Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power

Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power

by Mary Graham


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300223743
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 578,056
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Graham codirects the Transparency Policy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is the author of three earlier books on the politics of information. She has written for the Atlantic,Science, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 The Constitutional Convention: The President's Limited Power 10

2 George Washington: A Culture of Openness 31

3 Woodrow Wilson: A Foundation for Secret Government 50

4 Hurry Truman: Institutional Secrecy 80

5 Lyndon Johnson: Stealth Attacks on Openness 118

6 Gerald Ford: A Time of Reckoning 132

7 George W. Bush: A Test of the Limits 148

8 Barack Obama: A Twenty-First-Century Bargain? 180

Conclusion 203

Notes 209

Index 245

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