New Arrivals · Politics

August 7, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Indo-Pacific empire: China, America and the contest for the world's pivotal region

August 6, 2020
Medcalf, Rory, author.
©2020
x, 310 pages : illustrations (black and white), color maps on endpapers ; 24 cm
Colored maps on end papers.

LEWSER! : more Doonesbury in the time of Trump

August 5, 2020
Trudeau, G. B., 1948- author.
©2020
127 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
The third volume of the Doonesbury trilogy chronicling Donald Trump's presidency.

The fight for the soul of the Democratic Party : the enduring legacy of Henry Wallace's antifascist, antiracist politics

August 5, 2020
Nichols, John, 1959- author.
London ; New York : Verso, 2020.
xvii, 286 pages ; 22 cm

Of bears and ballots : an Alaskan adventure in small-town politics

August 4, 2020
Lende, Heather, 1959- author.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020.
274 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Heather Lende, inspired to take a more active role in politics, runs for assembly member in Haines, Alaska-and wins. But tiny Haines-a place accessible from the nearest city, Juneau, only by boat or plane-isn't the sleepy town it appears to be. From a bitter debate about the expansion of the fishing boat harbor to the matter of how to stop bears from rifling through garbage to the recall campaign that targeted three assembly members, including Lende, we witness the nitty-gritty of passing legislation, the lofty ideals of our republic, and how the polarizing national politics of our era play out in one small town"--Provided by publisher.

The people, no : a brief history of anti-populism

August 4, 2020
Frank, Thomas, 1965- author.
New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2020.
307 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Introduction : the cure for the common man -- What was populism? -- "Because right is right and God Is God" -- Peak populism in the proletarian decade -- "The upheaval of the unfit" -- Consensus redensus -- Lift every voice -- The money changers burn the temple -- Let us now scold uncouth men -- Conclusion : the question.
"From the prophetic author of the now-classic What's the Matter with Kansas? and Listen, Liberal, an eye-opening account of populism, the most important-and misunderstood-movement of our time. Rarely does a work of history contain startling implications for the present, but in The People, No Thomas Frank pulls off that explosive effect by showing us that everything we think we know about populism is wrong. Today "populism" is seen as a frightening thing, a term pundits use to describe the racist philosophy of Donald Trump and European extremists. But this is a mistake. The real story of populism is an account of enlightenment and liberation; it is the story of American democracy itself, of its ever-widening promise of a decent life for all. Taking us from the tumultuous 1890s, when the radical left-wing Populist Party-the biggest mass movement in American history-fought Gilded Age plutocrats to the reformers' great triumphs under Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Frank reminds us how much we owe to the populist ethos. Frank also shows that elitist groups have reliably detested populism, lashing out at working-class concerns. The anti-populist vituperations by the Washington centrists of today are only the latest expression. Frank pummels the elites, revisits the movement's provocative politics, and declares true populism to be the language of promise and optimism. The People, No is a ringing affirmation of a movement that, Frank shows us, is not the problem of our times, but the solution for what ails us"-- Provided by publisher.

Let them eat Tweets : how the right rules in an age of extreme inequality

August 4, 2020
Hacker, Jacob S., author.
New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2020]
266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The conservative dilemma -- Republicans embrace plutocracy -- Organizing through outrage -- Identity and plutocracy -- A very civil war -- Tyranny of the (wealthy and extreme) minority.
"A groundbreaking account of how the dangerous alliance of right-wing plutocrats and populists threatens the very pillars of American democracy. We often assume that the Republican Party is divided between a tax-cutting old guard and a white-nationalist vanguard-and that with Donald Trump's ascendance, the upstarts are winning. Yet as New York Times best-selling authors Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson demonstrate, plutocrats and populists are now effectively allies in an intensifying fight to lock in America's skyrocketing inequality. Conservative parties can always be expected to side with economic elites, but when faced with popular resistance, they usually allow for policies that benefit the working and middle classes. Yet today's Republicans are an anomaly. Not only are they doubling down on a truly radical, elite-benefitting economic agenda, but even once-respectable conservatives have turned to nativist appeals and racist dog whistles-and, increasingly, to assaults on democracy itself. Drawing on decades of research, Hacker and Pierson offer a new framework for understanding this vicious circle of deregulation and fear-mongering-and show how we can fight it"-- Provided by publisher.

Relentless pursuit : my fight for the victims of Jeffrey Epstein

August 4, 2020
Edwards, Bradley J., author.
©2020
xii, 386 pages ; 24 cm
The definitive story of the case against Jeffrey Epstein and the corrupt system that supported him told in thrilling detail by the lawyer who has represented Epstein's victims for more than a decade.

Use the power you have : a brown woman's guide to politics and political change

August 4, 2020
Jayapal, Pramila, 1965- author.
©2020
350 pages ; 24 cm
My immigrant story -- Becoming an American, becoming an activist -- Why not me? Running for office -- State Senate : a proving ground -- Congress : testing my theory at the highest level -- The movement goes to Washington -- Building, pushing, surging : the Squad, Pelosi, and me -- Moral vision : immigration -- Moral vision : Medicare for all -- Moral vision : the fight for $15 and the three supremacies.
"In November 2016, Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, the first Indian American woman to serve in that role. Two years later, the "fast-rising Democratic star and determined critic of President Donald Trump," according to Politico's Playbook 2017 "Power List," won reelection with more votes than any other member of the House. Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, proved her progressive bonafides when she introduced the most comprehensive Medicare-for-all bill to Congress in February. Behind the story of Jayapal's rise to political prominence lie over two decades of devoted advocacy on behalf of immigrants and progressive causes--and years of learning how to turn activism into public policy that serves all Americans. Use the Power You Have is Jayapal's account of the path from sixteen-year-old Indian immigrant to grassroots activist, state senator, and now progressive powerhouse in Washington, DC. Written with passion and insight, Use the Power You Have offers a wealth of ideas and inspiration for a new generation of engaged citizens interested in fighting back and making change, whether in Washington or in their own communities."-- Provided by publisher.

LGBTQ Cincinnati

August 4, 2020
Schneck, Ken.
©2020
95 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection has original printed wrappers.
We connect : groups, activities, and spaces -- We gather : spaces and events -- We communicate : media -- We organize : activism and issues -- We march : pride celebrations.
"Cincinnati's LGBTQ history is a study in riveting contradictions. Seen as one of the more conservative cities in Ohio, Cincinnati is also the home of the first Pride march in the entire state. A strong move to censor the LGBTQ-related art of Robert Mapplethorpe at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center resulted in a nationally publicized trial where freedom of expression emerged victorious in the face of those who zealously sought to suppress the LGBTQ community's voice. The passage of Issue 3 in 1993 epitomized the tenet that minority rights should never be up for majority vote, while the repeal of Article XII eleven years later displayed the sheer power of mobilization. Through protests, celebrations, and demonstrations of unadulterated pride, Cincinnati has proven itself over and over again as a community of individuals trying to make the Queen City live up to its royal--and decidedly LGBTQ--name. Ken Schneck is an author, radio host, and professor at Baldwin Wallace University, where he teaches courses on antiracism, ethical leadership, and creating community-based change. He went from house to house to gather images and stories from the advocates, rabble-rousers, and change-makers who have fought for decades to bring LGBTQ visibility and equality to Cincinnati"--Page [4] of cover.

Into the streets : a young person's visual history of protest in the United States

August 3, 2020
Bieschke, Marke, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Zest Books, [2020]
168 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
"Prominently featured photos, artwork, and other visual elements will guide young adult readers through this lively, informative exploration of significant protests, sit-ins, and collective acts of resistance throughout US history."-- Provided by publisher.

How to lose the information war : Russia, fake news, and the future of conflict

August 3, 2020
Jankowicz, Nina, author.
London : I.B. Tauris, 2020.
xxvii 259 pages ; 22 cm

Fallout : nuclear bribes, Russian spies, and the Washington lies that enriched the Clinton and Biden dynasties

August 1, 2020
Solomon, John, author.
©2020
xiv, 338 pages ; 24 cm
"A Bombardier Books book"--Title page verso.
Foreword -- Chapter 1: Putin's nuclear conquest: the uncanny origins of Trump's Impeachment -- Chapter 2: Putin and the oligarchs: how Putin used the Soviet playbook and weaponized energy deals -- Chapter 3: Putin's coldest war: the strategic quest for global nuclear dominance -- Chapter 4: Obama's nuclear cronies: how a young anti-nuclear activist grew up to become a pro-nuclear president -- Chapter 5: Clinton cash (Part II): From Kazakhstan to Russia, with love and money -- Chapter 6: Putin and the pastor: a nuclear bribery plot exposed -- Chapter 7: The Gatekeepers of CFIUS: how Clinton turned a national security review into a tollbooth (and how Obama allowed It) -- Chapter 8: Reset cracks and Skolkovo hacks: the Russian-Silicon Valley tech transfer -- Chapter 9: The Ukraine boomerang: Obama's Russia failures unleash new chaos and cronyism in Ukraine -- Chapter 10: Uranium one, spygate, and impeachment: what they portend for the future -- Endnotes -- Acknowledgments
"An exhaustively researched book that reads like an investigative thriller, Fallout reveals how Obama's "Russian Reset" led to corruption, scandal, and a desperate bid to impeach Donald Trump. In 2015, a a major story broke exposing Hillary Clinton's role in approving the sale of American uranium assets to the Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom. Not only did the sale of Uranium One put 20 percent of America's domestic uranium supply under the control of Vladimir Putin, there was also evidence that the Clintons themselves had hugely profited from the deal. When presidential candidate Donald Trump made Uranium One the centerpiece of his "Crooked Hillary" attacks, the Clinton team feared its potential to damage Hillary's campaign. Others in the Obama-Biden camp worried that if elected, Trump would expose their role in selling out America's security to Putin. Their desperate need to neutralize the issue led them to launch an unprecedented investigation into the Trump campaign's purported ties to Russia. The infamous Steele dossier, produced by Clinton-connected Fusion GPS, sparked an investigation under FBI Director James Comey. Instead of ending after the election, the investigation grew bigger, eventually leading to Comey's firing and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When Mueller failed to find grounds for impeachment, Democrats seized on an ambiguous phone call with the Ukrainian president as a pretext to remove Trump from office. This gambit blew up in their faces when it exposed the secrets that Democrats tried hard to keep buried. An indispensable guide to the hidden background of recent events, Fallout shows how Putin's bid for nuclear dominance produced a series of political scandals that ultimately posed one of the greatest threats to our democracy in modern American history"--Page [4] of cover.

The spiritual danger of Donald Trump : 30 evangelical Christians on justice, truth, and moral integrity

July 31, 2020
Eugene, OR : Cascade Books, [2020]
xxii, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Prologue : When we respond to God's calling / Bandy X. Lee -- Introduction : Our common commitment to Christ / Ronald J. Sider -- Part I. On Trump : -- 1. Why "mere" words matter : the President's words, and our words about the President / Mark Galli -- 2. God hates a lying tongue / Chris Thurman -- 3. Donald Trump's low view of women : silence is not an option / Vicki Courtney -- 4. Race-baiter, misogynist, and fool / Napp Nazworth -- 5. Humility, pride, and the presidency of Donald Trump / Michael Austin -- 6. The Trump brand and the mocking of Christian values / Irene Fowler -- 7. 10 reasons Chrstians should reconsider their support of Trump / Christopher Pieper & Matt Henderson -- 8. President Trump and the COVID-19 epidemic / Ronald J. Sider -- Part II. On Evangelical Support of Trump : -- 9. The deepening crisis in evangelical Christianity / Peter Wehner -- 10. Donald Trump and the death of Evangelicalism/ Randall Balmer -- 11. Will the evangelical center remain silent in 2020? / Ronald J. Sider -- 12. Voices from the global evangelical community / J. Samuel Escobar, David S. Lim, & D Zac Niringiye -- 13. "If you board the wrong train..." : American Christians, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Donald Trump / Stephen Haynes -- 14. Hymn for the 81% / Daniel Deitrich -- 15. Trump, the last temptation / George Yancey -- 16. Immoral, spineless, demonic, prideful, blind, stupid, and lacking in grace? / Chris Thurman -- 17. Setting your own rules and cognitive dissonance : the case of Donald Trump and conservative Christian evangelicals / Edward G. Simmons, David C. Ludden, & J. Colin Harris -- Part III. On Theological, Historical, and Constitutional Issues Regarding Trump : -- 18. Christ the center and norm / Miroslav Volf & Ryan McAnnally-Linz -- 19. Evangelical double-mindedness in support of Donald Trump / James W. Skillen & James R. Skillen -- 20. What white evangelicals can learn about politics from the civil rights movement / John Fea -- 21. At odds : the collision of Scripture and current immigration policy / Reid Ribble -- 22. Quo vadis, America / Steven E. Meyer -- 23. Three prophetic voices against silence / Edward G. Simmons -- 24. An anvil which wears out many hammers : a call for the church to remain holy in an era of bitter partisanship / Christopher Hutchinson -- 25. The Constitutionand faith : Does it matter? / Julia Stronks -- Afterword : On returning to Christ / Ronald J. Sider
What should Christians think about Donald Trump? His policies, his style, his personal life? Thirty evangelical Christians wrestle with these tough questions. They are Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. They don't all agree, but they seek to let Christ be the Lord of their political views. They seek to apply biblical standards to difficult debates about our current political situation. Vast numbers of white evangelicals enthusiastically support Donald Trump. Do biblical standards on truth, justice, life, freedom, and personal integrity warrant or challenge that support? How does that support of President Trump affect the image of Christianity in the larger culture? Around the world? Many younger evangelicals today are rejecting evangelical Christianity, even Christianity itself. To what extent is that because of widespread evangelical support for Donald Trump? Don't read this book to find support for your views. Read it to be challenged--with facts, reason, and biblical principles .

How to destroy America in three easy steps

July 30, 2020
Shapiro, Ben, author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
xxix, 248 pages ; 24 cm
The American philosophy -- Disintegrating American philosophy -- The American culture -- The Disintegrationist culture -- The American history -- Disintegrating American history.
Traditional areas of civic agreement are vanishing. We can't agree on what makes America special. We can't even agree that America is special. We're coming to the point that we can't even agree what the word America itself means. "Disintegrationists" say we're stronger together, but their assault on America's history, philosophy, and culture will only tear us apart. Who are the disintegrationists? From Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States to the New York Times' 1619 project, many modern analyses view American history through the lens of competing oppressions, a racist and corrupt experiment from the very beginning. They see American philosophy as a lie -- beautiful words pasted over a thoroughly rotted system. They see America's culture of rights as a façade that merely reinforces traditional hierarchies of power, instead of being the only culture that guarantees freedom for individuals. Disintegrationist attacks on the values that built our nation are insidious because they replace each foundational belief, from the rights to free speech and self-defense to the importance of marriage and faith communities, with nothing more than an increased reliance on the government. This twisted disintegrationist vision replaces the traditional "unionist" understanding that all Americans are united in a shared striving toward the perfection of universal ideals. How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps shows that to be a cohesive nation we have to uphold foundational truths about ourselves, our history, and reality itself--to be unionists instead of disintegrationists. Shapiro offers a vital warning that if we don't recover these shared truths, our future--our union--as a great country is threatened with destruction.

The hunting of Hillary : the forty-year campaign to destroy Hillary Clinton

July 30, 2020
D'Antonio, Michael, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2020.
338 pages ; 25 cm
"Michael D'Antonio details the past years of Hillary Clinton as she pursued a life of politics and policy."--Provided by publisher.

To start a war : how the Bush Administration took America into Iraq

July 30, 2020
Draper, Robert, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2020.
xiv, 480 pages ; 24 cm
"Even now, after more than fifteen years, it is hard to see the invasion of Iraq through the cool, considered gaze of history. For too many people, the damage is still too palpable, and still unfolding. Most of the major players in that decision are still with us, and few are not haunted by it, in one way or another. Perhaps that combination, the passage of the years and the still unresolved trauma, explains why so many protagonists opened up so fully for the first time to Robert Draper. Draper's prodigious reporting has yielded scores of important new revelations, from the important to the merely absurd. As a whole, the book paints a vivid and indelible picture of a decision-making process that was fatally compromised, by a combination of post-9/11 fear and paranoia, rank naïveté, craven groupthink, and a set of actors with idées fixes who gamed the process relentlessly. Everything was believed; nothing was true. The intelligence failure was comprehensive. Draper's fair-mindedness and deep understanding of the principal actors suffuse his account, as does a storytelling genius that is close to sorcery. No one is cheap-shotted here, which makes the ultimate conclusion all the more damning. In the spirit of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August and Marc Bloch's Strange Defeat, To Start A War will stand as the definitive account of a collective process that arrived at evidence that would prove to be not just dubious but entirely false, driven by imagination rather than a quest for truth--evidence to drive a verdict that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and a flood tide of chaos in the Middle East that shows no signs of ebbing"-- Provided by publisher.

Defender in chief : Donald Trump's fight for presidential power

July 30, 2020
Yoo, John, author.
©2020
viii, 310 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction -- "You're hired!": Trump and the electoral college -- "The end of my presidency": Trump and enforcing the law -- "I need loyalty!": Trump and the revolt of the bureaucracy -- Draining the swamp: the president's power to reverse -- "We have to have borders": Trump and immigration -- America first: Trump and foreign policy -- Fire and fury: Trump at war -- "See you in the Supreme Court": the Trump judiciary -- "You're fired!": impeaching the president -- Epilogue.
"Celebrated constitutional scholar John Yoo makes a provocative case against Donald Trump's alleged disruption of constitutional rules and norms. Donald Trump isn't shredding the Constitution-he's its greatest defender. Ask any liberal-and many moderate conservatives-and they'll tell you that Donald Trump is a threat to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. Mainstream media outlets have reported fresh examples of alleged executive overreach or authoritarian White House decisions nearly every day of his presidency. In the 2020 primaries, the candidates have rushed to accuse Trump of destroying our democracy and jeopardizing our nation's very existence. Yoo argues that this charge has things exactly backwards. Far from considering Trump an inherent threat to our nation's founding principles, Yoo convincingly argues that Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton would have seen Trump as returning to their vision of presidential power, even at his most controversial. It is instead liberal opponents who would overthrow existing constitutional understanding in order to unseat Trump, but in getting their man would inflict permanent damage on the office of the presidency, the most important office in our constitutional system and the world. This provocative and engaging work is a compelling defense of an embattled president's ideas and actions."-- Provided by publisher.

The world : a brief introduction

July 30, 2020
Haass, Richard, author.
©2020
xxii, 378 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
From the Thirty Years' War to the outbreak of World War I (1618-1914) -- From World War I through World War II (1914-1945) -- The Cold War (1945-1989) -- The post-Cold War era (1989-present) -- Europe -- East Asia and the Pacific -- South Asia -- The Middle East -- Africa -- The Americas -- Globalization -- Terrorism and counterterrorism -- Nuclear proliferation -- Climate change -- Migration -- The Internet, cyberspace, and cybersecurity -- Global health -- Trade and investment -- Currency and monetary policy -- Development -- Sovereignty, self-determination, and balance of power -- Alliances and coalitions -- International society -- War between countries -- Internal instability and war within countries -- The liberal world order.
"This book is designed to provide readers with the background and building blocks they need in order to answer for themselves the critical questions about what is taking place around the world and why. It explains what makes each region of the world tick, the many challenges globalization presents, and the most influential countries, events, and ideas. Its aim is to help readers become more informed, discerning citizens, better able to arrive at sound, independent judgments and less vulnerable to being misled"-- Provided by publisher.

The NRA : the unauthorized history

July 29, 2020
Smyth, Frank (Journalist), author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
295 pages ; 25 cm
With an eye toward future wars -- The "royal" NRA -- The promiscuous toting of guns -- A high plane of honest, frank discussion -- Public opinion demands some control -- The awakening -- A great religion -- The politburo -- The business model -- Hidden hands -- A family sport -- The creed.
"The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large. None is as controversial. It is largely due to the NRA that the U.S. gun policy differs so extremely--some would say so tragically--from that of every other developed nation. But, as Frank Smyth shows, the NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship--and which supported most government efforts around gun control for a hundred years--to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history. Here is that story, from the NRA's surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City to the defining event that changed its culture forever--the so called Cincinnati Revolt of 1977--to the present day, where President Donald Trump is the most ardent champion in the White House the NRA has ever had. For anyone who has looked at access to guns in our society and asked "Why?", this is an unmatched account of how we got here, and who got us here."--Amazon.com.

In the hands of the people : Thomas Jefferson on equality, faith, freedom, compromise, and the art of citizenship

July 29, 2020
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
©2020
xxi, 98 pages ; 20 cm
"Thomas Jefferson believed in the covenant between a government and its citizens, in both the government's responsibilities to its people and also the people's responsibility to the republic. In this illuminating collection, a project of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham has gathered Jefferson's most powerful and provocative reflections on the subject, drawn from public speeches and documents as well as his private correspondence. Still relevant centuries later, Jefferson's words provide a manual for U.S. citizenship in the twenty-first century. His thoughts will re-shape and revitalize the way readers relate to concepts including Freedom: "Divided we stand, united we fall." The importance of a free press:"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Public education: "Enlighten the public generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body & mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day." Participation in government: A citizen should be "a participator in the government of affairs not merely at an election, one day in the year, but every day.""-- Provided by publisher.

Shadow state : murder, mayhem and Russia's remaking of the West

July 29, 2020
Harding, Luke, 1968- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2020]
323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Visitors from Moscow -- Bashnya -- You and I -- Four pillars -- The Servants -- Close access -- Everything is open -- East India company -- Moscow gold -- Tonto -- Reckoning -- Quid pro quo.
"A thrilling account of how Russia is waging a hidden war against America and the West, using espionage, corruption, fake news, and KGB-style murder."--Jacket.

Say it louder! : black voters, white narratives, and saving our democracy

July 29, 2020
Cross, Tiffany D., author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
xiii, 240 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword: Bearing the cross / by Michael Eric Dyson -- Introduction -- How I got here. For colored girls who consider journalism when twitter is not enough ; I'm beat! ; Ring the alarm! -- How WE got here. The Trump card ; The red summer ; White economic anxiety in West Virginia [crossed out] Black economic anxiety in Michigan ; Georgia outkasts ; Ohio and the purge ; Florida man ; You down with GOP? ; Silencing Black women ; Kamala's campaign -- Where we need to go. If you don't vote, you don't count? ; Fade to Black.
Black voters were critical to the Democrats' 2018 blue wave. In fact, 90 percent of Black voters supported Democratic House candidates, compared to just 53 percent of all voters. Despite media narratives, this was not a fluke. Throughout U.S. history, Black people have played a crucial role in the shaping of the American experiment. Yet still, this powerful voting bloc is often dismissed as some "amorphous" deviation, argues Tiffany Cross. Say It Louder! is her explosive examination of how America's composition was designed to exclude Black voters, but paradoxically would likely cease to exist without them. With multiple tentacles stretching into the cable news echo chamber, campaign leadership, and Black voter data, Cross creates a wrinkle in time with a reflective look at the timeless efforts endlessly attempting to deny people of color the right to vote--a basic tenet of American democracy. And yet as the demographics of the country are changing, so too is the electoral power construct--by evolution and by force, Cross declares. Grounded in the most-up-to-date research, Say It Louder! is a vital tool for a wide swath of constituencies."--Amazon.

Twilight of democracy : the seductive lure of authoritarianism

July 29, 2020
Applebaum, Anne, 1964- author.
New York : Doubleday, [2020]
206 pages ; 20 cm
New Year's Eve -- How demagogues win -- The future of nostalgia -- Cascades of falsehood -- Prairie fire -- The unending of history.
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains, with electrifying clarity, why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. Across the world today, from the U.S. to Europe and beyond, liberal democracy is under siege while different forms of authoritarianism are on the rise. In Twilight of Democracy, prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum argues that we should not be surprised by this change: There is an inherent appeal to political systems with radically simple beliefs, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else. People are not just ideological, she contends in this captivating extended essay; they are also practical, pragmatic, opportunist. The authoritarian and nationalist parties that have arisen within modern democracies offer new paths to wealth or power for their adherents. Describing politicians, journalists, intellectuals, and others who have abandoned democratic ideals in the UK, U.S., Spain, Poland, and Hungary, Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, social media, and nostalgia to change their societies"-- Provided by publisher.

Burning down the house : Newt Gingrich, the fall of a speaker, and the rise of the new Republican Party

July 28, 2020
Zelizer, Julian E., author.
©2020
356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In 1989, Gingrich brought down the Democratic Speaker of the House Jim Wright and catapulted himself into the national spotlight. Perhaps more than any other politician, Gingrich introduced the rhetoric and tactics that have shaped Congress and the Republican Party for the last three decades."--Provided by publisher.

American crusade : our fight to stay free

July 27, 2020
Hegseth, Pete, author.
©2020
339 pages ; 25 cm
Pete Hegseth explores whether the election of President Donald J. Trump was sign of a national rebirth, or instead the final act of a nation that has surrendered to Leftists who demand socialism, globalism, secularism, and politically-correct elitism.

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