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The Constitution in Crisis: The High Crimes of the Bush Administration and a Blueprint for Impeachment Paperback – April 1, 2007


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602390096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602390096
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,907,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This report by Michigan Representative Conyers, senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and his staff aims to demonstrate a persistent and disturbing pattern of conduct involving the Bush Administration in the buildup to and handling of the Iraq War, as well as the domestic erosion of civil liberties—but comes too late to add much news. The authors draw on tens of thousands of sources in building their case, including government reports, legal decisions, newspapers, books, speeches, television broadcasts and online material, tallying just over 1,400 endnotes in a dense but manageable 320 pages. They also comprehensively cover the administration's role in spreading the false claim of an Iraq–al-Qaeda connection, scandals involving the torture of Iraqi prisoners, and the leaking of former CIA-officer Valerie Plame-Wilson's identity to the press. Since the bulk of the report was completed by May 2006, a brief addendum isn't enough to bring some of the material up to date (most tellingly, the text continually refers to the Republican-controlled Congress). Most readers will be better served by the more journalistic books and articles the authors use as references. (June)
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About the Author

Representative John C. Conyers Jr. has been elected to Congress twenty times by his district in Michigan. He is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Browne on September 19, 2007
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At the outset I must state that I am a registered Republican and voted for George II twice. Be that as it may I am reviewing this book.

Rep: Conyers is a Michigan Democrat and the senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee and his book sets forth in often mind numbing detail the various "crimes" of the Bush administration. This book is obviously well researched, there are 1,401 separate endnotes as well as a through listing of the specific Federal statutes violated, and clearly the book reflects his dedication to exposing the shortcomings and endless failures of the current administration.

Unfortunately the book is written like a Congressional report (only logical when you consider the author) and is not an easy read by any means. There is clearly a large audience for a book on this subject and Republican that I am I freely acknowledge the many faults, errors, misrepresentations and outright lies of this administration which should be debated by the public. This book is too detailed and dense to be accessible to the general reading public however. I will note that it will provide excellent source material for anyone who wishes to write a more reader friendly book on this subject.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2007
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This isn't the kind of book you read so much as refer to. It's a bit intimidating with 86 solid pages of notes, 1,401 endnotes in all. It was written by the House Democratic Judiciary Staff at the direction of Representative John C. Conyers, Jr. (D, Michigan), and is thick with indictment.

But is it an empty gesture? I don't think so. While it's true that there isn't much chance that the Democrats will be able to impeach President Bush, let alone find him guilty--after all they can't even get a no-confidence vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez through Congress--this book does serve the purpose of documenting some of the more blatant criminal activities of the Bush Administration. Furthermore, the very fact of its existence may help to prevent such abuses of power in the future by Bush or any other president. If this book helps to prevent an invasion of Iran, for example, it has more than done good service.

Therefore the men and women who worked so hard on researching, writing and organizing the material are to be commended. I hope they learned a lot about the law and how our government actually operates because that is about all they are going to get out of this. Well, the satisfaction of knowing they did the right thing.

In addition to the high crimes referred to in the title, the book documents numerous low crimes and various dirty play by the administration in its pursuit of absolute power.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Future Watch Writer on May 1, 2007
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Whether you agree or disagree with the idea, you should read this book. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers is the most important member of Congress when it comes to constitutional matters. Whether you like his views or not, you cannot ignore them. Elizabeth Holtzman is also a relevant person since she was a member of the House Committee that impeached President Nixon in 1974. With new questions rising since this book was written such as allegations about the political manipulation of the Justice Department, the impeachment issue is becoming more than an abstract idea. I have compiled a list of books on the issue in terms of both Bush and constitutional law that can reached via my profile page.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Fitzsimmons on April 4, 2007
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It's about time someone had the guts to publish this. Representative John Conyers' report lays out the unconstitutional acts committed by the Bush Administration that are egregious enough to call for impeachment. This book will educate you, anger you, and show you the facts - not the same conspiratorial run-around - about the White House's crimes.
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