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The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power [Hardcover]

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The Bush years have justifiably given rise to fears of a new Imperial Presidency. Yet despite the controversy surrounding the administration's expansive claims of executive power, both Left and Right agree on the boundless nature of presidential responsibility. The Imperial Presidency is the price we seem to be willingly and dangerously agreeable to pay the office the focus of our national hopes and dreams. Interweaving historical scholarship, legal analysis, and cultural commentary, The Cult of the Presidency argues that the Presidency needs to be reined in, its powers checked and supervised, and its wartime authority put back under the oversight of the Congress and the courts. Only then will we begin to return the Presidency to its proper constitutionally limited role.

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Pages   367
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2008
Publisher   Cato Institute
ISBN  1933995157  
ISBN13  9781933995151  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gene Healy is a vice president at the Cato Institute and author of a number of studies criticizing executive power abuses by presidents of both parties, including the ebook "False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency".

Gene Healy was born in 1970.

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The best book I have read all year!  Sep 10, 2008
The Cult of the Presidency was perhaps one of the most enlightening political books I have ever read. The degree to which the office of the presidency has changed in the past 200 years is extraordinary. I wish this book was required reading for all students in the United States. Gene Healy does a remarkable job balancing his book between research and humerous examples to illustrate his point. A MUST for anyone interested in history or politics. It changed my views on what a president should be and what we should expect of him.
What happened to the Constitution?  Sep 8, 2008
The government of the United States was originally based on 3 branches of government, the legislative, the judicial, and the executive. This book explains how the decision making power has slowly been usurped by the executive branch, aka the president. Throughout history this has constantly proven to be a recipe for tyranny, because eventually these unchecked powers end up in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, Americans seem to have taken to relying on their president to make all of their decisions for them, and have allowed their constitutional rights to be trampled in the process. A system of checks and balances in government is absolutely necessary to protect the rights of the citizens granted by the constitution. We need more political awareness in this country, and The Cult of the Presidency is a great start.
A very important book for this year, and the future.   Jul 17, 2008
This book provides an important, comprehensive examination of the power of the presidency. The book examines the history of the presidency from conception to the present day, and features an in-depth look at all dimensions of the presidency: the statutory scope of the office, the relationship of the office to the other divisions of government, and most unsettling, the contemporary expectations of the American public.

Gene Healy has displayed a passion for research of the presidency, and consequently offers the reader a rich presentation of specific examples and historical context surrounding the morphing of the presidency into what it is today. The telling of this story is both unsettling and poignant, as we are provided relentless examples of the results of individual ambition, complicity of the other branches of the government, and the growing, collective desire for an American hero. The results are tragic: unrealistic expectations, dashed hopes, and the trail of carnage and devastation that has been wreaked upon other nations in the pursuit of our own identity. This book is essential reading for every American voter . One of the most perspective-changing books I've read in a long time.

A blend of scholarly research, legal analysis, and cultural commentary  Jun 20, 2008
THE CULT OF THE PRESIDENCY: AMERICA'S DANGEROUS DEVOTION TO EXECUTIVE POWER emphasizes that just changing the presidency does not eliminate the concerns the Bush years have provoked over a resurgent Imperial Presidency. This book argues that the fault lies not in what leader is in office, but in our own expectations and definitions of the commander-in-chief, and chapters offer a blend of scholarly research, legal analysis, and cultural commentary suitable for any college-level library strong in American politics and government.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
If "War is the Health of the State" Then the Imperial Presidency is Its Fitness Coach  Jun 15, 2008
Gene Healy presents a piquant blend of political history combined with the all-too-obvious idea that the "original meaning" or "Founder's Intent" notion of what the American presidency should and ought to be are long gone. Maybe it is just my cynicism but I don't really see this kind of work as even being relevant to American post-911 politics anymore. The perpetual condition of war that we are now ensnared in wherein every foreign affairs issue and/or societal problem or economic crisis that comes our way is now regarded as the "moral equivalent of war" and therefore needing a "wartime leader" to manage it, how could the presidency fail to not become imperial?

Healy's scholarship is impeccable and his observations though largely correct also seem to be to be largely beside the point. America is not going to go back to a Grover Cleveland style of strict constructionist/original intent form of presidency any time soon and likely never will either unless or until this whole rotten ship of sate that imperial America has become crashes into the shoals and so must of necessity be reformulated.

The modern American presidency is the principal metastatic agent for the cancerous growth that the U.S. government has become. Healy details the step by step process of how this has all come about, but except for unashamed statists, political science scholars, and historians, his book probably won't make for a very interesting read. It's like reading a mystery novel where you already know the denouement. So unless you fit into one of the above mentioned categories I'd recommend you save the 3-4 four hours it takes to read and the $22.95 it costs to buy and read something else.

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