Barack -- Making choices -- A new family -- Politics -- Race for the White House -- First lady -- Timelines -- Bibliography.
Presents the life and accomplishments of the First Lady of the United States, from her childhood in Chicago and her career as a lawyer to her marriage to Barack Obama and her initiatives in the White House.

Abraham Lincoln

March 5, 2014
Charnwood, Godfrey Rathbone Benson, Baron, 1864-1945.
Lanham, Md. : Madison Books : Distributed by National Book Network, 1996.
vi, 347 p. ; 23 cm.
Originally published: 1st American ed. New York : H. Holt & Co., 1916.
No other narrative account of Abraham Lincoln's life has inspired such widespread acclaim as Lord Charnwood's Abraham Lincoln : a biography. Many contemporary historians consider this thorough and superbly crafted work the quintessential biography of one of America's greatest presidents. Written by a native of England and originally published in 1916, the biography is a rare blend of beautiful prose and profound historical insight. Charnwood's study of Lincoln's statemanship introduced generations of Americans to the life and politics of Lincoln, and the author's observations are so comprehensive and well supported that any serious study of Lincoln must respond to his conclusions. This is essential reading for anyone interested in Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, or American political history.

A traveled first lady : writings of Louisa Catherine Adams

February 27, 2014
Adams, Louisa Catherine, 1775-1852.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
xxiii, 388 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., map, ports., facsims. ; 24 cm.
"All was joy and peace and love": youth -- "An object of general attention": Prussia -- "Had I steped into Noah's ark": United States -- "The savage had been expected": Russia -- "The memory of one, who was": St. Petersburg to Paris -- "The wife of a man of superior talents": Washington, D.C., 1819-1820 -- "I am a very good diplomate": Washington, D.C., 1821-1824 -- "This apparent fate": retirement -- Epilogue: Henry Adams on Louisa.

Dear Abigail : the intimate lives and revolutionary ideas of Abigail Adams and her two remarkable sisters

February 20, 2014
Jacobs, Diane.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xii, 499 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"For readers of the historical works of Robert K. Massie, David McCulough, and Alison Weir comes the first biography on the life of Abigail Adams and her sisters. "Never sisters loved each other better than we."--Abigail Adams in a letter to her sister Mary, June 1776 Much has been written about the enduring marriage of President John Adams and his wife, Abigail. But few know of the equally strong bond Abigail shared with her sisters, Mary Cranch and Elizabeth Shaw Peabody, accomplished women in their own right. Now acclaimed biographer Diane Jacobs reveals their moving story, which unfolds against the stunning backdrop of America in its transformative colonial years. Abigail, Mary, and Elizabeth Smith grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts, the close-knit daughters of a minister and his wife. When the sisters moved away from one another, they relied on near-constant letters--from what John Adams called their "elegant pen"--to buoy them through pregnancies, illnesses, grief, political upheaval, and, for Abigail, life in the White House. Infusing her writing with rich historical perspective and detail, Jacobs offers fascinating insight into these progressive women's lives: oldest sister Mary, who became de facto mayor of her small village; youngest sister Betsy, an aspiring writer who, along with her husband, founded the second coeducational school in the United States; and middle child Abigail, who years before becoming First Lady ran the family farm while her husband served in the Continental Congress, first in Philadelphia, and was then sent to France and England, where she joined him at last. This engaging narrative traces the sisters' lives from their childhood sibling rivalries to their eyewitness roles during the American Revolution and their adulthood as outspoken wives and mothers. They were women ahead of their time who believed in intellectual and educational equality between the sexes. Drawing from newly discovered correspondence, never-before-published diaries, and archival research, Dear Abigail is a fascinating front-row seat to history--and to the lives of three exceptional women who were influential during a time when our nation's democracy was just taking hold. Advance praise for Dear Abigail "In a beautifully wrought narrative, Diane Jacobs has brought the high-spirited, hyperarticulate Smith sisters, and the early years of the American republic, to rich, luminous life. A stunning, sensitive work of history."--Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra "Jacobs is a superb storyteller. In this sweeping narrative about family and friendship during the American Revolution, Abigail Adams emerges as one of the great political heroines of the eighteenth century. I fell in love with her all over again."--Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of A World on Fire. "Beauty, brains, and breeding--Elizabeth, Abigail, and Mary had them all. This absorbing history shows how these close-knit and well-educated daughters of colonial America become women of influence in the newly begotten United States. Jacobs's feel for the period is confident; so is her appreciation of the nuances of character."--Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage"-- Provided by publisher.

Thinking about the presidency : the primacy of power

February 13, 2014
Howell, William G.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
xiii, 185 pages ; 25 cm
On being president -- Bearing witness -- Constitutional foundations -- Contrasting conceptions of executive leadership -- Misguided entreaties -- What failure looks like -- Limits.
"All American presidents, past and present, have cared deeply about power--acquiring, protecting, and expanding it. While individual presidents obviously have other concerns, such as shaping policy or building a legacy, the primacy of power considerations--exacerbated by expectations of the presidency and the inadequacy of explicit powers in the Constitution--sets presidents apart from other political actors. Thinking about the Presidency explores presidents' preoccupation with power. Distinguished presidential scholar William Howell looks at the key aspects of executive power--political and constitutional origins, philosophical underpinnings, manifestations in contemporary political life, implications for political reform, and looming influences over the standards to which we hold those individuals elected to America's highest office. Howell shows that an appetite for power may not inform the original motivations of those who seek to become president. Rather, this need is built into the office of the presidency itself--and quickly takes hold of whomever bears the title of Chief Executive. In order to understand the modern presidency, and the degrees to which a president succeeds or fails, the acquisition, protection, and expansion of power in a president's political life must be recognized--in policy tools and legislative strategies, the posture taken before the American public, and the disregard shown to those who would counsel modesty and deference within the White House. Thinking about the Presidency assesses how the search for and defense of presidential powers informs nearly every decision made by the leader of the nation." -- Publisher's description.

Abraham Lincoln in the kitchen : a culinary view of Lincoln's life and times

January 30, 2014
Eighmey, Rae Katherine.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2013]
270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Abraham Lincoln in the Kitchen is a culinary biography unlike any before. The very assertion of the title--that Abraham Lincoln cooked--is fascinating and true. It's an insight into the everyday life of one of our nation's favorite and most esteemed presidents and a way to experience flavors and textures of the past. Eighmey solves riddles such as what type of barbecue could be served to thousands at political rallies when paper plates and napkins didn't exist, and what gingerbread recipe could have been Lincoln's childhood favorite when few families owned cookie cutters and he could carry the cookies in his pocket. Through Eighmey's eyes and culinary research and experiments--including sleuthing for Lincoln's grocery bills in Springfield ledgers and turning a backyard grill into a cast-iron stove--the foods that Lincoln enjoyed, cooked, or served are translated into modern recipes so that authentic meals and foods of 1820-1865 are possible for home cooks. Feel free to pull up a chair to Lincoln's table"-- Provided by publisher.

James & Dolley Madison : America's first power couple

January 27, 2014
Chadwick, Bruce.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2014.
450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A revealing new portrait of James and Dolley Madison, America's first political power couple. In this comprehensive biography of James and Dolley Madison, historian Bruce Chadwick introduces the reader to "America's first power couple." Using newly uncovered troves of letters at the University of Virginia, Chadwick has been able to reconstruct the details of the Madisons' personal and political lives. Based on this archive, the author argues that our fourth president--the architect of the Constitution--owed much of his success to the political savvy of his wife. And Dolley, through her many social skills, created the dynamic role of First Lady that we know today. Within the new historical papers are remarkable stories of Dolley's parties and her backdoor politicking. Their letters show Madison not as a boring, average president--as some historians have maintained--but as a vibrant, tough leader, a very successful commander in chief who changed America. These documents also help to paint a searing portrait of the Madisons' struggles with their irresponsible son and outline how their lifelong funding of his whims brought about their own demise. Blending the personal and the political, this is a fascinating portrait of a couple whose life together contributed so much to the future course of our nation"-- Provided by publisher.

Lincoln's boys : John Hay, John Nicolay, and the war for Lincoln's image

January 27, 2014
Zeitz, Joshua.
New York : Viking, 2014.
viii, 390 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Exile in the west -- The homes of free white people -- It was my privilege to witness -- The prairies are on fire -- Wide awake -- A young man of his age -- Despotic act in the cause of union -- God placed him where he is -- New birth of freedom -- His heart was too sad -- Europe -- Pike County balladeer -- Breadwinners -- A model for all good little boys to follow -- Our ideal hero -- We are Lincoln men all through -- Lincolniana -- The fellows who came of age in the Lincoln years.
A timely and intimate look into Abraham Lincoln's White House through the lives of his two closest aides and confidants.

Pat and Dick : the Nixons, an intimate portrait of a marriage

January 9, 2014
Swift, Will, 1947-
New York : Threshold Editions, 2014.
x, 479 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. An ambitious young couple -- "Will you think of me sometimes?" -- Going places -- Married, happily -- Love after Pearl Harbor -- Giant slayers -- The faces of America's future -- Crises on the home front -- Safeguarding the American home -- Part II. Cultural leaders and private citizens -- "Heroes" and "housewives": Dick, Ike, Pat and Mamie -- A turbulent ascent -- Enduring defeat -- Darkness -- Your turn, my turn -- Part III. White House dreams and nightmares -- Adjusting to the White House fortress -- "We had held our own" -- A private marriage in the public spotlight -- Love in the White House -- The zenith -- Falling apart -- Part IV. Affliction and recovery -- Renewal in exile -- A peaceful twilight -- Epilogue.

Life inside the bubble : why a top-ranked secret service agent walked away from it all

January 3, 2014
Bongino, Dan.
©2013
ix, 179 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / by Wayne Simmons CIA -- Early years -- NYPD blue -- In the line of fire -- The end of the Clinton era -- 9/11 -- An assassin among us -- Training the next generation -- Dignitary protection and the fight to protect -- The "big show": the Presidential Protective Division -- Transportation: it's not simply about motorcades -- The President's life in my hands -- Missile treaties and the return to Indonesia -- Oil spills, Indonesia again, and making a war zone "safe" -- Media spin vs. security reality -- Giving back the gun and shield -- From behind the camera to the front -- Israel and a surprise entrance into the primary -- The campaign heats up -- A political loss, and why action matters -- The real scandal of "fast and furious" -- Benghazi: who gave the order to stand down? -- Boston: too many agencies, not enough communication -- Our government has failed us.
Why would a successful, twelve-year Secret Service agent resign his position in the prime of his career to run for political office? Bongino, assigned to protective duty for George W. Bush and Barack Obama, takes an intimate look at life inside the presidential "bubble:" a haze of staffers, consultants, cronies, acolytes, bureaucrats and lobbyists that creates the "alternate reality" in which monumental policy decisions are made. Uncover why a government filled with incredibly dedicated people continues to make tragic mistakes.

Kennedy and Reagan : why their legacies endure

January 2, 2014
Farris, Scott.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2013]
x, 389 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
The sincerest form of flattery -- Martyrdom and near martyrdom -- The most Irish of presidents -- Different incomes, similar families -- Boys who loved books -- College days during the great Depression -- Early success -- The war stateside and overseas -- Anti-communists -- Wives and other lovers -- The book and the speech -- The mad dash for president -- Sinatra, Disney, and Casals -- A city on the hill and a man on the moon -- Crises and charisma -- To the brink -- and back -- The Will Rogers of covert operations -- Tax cuts and deficits -- Religion and the culture wars -- Civil rights -- A different world.
Looks at the differing presidencies of the two men, discussing the key issues that each had to contend with, and argues that their legacies, although in opposition, are appealing to both sides of the aisle.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

December 10, 2013
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

Heir to the Empire City : New York and the making of Theodore Roosevelt

December 4, 2013
Kohn, Edward P. (Edward Parliament), 1968-
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xv, 256 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
"This little rocky island" : New York at Roosevelt's birth -- "It's Roosevelt from New York" : Roosevelt at Harvard -- "The dirtiest city in the universe" 1881 : a year in New York -- "A revolting state of affairs" Roosevelt's work in the New York assembly -- "Hero land" : Roosevelt's trips West -- "Into the yawning gulf" : Roosevelt's 1886 bid for mayor -- "With fidelity and integrity" : Roosevelt as civil service commissioner -- "There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight" : Roosevelt as police commissioner -- "The Ritz Riders" : Assistant Secretary of the Navy, war in Cuba, and Roosevelt's path to Albany -- "Governor of the entire party" Roosevelt, Thomas Platt, and the New York governorship -- "The direct antithesis of McKinley" : the New York president.
"Theodore Roosevelt is best remembered as America's prototypical "cowboy" president--an outdoorsy, rough-riding figure who was as versatile with a six-shooter as he was with a pen, and who derived his political wisdom from a life spent in rugged and inhospitable environs: the Dakota Badlands, the battlefields of Cuba, and the African savannah. Roosevelt himself did little to dispel his outdoorsy aura, and for decades historians have bought into this mythology. Yet while such experiences certainly contributed to Roosevelt's progressive politics and abiding love of the natural world, they've played an excessive role in defining his biography. In fact, Roosevelt was a native Manhattanite who came of age in the upper crust of New York society, and the reformist, anti-corruption policies for which he would come to be known were firmly rooted in the realities of life in the 19th-century city. A riveting portrait of a man and a city on the brink of greatness, Heir to the Empire City reveals that Roosevelt was a New Yorker through and through, and that his true education took place not on the ranges of the West but on the mean streets of New York"-- Provided by publisher.

We were there : revelations from the Dallas doctors who attended to JFK on November 22, 1963

November 27, 2013
Childs, Allen, author.
©2013
xix, 167 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Written at the time, remembered for all time -- Love Field and the Trade Mart -- Parkland and Southwestern -- "The pit" -- Governor Connally -- Trauma Room 1 -- Memories of the First Lady -- What did Kemp Clark say? -- The Secret Service -- The grief -- Dallas -- Oswald and Ruby -- The neck wound and the conspiracies.
A unique collection of firsthand accounts from the doctors and staff on scene at the hospital where JFK was immediately taken after he was shot. With the help of his former fellow staff members at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Childs recreates the horrific day, from the president's arrival in Dallas to the public announcement of his death. He also offers insights on conspiracy theories revolving around the president's assassination, and recollections of the death of Lee Harvey Oswald, who succumbed two days later in the same hospital.

Backstage at the Lincoln assassination : the untold story of the actors and stagehands at Ford's Theatre

November 26, 2013
Bogar, Thomas A., 1948-
Washington, D.C. : Regnery History, [2013]
xx, 377 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
"The untold story of Lincoln's assassination: the forty-six stage hands, actors, and theater workers on hand for the bewildering events in the theater that night, and what each of them witnessed in the chaos-streaked hours before John Wilkes Booth was discovered to be the culprit"--Amazon.com.

The right path : from Ike to Reagan, how Republicans once mastered politics-- and can again

November 11, 2013
Scarborough, Joe.
New York : Random House, 2013.
xxviii, 194 pages ; 22 cm
Joe Scarborough--former Republican congressman and insightful host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"--takes a nuanced and surprising look at the unexpected rise and self-inflicted fall of the Republican Party. Dominant in national politics for forty years under the influence of the conservative but pragmatic leadership of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, the GOP, Scarborough argues, is in a self-inflicted eclipse unless it recovers the principled realism of the giants who led the party to greatness.

Inside the White House : stories from the world's most famous residence

November 11, 2013
Grove, Noel, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2013]
351 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
"With the White House historical Association"--Front cover.
In collaboration with the White House Historical Association, National Geographic presents this authoritative overview of Americas first home featuring never before published stories and photographs. Organized by theme, discover what makes the White House tick -from its beginnings to the modern day, from the architecture, to the staff, to the first families. Learn fascinating details of the real life Downton Abbey staff who run this grand home. Marvel at the elaborate detail that goes into hosting a state dinner. Meet the beloved pets who've inhabited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read about celebrity visitors, the media, and the security so critical in todays world. Sidebars contain tidbits of rare information, and an appendix includes an illustrated time line of all White House First Families as well as a complete index. Photos include intimate and candid glimpses of life inside the White House -some never before seen, others long forgotten, and most never displayed in such large format.

The man he became : how FDR defied polio to win the presidency

November 8, 2013
Tobin, James, 1956-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
vii, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"With a searching new analysis of primary sources, NBCC award winner James Tobin reveals how FDR's fight against polio transformed him from a callow aristocrat into the energetic, determined statesman who would rally the nation in the Great Depression and lead it through World War II. When polio paralyzed Franklin Roosevelt at thirty-nine, people wept to think that the young man of golden promise must live out his days as a helpless invalid. He never again walked on his own. But in just over a decade, he had regained his strength and seized the presidency. This was the most remarkable comeback in the history of American politics. And, as author James Tobin shows, it was the pivot of Roosevelt's life--the triumphant struggle that tempered and revealed his true character. With enormous ambition, canny resourcefulness, and sheer grit, FDR willed himself back into contention and turned personal disaster to his political advantage. Tobin's dramatic account of Roosevelt's ordeal and victory offers central insights into the forging of one of our greatest presidents"-- Provided by publisher.

Who really killed Kennedy? : 50 years later, stunning new revelations about the JFK assassination

November 4, 2013
Corsi, Jerome R.
Washington, D.C. : WND Books ; New York : Distributed to the trade by Midpoint Trade Books, c2013.
v, 370 p. ; 24 cm.
The end of Camelot -- The single-bullet theory -- The grassy knoll -- Oswald, Tippit, and Ruby -- Oswald, the KGB, and the plots to assassinate JFK in Chicago and Tampa -- Roots of the JFK assassination : a banana republic, the CIA, and the Mob -- Cuba, Nixon, and the Watergate -- Vietnam, Diem, the French connection, and LBJ -- The JFK assassination and the New World Order.
Posits that John F. Kennedy was not killed by a lone assassin.

In the secret service : the true story of the man who saved President Reagan's life

November 4, 2013
Parr, Jerry.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2013]
326 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

The president's devotional : the daily readings that inspired President Obama

October 31, 2013
DuBois, Joshua.
New York : HarperOne, 2013.
1 volume [unpaged]; 22 cm
January -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December.

The message : the reselling of President Obama

October 31, 2013
Wolffe, Richard, 1968-
© 2013.
276 pages ; 24 cm
Vindication -- The deep end -- Team of rivals -- The American dream -- Definitions -- The digital divide -- Summer haze -- The choice -- Inside his head -- The office.
Examines the difficulties faced by Barack Obama's campaign runners during the 2012 election and how they put aside differences in order to control the Obama brand, stay on message, and win.

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