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Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump
by , Sam Koppelman

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English

Pages

227

Publication Date

November 26, 2019

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /><br /><b>Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal.</b><br /><br /> No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgiving鈥攈eld sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues in <i>Impeach</i>, if President Trump is not held accountable for repeatedly asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, this could very well mark the end of our democracy. To quote President George Washington鈥檚 Farewell Address: 鈥淔oreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.鈥?Impeachment should always be our last resort, explains Katyal, but our founders, our principles, and our Constitution leave us with no choice but to impeach President Trump鈥攂efore it鈥檚 too late.聽
How to Read the Constitution--and Why
by Kim Wehle

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English

Pages

328

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<p><strong>"A must-read for this era.鈥濃€擩ake Tapper, CNN Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent聽</strong></p><p><strong>An insightful, urgent, and聽perennially relevant handbook that lays out in common sense language how the United States Constitution works, and how its protections are eroding before our eyes鈥攅ssential reading for anyone who wants to understand and parse the constantly breaking news about the backbone of American government.</strong></p><p>The Constitution is the most significant document in America. But do you fully understand what this valuable document means to you? In <em>How to Read the Constitution--and Why</em>, legal expert and educator Kimberly Wehle spells out in clear, simple, and common sense terms what is in the Constitution, and most importantly, what it means. In compelling terms and including聽text from the United States Constitution,聽she describes how the Constitution鈥檚 protections are eroding鈥攏ot only in express terms but by virtue of the many legal and social norms that no longer shore up its legitimacy鈥攁nd why every American needs to heed to this 鈥渞ed flag鈥?moment in our democracy.</p><p>This invaluable鈥攁nd timely鈥攔esource includes聽the聽Constitution in its entirety and covers nearly every significant aspect of the聽text, 聽from the powers of the President and how the three branches of government are designed to hold each other accountable, to what it means to have individual rights鈥攊ncluding free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and the right to an abortion. Finally, the book explains why it has never been more important than now for all Americans to know how our Constitution works鈥攁nd why, if we don鈥檛 step in to protect it now, we could lose its protections forever.</p><p><em>How to Read the Constitution--and Why </em>is essential reading for anyone who cares about maintaining an accountable government and the individual freedoms that the Constitution enshrines for <em>everyone</em> in America鈥攔egardless of political party. </p>
The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade ...
by Eric Foner

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p><strong>From the Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning scholar, a timely history of the constitutional changes that built equality into the nation鈥檚 foundation and how those guarantees have been shaken over time.</strong></p><br /><p>The Declaration of Independence announced equality as an American ideal, but it took the Civil War and the subsequent adoption of three constitutional amendments to establish that ideal as American law. The Reconstruction amendments abolished slavery, guaranteed all persons due process and equal protection of the law, and equipped black men with the right to vote. They established the principle of birthright citizenship and guaranteed the privileges and immunities of all citizens. The federal government, not the states, was charged with enforcement, reversing the priority of the original Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In grafting the principle of equality onto the Constitution, these revolutionary changes marked the second founding of the United States.</p><br /><p>Eric Foner鈥檚 compact, insightful history traces the arc of these pivotal amendments from their dramatic origins in pre鈥揅ivil War mass meetings of African-American 鈥渃olored citizens鈥?and in Republican party politics to their virtual nullification in the late nineteenth century. A series of momentous decisions by the Supreme Court narrowed the rights guaranteed in the amendments, while the states actively undermined them. The Jim Crow system was the result. Again today there are serious political challenges to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law. Like all great works of history, this one informs our understanding of the present as well as the past: knowledge and vigilance are always necessary to secure our basic rights.</p>
Impeachment: An American History
by , Jeffrey A. Engel

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<b>Four experts on the American presidency examine the three times impeachment has been invoked鈥攁gainst Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton鈥攁nd explain what it means today.</b><br /><br />Impeachment is a double-edged sword. Though it was designed to check tyrants, Thomas Jefferson also called impeachment 鈥渢he most formidable weapon for the purpose of a dominant faction that was ever contrived.鈥?On the one hand, it nullifies the will of voters, the basic foundation of all representative democracies. On the other, its absence from the Constitution would leave the country vulnerable to despotic leadership. It is rarely used, and with good reason.<br /><br /> Only three times has a president鈥檚 conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one. None has yet succeeded. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 for failing to kowtow to congressional leaders鈥攁nd, in a large sense, for failing to be Abraham Lincoln鈥攜et survived his Senate trial. Richard Nixon resigned in August 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against him for lying, obstructing justice, and employing his executive power for personal and political gain. Bill Clinton had an affair with a White House intern, but in 1999 he faced trial in the Senate less for that prurient act than for lying under oath about it.<br /><br /> In the first book to consider these three presidents alone鈥攁nd the one thing they have in common鈥擩effrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker explain that the basis and process of impeachment is more political than legal. The Constitution states that the president 鈥渟hall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors,鈥?leaving room for historical precedent and the temperament of the time to weigh heavily on each case. This book reveals the complicated motives behind each impeachment鈥攏ever entirely limited to the question of a president鈥檚 guilt鈥攁nd the risks to all sides. Each case depended on factors beyond the president鈥檚 behavior: his relationship with Congress, the polarization of the moment, and the power and resilience of the office itself. This is a realist view of impeachment that looks to history for clues about its potential use in the future.
Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Libert...
by Jeffrey Rosen

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><b>In her own words, Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers an intimate look at her life and career, though an extraordinary series of conversations</b><b> with the head of the National Constitution Center.</b></p><p><i>Conversations with RBG</i> is a remarkable and unique book, an informal portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, drawing on a series of her conversations with Jeffrey Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era. Rosen, a veteran legal journalist, scholar, and president of the National Constitution Center, shares with us the justice鈥檚 observations on a variety of topics, and her intellect, compassion, sense of humor, and humanity shine through. The affection they have for each other as friends is apparent in their banter and in their shared love for the Constitution and for opera.</p><p>With Justice Ginsburg鈥檚 approval, Rosen has collected her wisdom from their many conversations in which she discusses the future of the Supreme Court and <i>Roe v. Wade</i>, her favorite dissents, the cases she would most like to see overruled, the #MeToo movement, how to be a good listener, how to lead a productive and compassionate life. These frank exchanges illuminate the steely determination, self-mastery, and wit that have inspired women and men of all ages to embrace the 鈥淣otorious RBG.鈥?lt;/p><p>Whatever the topic, Justice Ginsburg always has something interesting鈥攁nd often surprising鈥攖o say. And while few of us will ever have the opportunity to chat with her face-to-face, Jeffrey Rosen brings us by her side as never before. <i>Conversations with RBG</i> is a deeply felt portrait of an American hero.</p>
Corruption in America
by Zephyr Teachout

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

September 15, 2014

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When Louis XVI gave Ben Franklin a diamond-encrusted snuffbox, the gift troubled Americans: it threatened to corrupt him by clouding his judgment. By contrast, in 2010 the Supreme Court gave corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Zephyr Teachout shows that <i>Citizens United</i> was both bad law and bad history.
The Conservative Sensibility
by George F. Will

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English

Pages

641

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b><i>New York Times' </i>Notable Book of 2019 Selection<br /><i></i></b><b><i><br /></i></b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><b><br /></b><b>From the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, an "astonishing" and "enthralling" (<i>Booklist</i>) new examination of how the Founders' belief in natural rights created a great American political tradition--"easily one of the best books on American Conservatism ever written" (Jonah Goldberg).</b><b></b><br /> For more than four decades, George F. Will has attempted to discern the principles of the Western political tradition and apply them to America's civic life. Today, the stakes could hardly be higher. Vital questions about the nature of man, of rights, of equality, of majority rule are bubbling just beneath the surface of daily events in America. <br /> <br /> The Founders' vision, articulated first in the Declaration of Independence and carried out in the Constitution, gave the new republic a framework for government unique in world history. Their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, religious freedom, and in human virtue and dignity ushered in two centuries of American prosperity. Now, as Will shows, conservatism is under threat--both from progressives and elements inside the Republican Party. America has become an administrative state, while destructive trends have overtaken family life and higher education. Semi-autonomous executive agencies wield essentially unaccountable power. Congress has failed in its duty to exercise its legislative powers. And the executive branch has slipped the Constitution's leash. <br /> <br /> In the intellectual battle between the vision of Founding Fathers like James Madison, who advanced the notion of natural rights that pre-exist government, and the progressivism advanced by Woodrow Wilson, the Founders have been losing. It's time to reverse America's political fortunes. <br /><br /> Expansive, intellectually thrilling, and written with the erudite wit that has made Will beloved by millions of readers, <i>The Conservative Sensibility</i> is an extraordinary new book from one of America's most celebrated political writers.
To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
by , Joshua Matz

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>As Congress begins an impeachment inquiry against</b><b> President Trump, read the definitive book on presidential impeachment and how it should be used today.</b><i><br /></i>Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against an out-of-control executive. But it is also a perilous and traumatic undertaking for the nation. In this authoritative examination, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz rise above the daily clamor to illuminate impeachment's proper role in our age of broken politics.<br /><i>To End a Presidency </i>is an essential book for anyone seeking to understand how this fearsome power should be deployed.<br />
How to Fight Anti-Semitism
by Bari Weiss

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>The prescient聽<i>New York Times</i>聽writer delivers an urgent wake-up call to all Americans exposing the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country鈥攁nd explains what we can do to defeat it.</b><br />聽<br /><b>鈥淪tunning . . . Bari Weiss is heroic, fearless, brilliant and big-hearted. Most importantly, she is right.鈥濃€擫isa Taddeo, #1聽<i>New York Times聽</i>bestselling author of聽<i>Three Women</i></b><br /><b>聽</b><br />On October 27, 2018, eleven Jews were gunned down as they prayed at their synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.<br />聽<br />For most Americans, the massacre at Tree of Life, the synagogue where Bari Weiss became a bat mitzvah, came as a total shock. But anti-Semitism is the oldest hatred, commonplace across the Middle East and on the rise for years in Europe. So that terrible morning in Pittsburgh raised a question Americans can no longer avoid: Could it happen here?<br />聽<br />This book is Weiss鈥檚 answer.<br />聽<br />Like many, Weiss long believed this country could escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism. But now the luckiest Jews in history are beginning to face a three-headed dragon known all too well to Jews of other times and places: the physical fear of violent assault, the moral fear of ideological vilification, and the political fear of resurgent fascism and populism.<br />聽<br />No longer the exclusive province of the far right, the far left, and assorted religious bigots, anti-Semitism now finds a home in identity politics and the reaction against identity politics, in the renewal of America First isolationism and the rise of one-world socialism, and in the spread of Islamist ideas into unlikely places. A hatred that was, until recently, reliably taboo, anti-Semitism is migrating toward the mainstream, amplified by social media and a culture of conspiracy that threatens us all.<br />聽<br />Weiss鈥檚聽cri de coeur is an unnerving reminder that Jews must never lose their hard-won instinct for danger, and a powerful case for renewing Jewish and American values in uncertain times from one of our most provocative writers. Not just for the sake of America鈥檚 Jews, but for the sake of America.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>How to Fight Anti-Semitism</i></b><br /><br />鈥淲hat Heinrich Graetz required six volumes of Jewish history to encompass, Bari Weiss has achieved with remarkable succinctness.聽This important book will engender a thousand conversations.鈥?lt;b>鈥擟ynthia Ozick<br /></b><br />鈥淗er childhood synagogue in Pittsburgh was the site of last year鈥檚 Shabbat morning massacre.聽This passionate, vividly written, regularly insightful book is her pained, fighting elegy.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>The Guardian<br /></i></b><br />鈥淎 bold summons to confront humanity鈥檚 oldest hatred.鈥?lt;b>鈥?lt;i>National Review</i></b>
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide
by Carol Anderson Ph.D.

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

May 31, 2016

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<b>National Book Critics Circle Award Winner</b><br /><b><i>New York Times</i><i> </i>Bestseller</b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i><i> </i>Notable Book of the Year</b><br /><b>A <i>Washington Post</i> Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year</b><br /><b>A <i>Boston Globe</i> Best Book of 2016</b><br /><b>A <i>Chicago Review of Books</i> Best Nonfiction Book of 2016</b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.</b><br /><br />As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as 鈥渂lack rage,鈥?historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in <i>The Washington Post</i> suggesting that this was, instead, "white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames," she argued, "everyone had ignored the kindling."<br /> <br /> Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 <i>Brown v. Board of Education</i> decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House, and then the election of America's first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal. <br /> <br /> Carefully linking these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition, Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, <i>White Rage</i> will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

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