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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (December 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299295303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299295301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chris Edelson has successfully tackled a big and controversial topic with skill and grace. His balanced, fair-minded work is a welcome addition to a literature on presidential power in times of crisis that is often captured by partisans with a cause."—Michael Genovese, author of Presidential Prerogative


“Edelson . . . lays down a foundation from which the current debate about the powers of the presidency can be more clearly understood.”—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Chris Edelson is assistant professor of government at American University's School of Public Affairs. He practiced law in the District of Columbia and New York and served as state legislative director for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bruce M. Dow on January 22, 2014
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The author, Chris Edelson, as both lawyer and historian, provides us with a readable, comprehensive, and compelling summary of important historical precedents for recent increases in the use of power by both the Bush and Obama administrations in the wake of 9/11/01. Mr. Edelson's approach is balanced and largely nonpartisan. Like the framers of the Consititution, he does not want our president to become either a monarch or a dictator. He chooses to define the problem rather than offering solutions, viewing his role as concerned, well-informed, and insightful reporter. A great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Stark on November 2, 2013
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This book would be useful as a text book or as a read for the "wonky" and not-so-wonky among us that want to understand how the constitution governs presidential decision making especially in this era of the war on terror. Excellently written, very readable and informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2014
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Very well written, even-handed documentation of prime cases in American history of president's expanding, and testing the limits of their executive power in times of crisis, whether real or contrived. Really a fantastic job of tracing the philosophical underpinnings our founders based their ideas on, as well as places where they broke from tradition, to craft a truly unprecedented executive branch. Edelson than provides careful accounts of the most notable cases in the evolution of presidential power, including the wonderful inclusion of excerpted Supreme Court opinions, in line with his mission of providing as neutral a presentation of the theories and events as possible. This book becomes increasingly important every day, and is really a must have for anyone interested in the Presidency, or the character of US Government.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bilyeu on February 12, 2014
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This is a very timely book, well researched and well written dealing with many of the problems of our time. Mr. Edelson makes use of current and former Supreme Court decisions, Constitutional principles and prior precedent in order to supply the reader with examples of the abuse of Presidential authority. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in political theory, Constitutional principles and the furtherance of justice.
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This is a good read in addition to being an incredible source of historical analysis that enables us to look at the past,
present and forsee a future through informed eyes.
I was amazed at what a page turner it was. As I completed each chapter, Locke, Lincoln spoke to me and I looked forward
to the 411 on Korea and Truman, Nixon and Watergate on to Bush and Obama. The clarity of vision is superb.
The opinions cited by the Supreme court are compelling and knocked me over with the intelligence we have as a nation
brought to our discussion of presidential power, individual liberty and justice. The internment of Japanese Americans
with its hat doffing to the atrocities going on in Hitler's Europe were moving and as disturbing as they should be.
This book is a must for all of us as we try to understand the past and intelligently understand the present .
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