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Jon Meacham
Description: Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and he shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of presidents including, besides Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists, Meacham brings to life turning points in American history. In each of these dramatic, crucial turning points, the battle to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, was joined, even as it is today. While the American story has not always been heroic, and the outcome of our battles never certain, Meacham reassures us, "the good news is that we have come through darkness before"--as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973 Mea
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, introduction, Alice Walker, foreward
Description: In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of all the men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau and spent more than three months there, talking in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. Barracoon illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it.
Call Number: 306.362 Hur
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
James B. Comey
Description: Former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.
Call Number: 363.25 Com
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2018
Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt, Paul Paul Haynes, Billy Jensen
Description: A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer-- the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade-- from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case. For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area. Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was. At the time of the crimes, the Golden State Killer was between the ages of eighteen and thirty, Caucasian, and athletic-- capable of vaulting tall fences. He always wore a mask. After choosing a victim-- he favored suburban couples-- he often entered their home when no one was there, studying family pictures, mastering the layout. He attacked while they slept, using a flashlight to awaken and blind them. Though they could not recognize him, his victims recalled his voice: a guttural whisper through clenched teeth, abrupt and threatening.
Call Number: 364.1523 McN
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 12, 2018
Tara Westover
Description: A memoir about a young girl who, raised by Mormon survivalists in the mountains of Idaho and forbidden to go to school, defies her family, educates herself, and earns degrees including a PhD from Cambridge University.
Call Number: 270.092 Wes
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 6, 2018
Ronan Farrow
Description: The journalist and former U.S. State Department official explores the decline of American diplomacy and traditional statecraft, the abdication of global leadership, and how the work of peacemaking has been taken over by the military-industrial complex."A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership. US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America's place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America's deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth--Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them--acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers--including every living secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson--[this book] makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice--but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war."--Dust jacket.
Call Number: 327.73 Far
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
John E Doerr
Description: How a goal-setting system helped large tech companies succeed.
Call Number: ordered 051018
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2018
Ainsley Earhardt, Mark A. Tabb
Description: "The celebrated Fox News star and #1 New York Times bestselling author offers a powerful, uplifting look at her life and her spiritual journey, reflecting on her family, her faith, and her successful career. In her bestselling children's book Take Heart, My Child, Ainsley Earhardt drew on her childhood and the inspirational notes her father wrote her before school each morning. In this moving memoir, she reminisces about growing up with a father who loved his children unconditionally--a cherished model of parenthood she has adopted with her own daughter--how her Christian faith has shaped her life, and the dynamic journalism career that has made her a trusted household name. From her insightful political coverage, including a sit-down with Melania Trump, to her powerful reporting covering some of the most headline-making national events, to her live coverage, including Pope Francis' visit to New York, Ainsley considers her career and the factors that have propelled her to the top of her field, becoming a cohost of Fox & Friends and contributor to Hannity. Ainsley credits her success to the values she learned from her parents, and to the enduring Christian faith that has been her ballast through thick and thin, in good times and in periods of great difficulty. Filled with inspirational quotes taken from Scripture and illustrated with sixteen pages of never-before-seen photos, her memoir is infused with her spiritual beliefs and will touch the hearts of all her fans, reminding them to count the blessings God has given them every day of their lives." --Amazon.com.
Call Number: B Ear
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
Madeleine Korbel Albright, William Woodward
Description: The former U.S. secretary of state presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.
Call Number: 320.533 Alb
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 23, 2018
Pete Souza
Description: During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else, and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Now he presents more than 300 of the most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency (including the historic image of Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission) alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set an example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.
Call Number: 973.932 Sou
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 20, 2018
Rick Bragg
Description: Bragg presents a food memoir, cookbook, and tribute to his mother. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook, measures ingredients by "dabs" and judges "done" by look and smell. Her son shares classic family recipes-- many of them pre-dating the Civil War-- as well as preparation secrets for traditional Southern fare.
Call Number: 641.5975 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
Michael V. (Michael Vincent) Hayden
Description: A critique of the forces threatening the American intelligence community, beginning with President Trump himself, outlines how the country's democratic structures and processes are under stress and discusses effective responses.
Call Number: 327.1273 Hay
Format: Book
Date Added: May 14, 2018
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Description: What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? Today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. Now Neil deGrasse Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.
Call Number: 523.01 Tys
Format: Book
Date Added: May 15, 2017
Carlo Rovelli, Erica Segre, translator, Simon Carnell, translator
Description: Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 530.11 Rov
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
James M. Fallows, Deborah Fallows
Description: A portrait of small-town America: the activities, changes, and events that shape this mostly unseen part of our national landscape, and the issues and concerns that matter to the ordinary Americans who make these towns their home. For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-prop airplane, visiting small cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs, seeking to take the pulse and discern the outlook of an America that is unreported and unobserved by the national media. Attending town meetings, breakfasts at local coffee shops, and events at local libraries, they have listened to the challenges and problems that define American lives today. Our Towns is the story of their journey--an account of their visits to twenty-one cities and towns: the individuals they met, the stories they heard, and their portrait of the many different faces of the American future.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.0973 Fal
Format: Book
Date Added: May 21, 2018
Amy Chozick
Description: "The dishy, rollicking, and deeply personal story of what really happened in the 2016 election, as seen through the eyes of the New York Times reporter who gave eight years of her life to covering the First Woman President who wasn't."-- Amazon.com."For nearly a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's assignments, covering Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign and then her front-row seat to the 2016 election on "The Hillary Beat," set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of Chozick's twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined with Clinton's presidential ambitions. As Clinton tried, and twice failed, to shatter "that highest, hardest glass ceiling," Chozick was trying, with various fits and starts, to scale the highest echelons of American journalism. In this rollicking, hilarious narrative, Chozick takes us through the high- (and low-) lights of the most noxious and dramatic presidential election in American history. Chozick's candor and clear-eyed perspective--from her seat on the Hillary bus and reporting from inside the campaign's Brooklyn headquarters to her run-ins with Donald J. Trump--provide fresh intrigue and insights into the story we thought we all knew. This is the real story of what happened, with the kind of dishy, inside details that repeatedly surprise and enlighten. But Chasing Hillary is also the unusually personal and moving memoir of how Chozick came to understand Clinton not as an unknowable enigma and political animal, but as a complete, complex person, full of contradictions and forged in the crucible of political battles that had long predated Chozick's years covering her. And as Chozick gets engaged, married, buys an apartment, climbs the professional ladder, and inquires about freezing her eggs so she can have children after the 2016 campaign, she dives deeper into decisions Clinton had made at similar points in her early career. In the process, Chozick develops an intimate understanding of what drives Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before, and why she ultimately failed. Chozick also reveals how the social fissures in the electorate that drove angry voters to Trump and blindsided Clinton would unexpectedly bring out the tensions in Chozick's own life--between the red state she came from and the blue state she ended up in, and her desire to climb in her career as a woman but be treated no differently than a man. Clinton's shocking defeat would mark the end of the almost imperial hold she'd had on Chozick for most of her professional life. But the results also make Chozick question everything she'd worked so hard for in the first place. Political journalism had failed. The elite world Chozick had tried for years to fit in with had been rebuffed. The less qualified, bombastic man had triumphed (as they always seem to do), and Clinton had retreated to the woods in Chappaqua, finally comfortable enough to just walk, no makeup, no pants suit, showing the real person Chozick had spent years hoping to see. Illuminating, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Hillary is a campaign book unlike any other that reads like a fast-moving political novel."--Dust jacket.
Call Number: ordered 042618
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
Hans Rosling
Description: Inspiring and revelatory, this is a book of stories by a late legend, for anyone who wants to really understand the world. It is based on a lifetime trying to teach a fact-based worldview, and of listening to how people misinterpret and overdramatize the facts even when they are right there in front of them. Written by Hans Rosling as he approached death, it features surprising, shocking, funny and poignant stories from Hans? life - from his difficult childhood in Sweden, through his work in Mozambique as a junior doctor, to his later work wowing audiences of millions around the world.
Call Number: 302.12 Ris
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Michael Wolff
Description: 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.
Call Number: 973.933 Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 16, 2018
Lawrence Wright
Description: With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be"-- Provided by publisher.With humor and the biting insight of a native, Lawrence Wright explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America, and Wright's portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.
Call Number: 917.64 Wri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 30, 2018
David Grann
Description: The story of a murder spree in 1920s Oklahoma that targeted Osage Indians.
Call Number: 976.6 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 11, 2017
Jerome R. Corsi
Description: Argues that there is a secret conspiracy between leftist extremists, the mainstream media, government holdovers from the previous administration, and shadowy forces within the U.S. intelligence community to destroy the Trump presidency, and explains what Trump must do to prevail.
Call Number: 973.933 Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson
Description: From Cecile Richards--the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" (Vogue)--comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice. Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal's office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary girlhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her hell-raising parents--her civil rights attorney father and political activist mother--taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the "dinner table was never for eating--it was for sorting precinct lists." She watched her mother, Ann, transform herself from a housewife to a force in American politics who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women, and the constant struggle to protect and expand equal rights--both exemplified by her marathon congressional testimony, where she held her own against hostile questions for five hours. As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning a minimum wage, and learned that those in power don't give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time--from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time. She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.
Call Number: 305.42 Ric
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Howard G. Buffett
Description: An Illinois sheriff describes the close connection he sees between national security and the opioid crisis.
Call Number: ordered 032918
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 16, 2018
Michael Isikoff, David Corn
Description: Explains how Vladimir Putin and Russia hacked an American election as part of a covert operation to subvert the United States' democracy and help Donald Trump win the presidency.
Call Number: 324.973 Isi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 27, 2018
Peter Schweizer
Description: Peter Schweizer has been fighting corruption for years. Now he explains how a new corruption has taken hold, involving larger sums of money than ever before. President Donald Trump's children have made front pages across the world for their dicey transactions. However, the media has barely looked into questionable deals made by those close to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell, and lesser-known politicians who have been in the game longer. In many parts of the world, the children of powerful political figures go into business and profit handsomely, not necessarily because they are good at it, but because people want to curry favor with their influential parents. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. But for relatives of some prominent political families, we may already be talking about hundreds of millions of dollars. Deeply researched, Secret Empires identifies public servants who cannot be trusted and provides a path toward a more accountable government.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 364.1323 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 2, 2018
Jonah Goldberg
Description: With his trademark blend of political history, social science, economics, and pop culture ... Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America and other democracies are in peril as they lose the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity. Instead we are surrendering to populism, nationalism and other forms of tribalism.
Call Number: 320.52 Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil
Description: It was 1994, and in 100 days, more than 800,000 people would be murdered in Rwanda and millions more displaced. Six-year-old Clemantine Wamariya and sister Claire spent the next six years wandering through seven African countries searching for safety and hiding while witnessing unimaginable cruelty. At age twelve, Clemantine and Claire were granted asylum in the United States. Raw, urgent, yet disarmingly beautiful, this book captures the true costs and aftershocks of war: what is forever lost, what can be repaired, the fragility and importance of memory.
Call Number: 967.571 Wam
Format: Book
Date Added: May 7, 2018
Chrissy Metz, Kevin Carr O'Leary
Description: As Kate Pearson on the television show This Is Us, Metz presents a character that viewers see themselves in, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Now she shares her story, and shows how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. She offers practical applications of her insights, blending love and experience. Metz encourages us all to claim our rightful place in a world that may be trying to knock us down, find our own unique gifts, and pursue our dreams.
Call Number: B Met
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 9, 2018
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The Soul Of America : The Battle For Our Better Angels
Jon Meacham
973 Mea
Our Towns : A 100,000-Mile Journey Into The Heart Of America
James M. Fallows, Deborah Fallows
306.0973 Fal
Barracoon : The Story Of The Last "Black Cargo"
Zora Neale Hurston, Deborah G. Plant, introduction, Alice Walker, foreward
306.362 Hur
Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, And One Intact Glass Ceiling
Amy Chozick
ordered 042618
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership
James B. Comey
363.25 Com
Factfulness
Hans Rosling
302.12 Ris
I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer
Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt, Paul Paul Haynes, Billy Jensen
364.1523 McN
Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House
Michael Wolff
973.933 Wol
Educated: A Memoir
Tara Westover
270.092 Wes
God Save Texas: A Journey Into The Soul Of The Lone Star State
Lawrence Wright
917.64 Wri
War On Peace : The End Of Diplomacy And The Decline Of American Influence
Ronan Farrow
327.73 Far
Killers Of The Flower Moon: The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The FBI
David Grann
976.6 Gra
Measure What Matters : How Google, Bono, And The Gates Foundation Rock The World With OKRs
John E Doerr
ordered 051018
Killing The Deep State: The Fight To Save President Trump
Jerome R. Corsi
973.933 Cor
The Light Within Me : An Inspirational Memoir
Ainsley Earhardt, Mark A. Tabb
B Ear
Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, And Finding The Courage To Lead
Cecile Richards, Lauren Peterson
305.42 Ric
Fascism: A Warning
Madeleine Korbel Albright, William Woodward
320.533 Alb
Our 50-State Border Crisis: How The Mexican Border Fuels The Drug Epidemic Across America
Howard G. Buffett
ordered 032918
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Pete Souza
973.932 Sou
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story Of Putin's War On America And The Election Of Donald Trump
Michael Isikoff, David Corn
324.973 Isi
The Best Cook In The World : Tales From My Momma's Table
Rick Bragg
641.5975 Bra
Secret Empires: How The American Political Class Hides Corruption And Enriches Family And Friends
Peter Schweizer
364.1323 Sch
The Assault On Intelligence : American National Security In An Age Of Lies
Michael V. (Michael Vincent) Hayden
327.1273 Hay
Suicide Of The West: How The Rebirth Of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, And Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy
Jonah Goldberg
320.52 Gol
Astrophysics For People In A Hurry
Neil deGrasse Tyson
523.01 Tys
The Girl Who Smiled Beads : A Story Of War And What Comes After
Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil
967.571 Wam
The Order Of Time
Carlo Rovelli, Erica Segre, translator, Simon Carnell, translator
530.11 Rov
This Is Me : Loving The Person You Are Today
Chrissy Metz, Kevin Carr O'Leary
B Met