Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy

Charlie Savage, Author . Little, Brown $25.99 (400p) ISBN 978-0-316-11804-0

Savage, who won a Pulitzer for his Boston Globe articles about the signing statements George W. Bush used to negate legislation limiting presidential authority, gives that issue a key part in this account of the Bush administration's efforts to increase executive power. Covering constitutional issues as well as the political backgrounds of former White House attorneys like Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo, this detailed report traces their concerted effort, from the moment Bush took office in 2001, to “[leave] the presidency in better shape than he [Bush] found it.” The authorization to use force against Iraq is only the tip of the iceberg. Bush has already gone so far as to declare himself able to negate treaties with other nations at will, Savage reports. He also demonstrates how many of the administration's most controversial acts have their roots in Dick Cheney's experiences in the Nixon and Ford administrations. This incisive analysis of congressional and judicial efforts to check the administration's power grabs adds up to a searing indictment. (Sept. 5)

Reviewed on: 07/23/2007
Release date: 09/01/2007
Genre: Nonfiction
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