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Takeover : the return of the imperial presidency and the subversion of American democracy

Author: Charlie Savage
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book lays bare a hidden agenda three decades in the making, one that links warrantless wiretapping and Bush's judicial nominees, torture and Cheney's energy task force, the faith-based initiative and the imprisonment of citizens without trial. In 1789, the Founders devised a system of checks and balances to keep kingly powers out of the hands of presidents. But in the 1970s and 80s, a faction of Republicans,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George W Bush; Richard B Cheney; Richard B Cheney
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charlie Savage
ISBN: 9780316118040 0316118044
OCLC Number: 123029209
Description: vii, 400 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Inside the bunker --
The fall of the imperial presidency and the rise of Dick Cheney : 1789-1976 --
"A cabal of zealots" : 1977-2000 --
The agenda --
"Behind closed doors" : secrecy I --
The unleashing : laws and treaties I --
"A hollow shell" : secrecy II --
The perseverance and the purge : laws and treaties II --
The torture ban --
Power of the pen : signing statements --
"To say what the law is" : the Supreme Court --
Discipline and control : the Executive Branch --
The politics of presidential power.
Responsibility: Charlie Savage.
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An investigation into how the Bush-Cheney administration has seized vast powers for the presidency to permanently alter the constitutional balance of American democracy.  Read more...

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