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Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life by Alexander Pantsov with Steven Levine (B Den)
On Deng’s long and extraordinary career, from the 1920s until his death in 1997, and how he helped set in motion changes that would transform China to the world’s second largest economy of the world.
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham (B Bus)
Drawing on his personal diaries, wife Barbara, personal interviews and extraordinary access to his family, readers learn of Bush 41’s extraordinarily varied life in the Texas oil industry, the navy and Pacific War, the United nations, China, the CIA, and eventually the presidency, as well as his candid assessments of many famous figures of his time.
The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Meyers (B Put)
A new in-depth account of the Russian leader’s origins from childhood, to his service in the KGB, to his rise in the political landscapes of St. Petersburg and the Kremlin, as well as his policies to cut taxes, expand property rights, and curtail dissent.
The Residence by Kate Andersen Brower (975.3 Bro)
An inside look at the very human, private, day to day lives in the fishbowl residence of recent presidents in the White House, including Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama.
Ben Gurion: Father of Modern Israel by Anita Shapira (B Ben)
Focusing especially on the period after 1948, during the first years of Israel, with fascinating and original insights into Gurion’s personal qualities and political leadership.
Margaret Thatcher at her zenith: in London, Washington, and Moscow by Charles Moore (B Tha)
The authorized second volume of biography of Britain’s first woman prime minister, who led the West out of the Cold War along with Gorbachev and Reagan, while courting danger over the Brighton bomb just hours before her courageous Conservative Party conference speech, as well as criticism, isolation, and opposition with Queen, country, and Commonwealth over a controversial poll tax, arms deals, South Africa, and the IRA.
Pope Francis Among the Wolves by Marco Politi (282 Pol)
With scandals, financial misdeeds, and power struggles facing the Catholic Church and the Roman curia, Pope Francis and his supporters remain locked in indefinite conflict with traditional hardliners and ecclesiastical corruption.
Hi everyone…We’ve some great new reading for you this fall 2015! Please come to the Library to check them out. Some of these you won’t find easily at other libraries around here.
An overview of some of them can be seen here: Publication FALL 2015 reads
We also have new books in history, business, and social sciences.
Our library has a small but superb collection of art books, ranging from classical to popular. Whether you want to peruse images of sculpture, paintings, ceramics, cartoons or learn to pursue them yourselves — we have what you are looking for! Here is a sampling of them…
The Essential Andy Warhol by Ingrid Schaffner
[Hardcover]112 pages 1999 Call No.: 759.13 War
Famous artists of the past : with 177 reproductions including 44 in full color by Alice Elizabeth Chase [Hardcover] 1964, Platt & Munk, 120 pp Call No. 709 Cha
Art in Florida: 1564-1945 by Maybelle Mann. [Hardocver] Sarasota : Pineapple Press, 1999. Call No.: Fla 709 Man.
The Chinese art book. Phaidon, 2014. Call No.: 709.51 Chi
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
818 pages [Hardback], 2004.
Lantana Public Library Call No.: B Ham
“Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.” ― Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers
How extraordinary and yet not at all surprising that one of our most forgotten Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, observed the dynamics of post-9-11 America, the War on Terror, and a very realistic grasp of the way citizens of nations often choose to live.
It’s extraordinary that Hamilton’s observations can still be relevant to us, because for many of us not as well-read in American colonial history or American government, Alexander Hamilton and his legacy remain widely misunderstood, elusive, and ambiguous. Although he’s featured on our $10 bill and was our first treasury secretary and creator of the Federal deficit or national debt, he was vilified as our first “bankster,” plutocrat, monarchist, and war-monger. Hamilton did not lead the Continental Army against the British as Washington did, nor did he write our now famous Declaration of Independence or deliver the Louisiana Purchase to us as Jefferson did. He did not shape the powers of Congress as Madison would from the U.S. Constitution. Hamilton died infamously in a pistol duel with Vice-President Aaron Burr.
Hamilton’s extraordinary achievement was the institutional blueprint of the United States’ Federal government and much of the Executive Branch, our modern banking and financial markets, and a seemingly egalitarian meritocracy, all formed out of and underpinned by the U.S. Constitution. No other single person could have created the first Treasury Department and early customs/taxation system for the new country, chartered one of our earliest federal banks (the federal Bank of New York) and inspired the speculators of Wall Street, negotiated our first trade agreements with the Europeans and the Caribbean and tariff system, as well as founded West Point, our first Coast Guard, Hamilton College (for native Americans), and the Manumission Society to abolish slavery. Much of the Federalist party platform, of course, was influenced by Hamilton while he was alive and even after his death.
Hamilton’s vision of the American Federal system, claims Chernow, was undoubtedly shaped by what he lived under and observed of tyranny and excesses of power. A Creole/West Indian child prodigy born in Nevis/St. Croix, of illegitimate birth, a partly self-taught bilingual orphaned child later apprenticed to a merchant company, Hamilton eventually came to New York as a young immigrant and enrolled at Kings (later Columbia University). But he had come of age in the Caribbean where the most brutal forms of slavery, riots, rule of law and punishment existed, and he strongly believed in limiting and outlawing these in the new American republic, as Great Britain was doing throughout its Empire. Hamilton may likely have seen the oppressive social order and system of his childhood mirrored in the lawless excesses of French Revolution as it descended into a Reign of Terror, and he never romanticized that Revolution as Jefferson did.
Moreover, Hamilton’s vision to remake the debt-ridden, economically distressed colonial confederate state system into a stronger, stable, national system of manufacturing and commerce likely arose during his merchant apprenticeship as a youth and also later while he served American military commanders and the Continental Army in the chronically under-funded American war with the British. Beginning in the mid 1770s, he had a rapidly rising and distinguished military career in the American Colonial War both in the field and as Washington’s aide behind the lines, while educating and training himself in law, classical economics, and also while providing input to the drafting of the Constitution and its ratification at constitutional conventions on behalf of the state of New York. He would also adopt and extend the ideas of his predecessor Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris on public credit when Washington nominated Hamilton as the first Treasury Secretary.
Hamilton evolved into one of the country’s most high-profile and competent administrator and dedicated public servants of his time, loyal to his adopted country to the last. Only Madison is arguably the other great Founding Father who exercised such abilities of implementation. Although the small scale of the Federal government of Hamilton’s and Washington’s day cannot be imagined today, Henry Cabot Lodge was largely correct in observing that “we honor Jefferson, but we live in Hamilton’s country.” MIT economist Simon Johnson observes in his November 2011 article in Vanity Fair, “Debt and Dumb” that Hamilton’s legacy — of a stable, secure, powerful country with a strong Executive branch, with a durable system of U.S. Treasury securities, credit, and power to tax us — remain with us today, and mostly for our betterment — our common defense, infrastructure, and so much more. What a refreshingly bold and accurate observation to make in this day and age, when we have a dysfunctional Congress and Tea Party conservatives and social conservatives, of course, who consider taxes for all and large government as our downfall, and who aim to take power back to the states.
Chernow in this wonderfully written and researched biography makes an extraordinarily convincing case for Hamilton as the founding father of our Federal government, while showing us how Hamilton remained a person of his time, flaws and all. He believed the early republic to be under continual threats of anarchy, disorder, sedition, and even invasion, His relations with with Madison (an early friend but a later critic and political enemy), Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Monroe, Gouverneur Morris, Edward Stevens, and Burr, and others, as well as his wife Eliza and family and intimates, were at times turbulent, alongside with his scandalous misconduct and arrogantly blind, political miscalculations.
Before I read Chernow’s work, I understood little of the historical context of the American Federal government system. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand its historical origins and to understand the modern superpower United States later in the 20th century would become. Moreover, Chernow may also help readers better understand, no doubt, how Thomas Jefferson’s folksy, populist, idealized vision of confederate, independent states and an austerely simple, rustic/agrarian, free America came to prevail for much of 19th century America, culminating, of course, in the American Civil War that nearly toppled the Union and the country.
Chernow also talked further about this work on C-SPAN on May 26, 2004. Enjoy!
Postscript: See also a review of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rap musical/Broadway hit Hamilton, inspired by Chernow’s work.
Lantana Public Library now is a WIFI hotspot for adult users aged 18 and up!
Users need to have their laptop batteries charged before they arrive as the Library has no electrical outlets for public use.
Good evening Lantana Public Library users, lurkers, followers, and everyone else!
The Library’s webmistress, Cathy Burns, with approval from the Lantana Public Library Director, Sid Patchett, is about to launch a new library blog for the Lantana Public Library, in Lantana, Florida.
This new blog will be called Lantana’s Little List.
Before the webmistresss commences the new blog, though, she wants to acknowledge the wonderful efforts of the library’s first blog, A Wander Through the Library Stacks, authored by Amy Emerick. This blog — with its focus on fiction, music, arts, food, literary reviews, as well as local places of interest here in South Florida, will still be accessible to all via this blog site.
It is hoped that the new library blog unfolding here will also in time focus on these areas and others of interest.
At this point, though, we’d like to restate the overall purpose of the blog:
- to help guide everyone, from library patron to interested member of the public, through and to the Library’s rich collection of books (of many genres), hard copy newspapers and magazines, electronic resources, reference materials, and so forth, and
- to make everyone aware of services available at the Library and activities and meetings of interest, and
- to allow comment on or feedback on our collection, services, and activities. (Please note that to ensure that discussions are civil and relevant, comments and feedback will be held for a time before being published.)
It is hoped over time that this blog, along with its predecessor, will become a knowledgeable and reliable domain and also further improve the on-line presence of the Lantana Public Library’s website at http://www.lantanalibrary.org/
Again, welcome to the blog, and we hope it will be enjoyable and informative to all!