New Arrivals · U.S. Presidents

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

West Winging it : an un-presidential memoir

April 18, 2018
Cunnane, Pat, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
x, 310 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Warehouse to the White House -- In the buffer -- Lower press -- 2012 -- Office politics -- Disaster casual -- The normals -- Interviews about nothing -- Friday the thirteenth -- Epilogue: ... of the end.
"A fresh and funny exclusive look into President Barack Obama's years in the White House, directly from his Senior Writer and former Director of Messaging"--Provided by publisher.

First ladies of the republic : Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the creation of an iconic American role

April 11, 2018
Abrams, Jeanne E., 1951- author.
New York : New York University Press, [2018]
312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: first ladies of the republic: Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and the forging of an American role -- Martha Washington: the road to the first ladyship -- Abigail and John Adams: the long apprenticeship to the White House -- Abigail Adams: the second first lady -- Dolley Madison: the first lady as "queen of America" -- Conclusion: the first ladyship launched.
"America's first First Ladies—Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, and Dolley Madison—had the challenging task of playing a pivotal role in defining the nature of the American presidency to a fledgling nation and to the world. In First Ladies of the Republic, Jeanne Abrams breaks new ground by examining their lives as a group. From their visions for the future of the burgeoning new nation and its political structure, to ideas about family life and matrimony, these three women had a profound influence on one another’s views as they created the new role of presidential spouse. Martha, Abigail and Dolley walked the fine line between bringing dignity to their lives as presidential wives, and supporting their husbands’ presidential agendas, while at the same time, distancing themselves from the behavior, customs and ceremonies that reflected the courtly styles of European royalty that were inimical to the values of the new republic. In the face of personal challenges, public scrutiny, and sometimes vocal criticism, they worked to project a persona that inspired approval and confidence, and helped burnish their husbands’ presidential reputations. The position of First Lady was not officially authorized or defined, and the place of women in society was more restricted than it is today. These capable and path-breaking women not only shaped their own roles as prominent Americans and 'First Ladies,' but also defined a role for women in public and private life in America."--Inside dust jacket.

Lady in red : an intimate portrait of Nancy Reagan

April 11, 2018
Tate, Sheila, 1942- author.
New York : Crown Forum, 2018.
xi, 237 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 22 cm
Elegance and style -- The boss -- The new First Lady -- Always an actress -- Just say no -- Protector in Chief -- The perfectionist -- Family ties -- Christmas at the White House -- The art lover -- Finding her voice -- Press contacts -- Diplomat in Chief -- Planes, trips, and weather reports -- Protecting Nancy -- Up close and personal -- Blame it on Nancy -- No better friend -- White House humor -- Searching for privacy -- Staff memories -- The long goodbye -- No words.
A collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of the influential First Lady. Compiled by a close confidante and former press secretary, sharing insights into her personal life, from her daily routines to her enduring influence in the Reagan White House.

The list : a week-by-week reckoning of Trump's first year

April 11, 2018
Siskind, Amy B., 1953- author.
©2018
xiv, 509 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president, Amy Siskind, a former Wall Street executive began compiling a list of actions taken by the Trump regime."--Dust jacket.

Eunice : the Kennedy who changed the world

April 3, 2018
McNamara, Eileen, author.
©2018
xxiv, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits, genealogical table ; 25 cm
Part one. In her parents' image. The middle child ; London ; From the Sacred Heart to Stanford University ; Dollar-a-year girl -- Part two. In her brothers' shadows. Juvenile delinquency ; Women in prison ; Chicago ; Consultant to the president -- Part three: In her own right. From Camp Shriver to Special Olympics ; An American in Paris ; Maternal feminism ; Protecting the present, seeding the future -- Epilogue.
"While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford-educated daughter, Eunice was hijacking her father's fortune and her brothers' political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the reason we no longer lock away children and adults with intellectual disabilities--that we educate them, employ them, and help them thrive. Her compassion was born of rage: at the medical establishment that had had no answers for her sister Rosemary, at her revered but dismissive father, whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons, and at a government that failed to deliver on America's promise of equality. In [this book], Pulitzer Prize-winner Eileen McNamara brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers' shadows to reveal an officious, cigar-smoking, fast-driving, indefatigable woman who was a shrewd player in the careers of lack, Bobby, and Ted, a complicated wife to Sargent, an oft-neglected daughter of Rose, and a fiercely devoted but emotionally aloof mother to her five children. Granted access to never-before-seen private papers, including the scrapbooks Eunice kept as a schoolgirl in prewar London, McNamara paints an extraordinary portrait of a woman both ahead of her time and out of step with it: the visionary founder of Special Olympics, a devout Catholic in a secular age, and a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer-lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men."--Dust jacket.

Andrew Jackson : the making of America

March 15, 2018
Kanefield, Teri, 1960- author.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: a mob in the White House -- A brutal boyhood -- Head of all the rowdies -- Romance on the frontier -- Congressman Jackson -- Justice, Jackson style -- The beat of the war drum -- The Battle of New Orleans -- The corrupt bargain -- Demagogue or passionate patriot? -- The Indian Removal Act -- Who decides? -- Jackson's war with the bank -- Nullification -- Legacy.

Russian roulette : the inside story of Putin's war on America and the election of Donald Trump

March 15, 2018
Isikoff, Michael, author.
New York : Twelve, 2018.
xi, 339 pages ; 24 cm
"Mr. Putin would like to meet Mr. Trump." -- "We did not recognize the degree it would tick Putin off." -- "Are we here because Clinton texted us?" -- "You don't know me, but I'm working on a troll farm." -- "This is the new version of Watergate." -- "Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it." -- "He's been a Russian stooge for fifteen years." -- "How the fuck did he get on the list?" -- "If it's what you say I love it." -- "WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead." -- "I have to report this to headquarters." -- "As for the Ukraine amendment, excellent work." -- "Next they're going to put polonium in my tea." -- "We've been told to stand down." -- "He's got me as the fall guy." -- "Does it even matter who hacked this data?" -- "It also could be somebody sitting on their bed who weighs four hundred pounds, OK?" -- "Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities." -- "We've been ratfucked." -- "This is the real reset of the Western world." -- "We got a sinking feeling .... It looked like a season of Homeland." -- Afterword: "Please, my God, can't you stop this?"
"The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election. The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no 'third-rate burglary.' It was far more sophisticated and sinister--a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle--including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn--and Russia. Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?"--Dust jacket.

Public papers of the Presidents of the United States.

March 12, 2018
United States. President.
Washington : U. S. Govt. Print Off.,
v. ; 26 cm.

Movie nights with the Reagans : a memoir

March 2, 2018
Weinberg, Mark (Communications consultant), author.
©2018
xxiv, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 23 cm
Introduction. Nancy Reagan's last good-bye -- 9 to 5: the film that made the Reagans angry and propelled a First Lady's crusade -- Oh, God! Book II: the film that starred one of the Reagans' dearest Hollywood friends, who modeled how to joke about old age -- Raiders of the Lost Ark: the film that revealed the President's greatest Hollywood regret -- On Golden Pond: the film that hit close to home -- Chariots of Fire: the film that inspired a President -- E.T. the Extra-terrestrial: the film that made the Reagans cry -- Return of the Jedi and Wargames: the films that stirred the President's imagination -- Curse of the Pink Panther: the film that revealed Reagan's biggest disappointment -- A golden oldie--Bedtime for Bonzo: the film that helped define a career -- Ghostbusters: the film that energized the 1984 campaign -- Back to the Future: the film that left us speechless -- Anti-communist films--Rocky IV, Reds, and Red Dawn: the films that set the tone for an era -- Top Gun: the film that became a touchstone for the Reagan years -- Knute Rockne All-American: the film that created a political legend -- The Untouchables: the film that echoed one of Reagan's lifelong missions -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off: the film that reminded the Reagans of yesterday -- Hellcats of the Navy: the film they starred in together.
"Former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan shares an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency--told through the movies they watched together during weekends at Camp David. Over the course of eight years, Mark Weinberg travelled to the legendary presidential retreat at Camp David each weekend with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He was one of a few select members invited into Aspen Lodge when the First Family gathered for 'movie nights,' showing contemporary and classic films on Fridays and Saturdays. Movies brought them together in times of triumph, such as Reagan's historic 1984 landslide, and after moments of tragedy, like the explosion of the Challenger and the shooting of the president and press secretary Jim Brady. Weinberg's unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse of the Reagans--unscripted, relaxed, unburdened by the world with no cameras in sight. Each chapter discusses a legendary film, shares the Reagans' thoughts, and provides warm anecdotes and never-before-told stories about the family and the administration. From Reagan's pranks on the Secret Service to his thoughts on the parallels between Hollywood and Washington, Weinberg paints a full picture of the president The New Yorker once famously dubbed "The Unknowable." Movie Nights with the Reagans is a nostalgic journey through the 1980s and its most iconic films, seen through the eyes of one of Hollywood's former stars: one who was simultaneously transforming the Republican Party, the American economy, and the course of the Cold War."--Dust jacket.

The faith of Donald J. Trump : a spiritual biography

February 22, 2018
Brody, David, 1965- author.
New York, NY : HarperCollins, [2018]
xx, 375 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: this Trump is your Trump -- Luck and pluck -- Making Augsburg great again -- Mother Mary comes to Queens -- Back to the future Presbyterians -- City on a Jamaican hill -- Hindenberg -- We have confirmation -- The church for Spock babies -- The power of positive thinking -- Manhattan, malaise, and morning in America -- The man who has everything -- Prospereality -- The escalator -- What is your relationship with God? -- The B-I-B-L-E, yes, that's the book for me -- Pentecostals, prayer, and dinner at the Polo -- Mr. Cyrus meets wrecking ball -- 3 wings, 2 Corinthians, and February 1 -- Pat, the Pope, and the Palmetto state primary -- #NeverTrump -- Coalesce or two evils? -- Cleveland rocks... and prays -- Pastors and pews -- What the hell do you have to lose? -- What happens in Vegas -- The art of the unreal -- Gorsuch a time as this -- You've got a friend in me -- Riyadh, Jerusalem, and Rome -- Give me liberty.
Drawing on extensive interviews and unparalleled access to the White House, looks at President Trump's connection to the Christian faith, the evangelical right, the prosperity gospel, and today's pressing moral and ethical issues.

Washington : the man and the mason

February 19, 2018
Callahan, Charles H., 1858-
©1913
viii, 380 pages [115] leaves of plates : illustrations, maps (folded), portraits ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"Published under the auspices of the Memorial Temple Committee of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association."
The Cavaliers --John Washington, the Immigrant -- Lawrence Washington of Wakefield -- Augustine Washington -- Lawrence Washington of Mount Vernon -- The Virginia Fairfaxes -- Washington, the Surveyor -- Washington's Mission to the French Commandant -- Washington in Braddock's Campaign -- Washington's Defence of the Valley -- Washington, the Civilian -- Washington in the Revolution -- Washington Again in Private Life -- Washington, President of the United States -- Last Days and Death of Washington -- Resolutions of Congress and Tributes of Respect -- Mrs. Martha Washington, her Children and Grandchildren -- Bushrod Washington and his Successors at Mount Vernon -- Our Masonic Forebears -- Masonic Incidents in the Life of Washington -- Lodges No. 39 and 22 of Alexandria, Virginia -- Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, A.F. & A.M. -- The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association -- Appendix: Washington's Will, Schedule, Appraisement of Property, and Declaration of Independence.

The unmaking of the president 2016 : how FBI Director James Comey cost Hillary Clinton the presidency

February 13, 2018
Davis, Lanny J., author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The wary candidate -- The Times gets the story half-wrong -- The Times gets it wrong again -- The FBI criminal investigation -- Policy and fairness be damned -- Giuliani in the shadows? -- The fallacy of the false choice -- Comey's letter elects Donald Trump.
Argues that FBI Director James Comey's fateful letter to Congress, sent in the crucial days leading up to the presidential election, was the ultimate factor in shifting the election to a Trump victory.

Media madness : Donald Trump, the press, and the war over the truth

February 12, 2018
Kurtz, Howard, 1953- author.
©2018
ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A catastrophic media failure -- Trump works the refs -- Trump trauma -- A question of loyalty -- A leaky ship of state -- The dossier surfaces -- Spicer goes to war -- Bannon as Darth Vader -- Kellyanne under siege -- Trump targets media "enemies" -- The war over wiretapping -- "The knives are out" -- Answering with airstrikes -- White House game of thrones -- Jared and Ivanka fight back -- The Comey firestorm -- The media go to DEFCON 1 -- Collusion confusion -- Climate change calamity -- The Mueller escalation -- Investigative overreach -- The secret Russia meeting -- The mooch's moment -- Charlottesville catastrophe -- Tackling the sports world -- The fight over "fake news" -- The era of harassment.
"According to the media, Donald Trump could never become president. Now many are on a mission to prove he shouldn't be president. The Trump administration and the press are at war -- and as in any war, the first casualty has been truth.This book offers a stunning expose of how supposedly objective journalists, alarmed by Trump's success, have moved into the opposing camp. Kurtz's exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes interviews with reporters, anchors, and insiders within the Trump White House reveal the unprecedented hostility between the media and the president they cover." -- From book jacket.

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

February 8, 2018
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
2018
514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The beginning -- A mother's duty -- Heady times -- The White House years -- Trouble brewing -- The assassination -- Recovery -- Transition -- Onassis -- Shifting tides -- Enduring -- "Well, happy and loved ..." -- Epilogue: Passages.
A portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; her mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss; and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, discusses their ambitions, status-seeking marriages, illicit liaisons, and psychological profiles.

Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America

February 7, 2018
Kerrison, Catherine, 1953- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xi, 425 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
First Monticello -- To Paris -- School life -- Families reunited -- Transitions -- Becoming American again -- A Virginia wife -- Harriet's Monticello -- An enlightened household -- Departure -- Passing -- Legacies.
"Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonniᥲes are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers." -- Publisher's description.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Madison Park : a place of hope

December 28, 2017
Motley, Eric L. (Eric Lamar), 1972- author.
©2017
304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Motley boy -- Madison Park -- A proud black community -- My Motley heritage -- Everything rounded out -- Years in training -- Not my only parents -- Rabbits v. Turtles -- The D.U.K. -- Shave and a haircut -- That old-time religion -- The best "hind-catcher" in the neighborhood -- The music that would change my life -- Three queens: Rosebud, Mama, and Mayes -- The book of knowledge -- Blessed interventions -- 1,002 uses for a pie pan -- Keeping it real for me -- Steve Urkel and Boys State -- Evolution -- Beyond Madison Park, but still a part of it -- Remember, we're still in Alabama -- There's a part for every one of us to play -- Scotland -- The limits of knowledge, the unlimited nature of friendship -- "Stopping by woods on a snowy evening" -- "If you're not ready now" -- From the White House to Foggy Bottom -- "Barbara Ann" -- Paid in full -- Wherever I go.
A former special assistant to President George W. Bush chronicles his coming of age in a small Alabama community founded by freed slaves, where he learned valuable lessons about helping others, embracing faith, and fighting racial injustice.

Franklin D. Roosevelt : a political life

December 13, 2017
Dallek, Robert, author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
x, 692 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Everything to fear -- -Chapter 1: The making of a patrician -- Chapter 2: The making of a politician -- Chapter 3: Polio -- Chapter 4: "Chameleon on plaid" -- Chapter 5: "Instrument of their wishes" -- Chapter 6: "Trustee of the existing social system" -- Chapter 7: Mastering Washington "bedlam" -- Chapter 8: Triumph of the new order -- Chapter 9: Second-term curse -- Chapter 10: The worst of times -- Chapter 1: Dangers abroad, uncertainties at home -- Chapter 12: Faux neutral -- Chapter 13: "Safe on third" -- Chapter 14: The path to war -- Chapter 15: Setbacks and losses: "We might lose this war" -- Chapter 16: The end of the beginning -- Chapter 17: "High promise of better things" -- Chapter 18: "Dr. Win the War" -- Chapter 19: The "good soldier" -- Chapter 20: Winning the war, planning the peace -- Chapter 21: Last full measure -- Epilogue.
"In an era of great national divisiveness, there could not be a more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled strategic skills as a unifier and a consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions of his remarkable presidency: How did a man who came from so privileged a background become one of the greatest champions of the country's needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster such revolutionary innovations in our economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt bring about such a profound change in America's foreign relations, leading it from isolationism to become an international superpower? By the time he became president, Roosevelt already commanded the respect and affection of millions of people through his services as assistant secretary of the Navy and governor of New York. Although many of his biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek views that affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms and advance a remarkably progressive agenda. He attributes Roosevelt's success to two perceptive political insights. First, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in the political system. Under his watch the country was able to recover from the Depression and entered World War II, but more controversially, he used that power in an unsuccessful attempt to pack the Supreme Court. Second, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building consensus and commanding stable, long-term popular support. In addressing the country's international and domestic challenges, Roosevelt recognized the critical importance of remaining attentive to the full range of public sentiment regarding policy decisions--perhaps his most important lesson in effective leadership, and one that remains vital today."--Dust jacket flaps.

The last Republicans : inside the extraordinary relationship between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

December 12, 2017
Updegrove, Mark K., author.
©2017
ix, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I. I never looked back -- A flash of light -- Bar -- Go west -- The sky's the limit -- More than tongue can tell -- Aggravation and pride -- A certain sort of expectation -- Part II. A debt to pay -- To do something of service -- Young and foolish -- A whole different life -- Up in the air -- Listen to your conscience -- Horizons -- Go east -- Coming home -- Defeat isn't defeat -- Part III. Turning points -- The big mo -- The call from Reagan -- A heartbeat away -- Arbusto or bust -- Why don't you come to Washington -- Awakening -- Junior -- Be tough -- Not so kind, not so gentle -- Part IV. 41 -- A new breeze -- Comfortable in the job -- A whole new ballgame -- Commander-in-chief -- You can't give in -- Coming of age -- Defeat with dignity -- Finish strong -- Part V. His turn now in the family" -- The l-word -- Joy and heartache -- Chart your own course -- No turning back -- Great expectations -- Part VI. 43 -- Mr. President -- Shock and awe -- Mourning in America -- Prelude to war -- A broader battle -- 41 and 43 -- Part VII. The decider -- To whom much is given -- Regards from President Bush -- The last campaign -- Brother from another mother -- The first Jewish president -- The toughest decision -- Last days -- Part VIII. The last Republicans -- It wasn't me -- Trumped -- What about George? -- Epilogue.
Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies. He examines the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, which derailed the Bush presidential dynasty. Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other's presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America's role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

Playing with fire : the 1968 election and the transformation of American politics

December 8, 2017
O'Donnell, Lawrence, author.
©2017
484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Seizing the moment -- Declaring war -- "Why isn't he a priest?" -- Sleepy Hollow -- "A hard and harsh moral judgment" -- Dump Johnson -- The general -- "We will never be young again" -- Old politics -- "A decent interval" -- Peace with honor -- Peter the hermit -- "Clean for Gene" -- The new Nixon -- "Nixon's the one" -- "Abigail said no" -- The poor people's campaign -- "Something bad is going to come of this" -- "Stand up and be counted" -- "It's not important what happens to me" -- "I've seen the promised land" -- The happy warrior -- Don't lose -- "Everything's going to be okay" -- Stop Nixon -- "Great television" -- The last liberal standing -- The peace plank -- "The whole world's watching" -- "The government of people in exile" -- The perfect crime -- Epilogue.
The celebrated host of MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell presents an account of the 1968 presidential election to evaluate its lasting influence on American politics and the Democratic party, exploring the pivotal roles of RFK and McCarthy, two high-profile assassinations and the Chicago riots.

You can't spell America without me : the really tremendous inside story of my fantastic first year as President Donald J. Trump

December 7, 2017
Baldwin, Alec, 1958- author.
©2017
246 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
You actually can't spell America without "me' -- I had to do it my way -- This is American history -- I won, I'm a winner, I'm the winner -- With great wealth comes great quality -- The actual legal takeover of the government -- I need a TV in the Oval -- It finally felt real, like a movie -- I'm the President -- I feel like a new man -- I like tough -- It was about to get even better -- The so-called Russia stories -- If I acted "presidential" I'd lose my special powers -- The American people understand -- A good test for Comey -- They said it on the news -- The bad polls are probably mostly or completely fake -- Everybody lied to me -- Ivanka has such a gorgeous smile -- The presidency really is like a TV series -- I never panic -- I had to "kill" him- kill in quotation marks -- The "Special Counsel" is totally rigged -- Everyone nervous except me -- Is Jared a Fredo? -- We're both strong and know the score -- If anything happens to me, here's the truth -- We'll all look back and laugh about this -- Call him Flipper -- It's a crazy world -- So many, many secrets to keep -- Route 66 -- MAGA -- My Nobel Prize -- Shlimazel -- Ang Buhlay Ay Maganda -- Was that all a dream? -- All fake -- Hooray President Trump, hooray Presidente Trump, hooray President Trump in Russian with the crazy backward 3 -- The end.
A satirical memoir written in the style of Donald Trump shares lampooning insights into the forty-fifth president's election, disdain for the press, backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers, and world-changing decisions.

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