New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Leadership in turbulent times

September 19, 2018
Goodwin, Doris Kearns, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xvi, 473 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part 1. Ambition and the recognition of leadership. Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition" ; Theodore: "I rose like a rocket" ; Franklin: "No, call me Franklin" ; Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants" -- Part 2. Adversity and growth. Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better" ; Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life" ; Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something" ; Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life" -- Part 3. How they led: man and the times. Transformational leadership: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation ; Crisis management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike ; Turnaround leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days ; Visionary leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights -- Epilogue: Of death and legacy.
"In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders..."--Provided by publisher.

Fear : Trump in the White House

September 14, 2018
Woodward, Bob, 1943- author.
©2018
xxii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.

The oath and the office : a guide to the Constitution for future presidents

September 13, 2018
Brettschneider, Corey Lang, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xxvi, 289 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction : the oath -- Article II and the limited presidency -- The bully pulpit -- The power to execute the laws -- The power to hire and fire -- The power to nominate Supreme Court justices -- The commander-in-chief power -- Madison and the creation of the Bill of Rights -- The First Amendment and free speech -- The First Amendment and the freedom of religion -- The Eighth Amendment and the ban on cruel and unusual punishment -- The Fourteenth and Fifth Amendments and the guarantee of equal protection of the laws -- How to stop a president -- The judicial check on a president -- Federalism -- The congressional check and impeachment -- Conclusion.
Constitutional law scholar and political science professor Corey Brettschneider guides us through the Constitution and explains the powers--and limits--that it places on the presidency. From the document itself and from American history's most famous court cases, we learn why certain powers were granted to the presidency, how the Bill of Rights limits those powers, and what "we the people" can do to influence the nation's highest public office--including, if need be, removing the person in it. In these brief yet deeply researched chapters, we meet founding fathers such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, as well as key figures from historic cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Korematsu v. United States.

The river of doubt : Theodore Roosevelt's darkest journey

September 11, 2018
Millard, Candice.
New York [N.Y.] : Anchor Books, 2006.
xi, 416 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Doubleday, ©2005.
Breaking away. Defeat ; Opportunity ; Preparation ; On the open sea ; A change of plans -- Into the wilderness. Beyond the frontier ; Disarray and tragedy ; Hard choices ; Warnings from the dead -- The descent. The unknown ; Pole and paddle, axe and machete ; The living jungle ; On the ink-black river ; Twitching through the woods ; The wild water ; Danger afloat, danger ashore ; Death in the rapids -- Iron cruelty. Attack ; The wide belts ; Hunger ; The myth of "beneficent nature" ; "I will stop here" -- Despair. Missing ; The worst in a man ; "He who kills must die" ; Judgment ; The cauldron -- Deliverance. The rubber men ; A pair of flags.
The true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing 1914 exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth, a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped tributary of the Amazon. He and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. Yet he accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it.--From publisher description.

Betty Ford : First Lady, women's advocate, survivor, trailblazer

September 10, 2018
McCubbin, Lisa, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
xvii, 411 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo--breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery. Lisa McCubbin also brings to light Gerald and Betty Ford's sweeping love story: from Michigan to the White House, until their dying days, their relationship was that of a man and woman utterly devoted to one another other--a relationship built on trust, respect, and an unquantifiable chemistry. Based on intimate in-depth interviews with all four of her children, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, Jack Ford, and Steven Ford, as well as family friends, and colleagues, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken First Lady, who was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. With poignant details and rare insight, McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit--the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

Contempt : a memoir of the Clinton investigation

September 7, 2018
Starr, Kenneth, 1946- author.
New York, NY : Sentinel, [2018]
xiv, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr finally shares his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history. You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor. But as a New York Times columnist asked in 2017, "What if Ken Starr was right?" What if the popular media in the 1990s completely misunderstood Starr's motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law? Starr--the man at the eye of the hurricane--has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn't tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed "Starr Report" of September 1998. Contempt puts you, the reader, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster's death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons' contempt for our system of justice. This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't victims of a so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy." They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges"-- Provided by publisher.

Under fire : reporting from the front lines of the Trump White House

August 28, 2018
Ryan, April, 1967- author.
©2018
x, 181 pages ; 24 cm
Foreword -- Introduction -- The rebuke -- Healthcare despair -- Becoming the story -- Twitter trouble -- Enemy of the people -- Examining the Black agenda -- Education for all? --- Divided nation -- Women at work.
Veteran White House reporter April Ryan thought she had seen everything in her two decades as a White House correspondent. And then came the Trump administration. In Under Fire, Ryan takes us inside the confusion and chaos of the Trump White House to understand how she and other reporters adjusted to the new normal. She takes us inside the policy debates, the revolving door of personnel appointments, and what it is like when she, as a reporter asking difficult questions, finds herself in the spotlight, becoming part of the story. With the world on edge and a country grappling with a new controversy almost daily, Ryan gives readers a glimpse into current events from her perspective, not only from inside the briefing room but also as a target of those who want to avoid answering probing questions. After reading her new book, readers will have an unprecedented inside view of the Trump White House and what it is like to be a reporter Under Fire.

Where did you get this number? : a pollster's guide to making sense of the world

August 17, 2018
Salvanto, Anthony, author.
©2018
viii, 244 pages ; 24 cm
The seen and the unseen -- Why didn't you call me? -- Finding you -- How to avoid surprises -- What are you trying to say? -- What's the story? -- How to learn a lot from a little -- You be the judge -- It all comes down to turnout -- Counting on Congress -- Is it really a horse race? -- Polling in the present tense -- The politics of inequality -- Would you invite a Democrat to dinner? -- Epilogue: All the people you don't know.
"Polls are everywhere these days, and they're trying to tell us more than just who's up and who's down. As Elections and Surveys Director for CBS News, it's Anthony Salvanto's job to understand you--what you think and how you vote. He's the person behind so many of the poll numbers you see today. In [this book], Salvanto takes you on an engaging, fast-paced tour inside the world of polling and shows how to look at the numbers the way the pros do. Salvanto demystifies the jargon of polling and answers some of its biggest mysteries. How can pollsters talk to 1,000 people and claim to know the country? How do they decide who gets interviewed, what questions to ask--and why didn't they call you? How do they know the winner so quickly on election nights? And what's the difference between a poll and a prediction, anyway? Salvanto also addresses an even bigger question: Is America truly as divided as it seems? He goes beyond the horse race coverage to show how everyday Americans see the biggest issues of our time. The debates over gun control. The shocks of the financial crisis and deep mistrust that still lingers. The surprising and still controversial 2016 presidential election. He also looks to the future and provides a useful guide to how you should watch elections to come. Where Did You Get This Number? is an essential resource for anyone interested in politics--and for anyone interested in understanding how we measure people's opinions and decisions. Because while numbers are the language of polling, the stories they tell are ultimately about people."--Dust jacket.

House of Trump, house of Putin : the untold story of Donald Trump and the Russian mafia

August 16, 2018
Unger, Craig, author.
New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.
354 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Unhinged : an insider's account of the Trump White House

August 10, 2018
Omarosa, author.
©2018
xxxi, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Part one: The Apprentice years. "Make us proud" ; Winning bigly ; The ultimate merger ; Shattered -- Part two: the campaign. The woman problem ; Winning votes and defeating opponents ; Unconventional standards ; Trump vs. Clinton ; Election day -- Part three: The White House. The transition ; Tackled by my teammates ; "I think the president is losing it!" ; The unraveling ; The fall.
Former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump administration, Omarosa Manigault Newman discusses how her personal and professional relationships with Donlad Trump have changed from the time she was a contestant on "The Apprentice" to her public ousting from White House.

I [heart] Obama

August 8, 2018
Kaplan, Erin Aubry, author.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, An imprint of University Press of New England, [2016]
xii, 222 pages ; 24 cm
The word "heart" in the title appears as the heart symbol.
Introduction -- Obama the folk hero: what he means to us -- Obama represents -- Obama leads -- Who is this guy? -- Is Obama bad for us? -- Epilogue: I heart Obama.
"In his two terms as president, Barack Obama solidified his status as something black people haven't had for fifty years: a folk hero. The 1960s delivered Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr., forever twinned as larger-than-life outsiders and truth tellers who took on racism and died in the process. Obama is different: Not an outsider but president, head of the most powerful state in the world; a centrist Democrat, not the face of a movement. Yet he is every bit a folk hero, doing battle with the beast of a system created to keep people like him on the margins. He is unique among presidents and entirely unique among black people, who never expected to have a president so soon"--Jacket.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah presents The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library

July 30, 2018
©2018
125 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 27 cm
"Comedy Central."
Introduction / by Trevor Noah -- Foreword / by Jon Meacham -- The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library -- Terrific history : the Trump Twitter timeline -- Masterworks. Birth of a birther ; 9/11 haters & losers ; Taco bowls ; Lyin' Ted -- The special relationship : Fox & friends & Forty-five -- Greatest battles. The second civil war ; The Bushkrieg ; The war of masculine aggression ; The battle of bullshit run ; The Diet Coke rebellion -- The nicknames -- Sad! : a retrospective -- The world according to Trump -- Trump vs. Trump -- Elements!!! of style : politics of a president -- Masterworks II. Covfefe ; Nobody has more respect ; Composition in meme and bodyslam ; My button works ; Very stable genius -- Masterwork workshop : the making of a "very stable genius" -- Hall of retweets -- The wall --By the numbers -- Featured collections. I'm the best ; Constructive criticism ; Like a dog ; Holiday cheer ; Wow ; Birther of a nation ; Enigmas of MAGA -- Trumpstradamus -- The jump to 280 -- Masterworks III. Phone tapp ; Due process ; Witch hunt ; Bleeding badly -- War and tweets : the real Russia investigation -- Greatest battles II. Courter's last stand ; Global warring ; The battle of K-Patz ; The problem with those people -- Verified survivors -- Melania Trump : trying to help -- Masterworks IV. Illegal voters ; Born fucked up ; Impeach for gross incompetence -- Forgery alert : "nothing to hide" -- 11 minutes -- You too can be a part of history -- On the cover : Trump crossing the Delaware -- Acknowledgments -- In memoriam : deleted but not forgotten.

The Russia hoax : the illicit scheme to clear Hillary Clinton and frame Donald Trump

July 18, 2018
Jarrett, Gregg, author.
New York : Broadside Books, 2018.
xvi, 332 pages ; 24 cm
An insidious abuse of power -- Hillary Clinton's email server -- Comey contorts the law to clear Clinton -- "The fix" -- Clinton greed and "uranium one" -- The fraudulent case against Donald Trump -- The fabricated "dosssier" used against Trump -- Government abuse of surveillance -- Meeting with Russians is not a crime -- Flynn's firing, Session's recusal and the canning of Comey -- Obstruction of justice -- The illegitimate appointment of Robert Mueller.

The contest : the 1968 election and the war for America's soul

July 18, 2018
Schumacher, Michael, 1950- author.
©2018
xix, 540 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The candidates -- The primaries -- The conventions -- The election.
A dramatic, deeply informed account of one of the most consequential elections and periods in American history.

Obama : an oral history 2009-2017

July 11, 2018
Abrams, Brian (Journalist), author.
New York : Little A, [2018]
xviii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This provocative collage of anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and impressions from confidants and critics not only provides an authoritative window into the events that defined an era but also offers the first published account into the making of the forty-fourth president of the United States--one that history will soon not forget."--Back cover.

George and Barbara Bush : a great American love story

July 11, 2018
Sosa, Ellie LeBlond, author.
Camden, Maine : Down East Books, [2018]
xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
They meet -- Poppy -- Courting -- Phillips Academy -- Bar -- "I'm going in." -- Secret's safe -- Secret's out -- Halfway across the world -- Word from home -- A time for celebration -- Then there were three -- Promises of West Texas -- Friends, faith, and family -- Off they go! -- Driving head-first into the world of politics -- Distance, it's good for the heart -- Back in the races -- First couple -- FLFW & FFLFW -- Anchor to windward.
"To begin with I was in love and I am in love so that's not hard," Barbara Bush told her granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa on her porch in Kennebunkport, Maine. Sosa had asked for the secret to her and President George H.W. Bush's 77-year love affair that withstood World War II separation, a leap of faith into the oil fields of West Texas, the painful loss of a child, a political climb to the highest office, and after the White House, the transition back to a "normal" life. Through a lifetime's worth of letters, photographs, and stories, Sosa and coauthor Kelly Anne Chase paint the portrait of the enduring relationship of George and Barbara Bush. Sharing intimate interviews with the Bushes and family friends, this is a never-before-seen look into the private life of a very public couple.

From the corner of the oval

July 10, 2018
Dorey-Stein, Beck, author.
©2018
xix, 330 pages ; 25 cm
Guidelines for aspiring stenographers -- Prologue : this place -- Act I : 2011-2012 -- Act II : 2013 -- Act III : 2014 -- Act IV : 2015 -- Act V : 2016-2017 -- Epilogue : Send in the clowns.
"In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. For five years, Beck was a part of the elite team of men and women who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. She got to know everyone from the White House butler to the secret servicemen, advance team, speechwriters, photographers, and press secretaries, and on whirlwind trips across time zones, she forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travelers in the bubble--young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with one of the President's closest aides...who was already otherwise engaged... Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the compulsively readable story of a young woman finding friends, falling in love, getting her heart broken, finding her voice as a writer, and finding herself in the process"-- Provided by publisher.

The great revolt : inside the populist coalition reshaping American politics

June 28, 2018
Zito, Salena, author.
©2018
x, 309 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Hidden in plain sight -- Red-blooded and blue-collared -- Perot-istas -- Rough rebounders -- Girl gun power -- Rotary reliables -- King Cyrus Christians -- Silent suburban moms -- A culture craving respect -- Pragmatism before ideology -- Localism, not globalism -- What comes next.
"Standout syndicated columnist and CNN contributor Salena Zito, with veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd, reports across five swing states and over 27,000 miles to answer the pressing question: Was Donald Trump's election a fluke or did it represent a fundamental shift in the electorate that will have repercussions--for Republicans and Democrats--for years to come. The history of the American electorate is not a litany of flukes; instead it is a pattern of tectonic plate-grinding, punctuated by a landscape-altering earthquake every generation or so. Donald Trump's electoral coalition is smashing both American political parties and its previously impenetrable political news media.The political experts called the 2016 election wrong and in the wake of the 2016 election surprise, the experts have continued to blow it - looking to predict the coming demise of the President without pausing to consider the durability of the trends and winds that swept him into office. The Great Revolt delves deep into the minds and hearts of the voters the make up this coalition. What emerges is a group of citizens who cannot be described by terms like "angry," "male," "rural," or the often-used "racist." They span job descriptions, income brackets, education levels, and party allegiances. What unites them is their desire to be part of a movement larger than themselves that puts pragmatism before ideology, localism before globalism, and demands the respect it deserve from Washington. Zito and Todd have traveled on over 27,000 miles of country roads to interview more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties. What they have discovered is that these voters were hiding in plain sight--ignored by both parties, the media, and the political experts all at once, ready to unite into the movement that spawned the greatest upset in recent electoral history. Deeply rooted in the culture of these Midwestern swing states, Zito and Brad Todd reframe the discussion of the "Trump voter" to answer the question: What next?"-- Provided by publisher.

The presidents and the pastime : the history of baseball and the White House

June 26, 2018
Smith, Curt, author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2018]
xvi, 469 pages,18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings: 1700s to Theodore Roosevelt,1901-1909 -- Power of Two: William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson, 1909-1921 -- Triple Play: Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover, 1921-1933 -- "The Champ" : Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945 -- The accidental President: Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953 -- "From the Heart of America" : Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961 -- "The First Irish Brahmin" : John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963 -- Larger than life : Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969 -- Nixon's the one : Richard Nixon, 1969-1974 -- "Friendship, a perfect blendship!" : Gerald Ford, 1974-1977 -- From softball to hardball : Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981 -- The gipper : Ronald, Reagan, 1981-1989 -- The baseball lifer : George H.W. Bush, 1989-1993 -- Our man Bill : William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001 -- W. : George W. Bush, 2001-2009 -- The pioneer : Barack Obama, 2009-2017 -- The Donald and the game : Donald Trump, 2017-.
"An historical yet also anecdotal and episodic examination of the unique relationship between the U.S. presidency and America's national pastime"-- Provided by publisher.

The plot to destroy democracy : how Putin and his spies are undermining America and dismantling the West

June 22, 2018
Nance, Malcolm W., author.
©2018
viii, 344 pages ; 24 cm
section I. Cyber bears: Shots fired ; Reporting to Moscow ; Make Russia great again ; Putin's philosophy ; A rising Russia, a failing America -- section II. Bullets, lies, laptops, and spies: Active measures ; Fake news ; Internet Research Agency & Russian cyber weapons ; Hail Hydra! ; The axis of autocracy ; Operation GLOBAL GRIZZLY -- section III. America under seige...from within: Russia's American beachhead ; The American fifth column ; A treasonous aspect.

Yes we (still) can : politics in the age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

June 15, 2018
Pfeiffer, Dan, author.
©2018
xvii, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Started from the bottom -- How not to lose a campaign -- Telling the country and other tales of presidential communications -- Something pants-splittingly funny -- The new media wasteland -- Fighting fake news -- My beautiful, dark, twisted (White House) fantasy -- Fox (and friends) is destroying America -- The Republicans go off the deep end -- Tweeting while Rome burns -- From 1600 Penn to Keepin' it 1600 -- Advice you can believe in -- The 2016 campaign clusterfuck -- Thanks,Obama (seriously)
The former White House director of communications explores how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama administration and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

Lincoln's last trial : the murder case that propelled him to the presidency

June 12, 2018
Abrams, Dan, 1966- author.
©2018
287 pages, 26 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and which played out in the nation's newspapers as he began his presidential campaign. Lincoln's Last Trial captures the presidential hopeful's dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client--but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today. --Provided by publisher.

The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House

June 6, 2018
Rhodes, Benjamin J., 1977- author.
©2018
xx, 450 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part one. Hope: 2007-2010 -- In the beginning -- Talk to Iran, get Bin Laden -- A community of fate -- The President is on board the aircraft -- Cairo -- Obama's war -- War and a peace prize -- The end of the beginning -- Part two. Spring: 2011-2012 -- Egypt: the transition must begin now -- Libya -- Bin Laden: life inside a secret -- Gathering clouds -- Reaction and action -- Life, death, and Benghazi -- A second term -- Young men wage war, old men make peace -- Part three. Change: 2013-2014 -- Clenched fists -- Red line -- Becoming a right-wing villain -- Race, Mandela, and Castro -- Russians and intervention -- Divine intervention -- Permanent war -- New beginnings -- Part four. What makes America great: 2015-2017 -- Tapping the brakes -- The antiwar room -- Bombs and children -- Havana -- The stories people tell about you -- The stories we tell -- Information wars -- The end.
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there--from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and--above all--Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

William Howard Taft

June 1, 2018
Rosen, Jeffrey, 1964- author.
©2018
xviii, 183 pages : portrait ; 22 cm.
Introduction : Judicial president and presidential chief justice -- "A judicial temperament" : the education of Judge Taft -- "We want Taft" : civil governor, secretary of war, and president-elect -- "The best tariff bill" : the president, tax reform, and free trade -- "Within the law" : the environment, monopolies, and foreign affairs -- "Popular unrest" : the election of 1912 and the battle for the Constitution -- "I love judges and I love courts" : chief justice at last -- Epilogue : Our constitutional president.
William Howard Taft never wanted to be president, but won resounding victory in the election of 1908 as Theodore Roosevelt's handpicked successor. The only man to serve as both president and chief justice on the Supreme Court, Taft played a crucial role in shaping how American balances populism against the rule of law. Rosen shows how Taft approached every decision in constitutional terms, defending the Founders' vision of limited government.

How Bernie won : inside the revolution that's taking back our country-- and where we go from here

May 18, 2018
Weaver, Jeff, author.
©2018
xx, 378 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The brilliant manager of Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign shows how Bernie took on the entire establishment and changed modern American politics for good.When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign. In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how Bernie sparked a movement that would sweep America and inspire millions. He vowed not to run a negative campaign. He would focus on policies, not personalities. He would not be beholden to big money. He would actually make America work for ordinary people. Weaver also shows how they overcame significant challenges: A media that thrived on negative campaigns. A party controlled by insiders. And a political system dependent on big money. Weaver explains how Bernie beat them all and, in doing so, went from having little national name recognition when he entered to the race to being one of the most respected and well-known people in the world by its end--because, Weaver argues, Bernie won the race. He moved the discussion from the concerns of the 1% to those of the 99%. He forced the Democrats to remember their populist roots. And he showed that an outsider with real ideas and ways to get them done could compete and win against the establishment's hand-picked candidate.From holding bags of "Bernie buttons" and picket-stick signs, to managing thousands of campaign workers, to looking ahead to 2020, Weaver chronicles the birth of a revolution that didn't end in November 2016. It's only just begun.

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