New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

January 14, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American oligarchs : the Kushners, the Trumps, and the marriage of money and power

January 13, 2020
Bernstein, Andrea, 1961- author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
484 pages ; 25 cm
A multigenerational saga of two families, who rose from immigrant roots to the pinnacle of wealth and power, that tracks the unraveling of American democracy. In American Oligarchs, award-winning investigative journalist Andrea Bernstein tells the story of the Trump and Kushner families like never before. Their journey to the White House is a story of survival and loss, crime and betrayal, that stretches from the Klondike Gold Rush, through Nazi-occupied Poland and across the American Century, to our new gilded age. In building and maintaining their dynastic wealth, these families came to embody the rising nationalism and inequality that has pushed the United States to the brink of oligarchy. Building on her landmark reporting for the acclaimed podcast Trump, Inc. and The New Yorker, Bernstein's painstaking detective work brings to light new information about the families' arrival as immigrants to America, their paths to success, and the business and personal lives of the president and his closest family members. Bernstein traces how the two families ruthlessly harnessed New York and New Jersey machine politics to gain valuable tax breaks and grew rich on federal programs that bolstered the middle class. She shows how the Trump Organization, denied credit by American banks, turned to shady international capital. She reveals astonishing new details about Charles Kushner's attempts to ensnare his brother-in-law with a prostitute and explores how Jared Kushner and his father used a venerable New York newspaper to bolster their business empire. Drawing on more than two hundred interviews and more than one hundred thousand pages of documents, many previously unseen or long forgotten, Bernstein shows how the Trumps and the Kushners repeatedly broke rules and then leveraged secrecy, intimidation, and prosecutorial and judicial power to avoid legal consequences. The result is a compelling narrative that details how the Trump and Kushner dynasties encouraged and profited from a system of corruption, dark money, and influence trading, and that reveals the historical turning points and decisions--on taxation, regulation, white-collar crime, and campaign finance laws--that have brought us to where we are today.

Free, Melania : the unauthorized biography

December 17, 2019
Bennett, Kate (Journalist), author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
x, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
The speech -- The reluctant campaigner -- The tape -- The girl from Slovenia -- The Donald -- The girlfriend -- The business of becoming Mrs. Donald Trump -- The wedding of the century -- Family first, first family -- Just Melania -- The White House -- A most independent First Lady -- Cordial, not close -- The firing squad -- The East Wing, the White House's tightest ship -- The marriage -- A room of her own -- A health crisis -- The fashion -- The Melania effect.
Bennett gives readers an insider's look at Melania Trump, from her childhood in Slovenia to her days in the White House, and everything in between. In comparing her to other First Ladies, Bennett shows just how different Trump is and why she matters. A reluctant pillar in a controversial presidential administration, a woman who speaks five languages and runs the East Wing like none of her predecessors ever could-- Bennett believes she is the most modern and groundbreaking First Lady in recent history. -- adapted from jacket.

A warning

November 20, 2019
259 pages ; 24 cm
Collapse of the steady state -- The character of a man -- Fake views -- Assault on democracy -- A weakness for strongmen -- The new Mason-Dixon line -- Apologists -- We the electorate.
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital. --Jacket

Resistance (at all costs) : how Trump haters are breaking America

November 18, 2019
Strassel, Kimberley A., author.
xiii, 235 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Vive la résistance -- About that autocrat -- J. Edgar Comey -- Setting up a president -- Masters of obstruction -- A Mueller special -- "Deep State" revolt -- Judicial unrestraint -- Ambush -- Crazy house -- Press gang -- Conclusion.
In response to the criticism of Donald Trump being a threat to American democracy, this book makes the case that it is Trump's critics who are undermining our foundations. It asserts that the reaction to Trump will prove far more consequential and damaging to our nation long-term than Trump's time in office.

All the president's women : Donald Trump and the making of a predator

November 18, 2019
Levine, Barry, author.
xxi, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Touched by the sun : my friendship with Jackie

November 12, 2019
Simon, Carly, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
238 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Carriage rides and matinees -- An alliance with a famous person is always a dangerous thing -- Mike -- Daddy and Uncle Peter -- The laughing garden -- Bring it back to the center -- The show must go on -- Fairy princess in a spin cycle -- The singular moment -- Only a horizon -- Epilogue.
A chance encounter at a summer party on Martha's Vineyard blossomed into an improbable but enduring friendship between Simon and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. An intimate, vulnerable, and insightful portrait of the bond that grew between two iconic and starkly different American women, this work is a celebration of kinship in all its many forms.

Yes we did : photos and behind-the-scenes stories celebrating our first African American president

November 5, 2019
Jackson, Lawrence, author.
[New York, New York] : TarcherPerigee,, [2019]
180 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Making history -- The people's house -- Team players -- The first lady -- Family matters -- Keeping it real.
"Intimate photos and insights from the White House photographer during the Obama years--including never-before-seen images of the President and First Lady Michelle Obama, and a diverse array of guests, staffers, and candid moments"--Provided by publisher.

The cult of Trump : a leading cult expert explains how the President uses mind control

November 1, 2019
Hassan, Steven, author.
New York : Free Press, 2019.
xix, 296 pages ; 24 cm
"One of America's leading experts in cults and mind-control provides an eye-opening analysis of Trump and the indoctrination tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters"-- Provided by publisher.

Mindf*ck : Cambridge Analytica and the plot to break America

November 1, 2019
Wylie, Christopher, author.
269 pages ; 25 cm
Genesis -- Lessons in failure -- We fight terror in Prada -- Steve from America -- Cambridge Analytica -- Trojan horses -- The dark triad -- From Russia with likes -- Crimes against democracy -- The apprentice -- Coming out -- Revelations -- Epilogue: on regulation: a note to legislators.
"Mindf*ck goes deep inside Cambridge Analytica's "American operations," which were driven by Steve Bannon's vision to remake America and fueled by mysterious billionaire Robert Mercer's money, as it weaponized and wielded the massive store of data it had harvested on individuals--in excess of 87 million--to disunite the United States and set Americans against each other. Bannon had long sensed that deep within America's soul lurked an explosive tension. Cambridge Analytica had the data to prove it, and in 2016 Bannon had a presidential campaign to use as his proving ground."--Amazon.

Deep State : Trump, the FBI, and the rule of law

October 31, 2019
Stewart, James B., author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
372 pages ; 24 cm
There are questions that the Mueller report couldn't -- or wouldn't -- answer. What instigated the Russia investigation? Did President Trump's meddling incriminate him? There's no mystery to what Trump thinks. He claims that the Deep State, a cabal of career bureaucrats, is concerned only with protecting its own power and undermining the democratic process. Conversely, James Comey has defended the FBI as incorruptible apolitical public servants who work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law. James B. Stewart sifts these conflicting accounts to present a clear-eyed view of what happened inside the FBI in the lead-up to the 2016 election, drawing on scores of interviews with key FBI, Department of Justice, and White House officials and voluminous transcripts, notes, and internal reports. There is no room for compromise, but plenty for collateral damage.

Treason & betrayal : the rise and fall of individual #1

October 31, 2019
McCallion, Kenneth F., author.
416 pages ; 22 cm
The Siberian candidate -- Traitors in the White House -- Poor little rich kid : the early years -- A useful idiot -- The Donald and the draft -- Bought and paid for -- A brief history of treason -- Is Russia an enemy of the U.S.? -- All the president's (Pro-Russian) men -- Trump and the pro-Russian Republican platform -- Treason at Trump Tower -- The gathering storm : Democracy in crisis -- Drifting towards "illiberal democracy" -- Can a sitting president be indicted for treason or other crimes?

Witch hunt : the story of the greatest mass delusion in American political history

October 29, 2019
Jarrett, Gregg, author.
New York, NY : Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
xxii, 516 pages ; 24 cm
Preface: A malignant force -- A tale of two cases -- Clinton collusion -- Lying and spying -- The attempted coup -- The folly of Mueller's magnum opus -- The media witch hunt -- Crooked Cohen cops a plea -- Collateral damage -- Targeted intimidation -- Afterword : The reckoning.
Washington insiders broke rule after rule investigating a Russian conspiracy that turned out not to exist. Somehow this was spun into Donald Trump having something to hide. Jarrett uncovers the bureaucratic malfeasance and malicious politicization of our country's justice system and shows how the law was weaponized by Democrats and the media to create a claim that Trump was working for the Russians. His expose proves that there was no basis for Mueller's investigation of the charge that has attacked Trump and his administration.--Jacket

Barack and Joe : the making of an extraordinary partnership

October 24, 2019
Levingston, Steven, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
xiv, 337 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The extraordinary partnership of Barack Obama and Joe Biden is unique in American history. The two men, their characters and styles sharply contrasting, formed a dynamic working relationship that evolved into a profound friendship. Based on original interviews, media reports, memoirs and other accounts, Barack and Joe is the first book to tell the full story of their historic relationship and its substantial impact on the Obama presidency and its legacy.

Exonerated : the failed takedown of President Donald Trump by the swamp

October 22, 2019
Bongino, Dan, author.
xv, 205 pages ; 24 cm
The plug-and-play plan -- The cast: conflicts 'r' us -- Plan A: Ad-libbing adversaries -- Plan B: The road map for trashing the Trump campaign -- The run-up -- Plan C: Operation save the FBI from itself -- The Mueller distortion -- The deep state sails to Ukraine -- Fixing the future.
An explosive, whistle-blowing expose, Exonerated: The Failed Takedown of Donald Trump by the Swamp reveals how Deep State actors relied on a cynical plug-and-play template to manufacture the now-discredited Russiagate scandal. With the cutting analysis and insight he exhibited in his blockbuster bestseller Spygate: The Attempted Sabotage of Donald J. Trump, Fox News contributor Bongino exposes who masterminded the dangerous playbook to take down Trump, their motives, and how a plan filled with faked allegations backfired--forcing investigators to up the ante and hide their missteps and half-truths in a desperate effort to prove a collusion case that never happened. The result? The misguided multimillion Mueller investigation that tore the nation apart, tried to destabilize the presidency and led, as the world now knows, to nowhere!

Plaintiff in chief : a portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 lawsuits

October 10, 2019
Zirin, James D., author.
xxi, 314 pages ; 25 cm
Prologue : Donald J. Trump, plaintiff (and defendant) in chief -- The first lawsuit : how Trump was baptized in litigation -- Trump takes Manhattan : the voyage across the East River -- Atlantic City takes Trump : how Trump bankrupted his casino empire and emerged with millions -- Litigation for lunch : how Trump used the lawsuit to preserve and protect his brand -- Empty threats : how Trump used the threat of litigation to intimidate his foes -- Trump and the mob : Trump's ties to the mafia -- Trump and his women : Trump's misogyny -- The professor of fraud : Trump University and other frauds -- The closing bell : life in the president's litigation bunker.
Donald Trump's political worldview was molded in the courtroom. He sees law not as a system of rules to be obeyed and ethical ideals to be respected, but as a weapon to be used against his adversaries or a hurdle to be sidestepped when it gets in his way. Zirin shows how Trump has weaponized the justice system throughout his career, and he has continued to use these backhanded tactics as president. He reveals Trump's lengthy litigation history as an indication of his character and morality, and his findings are chilling. -- adapted from jacket.

Unmasked : big media's war against Trump

October 9, 2019
Bozell, L. Brent, author.
xxvii, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The inevitable Trump loss that didn't happen -- Defining our terms -- It all sucks -- Good news is no news -- Dying in darkness -- Those so-called fact checkers -- The snowflakes in Tinseltown -- The midterms and beyond -- The Russian obsession -- The top ten: Who hates Trump the most?
"Bestselling author and activist Brent Bozell is one of the most outspoken leaders in the conservative movement today. As Founder and President of the Media Research Center, he runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. In this fascinating examination of the media's war on Donald Trump, Bozell and his coauthor Tim Graham expose the weaponized and radicalized 'news' media as a direct threat to democracy with their unethical attempts to manipulate public opinion. No one understands this more than Donald Trump. Since the moment he declared his candidacy in 2015, Trump has faced incessantly and overwhelmingly negative press coverage. First they tried to prevent his election. Ever since that failed, the media radicals have worked tirelessly to remove him from office. There is no fairness or balance. There is only aggression. Journalists boil over when Trump insults them as 'fake news,' but the number of careless and deliberately false stories they have been forced to retract underscores why the media's credibility is collapsing. Unmasked reveals: * How and why Trump has received the most negative--and viciously personal--coverage of any president in history How the media knew there was no evidence of Russian collusion, while saturating the airwaves with thousands of reports about Russian collusion; * How the media use leftist 'fact checkers' to undermine the credibility of conservatives; * Who are the most rabid anti-Trump journalists in America today, and why. (Some will surprise you.) * What stories in the 'news' media have been exposed as pure fabrications, and who was behind them. Unmasked proves that the leftist 'news' media want to see Trump removed from office, and will stop at nothing to accomplish that mission, even if it means destroying themselves as well."--Dust jacket.

The United States of Trump : how the President really sees America

October 7, 2019
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2019]
xi, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A rare, insider's look at the life of Donald Trump from the bestselling author of the Killing series, based on exclusive interview material and deep research. Readers around the world have been enthralled by journalist and New York Times bestselling author Bill O'Reilly's Killing series-riveting works of nonfiction that explore the most famous events in history. Now O'Reilly turns his razor-sharp observations to his most compelling subject thus far--President Donald J. Trump. In this thrilling narrative, O'Reilly blends primary, never-before-released interview material with a history that recounts Trump's childhood and family and the factors from his life and career that forged the worldview that the president of the United States has taken to the White House. Not a partisan pro-Trump or anti-Trump book, this is an up-to-the-minute, intimate view of the man and his sphere of influence--of "how Donald Trump's view of America was formed, and how it has changed since he became the most powerful person in the world"-- from a writer who has known the president for thirty years. This is an unprecedented, gripping account of the life of a sitting president as he makes history. As the author will tell you, "If you want some insight into the most unlikely political phenomenon of our lifetimes, you'll get it here.""-- Provided by publisher.

First ladies : the ever-changing role, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump

October 3, 2019
Caroli, Betty Boyd, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
xx, 423 pages, 34 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Setting precedents: the first presidents' wives (1789-1829) -- Young substitutes for first ladies (1829-1869) -- Three exceptions: Sarah, Childress Polk, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Julia Dentt -- The limited promise of the "new woman" (1877-1901) -- The office of first lady: a twentieth-century development -- The paradoxical 1920s -- Breaking precedents and reaffirming old ones (1933-1961) -- The turbulent sixties -- New dimensions to the job of first lady (1974-1993) -- A new generation in the White House (1993-2017) -- The ever-changing role of first lady.
"Betty Boyd Caroli's First Ladies observes the role as it has shifted and evolved from ceremonial backdrop to substantive world figure ... This [is a] expanded and updated fifth edition ... covering all forty-three women from Martha Washington to Melania and Ivanka Trump and including the daughters, daughters-in-law, and sisters of presidents who sometimes served as First Ladies. Caroli explores each woman's background, marriage, and accomplishments and failures in office. First Ladies is a portrait of how each First Lady changed the role and how the role changed in response to American culture. These women left remarkably complete records, and their stories offer us a window through which to view not only this particular sorority of women, but also the role of American women in general."--Provided by publisher.

All the presidents

October 2, 2019
Friedman, Drew, author, illustrator.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm
"From the artist hailed by many as the greatest portraitist of our time comes All the Presidents, a stunning new collection of likenesses of every U.S. president in American history, from George Washington through Donald J. Trump, each rendered in Friedman’s celebrated style. Accompanied by vital statistics and fun factoids about each subject, All the Presidents also features an introduction in comics form by the author, as well as a foreword by Kurt Andersen, author and host of public radio’s Studio 360."--Back cover.

Chester A. Arthur : the accidental president

September 24, 2019
Pafford, John M. (John Monroe), author.
Washington, DC : Regnery History, [2019]
x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Crossfire hurricane : inside Donald Trump's war on the FBI

September 17, 2019
Campbell, Josh, 1983- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.
276 pages ; 24 cm
Former FBI director James Comey's special assistant chronicles the bureau's investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion by the president himself. Here, he takes readers deep inside key moments of this historic operation.

Ball of collusion : the plot to rig an election and destroy a presidency

September 16, 2019
McCarthy, Andrew C., author.
New York : Encounter Books, [2019]
xxii, 433 pages ; 24 cm
The Collusion Fable -- What Investigation and What Started It? -- An Old Story: Beltway Consultants as Agents of the Kremlin -- Intel the Obama Way -- "An Institutional Lack of Candor" -- Collusion: Foreign Governments, the Obama administration, and the Clinton Campaign -- A Maltese Professor, an Australian Diplomat, and a Sap in London -- The Brennan Clearinghouse -- Narrative as 'Intelligence' as Disinformation: The Steele Dossier -- There's No Collusion Case, Just Ask Julian Assange -- Crossfire Hurricane -- I Spy -- Amateur Hour -- Insurance Policy -- FISA Warrants: Targeting Trump, Not Page -- 'Flood Is Coming' -- Not a Suspect? -- Nine Days in May.
"The real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. It was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. The law-enforcement and intelligence arms of government were placed in the service of the Democratic presidential bid and, failing that, were deployed against the incoming Republican administration with the goal of strangling it in the cradle. The media-Democrat "collusion narrative," scandalizing Donald Trump as a cat's paw of the Russian regime, is a studiously crafted illusion. As Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton fashioned a homebrew email system to conduct State Department business. Inevitably, she illegally transmitted classified intelligence, destroyed tens of thousands of government files, and obstructed investigations. Yet, the Justice Department and FBI "exonerated" her, carrying out the will of President Obama, who had endorsed Clinton to be his successor and freely exchanged sensitive emails with her. Despite Clinton's commanding lead in the polls, hyper-partisan intelligence officials decided they needed an "insurance policy" against a Trump presidency. Thus was born the Trump-Russia collusion narrative: built on an anonymously sourced "dossier," secretly underwritten by the Clinton campaign and compiled by a former British spy with links to the FBI and the Obama Justice Department. Though acknowledged to be "salacious and unverified" at the FBI's highest level, the dossier was used to build a counterintelligence investigation against Trump's campaign. Desperate to derail Trump's candidacy, political and intelligence operatives leaked the probe to the media. Miraculously, Trump won anyway. His rabid political opponents refused to accept the voters' decision. Though the collusion narrative had barely registered with the electorate, it was now peddled relentlessly by political operatives, intelligence agents, Justice Department officials, and media ideologues -- the vanguard of the "Trump Resistance." Through secret surveillance, a sophisticated scheme to enable intelligence leaking, and tireless news coverage, the public was led to believe the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia to steal the election. Not one to sit passively through an onslaught, President Trump fought back in his tumultuous way. Matters came to a head when he fired the FBI director, who had given explosive Senate testimony suggesting the president was a criminal suspect, despite privately assuring Trump that he was not. The resulting firestorm of partisan protest cowed the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, whose seemingly limitless investigation has bedeviled the administration ever since. Yet as months passed, concrete evidence of collusion failed to materialize. Was the collusion narrative an elaborate fraud? And if so, choreographed by whom? Against Democrat-media caterwauling, a doughty group of lawmakers forced a shift in the spotlight from Trump to his investigators and accusers. It has exposed the thoroughgoing politicization of American law-enforcement and intelligence agencies. The institutions on which our nation depends for objective policing and clear-eyed analysis had injected themselves into the divisive politics of the 2016 election. They failed to forge a new Clinton administration. Will they succeed in bringing down President Trump?"-- Provided by publisher.

The stakes : 2020 and the survival of American democracy

September 13, 2019
Kuttner, Robert, author.
New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2019]
xviii, 282 pages ; 25 cm
Progressive economics as democratic renewal -- Democracy : a damage assessment -- Averting tyranny -- Suppression meets mobilization -- The two faces of corruption -- Overcoming the racial fault line -- The view from 2021.
"To save both democracy and a decent economy, here's why it's crucial that Americans elect a truly progressive president. The 2020 presidential election will determine the very survival of American democracy. To restore popular faith in government-and win the election-Democrats need to nominate and elect an economic progressive. The Stakes explains how the failure of the economy to serve ordinary Americans opened the door to a demagogic president, and how democracy can still be taken back from Donald Trump. Either the United States continues the long slide into the arms of the bankers and corporate interests and the disaffection of working Americans-the course set in the past half century by Republican and Democratic presidents alike-or we elect a progressive Democrat in the mold of FDR. At stake is nothing less than the continued success of the American experiment in liberal democracy. That success is dependent on a fairer distribution of income, wealth, and life changes -and a reduction in the political influence of financial elites over both parties. The decay of democracy and economic fairness began long before Trump. The American republic is in need of a massive overhaul. It will take not just a resounding Democratic victory in 2020 but a progressive victory to pull back from the brink of autocracy. The Stakes demonstrates how a progressive Democrat has a better chance than a centrist of winning the presidency, and how only this outcome can begin the renewal of the economy and our democracy. A passionate book from one of America's best political analysts, The Stakes is the book to read ahead of the 2020 primaries and general election"-- Provided by publisher.

All the powers of Earth : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1856-1860

September 5, 2019
Blumenthal, Sidney, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
xxii, 758 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"After a period of depression that he would ever find his way to greatness, Lincoln takes on the most powerful demagogue in the country, Stephen Douglas, in the debates for a senate seat. He sidelines the frontrunner William Seward, a former governor and senator for New York, to cinch the new Republican Party's nomination. All the Powers of Earth is the political story of all time. Lincoln achieves the presidency by force of strategy, of political savvy and determination. This is Abraham Lincoln, who indisputably becomes the greatest president and moral leader in the nation's history. But he must first build a new political party, brilliantly state the anti-slavery case and overcome shattering defeat to win the presidency. In the years of civil war to follow, he will show mightily that the nation was right to bet on him. He was its preserver, a politician of moral integrity." --Provided by publisher.

The strenuous life : Theodore Roosevelt and the making of the American athlete

August 27, 2019
Swanson, Ryan A., author.
New York, NY : Diversion Books, 2019.
329 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Hit the line hard -- The strenuous (like, really strenuous) life -- Harvard and its harvardness -- The tennis cabinet -- Creating the Roosevelt athletic league -- 1904 -- Ted's dangerous football adventure -- "Walking" -- Baseball's great Roosevelt chase -- Legacy -- Wait... Jack Johnson? -- One last race -- Epilogue.
Crippling asthma, a frail build, and grossly myopic eyesight: these were the ailments that plagued Teddy Roosevelt as a child. In adulthood, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition and was told never to exert himself again. Roosevelt's body was his weakness, the one hill he could never fully conquer--and as a result he developed what would become a lifelong obsession with athletics that he carried with him into his presidency. As President of the United States, Roosevelt boxed, practiced Ju-Jitsu, played tennis nearly every day, and frequently invited athletes and teams to the White House. It was during his administration that America saw baseball's first ever World Series; interscholastic sports began; and schools began to place an emphasis on physical education. In addition, the NCAA formed, and the United States hosted the Olympic Games for the first time. From a prize-winning historian, this book shows how Roosevelt fought desperately (and sometimes successfully) to shape American athletics in accordance with his imperialistic view of the world. It reveals that, in one way or another, we can trace our fanaticism for fitness and sports directly back to the twenty-sixth president and his relentless pursuit of "The Strenuous Life."

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