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The Case Against Impeaching Trump

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  38 reviews
"Alan Dershowitz is a brilliant lawyer...He has written a new and very important book called The Case Against Impeaching Trump, which I would encourage all read!"—President Donald Trump

The New York Times bestseller

“This brand new book by Professor Dershowitz is absolutely amazing….If you care about justice and the President with the witch hunt, you’re going to
Kindle Edition, 150 pages
Published July 9th 2018 by Hot Books (first published 2018)
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Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Having read a great deal about recent topics surrounding presidential impeachment, I thought it appropriate to explore a little more about sentiments against the constitutional removal of President Trump. There are surely many Trump supporters who oppose impeachment talk, even those not employed by Fox and Friends. However, I sought something with more teeth and legally grounded. Enter, Alan Dershowitz, who makes strong and repeated assertions that talk of impeachment is not only premature, but ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not know what is more clear than Alan Dershowitz. And also more exactly to a specific point. If it is his incredible self-critical honesty within such an up front energetic personality. Or his superb logic and precise by precedent and onus defining ability. Overall his is an expression of brilliance in argument and within answer. Not just in this particular book, but it's especially evident here. And when he did this in the past for issues on the "other side"- I thought of him in exactly th ...more
Gregory Pitts
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this by saying that I am definitely not a Trump fan, and I'm very much looking forward to the day where he is no longer my president. Nonetheless, this book definitely changed my opinion of current events. It didn't necessarily move me towards being in favor of President Trump, but definitely made me more agnostic and skeptical about the entire investigation.

"The Case Against Impeaching Trump" isn't so much a pro-Trump argument. Rather, it is a pro civil liberties argument and an
Roger John Jones
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Leave out Trump

At the end of Chapter 1 Mr. Dershowitz introduces the concept of the Rawlsian Veil from "Justice as Fairness" by John Rawls (1985.) Conceptually Rawls argues that one should take into account nothing about the individual accused but only the crime and the evidence of that crime. With that in mind I suggest reading with the idea of a President who did certain things rather than President Trump.

The essence of the book is in the first chapter. The remainder are edited reprints of oth
Chris Sosa
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted a thought-provoking case against the prevailing wisdom of the day and instead spent hours listening to a self-satisfied screed from an author with a major chip on his shoulder. Little time is spent addressing the actual arguments for impeaching this specific president. Instead, we get a professorial rant about the author's general distaste for impeachment and repeated assertions that he voted for Hillary Clinton. That's lovely, and I'm right there with ya. But I still would like to hear ...more
David Strenfel
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have tremendous respect for Alan Dershowitz. He has a brilliant legal mind but more than that he is VERY fair and VERY consistent in his interpretation of the law. He is a civil libertarian who consistently votes Democrat but he does not suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome as do many of those who share his political views. He consistently applies the same rule of law to those with whom he agrees and also with those with whom he doesn't. He doesn't defend Trump's behavior or his policies but ...more
Robert Melnyk
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book explaining the legal argument against impeaching Donald Trump. I have tremendous admiration and respect for Alan Dershowitz. While I disagree with him politically, he is extremely fair and reasonable. He looks at all cases from the standpoint of what is the correct legal perspective, regardless of political opinion. While he is a liberal democrat, and supported and voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, he explains why legally there is no case to impeach Trump. Dershowitz ha ...more
S. Shelton
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dershowitz pens a dispassionate, cogent, and compelling monograph that makes the legal case that the blather that suffuses through the media regarding the impeachment of President Trump is but manifestly political agitprop. He presents his thesis in the Queen’s English, instead of legalese, for the proletariat—it is easily readable and comprehensible, and decidedly politically neutral.

This is a small book, only 150 pages. The nugget of Dershowitz’s explication lies in the first seventy pages. T
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A carefully constructed, Constitution-based argument, politics and personalities notwithstanding.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
What a great pro civil liberties book. Mr Dershowitz continued to make logical and understandable arguments supporting the reasons not to impeach. I am a renewed believer in our Constitution. I would like to be a believer in our government leaderships’ interpretation of the Constitution.
Michael Peeples
Alan Dershowitz, Democrat, liberal, civil rights attorney, Hillary Clinton supporter and voter sums up his book best on page 96:

"I am doing what the ACLU is failing to do: defending the constitutional rights of all Americans, including this president's. I would be doing the same thing had Hillary Clinton been elected president and Republicans were trying to "lock her up."

He presents the legal explanation why, at this time, Trump cannot be impeached.

So if you are part of the "Get Trump at Any Cos
Jeff J.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
While we are on opposite sides of the fence politically I have great respect for Alan Dershowitz's unwavering support for civil liberties and the rule of law. The opprobrium he receives for his perceived support for President Trump is unwarranted. The case against impeachment is fairly cut and dry, as he lays out early in the book. What I found most interesting is his argument for a new organization to protect civil liberties in America, now that the ACLU has become a partisan organization that ...more
Stephen Morrissey
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first pages of Alan Dershowitz's book held a slight glimmer of hope, that a reasoned, educated, and informative argument could be made that Donald Trump should not be impeached. However, in the many pages after Dershowitz's rather strict contrustcionist rendering of the impeachment procedure against a president, the author descends into the metaphorical muck of both-sides-are-wrong-ism, ignorance as to Trump's past actions, and a generally unsatisfying intellectual argument. This book comes ...more
Laura Thomas Boren
The bad: The book is 75% articles and interview transcripts, so there is some repetition. You may have already them, but most are still worthy of a read. Additionally, because they are previously published in various news outlets, they are written in simple language, which sometimes cannot convey complex concepts well.

The other bad: Prof. Dershowitz has suffered a fair amount of social ostracism for remaining principled and he does complain about this a few times. Once would be enough.

Now the g
Bob Ryan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This will be one of the most significant books I'll read in 2019. As the Democratically led House of Representatives proceeds with numerous investigations hoping to find something that will lead to Trump's impeachment and the Mueller investigation comes to a close, Alan Dershowitz produces a book that should throw a shadow on all of these efforts. What does it take to impeach and remove a President?

In truth, there is little original thought in this writing. It's mostly a compilation of essays, a
Donna Hines
Was there a crime? Was the emoluments enough for impeachment? DT is clearly uses his power of the office he holds but did he go too far? Is he constitutionally authorized in his actions ?
We all understand he's not above the law but perhaps DT believes he is and we wonder was his actions lawful?
Lets debate openly.
Let us learn from one another and listen before condemning.
These two latter statements I can agree upon.
However, as for DT not having enough for impeachment I cannot agree.
I believe ther
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Impeaching the current president is clearly a more popular case to make than the one against impeaching him. This collection of essays and interviews will not provide much new information if you have been following Prof. Dershowitz's opinions, but he does elucidate some interesting points. He includes a thorough introduction to his ideas as well. The difficulty level is high when, as he puts it, "the other shoe" test is so despicable. He maintains his integrity as he always has though. The chall ...more
Ryan Rommann
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The introduction is a very succinct and compelling argument against impeachment on consititutional grounds. I think that part of the book is required reading.

I wish there was a little more time spent on detailing potential "high crimes and misdemeanors" as that vaguery is likely more pertinent than 'treason' and 'bribery'. Also how is that a president must first be convicted if Dershowitz also argues the DOJ practice says a sitting president cant be indicted? That point seems very circular, thou
Ron Klausner
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Alan Dershowitz is a brilliant lawyer as evidenced by how he consistently supports his position by case law, constitutional knowledge and thoughtful rationale. His libertarian views are only surpassed by his “need to be right” and be the “smartest person in the room”. In the interviews cited in the book (Chuck Todd among others) he constantly interrupts the host and other guests. His need to be the “smartest person in the room” is demonstrated throughout the book by the use of pejorative languag ...more
Ailith Twinning
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
The first chapter is probably the best possible argument for narrow, legal interpretation of impeachment.

It just happens to ignore history and real-life behaviour. More to the point, I get entirely frustrated with the pretense that the constitutional rights are equally applied to all. They demonstrably are not. No matter how high a regard one has for the Constitution, it has been stripped of all meaning in actual implementation. I find it very hard to care if any politician is getting the full
Melvin Patterson
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting if inconclusive in some areas

I respect professor Dershowitz legal perspective on the issue of Trump being impeached. He’s also right about the environment of intolerance for opposing viewpoints today. I would disagree with him about Trumps call to prosecute Hillary Clinton as being in the same class because the FBI has fairly established that she broke the law in her handling of classified information. That said though, the book is a nice analytical study of the question whether and
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most rational discussions of the idea of impeaching Trump that I've read. I really enjoyed the discussion and love that he just hammers the basics of the constitution everyone seems ready to ignore or rewrite in this discussion. Does Trump suck? Yes. Is there a good case for him to be impeached at the moment? No. Want to know why? Read the book. :)
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The content of this book was good but I always resent getting a book and finding out it isn't new material but rather a collection previously published editorials or commentaries. Books should forewarn readers. One of the problems is that such books repeat the same information over and over as did this one
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is for the uninitiated person with little knowledge of the legal system or the nuances of the Constitution. I have heard of Alan Dershowitz, seen him interviewed on television and trust those who say he is an expert on both fronts. I found this book to be informative, slightly repetitive, timely, and thought-provoking. I enjoyed it. Not too much legalese. Worth the effort.
Harriet Brown
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The Case Against Impeaching Trump

The Case Against Impeaching Trump by Alan Dershowitz, is certainly. not one of his best books. This book is somewhat controversial because impeachment is a political act, not a legal one. I am opposed to impeaching Trump because I believe that it backfire on Democrats and make Trump into a martyr.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alan Derschowitz is a brilliant man. In fact, a little too brilliant for me in the "Introduction" of this book. After that, I was able to keep up. I think this book is good read for Trump supporters and Trump haters alike. If you're a supporter of "fairness" in America, you should appreciate this book.
*What I learned from this book : I might be a Civil Libertarian.
Benjamin Marcher
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong discourse on the current impeachment fetish from one reasonable liberal academic. It's so easy to not like Trump in the White House, but it is only right that the lefties deal with it, and take their concerns to the polls as Americans have done for the past 240+ years.
Tyler Rutherford
Professor Dershowitz is a brilliant legal scholar who lays out a detailed constitutional argument against some of the practices the Special Council is partaking in. He goes on to describe the constitutional limitations of impeachment. It is a great book and an easy read.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not a pro-Trump book but a Pro- United States Constitution. Explains how we are on the edge of loosing our freedom and rights if the powers to be take the wrong course. That the ends do not justify the means. Well written. A must read by the left, right and middle.
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Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer, jurist, and political commentator. He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is known for his career as an attorney in several high-profile law cases and commentary on the Arab-Israeli conflict.

He has spent most of his career at Harvard, where, at the age of 28, he became the youngest full professor in its history, until No