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The Imperial Presidency
Jamie VW's review
Jan 01, 2012
The first half or so of this important tome is a fascinating trek through a series of administrations and the highs and lows of presidential power and control. The second half is dedicated, for the most part, to a critique of Richard Nixon and his usurpation of powers normally delegated to - or carried out in conjunction with - the Congress and the courts. As the book came out in 1973, it is dated insofar as it predates Nixon's resignation the year after as well as the passing of the War Powers Resolution, though Schlesinger does critique the bill as it was proposed while he was wrapping up the book. Despite the tenuous staying power of the end - and Schlesinger's occasional meandering to sing the praises of the Founding Fathers - it is an impressive work of scholarship and one that students of constitutional history and federal law cannot afford to skip.
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