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Barack Obama by F. Erik Brooks; MaCherie M. PlacideAn essential resource for readers analyzing the presidency of Barack Obama, this book provides a comprehensive summary of the life of 44th president of the United States. Barack Obama stated, "Our destiny is not written for us. It is written by us." Was the former president talking about himself and his rise to the American presidency? On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, the first African American to be elected to this office. Former President Obama's politics of unity appealed to many segments of American society. When Obama became president, the United States faced challenges at home and abroad. Internationally, the country was stalled in two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Domestically, the country faced a financial and banking crisis, and poverty was on the rise. Undaunted by these colossal challenges, former President Obama noted, "We did not come to fear the future. We came to shape it." Barack Obama: A Life in American History discusses the life of Barack Obama chronologically and discusses his post-presidential life. Readers of all levels with an interest in Barack Obama, politics, political parties, political ideology, presidential elections, government, and the U.S. presidency will find this book compelling. Provides readers with insight into Barack Obama's rise in politics, from community organizer to president, the highest political office in the United States Provides an understanding of how the Obama presidency had a significant impact on the United States Deconstructs key events during the first and second terms of the Obama presidency Examines the Obama administration's foreign and domestic policies
Call Number: E908 .B76 2019
Defying the Odds by James W. Ceaser; Andrew E. Busch; John J. PitneyBitterness and joy, outrage and satisfaction, shame and pride, escapes to safe places and displays of celebration--these were just a few of the conflicting reactions that greeted the election of Donald Trump. One point lays beyond dispute: Donald Trump defied the odds, whether set by bookmakers or political pundits, or pollsters. In this book--as they have for every presidential election since 1992--James Ceaser, Andrew Busch, and John Pitney Jr. revisit the race for the presidency and congressional and state elections through the short lens of politics today and the long lens of American political history. At the core of the 2016 election, they seek to understand and explain the different reasons for Donald Trump's success at each stage of the campaign. With its keen insights into the issues and events that drove the 2016 election, Defying the Odds will be an invaluable resource for students and all political observers seeking to understand an election that was decades in the making and will continue to resonate throughout American politics for many years to come. Previous books in the series After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics, Post 2014 Election Update Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics The Perfect Tie: The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election Losing to Win: The 1996 Elections and American Politics Upside Down and Inside Out: The 1992 Elections and American Politics
Call Number: JK526 2016 .C43 2017
Necessary Trouble by Sarah JaffeNecessary Trouble is the definitive book on the movements that are poised to permanently remake American politics. We are witnessing a moment of unprecedented political turmoil and social activism. Over the last few years, we've seen the growth of the Tea Party, a twenty-first-century black freedom struggle with BlackLivesMatter, Occupy Wall Street, and the grassroots networks supporting presidential candidates in defiance of the traditional party elites. Sarah Jaffe leads readers into the heart of these movements, explaining what has made ordinary Americans become activists. As Jaffe argues, the financial crisis in 2008 was the spark, the moment that crystallized that something was wrong. For years, Jaffe crisscrossed the country, asking people what they were angry about, and what they were doing to take power back. She attended a people's assembly in a church gymnasium in Ferguson, Missouri; walked a picket line at an Atlanta Burger King; rode a bus from New York to Ohio with student organizers; and went door-to-door in Queens days after Hurricane Sandy. From the successful fight for a 15 minimum wage in Seattle and New York to the halting of Shell's Arctic drilling program, Americans are discovering the effectiveness of making good, necessary trouble. Regardless of political alignment, they are boldly challenging who wields power in this country.
Call Number: HN59.2 .J34 2016
The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism by Theda Skocpol; Vanessa WilliamsonOn February 19, 2009, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli stood on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and delivered a rant against government programs to shore up the housing market in the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Ridiculing "losers" who could not pay theirmortgages, Santelli invited America's "capitalists" to a "Chicago Tea Party." Less than a month after Barack Obama's inauguration, activists seized the opportunity to crystallize a nationwide Tea Party that has shaken American politics ever since.In this penetrating new study, Theda Skocpol of Harvard University, one of our leading political scientists, and co-author Vanessa Williamson go beyond the inevitable photos of protesters in tricorn hats and knee breeches to provide a nuanced portrait of the Tea Party. What they find is sometimessurprising. Drawing on extensive interviews in many parts of the country, they find that grassroots Tea Partiers - who are mostly white, older, and middle class - typically support Social Security, Medicare, and generous benefits for military veterans, despite their professed hatred of "biggovernment." Echoing longstanding conservative complaints, Tea Partiers are fiercely hostile to paying taxes to help people they consider "undeserving." They especially worry about claims by immigrants and younger people they believe have not paid their dues. Across America, Tea Party networks tiefree-market elites and funders to energized citizens who attend regular meetings, lobby legislators, and get out the vote. Although its popular appeal is limited to older conservatives, the Tea Party has shaken American politics by pulling the Republican Party sharply to the right. Public debatesare increasingly bitter; and government finds it harder to get things done.The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism combines fine-grained portraits of local Tea Party members and chapters with an overarching analysis of the movement's rise, impact, and likely fate. Thoughtful, perceptive, and impartial, it provides precisely the study we need as anotherpresidential campaign looms.
Call Number: JK2391.T43 S56 2012
9/11 by Louise I. Gerdes (Editor)Editor Louise I. Gerdes examines the historical events leading up to and following the 9/11 attacks. Explores related controversies, including intelligence failures, the impact of globalization, racial profiling, and conspiracy theories. Offers personal narratives from a reporter who witnessed the towers falling, two first responders and a search-and-rescue worker, as well as a document outlining the terrorists' preparation for the attack.
HISTORY's award-winning original specials explore the people, places, and events that have shaped who we are today. Whether offering in-depth perspective on ancient cultures, exploring geological wonders, or analyzing history's greatest military strategies, HISTORY specials provide an informative and entertaining look into the great stories of the world around us. The swagger. The outrageous pronouncements. The ego. The wealth. The hair. This is the story of how Donald John Trump became "The Donald". And how a kid from Queens took New York City by storm, survived two failed marriages and several failed businesses.
The first ten years of the 21st century formed one of the most dramatic periods in American economic history—a time of ambition, innovation, excess, and implosion. In this CNBC Original documentary, award-winning correspondent David Faber examines the three economic bubbles that defined the decade. Beginning with the tech bubble, Faber looks at AOL’s audacious 2001 takeover of Time Warner, a deal that signified the ultimately fruitless hopes of the dot-com craze. The decade’s middle years brought the housing boom and the real estate bubble, with banks eagerly funding new construction and developers and homeowners jumping at loans they couldn’t afford. The final bubble Faber examines is the credit fiasco, exemplified by private equity deals and leveraged buyouts which saw targeted companies loaded up with debt and ruined. Profiling Internet entrepreneurs, real estate speculators, and corporate takeover specialists, Faber also moderates two panels of experts and key players.
New name for Lexis Nexis Academic. Newspaper articles and case law from the Supreme Court, federal and state, statutes and regulations, Shepard’s Citations, legal news and law reviews, international legal materials, and patents.
After the Storm by Evangelia Kindinger (Editor); Simon Dickel (Editor)»After the Storm« traces the cultural and political responses to Hurricane Katrina. Immediately after Katrina, and during the past nine years, its devastating consequences for the Golf region, New Orleans, and the American Nation have been negotiated in a growing number of cultural productions - among them Spike Lee's documentary film »When the Levees Broke«, David Simon and Eric Overmyer's TV series »Treme«, or Natasha Trethewey's poetry collection »Beyond Katrina«. This book provides interdisciplinary perspectives on these and other negotiations of Hurricane Katrina and puts special emphasis on the intersections of the categories race and class.
Publication Date: 2015
Before the Oath by Martha Joynt KumarIt's one of the hallmarks of American democracy: on inauguration day, the departing president heeds the will of the people and hands the keys to power to a successor. The transition from one administration to the next sounds simple, even ceremonial. But in 2009, as President George W. Bush briefed President-elect Barack Obama about the ongoing wars and plummeting economy he'd soon inherit, the Bush team revealed that they were grappling with a late-breaking threat to the presidency: U.S. intelligence sources believed that a terror group with links to Al Qaeda planned to attack the National Mall during the inaugural festivities. Although this violence never materialized, its possibility made it clear that well-laid contingency plans were essential. Political scientist Martha Joynt Kumar uncovered this secret peril while interviewing senior Bush and Obama advisers for her latest book. In Before the Oath, Kumar documents how two presidential teams--one outgoing, the other incoming--must forge trusting alliances in order to help the new president succeed in his or her first term. Kumar enjoyed unprecedented access to several incumbent and candidate transition team members, and she combines in-depth scholarship with one-on-one interviews to put readers squarely behind the scenes. Using the Bush-Obama handoff as a lens through which to examine the presidential transition process, Kumar interweaves examples from previous administrations as far back as Truman-Eisenhower. Her subjects describe in vivid detail the challenges of sowing campaign ideals across a sprawling executive branch as Congress, the media, and external events press in. Kumar's lively account of lessons learned and pitfalls encountered during past presidential transitions provides an essential road map for presidential aspirants and their advisers, as well as campaign workers, federal employees, and political appointees.
Publication Date: 2015
Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics by Horace CampbellBarack Obama has been called a transformative and transcendental political figure, this book shows us just how significant the movement behind him was in reshaping the politics of the United States.Horace Campbell examines the networks that made the 2009 electoral victory possible and discusses the importance of self-organization and self-emancipation in politics. Developing a theory of politics that starts with the humanist principles of Ubuntu, and draws in ecological, spiritual, anti-racist and anti-sexist principles, Campbell suggests we move away from old forms of vanguardism, reconceptualising political organisation, and recognising that new social forces are at play.
Publication Date: 2010
Bush on the Home Front by John D. GrahamMilitary operations in Afghanistan and Iraq consumed so much attention during his presidency that few people appreciated that George W. Bush was also an activist on the home front. Despite limited public support, and while confronting a deeply divided Congress, Bush engineered and implemented reforms of public policy on a wide range of issues: taxes, education, health care, energy, environment, and regulatory reform. In Bush on the Home Front, former Bush White House official and academic John D. Graham analyzes Bush's successes in these areas and setbacks in other areas such as Social Security and immigration reform. Graham provides valuable insights into how future presidents can shape U.S. domestic policy while facing continuing partisan polarization.