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Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George by John Yoo

By John Yoo

New and up-to-date in paperback—the impressive background of yankee presidential government energy from one in every of today’s most famed criminal scholars.

“…an eloquent, fact-laden background of audacious energy grabs via American presidents going again to George Washington.”

— ny occasions Magazine

However sour, complicated, and pressing today’s controversies over government strength can be, John Yoo reminds us that they're not anything new. In Crisis and Command, Yoo explores an element too little consulted in present debates: the prior. via sensible and lucid research, he indicates how the daring judgements made via Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and FDR replaced greater than simply history—they reworked the function of the yank president.

The paperback version of Crisis and Command contains a new preface and epilogue via the writer, giving the main up to date perception into the continued nationwide debate over presidential energy. Written in transparent, obtainable prose, Crisis and Command maintains a workable scope by way of concentrating on the most powerful and such a lot suitable examples all through heritage, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

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Congress's dismal record and the looming threat of chaos and disorder augured by Shays' Rebellion were at the forefront of the minds of the delegates as they met in Philadelphia. Experimentation with the executive went to extremes in the states. Some eliminated the independence of the governor's office. In all but one state, the assembly elected the governor, making clear who served whom. Some states tried executive committees or required the governor's decisions to be approved by a council of state appointed by the legislature.

Change in the British political system had a profound impact on the colonists. 22 Corruption, standing armies, constant wars, and a large public debt sapped the British constitution's checks and balances and assaulted the rights and liberties of the British people. 23 The American Revolution was more than just a revolt against the idea of monarchy. Historians have puzzled over why the Framers rebelled when they were loyal British citizens, enjoying prosperity and growth, and victorious against France in the Seven Years' War.

By the end of the Critical Period's exuberant experimentation with dominant legislatures, states began to opt for executives very much like that of 1787. Why? As Gordon Wood has argued, the Framers believed that the 1776 constitutions had been the product of excessive revolutionary fervor. Unchecked by independent executives and judiciaries, the state legislatures had passed legislation infringing property rights, cancelling debts, and oppressing minorities. Factions, or special interest groups working at the expense of the broader public, had arisen.

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