New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

August 4, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Trump and Churchill : defenders of western civilization

August 3, 2020
Adams, Nick (Speaker), author.
lxv, 156 pages ; 22 cm
Foreword / by Newt Gingrich -- Preface -- Introduction: Defining and defending Western civilization -- Genius -- Plod -- Coincidence and a moment boldly grasped -- Feared and despised -- Patriotism -- Prescience -- Instinct -- Defiance -- Pugnacity -- Ebullience -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Speeches by Winston Churchill -- Appendix B: Speeches by Donald Trump -- References.
The author compares both the criticisms and the actions of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and current President of the United States Donald Trump.

Do running mates matter? : the influence of vice presidential candidates in presidential elections

July 31, 2020
Devine, Christopher, 1984- author.
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, 2020.
xvii, 278 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"What difference do running mates make in a presidential election? Research shows that vice presidents matter while in office, and there has been ample evidence of their importance in recent administrations, as demonstrated by Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, and Mike Pence. But there has been no comprehensive, quantitative study of the significance of vice presidential candidates on presidential voting. In Do Running Mates Matter?, Christopher Devine and Kyle Kopko fill this gap in our understanding of presidential elections. They first analyze people's expectations of the influence that running mates have on an election before exploring in detail their actual influence. Building on their previous work in The VP Advantage, they show that voters rarely vote based on their approval or disapproval of the vice presidential candidate, but these candidates exert an indirect effect on voting by influencing voters' perceptions of the presidential candidates. Drawing on extensive empirical data, Devine and Kopko clear up illusions about the effects of running mates and remind us that presidential candidates should pick someone who can be a good vice president, not someone who they think will secure them the win"-- Provided by publisher.

Rigged : America, Russia, and one hundred years of covert electoral interference

July 29, 2020
Shimer, David, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.
367 pages ; 25 cm
"A Borzoi Book"--Title page verso.
Part 1. Enter Lenin -- The CIA in Italy -- The explosion -- The Stasi changes history -- The KGB targets America -- Democracy promotion -- From Yeltsin to Putin -- A new age -- Part 2: 2016. Delaying offense -- Playing defense -- Election day -- Social media -- Inaction -- Conclusion: Breaking the siege.
Russia's interference in 2016 marked only the latest chapter of a hidden and revelatory history. Shimer tells the story of covert electoral interference past and present. He exposes decades of secret operations-- by the KGB, the CIA, and Vladimir Putin's Russia-- to shape electoral outcomes. He also show how, throughout history and in 2016, both Russian and American operations achieved their greatest success by influencing the way voters think, rather than tampering with actual vote tallies. Russia's central aim is to undermine and disrupt our democracy--harming both Democrats and Republicans-- to the detriment of all Americans. -- adapted from jacket

Old Tip vs. the Sly Fox : the 1840 election and the making of a partisan nation

July 27, 2020
Ellis, Richard (Richard J.), author.
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2020]
xviii, 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Age of Van Buren -- The Politics of Boom and Bust -- The Two Senators: Daniel Webster and Henry Clay -- The Two Generals: William Henry Harrison and Winfield Scott -- The Road to the Whig Convention -- Come Together -- "We Go for Principles, Not Men": The Democratic Convention -- See How They Run: Campaigning for President -- "The Presidential Contest Absorbs Every Thing Else" -- Tippecanoe and the Economy Too: Understanding the Election of 1840.
"The 1840 election is best known for giving us the most famous presidential campaign slogan in history: "Tippecanoe and Tyler too." Featuring log cabins, sly songs, and misleading rhetoric, it is an election usually seen as determined by campaign tactics designed to dupe the gullible masses. While we are tempted to attribute victory to the cleverness of the winning campaign and defeat to the missteps of the losing campaign, a broader perspective on the showdown between the Democratic incumbent Martin Van Buren and Whig nominee William Henry Harrison reveals other factors at work-especially the fluctuating economy and growing antislavery sentiment, which saw the rise of the Liberty Party and the fall of Henry Clay's bid for the nomination. Richard J. Ellis also shows that understanding 1840 requires looking past the dramatic presidential election to the numerous state and congressional elections that took place between 1836 and 1840, culminating in the bitter fight for the Whig nomination and a record voter turnout in the Old Tippecanoe's unlikely victory. According to Ellis, the election of 1840 should be remembered not for log cabins and cider barrels, but for the Whig Party's historic convention, which was the first time a major political party selected, rather than anointed, its nominee at a national convention. Thoroughly researched and comprehensive in scope, Old Tip vs. The Sly Fox is a nuanced look at an election that helped define modern presidential campaign tactics and was a formative step in the making of our partisan nation."-- Provided by publisher.

Lincoln on the verge : thirteen days to Washington

July 22, 2020
Widmer, Edward L., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
xii, 606 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
As a divided nation plunges into the deepest crisis in its history, Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Washington and his inauguration--an inauguration Southerners have vowed to prevent by any means necessary. Drawing on new research, this account reveals the President-Elect as a work in progress, showing him on the verge of greatness, foiling an assassination attempt, and forging an unbreakable bond with the American people. On the eve of his 52nd birthday, February 11, 1861, the President-Elect of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, walked onto a train, the first step of his journey to the White House, and his rendezvous with destiny. But as the train began to carry Lincoln toward Washington, it was far from certain what he would find there. Bankrupt and rudderless, the government was on the verge of collapse. To make matters worse, reliable intelligence confirmed a conspiracy to assassinate him as he passed through Baltimore. It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of the Republic hung in the balance. How did Lincoln survive this grueling odyssey, to become the president we know from the history books? Lincoln on the Verge tells the story of a leader discovering his own strength, improvising brilliantly, and seeing his country up close during these pivotal thirteen days. From the moment the Presidential Special left the station, a new Lincoln was on display, speaking constantly, from a moving train, to save the Republic. The journey would draw on all of Lincoln's mental and physical reserves. But the President-Elect discovered an inner strength, which deepened with the exhausting ordeal of meeting millions of Americans. Lincoln on the Verge tells the story of America's greatest president and the obstacles he overcame, well before he could take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address.

Front row at the Trump show

July 21, 2020
Karl, Jonathan, 1968- author.
[New York, New York] : Dutton, [2020]
xxvi, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
We have never seen a president like Trump: norm-breaking, rule-busting, dangerously reckless to some and an overdue force for change to others. One thing is clear: We are witnessing the reshaping of the presidency. Karl has known and covered Donald Trump longer than any other White House reporter. With extraordinary access to Trump during the campaign and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, he delivers behind-the-scenes moments that define Trump's presidency-- an extraordinary look at the president, the person, and those closest to him.--Provided by publisher.

Dangerous crooked scoundrels : insulting the president, from Washington to Trump

July 21, 2020
Battistella, Edwin L., author.
vii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Insults and politics -- Founders, 1788-1824 -- The rise of the common man, 1824-1860 -- The nation remade, 1860-1900 -- The modern presidency, 1900-1945 -- A world power, 1945-1980 -- Culture wars, 1980-2018 -- A catalog of presidential insults.
History of insults aimed at United States presidents, from George Washington to Donald Trump.

Trump and the American future : solving the great problems of our time

July 17, 2020
Gingrich, Newt, author.
356 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: Understanding the America that will emerge -- 2020 is vital -- Frenzy, corruption, and conformity -- The failed coup attempts -- Radical Democratic bigotry -- Loving criminals, hating the law -- The radical 200 -- An economy for all Americans -- From education to learning -- Covid-19 would kill Medicare for all -- America's health care rebellions, part I -- America's health care rebellions, part II -- America's health care rebellions, part III -- The Deep State is crippling America -- Communist-ruled China and Covid-19 -- New language for American survival -- Effective compassion -- Making Earth great again -- Taking freedom into space -- Achieving a better America.
The former Speaker of the House explains what is at stake in the 2020 elections and why he believes Donald Trump must be re-elected.

Our time is now : power, purpose, and the fight for a fair America

July 16, 2020
Abrams, Stacey, author.
xii, 291 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: who is stealing America's future? -- Everything old is new again -- A license to be heard (voter registration) -- Getting beyond the gates (access to the ballot) -- When the numbers lie (ballot counting) -- Taking our power back -- We can see you and so should they -- How the census shapes America -- The playbook -- Populism and the death of democracy -- The next best version of America.
"Voter suppression has plagued America since its inception, and so has the issue of identity-who is really American and what that means. When tied together, as they are in our modern politics, citizens are harmed in overt, subtle, and even personal ways. Stacey Abrams experienced the effects firsthand, running one of the most unconventional races in modern politics as the Democratic nominee for the governorship in Georgia and the first black woman major party nominee in American history. Abrams did not become governor, but she will not concede. And the reason she won't is because democracy failed voters. However, fixing suppression isn't enough unless we understand how it works and how identity plays a pivotal role. Suppression and identity altered the 2016 presidential election-and will do the same in 2020. But progress can win, and here Abrams lays out how. In Our Time Is Now, Abrams draws on extensive national research from her voter rights organization, Fair Fight Action, and her 2020 Census effort, Fair Count, as well as moving and personal anecdotes from her own life. Abrams weaves together the experiences of those who have fought for the vote and the right to be seen throughout our nation's history, linking them with how law and policy deny real political power. So much hangs in the balance for the 2020 election, and the stakes could not be higher. Our Time Is Now will galvanize those seeking change. It will be a critical book by the expert on fair voting and access that will show us where we fall short, who America is now, and most importantly, empower us to become the democracy we're meant to be"-- Provided by publisher.

The art of her deal : the untold story of Melania Trump

July 16, 2020
Jordan, Mary, 1960- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2020.
vii, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
Prologue: "I have an opinion" -- Olive branch? -- Chasing Melania -- Face of the year -- Making her way in Manhattan -- "He wanted my number, but ... I didn't give it to him" -- First White House run -- Melania or Kara? -- "Aren't I lucky?" -- Jewelry and Caviar -- "We give a space to each other" -- Be best -- "The protector."
"Based on interviews with more than one hundred people in five countries, The Art of Her Deal: The Untold Story of Melania Trump draws an unprecedented portrait of the first lady. While her public image is of an aloof woman floating above the political gamesmanship of Washington, behind the scenes Melania Trump is not only part of President Trump's inner circle, but for some key decisions she has been his single most influential adviser. Throughout her public life, Melania Trump has purposefully worked to remain mysterious. With the help of key people speaking publicly for the first time and never-before-seen documents and tapes, The Art of Her Deal looks beyond the surface image to find a determined immigrant and the life she had before she met Donald Trump. Mary Jordan traces Melania's journey from Slovenia, where her family stood out for their nonconformity, to her days as a fledgling model known for steering clear of the industry's hard-partying scene, to a tiny living space in Manhattan she shared platonically with a male photographer, to the long, complicated dating dance that finally resulted in her marriage to Trump. Jordan documents Melania's key role in Trump's political life before and at the White House, and shows why he trusts her instincts above all. The picture of Melania Trump that emerges in The Art of Her Deal is one of a woman who is savvy, steely, ambitious, deliberate, and who plays the long game. And while it is her husband who became famous for the phrase "the art of the deal," it is she who has consistently used her leverage to get exactly what she wants. This is the story of the art of her deal."--Provided by publisher.

The Lincoln conspiracy : the secret plot to kill America's 16th president--and why it failed

July 16, 2020
Meltzer, Brad, author.
432 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Prologue: Cecil County, Maryland, 1861 -- The rail splitter -- The President-elect -- The most fiendish plot -- Aftermath.
"The bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President Lincoln Everyone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration. The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn't want an antislavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in Baltimore as Lincoln's inauguration train passed through en route to the Capitol. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America. Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered"-- Provided by publisher.

Too much and never enough : how my family created the world's most dangerous man

July 16, 2020
Trump, Mary L., author.
225 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Part one: The cruelty is the point -- The house -- The first son -- The great I-am -- Expecting to fly -- Part two: The wrong side of the tracks -- Grounded -- A zero-sum game -- Parallel lines -- Escape velocity -- Part three: Smoke and mirrors -- The art of the bailout -- Nightfall does not come at once -- The only currency -- The debacle -- Part four: The worst investment ever made -- The political is personal -- A civil servant in public housing -- Epilogue: The tenth circle.
"In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric."--Inside dust jacket.

Let the people pick the president : the case for abolishing the Electoral College

July 9, 2020
Wegman, Jesse, author.
viii, 296 pages ; 22 cm
"Jesse Wegman makes a powerful case for abolishing the antiquated and antidemocratic Electoral College, and choosing presidents based on a national popular vote. He uncovers the Electoral College's controversial origins, profiles the many attempts to reform it over the years, and explains why it is now essential for us to remove this obsolete system and finally make every citizen's vote matter."--Provided by publisher.

The hardest job in the world : the American presidency

July 8, 2020
Dickerson, John, 1968- author.
New York : Random House, [2020]
xxxi, 615 pages : illustrations; 24 cm
Executive in Chief -- Commander in Chief -- Welcome to the NFL -- First Responder -- Consoler-in-Chief -- Acting Presidential -- Action Hero President -- Confidence Man: The Economy -- A Historic Partisan Gap -- A New Era of Partisan Warfare -- On Separation of Powers -- Just Be Like LBJ! -- The End Depends on the Beginning -- Lost in Transition -- Hard at the Start -- How a President Decides -- Impulse Presidency -- The Expectation -- The Impossible Presidency -- Part II: Presidential Campaigns -- Candidate of the People -- No Hiring Manual for the Presidency -- What Got You Here Won't Get You There -- Restraint -- The Church of Perpetual Disappointment -- Amping up the Awful -- Part III: The Way We Live Now -- Winning Above All -- Resolve to be Honest -- Character Counts -- It's My Party -- The Uncertain Never Trumper -- Donald Trump's America.
"Imagine you have just been elected president. You are now commander-in-chief, chief executive, chief diplomat, chief legislator, chief of party, chief voice of the people, first responder, chief priest, and world leader. You're expected to fulfill your campaign promises, but you're also expected to solve the urgent crises of the day. What's on your to-do list? Where would you even start? The American presidency is in trouble. It has become overburdened, misunderstood, almost impossible to do. "The problems in the job unfolded before Donald Trump was elected, and the challenges of governing today will confront his successors," writes John Dickerson. After all, the founders never intended for our system of checks and balances to have one superior Chief Magistrate, with Congress demoted to "the little brother who can't keep up." In this eye-opening book, John Dickerson draws on history and contemporary times to show why we need to reevaluate how we view the presidency, how we choose our presidents, and what we expect from them once they are in office. Think of the presidential campaign as a job interview. Are we asking the right questions? Are we looking for good campaigners, or good presidents? Once a candidate gets the job, what can they do to thrive? Drawing on research and interviews with current and former White House staffers, Dickerson defines what the job of president actually entails, identifies the things that only the President can do, and analyzes how presidents in history have managed the burden. What qualities make for a good president? Who did it well? Why did Bill Clinton call the White House "the crown jewel in the American penal system"? And what lessons can we draw from past successes and failures? Ultimately, in order to evaluate candidates properly for the job, we need to adjust our expectations, and be more realistic about the goals, the requirements, and the limitations of the office."-- Provided by publisher.

The room where it happened : a White House memoir

July 6, 2020
Bolton, John R., author.
577 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"John Bolton served as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk. In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened." --Provided by publisher.

Do morals matter? : presidents and foreign policy from FDR to Trump

July 1, 2020
Nye, Joseph S., author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
xiv, 254 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction: American moralism -- American exceptionalism -- Wilsonian liberalism -- The liberal international order after 1945 -- What is moral foreign policy? -- How we make moral judgements -- Double standards and dirty hands -- Mental maps of the world and moral foreign policy -- The best moral choice in the context: scorecards -- The founders -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Harry S. Truman -- Dwight D. Eisenhower -- The Vietnam era -- John F. Kennedy -- Lyndon Baines Johnson -- Richard M. Nixon -- Post-Vietnam Retrenchment -- Gerald R. Ford -- James Earl Carter -- The end of the Cold War -- Ronald Reagan -- George H. W. Bush -- The unipolar movement -- William Jefferson Clinton -- George Walker Bush -- Twenty-first-century power shifts -- Barack Hussein Obama -- Donald J. Trump -- Foregin policy and future choices -- Assessing ethical foreign policy since 1945 -- Contextual intelligence and moral choices -- Ups and downs of American moral traditions -- Challenges for a future moral foreign policy -- Conclusions.
" Americans constantly make moral statements about presidents and foreign policy. Unfortunately, many of these judgments are poorly thought through. A president is either praised for the moral clarity of his statements or judged solely on the results of their actions. Woodrow Wilson showed, however, that good intentions without adequate means can lead to ethically bad consequences. Richard Nixon, on the other hand, is credited with ending the Vietnam War, but he sacrificed 21,000 American lives and countless others for only a brief "decent interval." In Do Morals Matter?, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., one of the world's leading scholars of international relations, provides a concise yet penetrating analysis of the role of ethics in US foreign policy during the American era after 1945. Nye works through each presidency from Truman to Trump and scores their foreign policy on three ethical dimensions of their intentions, the means they used, and the consequences of their decisions. Alongside this, he also evaluates their leadership qualities, elaborating on which approaches work and which ones do not. Regardless of a president's policy preference, Nye shows that each one was not constrained by the structure of the system and actually had choices. He further notes the important ethical consequences of non-actions, such as Truman's willingness to accept stalemate in Korea rather than use nuclear weapons. Since we so often apply moral reasoning to foreign policy, Nye suggests how to do it better. Most importantly, presidents need to factor in both the political context and the availability of resources when deciding how to implement an ethical policy--especially in a future international system that presents not only great power competition from China and Russia, but transnational threats as borders become porous to everything from drugs to infectious diseases to terrorism to cyber criminals and climate change. "-- Provided by publisher.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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