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The Case Against Impeaching Trump

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  54 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
I have decided to embark on a mission to read a number of books on subjects that will be of great importance to the upcoming 2020 US Presidential Election. Many of these will focus on actors intricately involved in the process, in hopes that I can understand them better and, perhaps, educate others with the power to cast a ballot. I am, as always, open to serious recommendations from anyone who has a book I might like to include in the process.

This is Book #25 (a re-read) in my 2020 US Election
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
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
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
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
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
David Strenfel
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
A carefully constructed, Constitution-based argument, politics and personalities notwithstanding.
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
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.
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. ...more
Tyler Rutherford
Professor Dershowitz is a brilliant legal scholar. He goes on to describe the constitutional limitations of impeachment. It is a great book and an easy read.
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
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of essays by Alan M. Dershowitz, a recognized constitutional attorney, on the impeachment process as defined in the US Constitution. In the series of essays he describes how the impeachment process has been and is still being used for political purposes and not for the "high crimes and misdemeanors" as stated in the Constitution. He stronly suggests that the political parties return to the core principles for starting an impeachment process that do not include "because ...more
Jennifer Irons
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book from Alan Dershowitz, one of the famous(or infamous depending on point of view) lawyers in the OJ Simpson murder trial, making the case that President Trump should NOT be impeached. What makes this book interesting is the fact that Dershowitz, by his own admission, is a liberal Democrat who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election so you would think he would have made a case FOR impeaching Trump. He is not defending Trump's bad behavior in any way, but he does support civil ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
He's basically just saying in order to be impeached, you have to have committed a crime, and a president cannot commit a crime by doing something the constitution gives him the power to do. It seems pretty reasonable to argue that. The focus on the then massive controversoy of firing James Comey seems rather dated, as this book is mainly a massive intro (25% of the book) on the law of impeachment and then articles Dershowitz wrote and transcripts of his TV appearances. Pairs well with Cass Sunst ...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
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
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
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.
Ken Bour
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I have been and continue to be a fan of Alan Dershowitz primarily because of his outspoken fairness in approaching legal and Constitutional questions even when it places him in the cross-hairs of antagonists who expect, insist, and demand - to the point of personal and professional ostracization - that he remain silent or, preferably, show allegiance to his Democratic party's espoused dogma. I find it intellectually refreshing that an admittedly liberal law professor could and would muster the c ...more
Paolo Aguas
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book itself is quite short at 150 pages but it is very concise and goes straight to the point. The author explains his point of view and how he chooses to be by the books when it comes to American Law (and not partisan politics) and whether you are pro or anti Trump, you need to admire this. This is a man who did a lot of research and a lot of explanations saying that we need to follow the law and how if Clinton won and the Republicans were trying to lock her up he would be defending her con ...more
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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

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