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The Limits of Presidential Power: A Citizen's Guide to the Law Paperback – January 11, 2018
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"A comprehensive and accurate description of the powers of the President of the United States. The book is intended primarily to benefit non-lawyers in understanding the sources and limits of the President's powers, and their means of influencing his actions, but the work will be enlightening for lawyers as well."
-- JOHN PAUL STEVENS, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (Retired)
"Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts have written a wonderful book on presidential power, its scope and its limits. The book is clearly written and easily accessible and is terrific in explaining the authority of the President and the checks on his power. The book is especially timely now, but it is about issues that have arisen since the beginning of the country and that will last as long as the Constitution."
-- ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law
-- SLADE GORTON, former U.S. Senator (Republican-WA)
"At once reliable, accessible, and inspirational, this gem of a book empowers citizens to engage in constitutional government in informed and effective ways. Now is the time, this is the catalyst--read the book, seize the moment!"
-- RONALD COLLINS, Co-Author of The Judge and On Dissent: Its Meaning in America, and Editor of Constitutional Government in America
"The authors have provided a truly impressive chapter on climate change that is both sweeping and compelling, and have done so with crystal clarity and gripping narrative drive. As a result, the climate change chapter, like the rest of this book, offers every reader not only a ready understanding of a vital and complex issue and of the varying roles the government has played in shaping the issue, but also of the opportunity--for better or worse--that stakeholders and members of the public have to shape U.S. climate change policy going forward. If this is the only piece on climate change policy that a person reads, then he or she will be very well-informed and well-equipped to engage with the issue."
-- JOSEPH GOFFMAN, Executive Director of the Environmental Law Program at Harvard Law School and former senior official on climate change and clean air policy at the Environmental Protection Agency
-- DAVID O'BRIEN, Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor, University of Virginia
"In America, no one is above the law, not even the president. For anyone who has ever wondered 'can he really do that?' this clear and concise book on presidential power is a must read. Likewise, for everyone who cares about democracy and the rule of law, Watts and Manheim are your best guides to effective citizenship."
-- KELLYE TESTY, CEO of the Law School Admissions Council and former President of the Association of American Law Schools
"This wonderful book will be very helpful to anyone interested in understanding the limits of the president's power and how he can be held accountable."
-- NOAH PURCELL, Solicitor General of Washington State
"Accessible and interesting, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand both the powers of the presidency and the limits on presidential power."
-- BRIANNE GOROD, Chief Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center
About the Author
Lisa Manheim and Kathryn Watts are law professors at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Professor Manheim previously clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Professor Watts clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens.
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Although this book is written by a university professor who was a Yale Law School graduate and a clerk on the United States Supreme Court, the book is presented in a straightforward manner that allows any reader a clear understanding of the dynamics that govern this country. A must read.