President Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution: Adapted from Crisis and Command [NOOK Book]

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An American President faces war and finds himself hamstrung by a Congress that will not act. To protect national security, he invokes his powers as Commander-in-Chief and orders actions that seem to violate laws enacted by Congress. He is excoriated for usurping dictatorial powers, placing himself above the law, and threatening to “breakdown constitutional safeguards.”

One could be forgiven for thinking that the above describes the former President George W. Bush. Yet these ...

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Overview

An American President faces war and finds himself hamstrung by a Congress that will not act. To protect national security, he invokes his powers as Commander-in-Chief and orders actions that seem to violate laws enacted by Congress. He is excoriated for usurping dictatorial powers, placing himself above the law, and threatening to “breakdown constitutional safeguards.”

One could be forgiven for thinking that the above describes the former President George W. Bush. Yet these particular attacks on presidential power were leveled against Abraham Lincoln.  They could just well describe attacks leveled against Washington, Jefferson (over the Louisiana Purchase) Jackson, Lincoln (over the Emancipation Proclamation) and a number of other presidents challenged with leading the nation through a time of national crisis.  

However bitter, complex, and urgent today's controversies over executive power may be, author John Yoo reminds us that they are nothing new. In President Lincoln, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution, he explores how the bold decisions made by Lincoln changed more than just history: they also transformed the role of the American president. Adapted from Crisis and Command, in which Yoo delves into the crises of Constitution, conscience, and public opinion faced by some of our most prominent presidents, this eBook takes an incisive look at the controversial executive decisions made by one of our most popular presidents.  


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607149521
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Sold by: Kaplan, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 51
  • Sales rank: 802,744
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where he has taught since 1993. From 2001-2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security, and the separation of powers. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96, where he advised on constitutional issues and judicial nominations.Professor Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School in 2003 and at the Free University of Amsterdam in 1998. In 2006, Professor Yoo held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Law at the University of Trento (Italy).Professor Yoo has published many articles on foreign affairs, national security, and constitutional law. He is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: Foreign Affairs and the Constitution after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006). Crisis and Command completes his trilogy on the controversies provoked by the September 11th attacks of 2001.
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