United States v. Nixon: Watergate and the President

United States v. Nixon: Watergate and the President

by D. J. Herda

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9This book focuses on the issues of presidential power and executive privilege as they pertain to President Nixon's involvement in the Watergate cover-up. Herda gives a detailed explanation of how the Supreme Court came to the unanimous decision that Nixon must relinquish his White House tapes to the special prosecutor, eventually resulting in the president's resignation. The author further discusses the Chief Executive's rights and limitations under the law and the Constitution, showing that the Court's decision has far-reaching consequences for the country's future. In setting the stage for this dramatic legal case, Herda highlights various personalities, groups, and activities related to the Watergate scandal, and devotes over half the text to a biographical profile of Nixon. Readers may be disappointed that there is not more information about the legal case itself. However, the writing is compelling and the format open and inviting. There are numerous black-and-white photographs, but some of the pictures and captions do not match. A helpful Watergate chronology is included; the index has several omissions. Nevertheless, this title will be useful for reports and for general readers. Pamela Kilian's more difficult What Was Watergate? (St. Martin's, 1990) provides a broader historical context.Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN

Product Details

Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Landmark Supreme Court Cases Series
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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