Featured New Books

Here are a few featured  selections from our most recent shipment of new books. These books are located on the new book wall on the second floor and may be checked out at the second floor desk or at the fourth floor circulation desk. If our copy is checked out, use the link to the ALICE catalog and try repeating your search in OhioLINK to find another copy of the book.

The family jewels : the CIA, secrecy, and presidential power, by John Prados

Call Number: JK468.I6 P696 2013

In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention, and interrogation. The revelation of illegal activities over many years shocked the American public and led to investigations of the CIA by a presidential commission and committees in both houses of Congress, which found evidence of more abuse, even CIA plans for assassinations. Investigators and the public soon discovered that the CIA abuses were described in a top-secret document agency insiders dubbed the “Family Jewels.” That document became ground zero for a political firestorm that lasted more than a year. The “Family Jewels” debacle ultimately brought about greater congressional oversight of the CIA, but excesses such as those uncovered in the 1970s continue to come to light. The Family Jewels probes the deepest secrets of the CIA and its attempts to avoid scrutiny


Writing the Gettysburg Address, by Martin P. Johnson

Call Number: E475.55 .J65 2013

Offers a comprehensive history of the composition of one of the most famous and iconic speeches in American history, one that aims to resolve previously unresolved issues relating the speech and enrich readers’ understanding of how the speech reflected President Abraham Lincoln’s evolving ideas.





Would you kill the fat man? : the trolley problem and what your answer tells us about right and wrong, by David Edmonds

Call Number: BJ1012 .E34 2014

A runaway train is racing toward five men who are tied to the track. Unless the train is stopped, it will inevitably kill all five men. You are standing on a footbridge looking down on the unfolding disaster. However, a fat man, a stranger, is standing next to you: if you push him off the bridge, he will topple onto the line and, although he will die, his chunky body will stop the train, saving five lives. Would you kill the fat man?  This book examines the history of the moral “trolley” problem, discussing why philosphers have struggled with the ethical dilemma the problem describes, and how each individual’s answer indicates a great deal about personal and universal morality.