The Imperial Presidency

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - History - 589 pages
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From two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., comes one of the most important and influential investigations of the American presidency. The Imperial Presidency traces the growth of presidential power over two centuries, from George Washington to George W. Bush, examining how it has both served and harmed the Constitution and what Americans can do about it in years to come. The book that gave the phrase “imperial presidency” to the language, this is a work of “substantial scholarship written with lucidity, charm, and wit” (The New Yorker).
  

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

An extremely interesting history of the evolution of the relative power and influence of the executive branch of the American government. Written shortly after the Nixon administration, and the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ollie - Goodreads

In this dense and somewhat thorough book, Arthur Schlesinger takes us through the manifestation of a very important phenomenon in American politics: the Imperial Presidency. Namely, one that acquires ... Read full review

Contents

What the Founding Fathers Intended
1
Where the Founding Fathers Disagreed
13
The Rise of Presidential War
35
Congress Makes a Comeback
68
The Presidency Resurgent The Second World War
100
The Presidency Ascendant Korea
127
The Presidency Rampant Vietnam
177
The Revolutionary Presidency Washington
208
Democracy and Foreign Policy
278
The Secrecy System
331
The Future of the Presidency
377
After the Imperial Presidency
420
Notes
501
Index
551
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Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. is renowned as a historian, a public intellectual, & a political activist. He served as a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes, in 1946 for "The Age of Jackson" & in 1966 for "A Thousand Days," & in 1998 was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.

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