New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

April 23, 2015
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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.

Michelle Obama : a life

April 3, 2015
Slevin, Peter B.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Chicago's promise -- South Side -- Destiny not yet written -- Orange and blackness -- Progress in everything and nothing -- Finding the right thing -- Assets and deficits -- A little tension with that -- Just don't screw it up -- I'm pretty convincing -- Veil of impossibility -- Nothing would have predicted -- Between politics and sanity -- Simple gifts -- I am no different from you.
With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side.

Hissing cousins : the untold story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

March 25, 2015
Peyser, Marc N.
New York : Nan A. Talese / Doubleday, [2015]
332 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Orphans -- Home abroad -- Domestic affairs -- Other women -- Civil War -- The singing teapot -- New roles -- Arena -- Clouds of war -- Cold war -- Monuments.
A provocative dual portrait of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth discusses how their tangled lives were shaped by 20th-century history and politics, sharing insights into their childhoods, respective beliefs and adversarial relationship.

The Warren Commission Report : a graphic investigation into the Kennedy assassination

March 25, 2015
Mishkin, Daniel, author.
©2014
160 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 25 cm
November 22, 1963 -- The trip to Texas -- Bedlam -- Six hours and six seconds -- On a New Frontier -- Settling the dust -- Dealey Plaza: the shots -- The Zapruder film -- In the sniper's nest -- The medical evidence -- The single-bullet theory -- Enigma -- Mexico City -- Mystery men -- Conspiracy and change -- The Warren Commission at work -- The sixties generation -- Cover-up? -- Seeds of doubt.
Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the shooting. The Warren Commission determined that there was "no credible evidence" conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colón, bestselling illustrator of "The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation," teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commission's findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques. "The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination" breaks down how decisions in the days that followed the assassination not only shaped how the commission reconstructed events but also helped foster the conspiracy theories that play a part in American politics to this day.

Abe & Fido : Lincoln's love of animals and the touching story of his favorite canine companion

March 18, 2015
Algeo, Matthew.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, Incorporated, [2015]
x, 166 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface -- 1855 -- 1856 -- 1857 -- 1858-59 -- 1860-61 -- 1861-66.

The Irish brotherhood : John F. Kennedy, his inner circle, and the improbable rise to the presidency

March 11, 2015
O'Donnell, Helen, author.
©2015
502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Captures the experience and spirit of the group of men who gathered around Jack Kennedy as he made his dramatic rise to the presidency -- Bobby Kennedy, Kenny O'Donnell, Larry O'Brien, and Dave Powers.

Washington's circle : the creation of the president

March 10, 2015
Heidler, David Stephen, 1955- author.
New York : Random House, 2015.
xx, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic notes and references (pages 435-499) and index.
A group portrait of America's first President and the men who served with him to create the office shares insights into their personalities and the consequences of Washington's decision to heed or disregard specific advice.

Becoming Madison : the extraordinary origins of the least likely founding father

March 4, 2015
Signer, Michael.
New York : Public Affairs, [2015]
xi, 371 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
"Our passions are like torrents" -- The good doctor -- A nexus imperii -- The high tract of public life -- "The annals of heaven" -- "If this be treason, make the most of it!" -- Suspending his intellectual functions -- All men are equally entitled -- Councilor to Governor Henry -- "Distrust of the public ability" -- A defect of adequate statesmen -- The "coercive power" -- A sad reunion -- Kitty -- A remonstrance -- Solitude and reform -- "A little rebellion" -- The vices -- "On my right & left hand" -- The campaign begins -- Several mad freaks -- Ratification in Richmond -- Extremely feeble -- Bugbears and hobgoblins -- The revelations of Zachariah Johnson -- Retaliation -- Sedition.

The presidency in black and white : my up-close view of three presidents and race in America

February 12, 2015
Ryan, April, 1967-
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiv, 154 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Establishing a racial baseline -- Covering the White House -- Specialty media -- Presidents and race -- President Clinton -- President Bush -- President Obama -- The presidential "race" report cards.

Groundbreakers : how Obama's 2.2 million volunteers transformed campaigning in America

February 3, 2015
McKenna, Elizabeth.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
xx, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Machine generated contents note: -- Chapter One: Introduction -- Part I: The Historical Roots of the Obama Field Program -- Chapter Two: The Way Things Were -- Chapter Three: Discovery and Diffusion -- Part II: The Nuts and Bolts of the Ground Game -- Chapter Four: Building Depth By Investing in Relationships -- Chapter Five: Creating a Structure to Share Responsibility: Neighborhood Teams -- Chapter Six: Using Metrics to Get to Scale -- Part III: OFA's Legacy -- Chapter Seven: Reflection -- Works Cited -- Index.
"Much has been written about the historic nature of the Obama campaign. The multi-year, multi-billion dollar operation elected the nation's first black president, raised and spent more money than any other election effort in history, and built the most sophisticated voter targeting technology ever before used on a national campaign. But what is missing from these accounts is an understanding of how Obama for America organized its formidable army of 2.2 million volunteers -- over eight times the number of people who volunteered for democratic candidates in 2004. Unlike previous field campaigns that drew their power from staff, consultants, and paid canvassers, the Obama campaign's capacity came from unpaid local citizens who took responsibility for organizing their own neighborhoods months--and even years--in advance of election day. In so doing, Groundbreakers argues, the campaign enlisted citizens in the often unglamorous but necessary work of practicing democracy. Hahrie Han and Elizabeth McKenna argue that the legacy of Obama for America is a transformation of the traditional models of field campaigning. Groundbreakers makes the case that the Obama ground game was revolutionary in two regards not captured in previous accounts. First, the campaign piloted and scaled an alternative model of field campaigning that built the power of a community at the same time that it organized it. Second, the Obama campaign changed the individuals who were a part of it, turning them into leaders. Groundbreakers proves that presidential campaigns are still about more than clicks, big data and money, and that one of the most important ways that a campaign develops its capacity is by investing in its human resources"-- Provided by publisher.

Madison's gift : five partnerships that built America

January 30, 2015
Stewart, David O.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
viii, 419 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The End of the Beginning -- Part I. Alexander Hamilton -- Impatient Young Men -- A Powerful Effect on Our Destiny -- A System to Last For Ages -- Creating The Federalist -- Ratification Battles -- Part II. George Washington -- Courting the General -- Starting From Scratch -- Not Altogether Useless -- The Deal -- Part III. Jefferson -- First, Friendship -- The Hamilton Problem -- Becoming Republicans -- Party Warrior -- No Time For Qualms -- Part IV. James Monroe -- Friends and Rivals and Friends -- Distant Diplomacy -- The Rupture -- Reclaiming a Friend -- The Republican Way of War -- Near To A Miracle -- Part V. Dolley -- All Things to All Men -- The Lady Presidentess -- Adam and Eve at Montpelier -- The Constitutional Sage of Montpelier -- "A Sad Blot on our Free Country" -- Farewells.
"Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation. Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. It was Madison who led the drive for the Constitutional Convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution's ratification; Madison who corrected the greatest blunder of the Constitution by drafting and securing passage of the Bill of Rights with Washington's support; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation's first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, with James Monroe, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, really its Second War of Independence; and it was Madison who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders, his old friend and sometime rival Monroe. These were the main characters in his life. But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement"-- Provided by publisher.

George W. Bush

January 28, 2015
Mann, Jim, 1946- author.
New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
"A good-time guy" -- The rising politician -- The new president and his tax cuts -- September 11 -- Iraq -- Reelection and its unhappy aftermath -- Second-term changes -- "I'm going to be Roosevelt, not Hoover."
A biography of the controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the War on Terrorism.

Power forward : my presidential education

January 26, 2015
Love, Reggie, 1981-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
vii, 213 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"No one spent more time with Barack Obama during his historic first campaign and term than 'body man' Reggie Love, whose professional coming-of-age story--from team captain of Coach K's 2001 NCAA title team through junior Senator Obama's mailroom to becoming the President's confidant, friend, and Chief of Stuff--is like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

The remarkable education of John Quincy Adams

January 16, 2015
Levin, Phyllis Lee.
New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
524 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A legacy more valuable than gold or silver -- A great deal of room for me to grow better -- Some compensation for me not being with my friends at Braintree -- A journal -- Almost at the world's end -- Promise to produce a worthy character -- A son who is the greatest traveller of his age -- And of a sister who fulfills my most sanguine expectations -- To have a degree at Harvard -- Your ever affectionate brother -- Your ever affectionate brother -- Study is my mistress -- While a student in the office of Theophilus Parsons Newburyport -- Exposed to the perils of sentiment -- I am on the bridge between wisdom and folly -- And I, too, am a scribbler -- The times change and we change with them -- The magnitude of the trust and my own incompetency -- The usual mixture between sweet and bitter -- The age of innocence and thoughtlessness -- Prudence is a sorry matchmaker -- Oh my Louisa! -- For the friend of your life -- Wise and in the best interests of the country -- To turn weariness itself into pleasure -- A painful retrospective -- With no small difficulty -- Another feather against a whirlwind -- Like a fish out of water -- Apostasy -- In honorable diplomatic exile.
A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "the greatest traveler of his age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. Though he was determined to make his own career as a lawyer, he was soon sent abroad, at Washington's appointment, as well as beginning a deeply troubled though loving marriage. But through all his emotional turmoil and financial hardship, he remained dedicated to serving his country. Drawing closely on his voluminous writing, especially his journals and letters, this biography offers a more sympathetic look at a man who has often been viewed as cold and stubbornly contentious. It is the definitive biography of the emotional and intellectual development of this fascinating early American.--From publisher description.

Freedom's champion : FDR and America's crisis

December 30, 2014
Marrin, Albert.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Malice toward none : Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address

December 16, 2014
Levin, Jack E., 1925- author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Jack E. Levin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of George Washington: The Crossing, presents a beautifully designed chronicle--complete with maps, portraits, and other Civil War illustrations--detailing President Abraham Lincoln's historic Second Inaugural Address.

The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection

December 11, 2014
Graddy, Lisa Kathleen, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2014]
104 pages : illustrations (mostly color), ports. ; 23 cm

History of the presidential limousines.

December 11, 2014
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Secret Service, [2014]
12 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Shipping list no.: 2015-0038-P.
Cover title.

Mint juleps with Teddy Roosevelt : the complete history of presidential drinking

December 4, 2014
Will-Weber, Mark.
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, [2014]
xvi, 398 pages ; 24 cm
"As America transformed from fledgling nation to world power, one element remained constant: alcohol. The eighteenth century saw the Father of His Country distilling whiskey in his backyard. The nineteenth century witnessed the lavish expenses on wine by the Sage of Monticello, Honest Abe's inclination toward temperance, and the slurred speech of the first president to be impeached. Fast forward to the twentieth century and acquaint yourself with Woodrow Wilson's namesake whisky, FDR's affinity for rum swizzles, and Ike's bathtub gin. What concoctions can be found in the White House today?"--Amazon.com.

America 1844 : religious fervor, westward expansion, and the presidential election that transformed the nation

November 24, 2014
Bicknell, John.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2015.
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: New Year's Day at the White House -- "This glorious hope" -- A prophet for president -- "Annexation and war...are identical" -- "Who the devil is Polk?" -- The missionary and the publicist -- To Oregon and California -- Summer of discontent -- The great disappointment -- "The severest struggle ever witnessed" -- Epilogue: the shaping of America.

Nation wholly free : the elimination of the national debt in the age of Jackson

November 20, 2014
Lane, Carl. author
Yardley, Pennsylvania : Westholme Publishing, 2014.
xi, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Crisi and promise : December 1824-March 1825 -- The crisi and promise of 1824-1825 in historical context -- The national debt and the failure of the Adams administration -- The accession of Jackson and the end of internal improvements -- Jackson, the Bank War, and the national debt -- The nullification crisis and debt freedom -- Awaiting debt freedom, 1833-1834 -- Debet freedom and the mesning of Jacksonian democracy -- Surplus, distribution, and the end of debt freedom.
When President James Monroe announced in his 1824 message to Congress that the [nation's] large public debt, [accumulated since the Revolution], would be extinguished on January 1, 1835, Congress crafted legislation to transform that prediction into reality. Yet John Quincy Adams, Monroe's successor, seemed not to share the commitment to debt freedom, resulting in the rise of opposition to his administration and his defeat for reelection in the bitter presidential campaign of 1828. The new president, Andrew Jackson, was thoroughly committed to debt freedom, and when it was achieved, it became the only time in American history when the country carried no national debt. Lane shows that the great and disparate issues that confronted Jackson, such as internal improvements, the "war" against the Second Bank of the United States, and the crisis surrounding South Carolina's refusal to pay federal tariffs, become unified when debt freedom is understood as a core element of Jacksonian Democracy.-- from Jacket.

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