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Dana D. Nelson argues that it is the office of the presidency itself that endangers the great American experiment. This urgent book, with new analysis of President Barack Obama's first months in office, reveals the futility of placing all of our hopes for the future in the American president and encourages citizens to create a politics of deliberation, action, and agency.
Introduction The People v. Presidentialism 1
1 How the President Becomes a Superhero 29
2 Voting and the Incredibly Shrinking Citizen 69
3 Presidential War Powers and Politics as War 109
4 Going Corporate with the Unitary Executive 145
Conclusion: Reclaiming Democratic Power for Ourselves 183