New Arrivals · Politics

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Histories of violence : post-war critical thought

May 23, 2019
xi, 242 pages ; 22 cm
The subject of violence / Brad Evans and Terrell Carver -- Walter Benjamin / James Martel -- Hannah Arendt / Kimberly Hutchings -- Frantz Fanon / Lewis R. Gordon -- Michel Foucault / Brad Evans -- Jacques Derrida / Gregg Lambert -- Gilles Deleuze / Ian Buchanan -- Judith Butler / Jelke Boesten -- Zygmunt Bauman / Keith Tester -- Paul Virilio / Mark Lacy -- Giorgio Agamben / Marcelo Svirsky -- Slavoj Žižek / Paul A. Taylor -- Cynthia Enloe / Terrell Carver.
An essential introduction to post-war critical thought on the problem of violence. While there is a tacit appreciation that freedom from violence will lead to more prosperous relations among peoples, violence continues to be deployed for various political and social ends. Yet the problem of violence still defies neat description, subject to many competing interpretations. Histories of Violence offers an accessible yet compelling examination of the problem of violence as it appears in the corpus of canonical figures - from Hannah Arendt to Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault to Slavoj Zizek - who continue to influence and inform contemporary political, philosophical, sociological, cultural, and anthropological study. Written by a team of internationally renowned experts, this is an essential interrogation of post-war critical thought as it relates to violence.

The impeachers : the of trial of Andrew Johnson and the dream of a just nation

May 22, 2019
Wineapple, Brenda, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
xxix, 543 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Mars -- Magnificent intentions -- The accidental president -- Moses -- The South victorious -- Not a 'white man's government' -- Reconciliation -- Civil rights -- Mutual concessions, mutual hostilities -- Andy's swing around the circle -- Resistance -- Tenure of office -- A revolutionary period -- The Rubicon is crossed -- The president's message -- A blundering, roaring lear -- Striking at a king -- Impeachment -- The high court -- All the president's men -- The trial, first round -- The trial -- The beginning of the end -- Cankered and crude -- The demented Moses of Tennessee -- The crowning struggle -- The cease of majesty -- Let us have peace -- Human rights.
"When Lincoln was assassinated and Andrew Johnson became President, a fraught time in America became perilous. Congress was divided over how Reconstruction should be accomplished and the question of black suffrage. The South roiled with violence, lawlessness, and efforts to preserve the pre-Civil War society. Andrew Johnson--chosen as Vice President for electability, because he was a Southern Democrat--had no interest in following Lincoln's agenda. With the unchecked power of executive orders, Johnson pardoned the rebel states and their leaders, opposed black suffrage, and called Reconstruction unnecessary. Congress decided to take action against a President who acted like a king. With extensive research and profound insights, Brenda Wineapple makes this overlooked historical period come alive with important new insights. The impeachment--the first in American history--was the last-ditch, patriotic effort make the goals of the Civil War a reality, and to make the Union one again"-- Provided by publisher.

Hard times create strong men : what does it mean to be a man in the modern world?

May 21, 2019
Aarnio, Stefan, author.
lxix, 542 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"What does it mean to be a man in the modern world? This book is the Man Bible on money, sex, religion, and politics: what has worked in the past and what didn't work, based on proven history and results--not on feelings"--Title page.
Ground zero -- Money and work -- Sex, women, children and family -- Religion, God, and the new gods of men: Money and Government -- Politics, as system of organized hate and the systematic extinction of the West.
"Throughout history, being a man has meant different things. Maybe being a man was about being a good hunter, or a good soldier, a good businessman or maybe good with women. This book examines what it means to be a man in the modern world"--from Back cover.

This America : the case for the nation

May 17, 2019
Lepore, Jill, 1966- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2019]
150 pages ; 19 cm
"From the best-selling author of These Truths, a work that examines the dilemma of nationalism and the erosion of liberalism in the twenty-first century. At a time of much despair over the future of liberal democracy, Harvard historian Jill Lepore makes a stirring case for the nation in This America. Since the end of the Cold War, Lepore writes, American historians have largely retreated from the idea of 'the nation,' in part because postmodernism has corroded faith in grand narratives, and in part because the rise of political nationalism has rendered it suspect and unpalatable. Bucking this trend, however, Lepore argues forcefully that the nation demands scrutiny. Without an honest reckoning with America's collective past, we will be at the mercy of unscrupulous demagogues who spin their own version of the national story for their own purposes. 'When serious historians abandon the study of the nation,' Lepore tellingly writes, 'nationalism doesn't die. Instead, it eats liberalism.' A trenchant work of political philosophy as well as a reclamation of America's national history, This America asks us to look our nation's sovereign past square in the eye to reveal not only a history of contradictions, but a path of promise for the future"-- Provided by publisher.


May 16, 2019
Badiou, Alain, author.
Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA : Polity, 2019.
v, 68 pages ; 19 cm
Two Days after the Election of Trump -- Two Weeks after the Election of Trump.
"The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States sent shockwaves across the globe. How was such an outcome even possible? And how can we move beyond the deep crisis of Western democracy that the election of Trump represents? In two lectures given at American universities in the immediate aftermath of the election, the leading French philosopher Alain Badiou helps us to make sense of this extraordinary event. He argues that Trump's victory was the symptom of a global crisis made up of four characteristics: the triumph of a brutal and violent form of global capitalism, the decomposition of the established political elite, the growing frustration and disorientation that many people feel today, and the absence of a compelling alternative vision. It was in this context that Trump could emerge as a new kind of political figure that was both inside and outside the political system, a member of the Republican Party who, at the same time, represents something outside the system--sexism, racism and a tendency toward violence and fascism. The progressive political challenge now is to create something new that offers people a real choice, a radical alternative based on principles of universality and equality. This concise account of the meaning of Trump should be read by everyone who wants to understand what is happening in our world today"-- Provided by publisher.

The lions' den : Zionism and the left from Hannah Arendt to Noam Chomsky

May 16, 2019
Linfield, Susie, author.
viii, 389 pages ; 25 cm.
Introduction : A double grief, and a hope -- Part one. Europeans. Hannah Arendt : left, right, or wrong? -- Arthur Koestler : the Zionist as anti-semite -- Part two. Socialists. Maxime Rodinson : Marxism, Zionism, and the Arab world -- Isaac Deutscher : a very Jewish Jew -- Albert Memmi : Zionism as national liberation -- Fred Halliday : the journey of a '68er -- Part three. Americans. I.F. Stone : the limits of Isaiah -- Noam Chomsky : the responsibility of intellectuals -- Conclusion : The genius for failure.
In this lively intellectual history of the political Left, cultural critic Susie Linfield investigates how eight prominent twentieth-century intellectuals struggled with the philosophy of Zionism, and then with Israel and its conflicts with the Arab world. Constructed as a series of interrelated portraits that combine the personal and the political, the book includes philosophers, historians, journalists, and activists such as Hannah Arendt, Arthur Koestler, I.F. Stone, and Noam Chomsky. In their engagement with Zionism, these influential thinkers also wrestled with the twentieth century's most crucial political dilemmas: socialism, nationalism, democracy, colonialism, terrorism, and anti-Semitism. In other words, in probing Zionism, they confronted the very nature of modernity and the often catastrophic histories of our time. By examining these leftist intellectuals, Linfield also seeks to understand how the contemporary Left has become focused on anti-Zionism and how Israel itself has moved rightward.

Unfreedom of the press

May 16, 2019
Levin, Mark R. (Mark Reed), 1957- author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2019.
258 pages ; 22 cm
News as political and ideological activism -- The early patriot press -- The modern democratic party-press -- The real threat to press freedom -- News, propaganda, and pseudo-events -- The New York Times betrays millions -- The truth about collusion, abuse of power, and character.
Unfreedom of the Press is not just another book about the press. Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: "not government oppression or suppression," he writes, but self-censorship, group-think, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news. With the depth of historical background for which his books are renowned, Levin takes the reader on a journey through the early American patriot press, which proudly promoted the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, followed by the early decades of the Republic during which newspapers around the young country were open and transparent about their fierce allegiance to one political party or the other. It was only at the start of the Progressive Era and the twentieth century that the supposed "objectivity of the press" first surfaced, leaving us where we are today: with a partisan party-press overwhelmingly aligned with a political ideology but hypocritically engaged in a massive untruth as to its real nature.

Rocket man : nuclear madness and the mind of Donald Trump

May 16, 2019
226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Will President Trump destroy civilization or win the Nobel Peace Prize? Humankind's survival feels like a jump ball that could go either way. We are perched on a precipice, and the reason we are looking into an abyss of nuclear annihilation is that the American president has unencumbered, unilateral control over the nuclear codes. One thing we know for sure is that the mind of Donald Trump is currently in control of our fate. Never before have the nuclear codes been in the hands of a man who many observers view as unstable and erratic. The twenty-four experts who contributed to this book analyze President Trump's behavior hoping to provide insights into what may be the most urgent question of our time. What will Trump do with his zbig button?y

Being numerous : essays on non-fascist life

May 16, 2019
Lennard, Natasha, author.
London ; New York : Verso, 2019.
133 pages ; 22 cm
This book draws on essays that have appeared in The Evergreen Review, Real Life, Vice, Esquire, The Nation, Salon, Logic, Fusion, and The New Inquiry.
Includes index.
"Beginning with an interrogation of what it means to fight fascism, Natasha Lennard explores the limits of individual rights, the criminalization of political dissent, the myths of radical sex, and the ghosts in our lives. At once politically committed and philosophically capacious, Being Numerous is a revaluation of the idea that the personal is political, and situates as the central question of our time—How can we live a non-fascist life?"--Inside dust jacket.

Leap of faith : hubris, negligence, and America's greatest foreign policy tragedy

May 16, 2019
Mazarr, Michael J., 1965- author.
xiv, 512 pages ; 25 cm
Understanding a tragedy -- The origins of a conviction -- A new sheriff in town -- The terrible shadow of 9/11 -- Justifying invasion -- Muddling toward war -- A juggernaut for war -- "All is TBD"-on the verge of war -- The aftermath -- Lessons.
"A single disastrous choice in the wake of 9/11-the decision to use force to remove Saddam Hussein from power-did enormous damage to the wealth, well-being, and reputation of the United States. Few errors in U.S. foreign policy have had longer-lasting or more harmful consequences. Yet how the decision came to be made remains shrouded in mystery and mythology. To this day, even the principal architects of the war cannot agree on it. Michael Mazarr has interviewed dozens of players involved in the deliberations about the invasion of Iraq and has reviewed all the documents so far declassified. He paints a devastating of portrait of an administration fueled by righteous conviction yet undercut by chaotic processes, rivalrous agencies, and competing egos. But more than the product of one bungling administration, the invasion of Iraq emerges here as a tragically typical example of modern U.S. foreign policy fiascos. Leap of Faith asks profound questions about the limits of US power and the accountability for its use. It offers lessons urgently relevant to stave off similar disasters-today and in the future."--Inside dust jacket.

A lot of people are saying : the new conspiracism and the assault on democracy

May 16, 2019
Muirhead, Russell, 1965- author.
ix, 211 pages ; 23 cm
Section I. The new conspiracism. Conspiracy without theory -- It's true enough -- Presidential conspiracism -- Section II. Delegitimating democracy. Political parties -- Knowledge -- Who owns reality? -- Section III. Defending democracy. Speaking truth. -- Conclusion: The crisis of democracy.
Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new - conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum show how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it. Classic conspiracy theory insists that things are not what they seem and gathers evidence - especially facts ominously withheld by official sources - to tease out secret machinations. The new conspiracism is different. There is no demand for evidence, no dots revealed to form a pattern, no close examination of shadowy plotters. Dispensing with the burden of explanation, the new conspiracism imposes its own reality through repetition (exemplified by the Trump catchphrase "a lot of people are saying") and bare assertion ("rigged!"). The new conspiracism targets democratic foundations - political parties and knowledge-producing institutions. It makes it more difficult to argue, persuade, negotiate, compromise, and even to disagree. Ultimately, it delegitimates democracy. Filled with vivid examples, A Lot of People Are Saying diagnoses a defining and disorienting feature of today's politics and offers a guide to responding to the threat.

The Mueller report : presented with related materials by The Washington Post

May 15, 2019
729 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Presented with related materials by the Washington Post."--Cover.
Report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election -- VOLUME I : -- Introduction to Volume I -- Executive Summary to Volume I -- I. The Special Counsel's investigation -- II. Russian "active measures" social media campaign -- III. Russian hacking and dumping operations -- IV. Russian Government links to and contacts with the Trump Campaign -- V. Prosecution and declination decisions ; -- VOLUME II : -- Introduction to Volume II -- Executive Summary to Volume II -- I. Background legal and evidentiary principles -- II. Factual results of the obstruction investigation -- III. Legal defenses to the application of obstruction-of-justice statutes to the President -- IV. Conclusion.
The only book with exclusive analysis by the Pulitzer Prize-winning staff of The Washington Post, and the most complete and authoritative available. Read the findings of the Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who've covered the story from the beginning. This edition from The Washington Post/Scribner contains: --The long-awaited report -- An introduction by The Washington Post titled "A President, a Prosecutor, and the Protection of American Democracy" --A timeline of the major events of the Special Counsel's investigation from May 2017, when Robert Mueller was appointed, to the present day --A guide to individuals involved, including in the Special Counsel's Office, the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Trump Campaign, the White House, the Trump legal defense team, and the Russians --Key documents in the Special Counsel's investigation, including filings pertaining to General Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and the Russian internet operation in St. Petersburg. Each document is introduced and explained by Washington Post reporters. One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country's most seasoned prosecutors. The Special Counsel's investigation looms as a turning point in American history. The Mueller Report is essential reading for all citizens concerned about the fate of the presidency and the future of our democracy.

Moneyland : the inside story of the crooks and kleptocrats who rule the world

May 14, 2019
Bullough, Oliver, 1977- author.
296 pages ; 24 cm
First published in Great Britain byProfile Books.
Kleptocracies, governments run by corrupt leaders that prosper at the expense of their people, are on the rise. Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland--the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich. Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, attacking the foundations of many of the world's most stable countries.

An American woman living in Egypt : life during the Islamic takeover

May 13, 2019
Berens, Cheri, author.
257 pages ; 23 cm
Egypt 101 -- The Revolution: U.S. Involvement -- The Christian origins of the Quran -- The beginning of the end -- The end.
"Cheri Berens was doing research and had settled into married life with her Egyptian husband when the Arab Spring began. Quickly recognizing that western media was concealing the truth, Cheri began documenting the events that were taking place. The violent protests & chaos distracted the public while the Muslim Brotherhood censored and arrested members of the media, removed judges and replaced police with members of Islamist militias. Egyptian history was removed from textbooks and replaced with Islamic History. Only an Islamic identity was acceptable to the Muslim Brotherhood. Though the final process was implemented in a matter of months, the foundation of takeover had been long laid. The Muslim Brotherhood had placed activists inside universities and the Islamification began by altering the minds of Egypt's youth.Through personal experiences, Cheri unfolds a fascinating story of a foreign culture and illustrates how Egypt's culture was being systematically removed and replaced with Islam. Cheri exposes the Arab Spring for what it was --including U.S. involvement and fully demonstrates why there is a similar crisis lurking subversively inside America and exposes Islam for the devious system of takeover that it is"--from Back cover.

Reclaiming 42 : public memory and the reframing of Jackie Robinson's radical legacy

May 10, 2019
Naze, David, author.
Lincoln, Nebraska : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]
xviii, 212 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- The post-career political Jackie Robinson -- The Robinson-Robeson clash -- The museum narratives -- "Jackie Robinson Day": the contemporary legacy -- Conclusion: taking inventory of a legacy.
"Reclaiming 42 centers on one of America's most respected cultural icons, Jackie Robinson, and the forgotten aspects of his cultural legacy. Since his retirement in 1956, and more strongly in the last twenty years, America has primarily remembered Robinson's legacy in an oversimplified way, as the pioneering first black baseball player to integrate the Major Leagues. The mainstream commemorative discourse regarding Robinson's career has been created and directed largely by Major League Baseball (MLB), which sanitized and oversimplified his legacy into narratives of racial reconciliation that celebrate his integrity, character, and courage while excluding other aspects of his life, such as his controversial political activity, his public clashes with other prominent members of the black community, and his criticism of MLB. MLB's commemoration of Robinson reflects a professional sport that is inclusive, racially and culturally tolerant, and largely post-racial. Yet Robinson's identity--and therefore his memory--has been relegated to the boundaries of a baseball diamond and to the context of a sport, and it is within this oversimplified legacy that history has failed him.The dominantversion of Robinson's legacy ignores his political voice during and after his baseball career and pays little attention to the repercussions that his integration had on many factions within the black community. Reclaiming 42 illuminates how public memory of Robinson has undergone changes over the last sixty-plus years and moves his story beyond Robinson the baseball player, opening a new, broader interpretation of an otherwise seemingly convenient narrative to show how Robinson's legacy ultimately should both challenge and inspire public memory"-- Provided by publisher.

A good American family : the Red Scare and my father

May 9, 2019
Maraniss, David, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
416 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The imperfect S -- In from the cold -- Outside the gate -- Red menace -- Wheelman wood -- Negro, not niggra -- A new world coming -- A brief Spanish inquisition -- The runner -- Named -- Ace and mary -- Fear and loathing -- Something in the wind -- Legless -- Know your men -- Why I fight -- In the blood -- The power of America -- The Virginian -- Foley square -- Committee men -- A good American family -- March 12, 1952 -- The whole pattern of a life -- Witches or traitors -- American wanderers -- Epilogue. second acts.
"A personal story of the author's father's involvement in HUAC that offers a rich portrait of McCarthy era America"--Provided by publisher.

Going stealth : transgender politics and U.S. surveillance practices

May 2, 2019
Beauchamp, Toby, 1977- author.
Durham ; London : Duke University Press, [2019]
xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : Suspicious visibility -- Deceptive documents -- Flying under the radar -- Bathrooms, borders, and biometrics -- Sensitive information in the Manning case -- Conclusion : On endurance.

Antisemitism in film comedy in Nazi Germany

May 2, 2019
Weinstein, Valerie, 1971- author.
Bloomington, Indiana : Indiana University Press, 2019.
xi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Acknowledgments -- Note on translation -- Introduction: reconceiving antisemitism in Third Reich film comedy -- Overt and inferential antisemitism in Nazi writings and the film trade press -- Overt antisemitism, Jewish difference, and colonial whiteness in early Third Reich film comedy: nur nicht weich werden, Susanne! and die blume von Hawaii -- Comic ersatz: Viktor und Viktoria and Gluckskinder -- Wenn wir alle Engel waren as the model of a racialized German humor -- Capitalism, colonialism, and the white Jew in April! April! and Donogoo Tonka -- Mistaken identity and the masked Jew in Robert und Bertram -- Jewish absence, epistemic murk, and the aesthetics of cremation in Munchhausen and Die Feuerzangenbowle -- Conclusion -- Works cited -- Index.
Today many Germans remain nostalgic about "classic" film comedies created during the 1930s, viewing them as a part of the Nazi era that was not tainted with antisemitism. In Antisemitism in Film Comedy in Nazi Germany, Valerie Weinstein scrutinizes these comic productions and demonstrates that film comedy, despite its innocent appearance, was a critical component in the effort to separate "Jews" from "Germans," physically, economically, and artistically. -- Back cover

Our lost declaration : America's fight against tyranny from King George to the deep state

May 1, 2019
Lee, Mike, 1971- author.
xix, 220 pages ; 24 cm
"There is perhaps no more powerful sentence in human history, written in Philadelphia in the oppressively hot summer of 1776: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Despite the earth-shattering power of Jefferson's simple sentence and the document in which it is found, many Americans today don't understand or appreciate the Declaration's gravity. As a result, we have lost touch with much of what makes our country so special: the distinctly American belief in the dignity of every human soul. Our nation was born in an act of rebellion against an all-powerful government. In Our Lost Declaration, Senator Mike Lee tells the dramatic, little-known stories of the offenses committed by the British crown against its own subjects. From London's attempts to shut down colonial legislatures to hauling John Hancock before a court without a jury, the abuses of a strong central government were felt far and wide. They spurred our Founders to risk their lives in defense of their rights, and their efforts established a vision of political freedom that would change the course of history"-- Provided by publisher.

A politics of love : a handbook for a new American revolution

April 26, 2019
Williamson, Marianne, 1952- author.
230 pages ; 22 cm
"Marianne Williamson confronts the politics of fear with a powerful new paradigm that turns love into a political force. With her trademark wisdom and care, Williamson urges all Americans to reach into our hearts to reclaim our love for democracy and our passion for the possible. Only that, she says, will heal our country and our world."--Book jacket.

Days of hate. Act two

April 26, 2019
Kot, Ales, 1986- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contains material originally published in single magazine form as Days of hate #7-12.
"The finale of a dystopian tragedy. The United States of America, 2022. This is a story of a war. The loss that ripped them apart drove Huian into the arms of the police state and Amanda toward a guerrilla war against the white supremacy. As secret agendas are revealed, hard decisions must be made."-- Provided by the publisher.

Catholic republic : why America will perish without Rome

April 24, 2019
Gordon, Timothy (Philosopher), author.
ix, 289 pages ; 22 cm
An introduction important enough to be a chapter -- Breaking the old regime: the crypto-Catholicism of the natural rights in the Declaration of Independence -- Making the new regime: the crypto-Catholicism of the subsidiarity in the U.S. Constitution -- Staking the new regime in the American culture: the crypto-Catholicism of American morality -- Staking the new regime in the American culture: the crypto-Catholicism of church and personhood -- Staking the new regime in the American culture: the crypto-Catholicism of American family and economy -- Staking the new regime in the American culture: the crypto-Catholicism of science and technology.
"Some Christians decry the deism of our Founding Fathers, claiming that outright anti-Christian principles lie at the heart of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, crippling from birth our beloved republic. Here philosopher Timothy Gordon forcefully disagrees, arguing that while anti-Catholic bias kept them from admitting their reliance on Aristotle, Aquinas, and the early Jesuits, our Protestant and Enlightenment Founding Fathers secretly held Catholic views about politics and nature. Had they fully adhered to Catholic principles, argues Gordon, the 'Catholic republic' that is America from its birth would not today be on the verge of social collapse. The instinctive Catholicism of our Founders would have prevented the cancerous growth of the state, our subsequent loss of liberties, the destruction of families, abortion on demand, the death of free markets, and the horrors of today's pervasive pagan culture. In Catholic Republic, Gordon recounts our nation's clandestine history of publicly repudiating, yet privately relying on, Catholic ideas about politics and nature. At this late hour in the life of the Church and the world, America still can be saved, claims Gordon, if only we soon return to the Catholic principles that are the indispensable foundation of all successful republics."--Amazon website.

How organizations develop activists : civic associations and leadership in the 21st century

April 24, 2019
Han, Hahrie.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014]
xiii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Chapter 1 Introduction -- Chapter 2 Setting Up the Comparative Case Studies -- Chapter 3 Choosing Strategies for Building Power -- Chapter 4 Organizing -- Chapter 5 Mobilizing -- Chapter 6 Conclusion -- Appendix A: Methods.
"Why are some civic associations better than others at getting--and keeping--people involved in activism? From to the National Rifle Association, Health Care for America Now to the Sierra Club, membership-based civic associations constantly seek to engage people in civic and political action. What makes some more effective than others? Using in-person observations, surveys, and field experiments, this book compares organizations with strong records of engaging people in health and environmental politics to those with weaker records. To build power, civic associations need quality and quantity (or depth and breadth) of activism. They need lots of people to take action and also a cadre of leaders to develop and execute that activity. Yet, models for how to develop activists and leaders are not necessarily transparent. This book provides these models to help associations build the power they want and support a healthy democracy. In particular, the book examines organizing, mobilizing, and lone wolf models of engagement and shows how highly active associations blend mobilizing and organizing to transform their members' motivations and capacities for involvement. This is not a simple story about the power of offline versus online organizing. Instead, it is a story about how associations can blend both online and offline strategies to build their activist base. In this compelling book, Hahrie Han explains how civic associations can invest in their members and build the capacity they need to inspire action"-- Provided by publisher.

The Black Panther Party : a guide to an American subculture

April 19, 2019
Wilson, Jamie Jaywann, author.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC., [2018]
xxvi, 134 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
All power to the people: Black power politics after the Civil Rights Movement -- The Black panthers in the American South -- Black panthers on the Atlantic shore: from hope to death and back again -- The Black panthers in the Midwest -- The Black panthers in art and culture -- Conclusion.

Defying Hitler : the Germans who resisted Nazi rule

April 17, 2019
Thomas, Gordon, 1933-2017, author.
xvi, 542 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Meetings in Madison -- Enemies of the people -- The American embassy -- The battle for German youth -- The Moscow connection -- Hans Oster -- Munich -- America's spy -- Kristallnacht -- A summer ends in war -- Crossing the Rubicon -- The Luftwaffe officer -- God's witness -- Corsican delivers -- Life unworthy of life -- Dangerous to know -- Operation 7 -- Tresckow -- Questions for the Abwehr -- Rote Kapelle -- Fire in Berlin -- A student in Munich -- An order for Gerstein -- Belzec -- The hunted -- Hitler's bloodhound -- White Rose : the Harnack connection -- Swift arrests demanded -- Long live freedom -- On the run -- Mr. Douglas and Mr. Wood -- The brandy bomb -- The "Z Grau" file -- Unmasking Cicero -- Enter Stauffenberg -- Valkyrie -- Valkyrie unravels -- Sonderkommission 20 Juli -- Götterdämmerung.
"An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi rule"-- Provided by publisher.

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