Powers of the Presidency

Powers of the Presidency

by CQ Press Editors

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VOYA - Karen Sykeny
Powers Of The Presidency is a good overall resource explaining the historical and constitutional authority and use for the powers of the executive branch. Details and examples are abundant and the book is clearly organized. "Powers" discussed by chapter include unilateral, head of state, chief administer, legislative leader, chief diplomat, commander in chief, and chief economist. The special, and sometimes contentious, relationship for sharing power between the executive and legislative branches is the main focus, demonstrating with definitive historical examples throughout U.S. history. Both 19th- and 20th-century presidencies are discussed; however, there is much more focus on the 20th century, especially from FDR onwards since that administration forward saw a huge expansion of presidential power. There are a few photos and some sidebars, as well as thorough notes at the end of each chapter, but it is a very text-heavy book. The discussion about presidential vetoes is a bit misleading for the Obama administration since the first term was not complete at the time this book was written and there were not any major bills passed by Congress to veto. The book does not qualify its facts by pointing out the aforementioned. The book will not be a poplar, general read but rather a good reference source since it is mostly well-researched and mostly unbiased, dry, historical fact. Overall, this book is worth purchasing for school and public libraries as a one-stop resource about the office of the presidency. Reviewer: Karen Sykeny

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Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
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New Edition
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8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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