New Arrivals · Politics

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The most dangerous man in America : Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the hunt for the fugitive king of LSD

January 18, 2018
Minutaglio, Bill, author.
©2018
x, 384 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
In September 1970, ex-Harvard professor and 'High Priest of LSD' Dr. Timothy Leary escaped from prison with the aid of the radical Weather Underground. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon's careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture. -- Adapted from book jacket.

American aristocrats : a family, a fortune, and the making of American capitalism

January 18, 2018
Stout, Harry S., author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
xix, 411 pages ; 24 cm
Documents how the Anderson family of eighteenth-century Kentucky worked to amass land while becoming apologists for slavery, Native American removal, and continental expansion.

Bully of Asia : why China's dream is the new threat to world order

January 18, 2018
Mosher, Steven W., author.
©2017
xx, 380 pages ; 24 cm
A disease of the heart -- Hegemon: the invention of the totalitarian state -- The hegemon awakens from its slumbers -- The diminutive hegemon: Deng Xiaoping -- Hegemony under Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of Communist Part, 1989-2002 -- Move over, Great Helmsman, "Big Daddy" Xi is here -- Great Han chauvinism: the new religion of a nation of narcissists? -- The sum of all China's fears -- As China advances, America must not retreat -- What America can do.

The long hangover : Putin's new Russia and the ghosts of the past

January 17, 2018
Walker, Shaun, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
vii, 278 pages : maps ; 24 cm
In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Putin's aggressive foreign policy and his support among Russians.

Secrets of the Secret Service : the history and uncertain future of the US Secret Service

January 16, 2018
Byrne, Gary J., author.
©2018
295 pages ; 24 cm
Distrust and no confidence -- Clinton characters -- Kenneth Starr targets the Secret Service -- First successes, first failures -- Bullets from Dallas to Washington -- Transition and tragedy -- Shaky wartime footing -- Losing control -- The Secret Service swamp -- Making the Secret Service great again.
A look at the inner workings of the U.S. Secret Service shares insights into the reactionary approaches of the agency's increasingly politicized management and how new strategies are placing presidential security at risk.

America : the quiz : how well do you know your country?

January 9, 2018
©2017
viii, 240 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 18 cm
"Would you pass the government's test to become an American citizen? Take the 100-question quiz and see! As millions of people know, becoming an American citizen isn’t easy. It involves a lengthy application process, including a tough two-part naturalization test covering English and civics. How well would you do? Find out! America: The Quiz contains the most updated version of the 100 test-prep questions given to applicants by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, current through the 2016 elections."--Amazon.com

Christopher Hitchens : the last interview and other conversations

January 8, 2018
Hitchens, Christopher, interviewee.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, [2017]
xii, 156 pages ; 21 cm.
Hitchens on the media -- Interview by Carl Rutan -- C-SPAN -- February 10, 1987 -- Hitchens on Nother Teresa -- Interview by Matt Cherry -- Free inquiry -- Fall 1996 -- Christopher Hitchens -- Interview with Sasha Abramsky -- The Progressive -- February 1997 -- Hitchens on literature -- Interview by J. C. Gabel and James Hughes -- Stop smiling, issue 20: Boxing -- April 2005 -- Hitchens on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- Interview by Jon Stewart -- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart -- August 25, 2005 -- Questions of faith -- In conversation with Marilyn Sewell -- Interview by Randy Gragg -- Portland monthly -- January 2010 -- Christopher Hitchens: "You have to choose your future regrets" -- Interview by Andrew Anthony -- The Guardian -- November 13, 2010 -- "Never be afraid of stridency" -- Interview by Richard Dawkins -- New Statesman -- December 2011.
"From Hitchens's earliest interviews to his final published interview with Richard Dawkins just before his death, this collection covers the brilliant career of Christopher Hitchens and tackles everything from atheism, his controversial support of the Iraq War, to America's march toward theocracy."--Provided by publisher.

Cuba on the verge : 12 writers on continuity and change in Havana and across the country

January 8, 2018
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xi, 285 pages ; 22 cm
Miami: the coconut trail / by Carlos Manuel Álvarez -- Cuban capital: transition (to what?) in seven parts / by Iván de la Nuez -- The personal movie: tribulations of "The Good Demons" / by Vladimir Cruz -- Glamour and revolution / by Wendy Guerra -- Dreaming in Cuban: a chronicle in nine innings / by Leonard Padura -- The hunter: Ernesto the Jinetero / by Abraham Jiménez Enoa -- Even though he's dead / by Patricio Fernández -- Mi amigo Manuel / by Patricia Engel -- The other shore / by Jon Lee Anderson -- Secret Cuba / by Mauricio Vincent -- Tropicana redux / by Francisco Goldman -- Sodom's bookstore / by Rubén Gallo.
"As the US and Cuba move toward the normalization of diplomatic relations after an epic fifty-six-year standoff, we find ourselves face-to-face with one of the few places in the world that has been off limits to most Americans. Standing on both sides of the divide, twelve of our most celebrated writers investigate this period of momentous transition in Cuba on the Verge. These essays span the spectrum, from Carlos Manuel ?lvarez?s story of being among the last generation of Cubans to be raised under Fidel Castro to Patricia Engel?s look at how Cuba?s capital has changed through her years of riding across it with her taxi driver friend; from The New Yorker?s Jon Lee Anderson (who traveled with President Obama on the first trip to Cuba by an American president since the twenties) on being a foreigner in Cuba during the Special Period to Francisco Goldman on the Tropicana, then and now, to Leonardo Padura on the religion that is Cuban baseball" -- adapted from jacket.

The last 100 days : FDR at war and at peace

January 8, 2018
Woolner, David B., 1955- author.
©2017
xiv, 349 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
The last Christmas -- An uncertain new year -- Atlantic sojourn -- Interlude at Malta -- On to the Crimea -- Sunrise over Yalta -- Coming to grips with "the German problem" -- The Polish quandary -- The birth of the United Nations -- The final turn -- The last mission -- Failure at Bitter Lake -- Going home -- The Last address -- March days -- The Architect -- Hudson requiem -- Easter in Warm Springs -- Off the record -- The last day -- Looking beyond victory.
"The first hundred days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency are justly famous, a period of political action without equal in American history and still the standard by which we judge our presidents. Yet, in this remarkably intimate portrait of a president nearing the end, Roosevelt scholar David B. Woolmer contends that the last hundred days might very well rival them in drama and consequence. Woolner takes us from the final Christmas in Hyde Park, New York, where FDR received dispiriting reports from the Battle of the Bulge, to his unexpected death in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945, when the war in Europe was all but over. Though suffering from numerous ailments, some diagnosed, others not, FDR traveled halfway around the globe and back again, presiding over pivotal summits-- including with Stalin and Churchill at Yalta-- whose legacy are still felt across the world. Throughout, FDR called on every ounce of his diminishing energy in his attempts to establish a congress of nations, reinvigorate the New Deal, and bring an end to American isolationism. As Woolner argues, better than any of his aides or foreign counterparts, FDR understood the crucial role of the United States in shaping the peace to come, to the point that he contemplated resigning his office to become the first secretary-general of the United Nations. The Last 100 Days ultimately forces us to reckon with Roosevelt's conviction that the world's problems are America's problems, and to ask ourselves if, in the face of the challenges confronting us today, we will exhibit the same courage to live up to our responsibilities."--Dust jacket flaps.

Moral combat : how sex divided American Christians and fractured American politics

January 8, 2018
Griffith, R. Marie (Ruth Marie), 1967- author.
©2017
xx, 395 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The battle over birth control in the roaring twenties -- Censorship of literature and popular entertainments -- Segregation and race mixing in the early Civil Rights era -- The Kinsey revolution and challenges to female chastity -- Sex education in the sixties and the surging Religious Right -- The abortion war before and after Roe v. Wade -- Sexual harassment at century's end -- Same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in the new millennium.
"A sweeping account of religious conflict that produced our culture wars concerning gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control--sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Both those who advocated for greater openness in sexual matters and those who resisted new sexual norms turned to politics to pursue their moral visions for the nation. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable"--Provided by publisher.

Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House

January 8, 2018
Wolff, Michael, 1953- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
xiii, 321 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Election day -- Trump Tower -- Day one -- Bannon -- Jarvanka -- At home -- Russia -- Org chart -- CPAC -- Goldman -- Wiretap -- Repeal and replace -- Bannon agonistes -- Situation room -- Media -- Comey -- Abroad and at home -- Bannon redux -- Mika who? -- McMaster and Scaramucci -- Bannon and Scaramucci -- General Kelly -- Epilogue: Bannon and Trump.
Thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump's term as President. Among the revelations: What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers.

Global discontents : conversations on the rising threats to democracy

January 4, 2018
Chomsky, Noam, author.
©2017
227 pages ; 21 cm.
State spying and democracy -- A tour of the Middle East -- Power systems do not give gifts -- ISIS, the Kurds, and Turkey -- Living memory -- Fearmongering -- Alliances and control -- The roots of conflicts -- Toward a better society -- Elections and voting -- Crises and organizing -- The Trump presidency.
In wide-ranging interviews with David Barsamian, his longtime interlocutor, Noam Chomsky asks us to consider a world imperiled by climate change and the growing potential for nuclear war. These twelve interviews, conducted from 2013 to 2016, examine the latest developments around the globe: the devastation of Syria, the reach of state surveillance, growing anger over economic inequality, the place of religion in American political culture, and the bitterly contested 2016 U.S. presidential election. In accompanying personal reflections on his Philadelphia childhood and his eighty-seventh birthday, Chomsky also describes his own intellectual journey.

Friends divided : John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

January 3, 2018
Wood, Gordon S., author.
©2017
502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue : The eulogies -- Contrasts -- Careers, wives, and other women -- The imperial crisis -- Independence -- Missions abroad -- Constitutions -- The French Revolution -- Federalists and Republicans -- The President vs. the Vice President -- The Jeffersonian Revolution of 1800 -- Reconciliation -- The great reversal -- The national jubilee.
"Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England's rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into the fight. But ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and writ large in the nation, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. It was a bitter breach, lasting through the presidential administrations of both men, and beyond. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. In their final years they were the last surviving founding fathers and cherished their role in this mighty young republic as it approached the half century mark in 1826. ... Arguably no relationship in this country's history carries as much freight as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Gordon Wood has more than done justice to these entwined lives and their meaning; he has written a magnificent new addition to America's collective story."--Dust jacket.

Grass roots : the rise and fall and rise of marijuana in America

January 3, 2018
Dufton, Emily, author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
311 pages ; 25 cm
A higher calling -- "Forward, all smokers!" -- It's NORML to smoke pot -- Marijuana: a signal of misunderstanding -- "You won't have to be paranoid anymore!" -- "I'm like a bottle maker during prohibition" -- Atlanta, 1976 -- The downfall of Peter Bourne -- The coming parent revolution -- "The most potent force there is" -- The truth behind Just Say No -- Crack update -- "The Florence Nightingale of medical marijuana" -- A social justice issue -- Lessons learned.
"In the last five years, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana. To many, continued victories seem certain. But pot was on a similar trajectory forty years ago, only to encounter a fierce backlash. In Grass Roots, historian Emily Dufton tells the remarkable story of marijuana's crooked path from acceptance to demonization and back again--and of the earnest hippies, frightened parents, suffering patients, and thousands of other ordinary Americans who made changing marijuana laws their life's work. During the 1970s, pro-pot activists with roots in the counterculture secured the drug's decriminalization in a dozen states. The movement forged close ties with Jimmy Carter's White House, and a sprawling world of paraphernalia makers and head shops catered to smokers. Before long, however, concerned suburban parents began to mobilize, arguing that children's safety ought to take precedence over adults' right to smoke pot. In the 1980s, they found a champion in First Lady Nancy Reagan, transforming pot into a national scourge under the slogan 'Just Say No' and helping to pave the way for an aggressive war on drugs. The tide began to turn again in the 1990s, as chastened marijuana advocates retooled their message, promoted pot as a medical necessity during the AIDS crisis, and eventually declared legalization a matter of racial justice. Through new research and interviews, Grass Roots offers an engrossing account of marijuana's colorful history and its rich lessons for today's debate. Over the past five decades the drug's evolving and contradictory meanings have mobilized thousands of Americans to fight for and against marijuana rights. While legalization advocates have the upper hand today, Dufton shows how a new counterrevolution could swiftly unfold."--Dust jacket flap.

Let Trump be Trump : the inside story of his rise to the presidency

January 3, 2018
Lewandowski, Corey R., author.
New York : Center Street, 2017.
278 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Election night -- House money -- New Hampshire -- You're hired -- The island of the misfit toys -- The golden escalator -- Up in the air -- The delegate hunter -- Thurston Howell III -- The ground game -- Digital madness -- The high road -- The hurricane -- The race to the bottom -- Fake news -- Epilogue: The transition.
Two of Trump's closest campaign advisors present an eyewitness account of the stories behind the headlines. From the Access Hollywood recording and the Clinton accusers, to Paul Manafort, to the last-moment comeback and victory, they pull back the curtain on a drama that has mesmerized the whole world -- including the palace intrigues of the Mooch, Spicer, Priebus, Bannon, and more.

Globalization and its discontents revisited : anti-globalization in the era of Trump

January 2, 2018
Stiglitz, Joseph E., author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
lvi, 472 pages ; 21 cm
Expanded and updated.
"In this crucial expansion and update of his landmark bestseller, renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz addresses globalization’s new discontents in the United States and Europe. Immediately upon publication, Globalization and Its Discontents became a touchstone in the globalization debate by demonstrating how the International Monetary Fund, other major institutions like the World Bank, and global trade agreements have often harmed the developing nations they are supposedly helping. Yet globalization today continues to be mismanaged, and now the harms―exemplified by the rampant inequality to which it has contributed―have come home to roost in the United States and the rest of the developed world as well, reflected in growing political unrest. With a new introduction, major new chapters on the new discontents, the rise of Donald Trump, and the new protectionist movement, as well as a new afterword on the course of globalization since the book first appeared, Stiglitz’s powerful and prescient messages remain essential reading."--Back cover.

Collusion : secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win

January 2, 2018
Harding, Luke, 1968- author.
©2017
354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Vintage Books original."
Prologue: Meeting -- The end of history not -- I think he's an idiot -- Publish and be damned -- Hack -- General Misha -- He does bastards -- Tuesday night massacre -- Collusion -- Thraldom -- From Russia with cash -- The strange case of the German bank -- Epilogue.
"December 2016. [the author] and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's Russia connections. A month later, Steele's now-famous dossier sparks what may be the biggest scandal of the modern era. The names of the Americans involved are well-known--Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page--but here [the author] also shines a light on powerful Russian figures like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have been coming from the highest echelons of the Kremlin. Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, [the author] takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the 'Trump-Russia' story--an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history."-- Back cover.

The despot's apprentice : Donald Trump's attack on democracy

January 2, 2018
Klaas, Brian P. (Brian Paul), 1986- author.
New York, NY : Hot Books, [2017]
xi, 324 pages ; 20 cm
Doublethink -- Fake news! -- Lock her up! -- From Russia with love -- How to rig an election -- Divide and rule -- Flood the swamp -- The deep state -- Take your kids to work day -- The despot's cheerleader -- The ghost of depotism yet to come.
An ex-US campaign advisor who has sat with the world's dictators explains Donald Trump's increasingly authoritarian tactics and the threat they pose to American democracy. -- Amazon.com

Secrecy world : inside the Panama Papers investigation of illicit money networks and the global elite

January 2, 2018
Bernstein, Jake, author.
©2017
x, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Nazis and radical priests -- Tropical paradises -- Name of the game -- Rise of the global banksters -- How to beat the game -- Full speed -- The North Star -- The art of secrecy -- The Vikings lose their Ferraris -- Combing the monster -- Journalistic firepower -- Profitable princelings -- Follow the leaks -- Trouble ahead, trouble behind -- Fortune favors the bold -- Collaboration triumphs -- The wave breaks -- The secrecy world enters the White House -- Epilogue.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. Jake Bernstein offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises crucial questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.

The Mafia's president : Nixon and the mob

December 28, 2017
Fulsom, Don, author.
©2017
xxii, 280 pages ; 22 cm
The mob in the age of Nixon -- The Nixon-Mafia relationship -- Dick and Bebe -- Mobsters in Cuba -- Nixon's Mafia web -- Hoffa and clemency -- The most violent man in the Oval Office -- The JFK Assassination and the Warren Commission -- Nixon and Ford -- Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover -- Nixon, Sparky, and Ozzie -- Did Oswald know Ruby? -- Mob assassination connections -- The Watergate-assassination connection -- The Bay of Pigs Invasion -- Blackmailing the CIA chief -- Conclusion.
Describes President Nixon's association, through a political advisor and lawyer, with individuals in the Mafia, including Mickey Cohen, Meyer Lansky, Jimmy Hoffa, and Carlos Marcello and details the favors he exchanged with them to advance his own career.

Chronicles of a liquid society

December 20, 2017
Eco, Umberto, author.
©2017
vii, 304 pages ; 24 cm
"Published in Italian as Pape Satàn Aleppe : Cronache di una società liquida. First published in Italy by La nave di Teseo, 2016"--Title page verso.
The liquid society -- Turning back the clock. Freestyle Catholics and sanctimonious secularists ; Have we really invented so much? ; Full speed backward! ; I remember, I remember -- Being seen. Wave ciao ciao to the camera ; God is my witness that I'm a fool... ; I tweet, therefore I am ; The loss of privacy -- The old and the young. The average lifespan ; Fair is foul, and foul is fair? ; Thirteen years misspent ; Once upon a time there was Churchill ; A generation of aliens -- Online. My email doubles ; How to elect the president ; The hacker is crucial to the system ; Too much of the internet? But in China... ; Here's a good game ; The textbook as teacher ; How to copy from the internet ; What's the point of having a teacher? ; the fifth estate ; A further note ; Dogmatism and fallibilism ; Marina, Marina, Marina ; I urge you to be brief -- On cell phones. More thoughts on the cell phone ; Swallowing the cell phone ; On photography ; Evolution: all with just one hand ; The cell phone and the queen in "Snow White" -- On conspiracies. Where's the deep throat? ; Conspiracies and plots ; Fine company ; Don't believe in coincidences ; The conspiracy on conspiracies -- On mass media. Radiophonic hypnosis ; There are two Bit Brothers ; Roberta ; The mission of the crime story ; Bin Laden's allies ; Going to the same place ; Mandrake, an Italian hero? ; Are viewers bad for television? ; Give us today our daily crime ; Maybe Agamemnon was worse than Bush ; High medium low ; "Intellectually speaking" ; Suspects behaving badly ; Shaken or stirred? ; Too many dates for Nero Wolfe ; Unhappy is the land ; Time and history -- Forms of racism. Women philosophers ; Where do you find anti-Semitism? ; Who told women to veil themselves? ; Husbands of unknown wives ; Proust and the Boche ; From Maus to Charlie -- On hatred and death. On hatred and on love ; Where has death gone? ; Our parts -- Religion and philosophy. Seers see what they know ; European roots ; The lotus and the cross ; Relativism? ; Chance and intelligent design ; The reindeer and the camel ; Watch it, loudmouth... ; Idolatry and iconoclasm lite ; The cocaine of the people ; The crucifix, almost a secular symbol ; Those strangers, the three Kings ; Mad about Hypatia ; Halloween, relativism, and Celts ; Damned philosophy ; Evasion and secret redress ; The holy experiment ; Monotheisms and polytheisms -- A good education. Who gets cited most? ; Political correctness ; Thoughts in fair copy ; Meeting face-to-face ; The pleasure of lingering -- On books, etc. Is Harry Potter bad for adults? ; How to protect yourself from the Templars ; The whiff of books ; Here's the right angle ; Journey to the center of Jules Verne ; Corkscrew space ; On unread books ; On the obsolescence of digital media ; Festschrift ; The Catcher in the Rye fifty years on ; Aristotle and the pirates ; Lies and make-believe ; Credulity and identification -- From stupidity to folly. No, it's not pollution, it's impurities in the air -- How to get rich on other people's suffering ; Miss World, fundamentalists, an lepers ; Return to sender ; Give us a few more deaths ; Speaking with license ; Conciliatory oxymorons ; The human thirst for prefaces ; A noncomrade who gets it wrong ; Saying sorry ; the Sun still turns ; What you mustn't do ; The miraculous Mortacc ; Joyce and the Maserati ; Napoleon never existed ; Are we all mad? ; Idiots and the responsible press.
Collects short essays from the author that reflect on the changing modern world, touching on such topics as popular culture, politics, being seen, conspiracies, the old and the young, new technologies, mass media, racism, and good manners.

The gifted generation : when government was good

December 20, 2017
Goldfield, David R., 1944- author.
©2017
viii, 534 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: Good government -- Part I: Crossing the meridian. Moving ; Pioneers ; The plowboy ; To secure these rights ; South by north ; The scarlet letter ; The endless frontier ; "To hell with Jews, Jesuits, and steamships!" -- Part II: Settlement. The Swedish Jew ; The wheels of justice ; Yesterday ; Tomorrow ; Steps ; Confidence -- Part III: Gifts. The cowboy ; Interlude ; Being Lincoln ; Patrimony ; A woman's world ; The great American breakthrough ; Blood -- Part IV: The great regression. Party lines ; The populist moment ; Stall ; The color line ; The old country ; The great regression.
A history of the post-World War II decades traces the efforts of an activist federal government to guide the U.S. toward a realization of the American Dream, exploring the era's unprecedented economic, social, and environmental growth. --Publisher.

Revolution in Rojava : democratic autonomy and women's liberation in Syrian Kurdistan

December 20, 2017
London : Pluto Press, 2016
xxxi, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Originally published in German in 2015 by VSA Verlag.
Includes index.
Background -- Rojava's diverse cultures -- Democratic confederalism -- The liberation -- A women's revolution -- Democratic autonomy in Rojava -- Civil society associations -- Defense: the theory of the Rose -- The new justice system -- The democratization of education -- Health care -- The social economy -- Ecological challenges -- Neighbors -- Prospects.
Surrounded by enemies including ISIS and hostile Turkish forces, the people in Syria's Rojava region are carving out one of the most radically progressive societies on the planet. Visitors have been astounded by the success of their project, a communally organised democracy which considers women's equality indispensable, has a deep-reaching ecological policies, and rejects reactionary nationalist ideology. This form of organization, labeled democratic confederalism, is both fiercely anti-capitalist and boasts a self-defense capacity which is keeping ISIS from their gates. Drawing on their own firsthand experiences of working and fighting in the region, the authors provide the first detailed account of a revolutionary experiment and a new vision of politics and society in the Middle East and beyond"--Back cover

Daring democracy : igniting power, meaning, and connection for the America we want

December 19, 2017
Lappé, Frances Moore, author.
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2017]
x, 204 pages ; 22 cm
Opening note : Why we had to write this book -- Part I. Rethinking the crisis. What it will take -- Bringing down the thought barriers -- Part II. Exposing the roots. Manipulating the mindset -- Rigging the rules -- Part III. Creating solutions together. Democracy's calling -- Meet the democracy movement -- Listen up, America! North Carolina has a story to tell -- The thrill of democracy -- Dare for democracy.
Describes how Americans looking to protect their democracy from the Trump presidency can take their civic life to the next level and become enabled by innovative and inspiring strategies to organize and fight against the current crisis in government. -- Publisher's description.

Dear Reader : the unauthorized autobiography of Kim Jong Il

December 19, 2017
Malice, Michael, author.
©2014
417 pages ; 23 cm
Publisher information from Amazon.com.
"As dictated to Michael Malice"--Cover.
Korea is lost -- Korea is won -- Korea is one -- Fighting flunkeyism -- Defeating dogmatism -- Facing factionalism -- The Pueblo incident -- Planting seeds -- Taking a bow -- Commandments -- Axes of evil -- Construction time -- The red balloon -- Flights of fancy -- The thaw -- The great loss -- The red death -- Me and a gun -- Delivering diplomacy -- Korea is two -- My three sons.
Using over 60 books, hundreds of articles, and interviews, all translated into English, Michael Malice has constructed a picture of North Korea under the rule of Kim Jong Il. Fashioned in the form of an "unauthorized autobiography," this book illustrates the history of North Korea via the notorious leader's life story.

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