The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power (Google eBook)

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Cato Institute, 2009 - History - 383 pages
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The Bush years have given rise to fears of a resurgent Imperial Presidency, but the problem cannot be solved simply by bringing a new administration to power. Both Left and Right agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. For both sides, it is the president's job to grow the economy, teach our children well, save us from hurricanes, and even to spread democracy abroad. In short, the Imperial Presidency is the price we pay for making the office the focus of our national hopes and dreams. Combining historical scholarship, legal analysis, and cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency argues that the presidency needs to be reined in, with its powers checked by Congress and the courts. Only then will we begin to return the presidency to its proper constitutional role.
  

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Review: The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

User Review  - Chadwick Saxelid - Goodreads

Two things, a thought and a memory, frequently came to mind while I was reading Gene Healy's The Cult of the Presidency. The thought was: AND??? (A thought that might make little to no sense to ... Read full review

Review: The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power

User Review  - John Barbatano - Goodreads

Definitely worth the read. Any book about the the prospects for - and necessity of - executive restraint is going to be discouraging, but it's an important issue. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Our Chief Magistrate and His Powers
15
2 Progress and the Presidency
49
3 The Age of the Heroic Presidency
79
4 Hero Takes a Fall
105
5 Superman Returns
137
6 War President
165
7 Omnipotence and Impotence
197
8 Why the Worst Get on Topand Get Worse
233
9 Toward Normalcy
267
Our Continuing Cult of the Presidency
299
Notes
313
Index
373
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About the author (2009)

Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and author of a number of studies criticizing executive power abuses by presidents of both parties, including the ebook "False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency".

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