Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
  • Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
  • Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

by Garry Wills
     
 

In Bomb Power, Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots - by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a National Security State - in ways still felt today. A masterful reckoning from one of America's pre-eminent historians, Bomb Power draws a direct

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In Bomb Power, Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots - by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a National Security State - in ways still felt today. A masterful reckoning from one of America's pre-eminent historians, Bomb Power draws a direct line from the Manhattan Project to the usurpations of George W. Bush.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594202407
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/21/2010
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction War in Peace 1

I The Making of Bomb Power

1 Fatal Miracle 7

2 Atomic Politics 24

3 The Care and Keeping of the Bomb 41

II The National Security State

4 Beginnings (1945-1946) 57

5 Annus Mirabilis (1947) 70

6 Completing the Apparatus (1948-1952) 86

III Presidential Wars

7 Korea 105

8 Permanent Emergency 120

IV Information Power

9 Secrecy as Embarrassment Cover 137

10 Secrecy as Congress Deceiver 148

11 Secrecy as Policy Disabler 161

12 Secrecy as Crime Concealer 175

V Executive Usurpations

13 "War Powers" 187

14 Challenging Secrecy 197

15 The Unitary Executive 209

16 American Monarch 222

Afterword 237

Notes 243

Index 267

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