New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Trump Presidency

March 12, 2020
Allen, John, 1957- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc. [2020]
79 pages: color illustrations ; 24 cm
A Combative Style -- Reversing Course in Foreign Policy -- Illegal Immigration and Building the Wall -- Tax Cuts and Tariffs for the Economy -- Controversy on the Environment.
"From the beginning Trump's presidency has been marked bychaos. Despite the turmoil, President Trump has presided over solid accomplishments."--Provided by publisher.

A citizen's guide to beating Donald Trump

March 11, 2020
Plouffe, David, author.
[New York] : Viking, [2020]
xxiii, 228 pages ; 22 cm
Plouffe addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 in order to turn Donald Trump out of the Oval Office. His message is simple: the only way change happens is one human being talking to another. It won't happen because of debates and conventions; it will happen because citizens take action.

John Adams under fire : the Founding Father's fight for justice in the Boston Massacre murder trial

March 11, 2020
Abrams, Dan, 1966- author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, with Harlequin Books, [2020]
313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
History remembers John Adams as a Founding Father and our country's second president. But in the tense years before the American Revolution, he was still just a lawyer, fighting for justice in one of the most explosive murder trials of the era. On the night of March 5, 1770, shots were fired by British soldiers on the streets of Boston, killing five civilians. The Boston Massacre has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. As John Adams would later remember, "On that night the formation of American independence was born." Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, the young lawyer Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become United States law.

Pearls of wisdom : little pieces of advice (that go a long way)

March 9, 2020
Bush, Barbara, 1925-2018, author.
©2020
xli, 211 pages ; 20 cm
Foreword / by George W. Bush -- Family first -- But friends are right behind -- And then there were the students -- What she taught the rest of us -- Read -- Homeward bound -- Reflections -- Epilogue / by Doro Bush Koch.
As a mother, Barbara Bush made sure we all knew that your children must come first, and one of the most important things you can do is to read to them. As a friend and mentor, she showed that you had to be true to yourself. Even at the end of her life, she taught us how to die with grace. Her advice ranged from what to wear, what to say or not say, and how to live your life. She especially loved visiting with students of all ages, from kindergartners to college graduates. This is a collection of her trademark wit and thoughtfulness. -- adapted from front flap and Amazon info

High crimes and misdemeanors : a history of impeachment for the age of Trump

March 2, 2020
Bowman, Frank O., 1955- author.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
xiv, 465 pages ; 24 cm
How to interpret the Constitution's impeachment clauses -- British impeachments, 1376-1787 -- American impeachments before 1787 -- The founders' impeachment -- Impeaching legislators and lesser executive branch officials -- Impeachment of judges -- The impeachment of Andrew Johnson -- The fall of President Richard Nixon -- The strange case of William Jefferson Clinton -- The scope of impeachable presidential conduct : general principles -- Impeachment for obstruction of justice -- Impeachment for abuse of the pardon power -- Impeachment for lying -- Impeachment for corruption : schemes of peculation, the emoluments clauses, and the avaricious president -- The Twenty-Fifth Amendment as an alternative to impeachment -- Impeaching Donald Trump -- Appendix: United States impeachments, 1789 to present.

The Obama portraits

March 2, 2020
Caragol-Barreto, Taina Beatriz, curator.
Washington, DC : National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020]
vii, 139 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Unveiling the unconventional : Kehinde Wiley's portrait of Barack Obama / Taína Caragol -- "Radical empathy" : Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama / Dorothy Moss -- The Obama portraits, in art history and beyond / Richard J. Powell -- The Obama portraits and the National Portrait Gallery as a site of secular pilgrimage / Kim Sajet -- The presentation of the Obama portraits : a transcript of the unveiling ceremony.
"This is the first study of the portraits Barack Obama (2018) and Michelle Obama (2018), their reception, and their significance. The book includes essays by historians examining the influence of the paintings and what they reveal about contemporary portraiture, particularly in relation to American and African American history and culture. The book also features interviews with the artists, transcripts of the remarks made by the Obamas at the unveiling, and a selection of images, including behind-the-scenes photography by Pete Souza, the official photographer for the Obamas, made during the portrait sittings"-- Provided by publisher.

Washington's end : the final years and forgotten struggle

March 2, 2020
Horn, Jonathan, 1982- author.
©2020
xi, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Washington's End begins where most biographies of George Washington leave off, with the first president exiting office after eight years and entering what would become the most bewildering stage of his life. Embittered by partisan criticism and eager to return to his farm, Washington assumed a role for which there was no precedent at a time when the kings across the ocean yielded their crowns only upon losing their heads. In a different sense, Washington would lose his head, too. In this riveting read, bestselling author Jonathan Horn reveals that the quest to surrender power proved more difficult than Washington imagined and brought his life to an end he never expected. The statesman who had staked his legacy on withdrawing from public life would feud with his successors and find himself drawn back into military command. The patriarch who had dedicated his life to uniting his country would leave his name to a new capital city destined to become synonymous with political divisions.

Franklin & Washington : the founding partnership

February 21, 2020
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John), author.
©2020
xiv, 335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Book I. Converging lives. Great expectations ; Lessons from the frontier ; From subjects to citizens -- Book II. Partners in revolution. Taking command ; "The most awful crisis" -- Book III. Working together and apart. Rendezvous in Philadelphia ; Darkness at dawn ; The walking stick.
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating their partnership's enduring importance. Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the United States. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin--an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north--and George Washington--a slaveholding general from the agrarian south--were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin's Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since. Illuminating Franklin and Washington's relationship with striking new detail and energy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project. During the French and Indian War, Franklin supplied the wagons for General Edward Braddock's ill-fated assault on Fort Duquesne, and Washington buried the general's body under the dirt road traveled by those retreating wagons. After long sup­porting British rule, both became key early proponents of independence. Rekindled during the Second Continental Congress in 1775, their friendship gained historical significance during the American Revolution, when Franklin led America's diplomatic mission in Europe (securing money and an alliance with France) and Washington commanded the Continental Army. Victory required both of these efforts to succeed, and success, in turn, required their mutual coordination and cooperation. In the 1780s, the two sought to strengthen the union, leading to the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the founding document that bears their stamp. Franklin and Washington--the two most revered figures in the early republic--staked their lives and fortunes on the American experiment in liberty and were committed to its preservation. Today the United States is the world's great superpower, and yet we also wrestle with the government Franklin and Washington created more than two centuries ago--the power of the executive branch, the principle of checks and balances, the electoral college--as well as the wounds of their compromise over slavery. Now, as the founding institutions appear under new stress, it is time to understand their origins through the fresh lens of Larson's Franklin & Washington, a major addition to the literature of the founding era."--Publisher's website.

Author in chief : the untold story of our presidents, and the books they wrote

February 12, 2020
Fehrman, Craig, author.
©2020
434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I: George Washington to James Monroe -- Part II: John Quincy Adams to Ulysses S. Grant -- Part III: Rutherford B. Hayes to Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Part IV: Harry S. Truman to Donald Trump.
Based on a decade of research and reporting, Author in Chief tells the story of America's presidents as authors--and offers a delightful new window into the public and private lives of our highest leaders.

You never forget your first : a biography of George Washington

February 5, 2020
Coe, Alexis, author.
[New York] : Viking, [2020]
xl, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
His Mother's Son -- "Pleases My Taste" -- "The World on Fire" -- "Blow out my brains" -- The Widow Custis -- "I Cannot Speak Plainer" -- "What Manner of Man I Am" -- "The Shackles of Slavery" -- Hardball with the Howe Brothers -- The Court of Public Opinion -- George Washington, Agent -- Eight Years Away -- "From Whence No Traveller Returns" -- Unretirement -- The Presidency; or, "The Place of His Execution" -- Infant Nation -- "Political Suicide" -- Farewell to "Cunning, Ambitious, and Unprincipled Men" -- Final Retirement -- " 'Tis Well".
"In a genre overdue for a shakeup, Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he's not quite the man we remember Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, chased rich young women, caused an international incident, and never backed down--even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won. Coe focuses on his activities off the battlefield--like espionage and propaganda. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War, Washington once again shocked the world by giving up power, only to learn his compatriots wouldn't allow it. The founders pressured him into the presidency--twice. He established enduring norms but left office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty finally confronted his greatest hypocrisy--what to do with the hundreds of men, women, and children he owned--before succumbing to a brutal death. Alexis Coe combines rigorous research and unsentimental storytelling, finally separating the man from the legend."-- Provided by publisher.

They said this day would never come : chasing the dream on Obama's improbable campaign

February 5, 2020
Liddell-Westefeld, Chris, author.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2020.
xv, 236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Swept up -- Camp Obama -- "The super bowl of politics" -- One hundred thousand 1s and 2s -- The weight of the world -- Holding lightning -- 1,781 rooms -- Early states -- Living off the land -- Unity -- Final sprint -- Epilogue.
The thrilling story of Barack Obama's first presidential campaign, and the volunteers and staff inspired by his vision of hope and possibility, that propelled the candidate to become the 44th President of the United States.

Unmaking the presidency : Donald Trump's war on the world's most powerful office

February 3, 2020
Hennessey, Susan, 1985- author.
©2020
viii, 418 pages ; 24 cm
"The extraordinary authority of the American presidency has no parallel in the democratic world. Today, that power rests in the hands of Donald J. Trump -- and rarely, if ever, has the nature of a president clashed more profoundly with that of the office. Unmaking the Presidency is the definitive account of the unprecedented confrontation between a man and the institution he has come to embody." -- Front flap.

The fixers : the bottom-feeders, crooked lawyers, gossipmongers, and porn stars who created the 45th president

January 27, 2020
Palazzolo, Joe (Journalist), author.
©2020
xi, 433 pages ; 25 cm
With his blunt-force fame and the myths he's propagated about himself, Donald Trump has always moved in a world of gossip barons, crooked lawyers, and porn stars. But when he became the Republican nominee for the presidency in 2016, all of these characters crawled out onto the global stage with him. In The Fixers, Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld have produced a deeply reported and exquisitely drawn portrait of that world, full of secret phone calls, hidden texts, and desperate deals. It is a distinctly American saga that navigates the worlds of reality TV, cash-for-trash tabloids, single-shingle law shops, celebrity bashes, high-end real estate, pornography, and politics.

A very stable genius : Donald J. Trump's testing of America

January 24, 2020
Rucker, Philip, author.
©2020
xii, 465 pages ; 25 cm
"This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America's democracy and its common heart as a nation."--Jacket.

Running against the devil : a plot to save America from Trump-- and Democrats from themselves

January 20, 2020
Wilson, Rick, 1963- author.
New York : Crown Forum, [2020]
xiv, 325 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: Election night, November 3rd, 2020 -- Why this book? Part 1. The case against Trump, or four more years In Hell -- Part 2. The myths of 2020 -- Part 3. Army of darkness: Trump's war machine -- Part 4. How to lose -- Part 5. How to win -- Part 6. Epilogue.
"Donald Trump is exactly the disaster we feared for America. Hated by a majority of Americans, Trump's administration is rocked by daily scandals, and he's embarrassed us at home and abroad. Trump can't win in 2020, right? Wrong. As 2016 proved, Trump can't win, but the Democrats can sure as hell lose. Only one thing can save Trump, and that's a Democratic candidate who runs the race Trump wants them to run instead of the campaign they must run to win in 2020. Wilson combines decades of national political experience and insight in his take-no-prisoners analysis, hammering Trump's destructive and dangerous first term in a case-by-case takedown of the worst president in history and describing the terrifying prospect of four more years of Trump. Like no one else can, Wilson blows the lid off Trump's 2020 Republican war machine, showing the exact strategies and tactics they'll use against the Democratic nominee . . . and how the Democrats can avoid the catastrophe waiting for them if they fall into Trump's trap. Running Against the Devil is sharply funny, brutally honest, and infused with his biting commentary. It's a vital indictment of Trump, a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred road map to saving America, and the guide to making Donald Trump a one-term president. The stakes are too high to do anything less"-- Provided by publisher.

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
©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.
©2019
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.
©2019
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.
©2019
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.

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