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Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies
The United States Constitution's provisions for selecting, replacing, and punishing presidents contain serious weaknesses that could lead to constitutional controversies. In this compelling and fascinating book, Brian Kalt envisions six such controversies, such as the criminal prosecution of a sitting president, a two-term president's attempt to stay in power, the ousting ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Yale University Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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This book is definitely not for everyone, but if you're interested in American political history or armchair legal scholarship, it's delightful. Even though the scenarios seem outlandish, one of the key takeaways is that bizarre constitutional question marks pop up in the real world all the time, and, much as doctors learn a lot about the body from extreme cases, such issues shed a lot of light on the mechanics and vulnerabilities of the entire constitutional system.