Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 25, 2011 - Political Science - 288 pages
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A groundbreaking examination of how the atomic bomb profoundly altered the nature of American democracy.

In Bomb Power, bestselling author Garry Wills presents a blistering critique of excessive executive power and official secrecy, drawing a direct line from the Manhattan Project to the usurpations of George W. Bush. He reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots-by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state-leaving us in a state of continuous war alert for nearly seven decades. Bold and incisive, Bomb Power casts the history of the postwar period in a new light and sounds an alarm about the continued threat to our Constitution.


  

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Review: Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

User Review  - Steve Greenleaf - Goodreads

It's always good news for me when Garry Wills publishes a new book, as the book inevitably casts new light on a worthwhile subject. I bought Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security ... Read full review

Review: Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

User Review  - Al Maki - Goodreads

In one of his annoyingly glib pronouncements, Aldous Huxley once wrote that nuclear energy would force humanity to adopt totalitarian systems of government to survive. I certainly hope he was wrong ... Read full review

Contents

MANHATTAN PROJECT
1 STRATEGIC SERVICES UNIT ORGANIZED OCTOBER 1 1945
2 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE GROUP INAUGURATED JANUARY 22 1946
3 LONG TELEGRAM FEBRUARY 22 1946
4 CLIFFORD MEMORANDUM SEPTEMBER 24 1946
5 KENNAN CRITIQUE OF WILLETT PAPER OCTOBER 7 1946
6 KENNAN SPEECH TO THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS JANUARY 7 1947
7 KENNAN MEMO TO FORRESTAL JANUARY 31 1947
SECRET BOMBING
CUBA
RUSSIAN MISSILES
BAY OF PIGS
PENTAGON PAPERS
IKES SECRET ARMIES
LATER PRESIDENTS
ROCKEFELLER COMMISSION

9 LOYALTY ORDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 9835 MARCH 21 1947
10 ATTORNEY GENERALS LIST OF SUBVERSIVE ORGANIZATIONS APRIL 3 1947
12 DELTA COUNCIL SPEECH BY ACHESON MAY 8 1947
13 MARSHALL PLAN SPEECH HARVARD JUNE 5 1947
14 X ARTICLE IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS JULY 1947
15 NATIONAL SECURITY ACT JULY 16 1947
16 NSC 4A PSYWAR DECEMBER 17 1947
17 NSC 7 COUNTEROFFENSIVE MARCH 30 1948
19 NSC 201 ROLLBACK AUGUST 18 1948
20 NSC 204 WAR AIMS NOVEMBER 24 1948
21 NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY APRIL 4 1949
24 PSYCHOLOGICAL STRATEGY BOARD APRIL 4 1951
25 NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY INAUGURATED NOVEMBER 4 1952
UN POLICE ACTION?
MACARTHURS DISASTER
UMT
DRAFTING RAILROAD WORKERS
SEIZING STEEL MILLS
EXECUTIVE ORDERS
UNITED STATES V REYNOLDS ET AL1953
IRANCONTRA
CHURCH COMMITTEE
THE PIKE COMMITTEE
WAR IN PEACE
ATOMIC POLITICS
THE CARE AND KEEPING OF THE BOMB
BEGINNINGS 19451946
ANNUS MIRABILIS1947
COMPLETING THE APPARATUS 19481952
KOREA
PERMANENT EMERGENCY
SECRECY AS EMBARRASSMENT COVER
SECRECY AS CONGRESS DECEIVER
SECRECY AS POLICY DISABLER
SECRECY AS CRIME CONCEALER
WAR POWERS
CHALLENGING SECRECY
THE UNITARY EXECUTIVE
AMERICAN MONARCH
AFTERWORD
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About the author (2011)

Garry Wills is one of the most respected writers on religion today. He is the author of Saint Augustine’s Childhood, Saint Augustine’s Memory, and Saint Augustine’s Sin, the first three volumes in this series, as well as the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine. His other books include “Negro President”: Jefferson and the Slave Power, Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

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