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New York Times Book Review
"An intelligent and convincing contribution to the debate over our form of government."
"Should be read by all Americans interested in the political well-being of their country."
Presidential Studies Quarterly
"An essential volume for all libraries."
"Should be required reading on Capitol Hill and in the White House as well as in classrooms."
Political Science Quarterly
"Fisher's fundamental point is compelling: the power to commence war was given to the Congress under the Constitution and should remain there."
Yale Law Review
"As close to being indispensable as anything published in this field."
"Trenchant, provocative, and powerful, with lean and lucid prose."
American Political Science Review
"This book gets better with every edition."--Mark J. Rozell, author of Executive Privilege
|Note on citations|
|1||The constitutional framework|
|2||Precedents from 1789 to 1900||17|
|3||America steps out : 1900-1945||56|
|4||The UN charter and Korea||81|
|5||Taking stock : 1951-1964||105|
|6||Vietnam and the War Powers Resolution||128|
|7||Military initiatives from Ford to Bush I||154|
|8||Military actions by Clinton||175|
|9||George W. Bush||202|
|11||Restoring checks and balances||261|
|App. A||Framers' debate on the war power||283|
|App. B||Constitutional allocation of foreign affairs and the war power||285|
|App. C||UN Participation Act of 1945||287|
|App. D||1949 amendments to UN Participation Act||288|
|App. E||War Powers Resolution of 1973||290|
|Index of cases||311|
This book provides a valuable adjunct to more general volumes on the broader subject of Presidential "power moves" (e.g., Arthur Schlesinger's "The Imperial Presidency"), as well as providing a counterpoint to advocates of an all-powerful "Unitary Executive," like John Yoo.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.