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With the midterm elections—and the possibility of majority shifts in both the House and Senate—talk of presidential impeachment is in the air. Holtzman, former congresswoman and Brooklyn D.A., and Cooper, a journalist and lawyer, have assembled a compact but thorough legal and constitutional accounting of five major issues upon which they claim the current president could be impeached. They are "Deceptions into Taking the Country into War in Iraq"; "Reckless Indifference to Human Life in Katrina and Iraq"; "Illegal Wiretapping and Surveillance of Americans"; "Permitting Torture"; and "Leaking Classified Information." While the authors have a clear political agenda, their book also provides a useful guide to the theory behind and the legal mechanisms of presidential impeachment, clearing up many misunderstandings readers might have, such as the fact that "high crimes and misdemeanors are not limited to actual crimes" and the correct use of the Independent Counsel Act (which Holtzman helped author in 1978). The book argues its points based on examples from the impeachments of Nixon and Clinton (Holtzman sat on the House Judiciary Committee during the Nixon impeachment). While this volume will be read and cherished by those who agree with its political stance—and dismissed and argued against by those who don't—it's an important, comprehensive argument and document for our current political moment. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Elizabeth Holtzman served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary committee during Watergate. She was subsequently elected District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in NYC, serving for eight years.
Holtzman was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She currently works with Herrick Feinstein, LLP, and lives in New York City.

Cynthia L. Cooper is a journalist and author in New York with a background as a lawyer. She writes on human rights, justice, law and political issues and her articles have appeared in The Nation, Women’s eNews; American Bar Association Magazine; Perspectives on Women and the Law; Marie Claire; Glamour among others. Her books include Mockery of Justice, and Who Said It Would Be Easy with Elizabeth Holtzman.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; 1 edition (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156025940X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560259404
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,238,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Mich on October 13, 2006
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Bringing the credibility of her many years of public service, most notably her work as a Congresswoman during the Watergate Committee and as a prosecutor, Elizabeth Holtzman, with Cynthia Cooper, has produced an important work that is, at the same time, both lawyerly and accessible. They provide the reader with the background - both historical and legal - of the important role of impeachment in the maintenance of our democratic system and then proceed to seamlessly lay out the evidence that overwhelmingly supports their conclusion. While I may not have been the hardest person to sell on their conclusion, the argument is so well-drawn that it is hard to imagine that anyone approaching the book with an open-mind wouldn't come away thinking that impeachment is a necessity or, at least, an option that needs to be explored more in the public discourse.

The most amazing (and, unfortunately, troubling) point made so well by this book is how close the parallel is between the behavior and attitude toward our democratic principles of the current White House and that of Nixon Administration. All the elements that moved the impeachment process after Watergate exist now: dishonesty in proceeding with military action, illegal electronic surveillance of American citizens, the retaliation against persons who challenge the Administration's actions, and the contempt of Congress and the democratic process. Add to those the additional factor that President Bush has demonstrated a total disregard for human life in his irresponsible execution of an unwinnable war and his failure to respond effectively to the devestation created by Hurricane Katrina and it is clear, as was the case over thirty years ago, that action needs to be taken.

As Ms. Holtzman and Ms.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Jones on September 20, 2006
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Elizabeth Holtzman and Cynthia Cooper have produced an illuminating and vitally important book about the impeachment process, explaining clearly the case for impeaching President Bush. The book is very readable and, in describing the history and standards for impeachment, shows why impeachment is especially needed now.

I was very impressed by the chapters explaining Bush's personal responsibility in the torture scandals; his reckless indifference to human life in Katrina during which, according to the book, he -- and he alone -- could have mobilized all of the federal resources, but did not; and, his astonishing deceptions leading to the war in Iraq. The book shows how democracy itself will be damaged unless President Bush is held accountable.

Holtzman's experience in Congress during Watergate and the impeachment of Nixon, and Cynthia Cooper's contribution as an author, lawyer and journalist make this an extremely valuable book. Definitely recommend it.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Allan Avery on November 13, 2006
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George W. Bush has turned his presidency into one continuous scandal. If it were not for his six year tenure with a Republican controlled Congress he would already have been impeached.

This is an excellent and well researched book--one that should be read by anyone who considers him or herself to be a true patriotic American.

It would also serve one well to balance the severity of the actions that George W. Bush and his administration have had on America vs. the actions of Bill Clinton and the Clinton Administration.

Hopefully the United States can begin to enjoy a breath of fresh air now that Congress is controlled by the Democratic Party.

My congratulations to Elizabeth Holtzman for a wonderfully informative and worthwhile literary contribution.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ejner Fulsang on January 2, 2007
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Probably one of the most well laid out books on the topic you'll find. Definitely a must-read, if only for the cogent rap-sheet presented on a paranoid president. It also does a fine job outlining the impeachment process based on Holtzman's experience with Nixon.

Where the book falls short is in the following two areas:

1) We're thankfully down to the last two years of the Bush administration. Is that enough time to develop a groundswell of action? The Democrats only recently won over a majority in the House and they only barely have a lead in the Senate. Can they organize that quickly? Bush will be out of office before there is another election. That's not to say we shouldn't try, but I'm worried.

2) Is impeachment enough?

2-a. There is no punishment associated with impeachment save being forced to step down. Some would say that is sufficient given that stepping down from the Oval Office is quite a long step. I say, ask the three thousand men and women who died under false pretenses in Iraq. Those people are dead, and that's a lot worse than a little public humiliation.

2-b. There is insufficient preventive measure associated with mere impeachment. If Nixon had been impeached and then, say, hanged, perhaps Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld might have thought twice about invading a country under false pretenses. But he resigned before he could be impeached and after that his Veep pardoned him, denying us justice for all time. And because of that, Bush et al. felt they had carte blanche to trample on the lives of 3,000 men and women with their military hobby horse.

2-c. I feel it is time to think about rewriting the portion of the Constitution that defines the office of the president.
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