RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 123029209 LA English T1 Takeover : the return of the imperial presidency and the subversion of American democracy A1 Savage, Charlie., PB Little, Brown PP New York YR 2007 SN 9780316118040 0316118044 AB 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, outraged by the weakening of the presidency after Watergate and Vietnam, abandoned the traditional conservative suspicion of concentrated government power. These men hatched a plot that would allow the White House to wield enormous powers, operating behind a veil of secrecy and unchecked by Congress or the courts. Today's administration is bringing this project to fruition.--From publisher description.