David Plouffe was not only the architect of the campaign that put Barack Obama in the White House; he also built a grassroots movement that changed the face of politics forever and reenergized the idea of democracy itself. Starting with no money, one office, a bare-bones staff and a once-in-a-lifetime candidate, Plouffe and his team eventually raised more than $750 million and an army of volunteers millions strong. This is the ultimate insider story of what many consider the most brilliant campaign ever run.
Plouffe takes readers from the campaign's tentative first moments -- the hard decisions on whether and how to run -- to the powerful Election Day vindication of Obama's wins over John McCain in battlegrounds such as Virginia and Florida. David Plouffe unfolds one of the most fascinating and important political stories of our time, one whose lessons are not limited to politics but reach to the greatest heights of what we dream about for our country and ourselves.
"The Audacity to Win," by David Plouffe, is on the Reserve Shelf at Walla Walla Public Library.
Featured books will be available for the public today. They can also be placed on hold online at wallawallapubliclibrary,org or call the library for assistance at 527-4550. Other books include:
"Inside of a Dog," by Alexandra Horowitz
What do dogs know? How do they think? The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other and that other quirky animal, the human. "Inside of a Dog" is a fresh look at the world of dogs -- from the dog's point of view.
As a dog owner, Horowitz is naturally curious to learn what her dog thinks about and knows. And as a scientist, she is intent on understanding the minds of animals who cannot speak for themselves. In clear, crisp prose, Horowitz introduces the reader to dog's perceptual and cognitive abilities and then draws a picture of what it might be like to be a dog. The relationship between dogs and humans is arguable the most fascinating animal-human bond because dogs evolved from wild creatures to become our companions, an adaptation that changed their bodies, brains and behavior. This book is as close as you can get to knowing about dogs without being a dog yourself.
"Too Big To Fail," by Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, "Too Big to Fail" is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed and, ultimately, the fate of the world's economy.
"We've got to get some foam down on the runway!" a sleepless Timothy Geithner, the then-president of the Federal Reserve of New York, would tell Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary, about the crash the world's financial system would experience.
Through unprecedented access to the players involved, "Too Big to Fail" re-creates all the drama and turmoil, revealing never disclosed details and elucidating how decisions made on Wall Street over the past decade sowed the seeds of the debacle.
This true story is not just a look at banks that were "too big to fail," it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.
"The Curse of the Good Girl," by Rachel Simmons
In this book, bestselling author Rachel Simmons argues that in lionizing the Good Girl we are teaching girls to embrace a version of selfhood that sharply curtails their power and potential. Unerringly nice, polite, modest, and selfless, the Good Girl is a paradigm so narrowly defined that it's unachievable.
When girls inevitably fail to live up to the label -- experiencing conflicts with peers, making mistakes in the classroom or on the playing field -- they are paralyzed by self-criticism, stunting the growth of vital skills and habits. Simmons traces the poisonous impact of Good Girl pressure on development and provides a strategy to reverse the tide.