Bomb Power The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

ISBN-10: 0143118684

ISBN-13: 9780143118688

Edition: 2011

Authors: Garry Wills

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A groundbreaking examination of how the atomic bomb profoundly altered the nature of American democracy. In Bomb Power, bestselling author Garry Wills presents a blistering critique of excessive executive power and official secrecy, drawing a direct line from the Manhattan Project to the usurpations of George W. Bush. He reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots-by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state-leaving us in a state of continuous war alert for nearly seven decades. Bold and incisive, Bomb Powercasts the history of the postwar period in a new light and sounds an alarm about the continued threat to our Constitution.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80. Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books. Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates."

Introduction: War in Peace
The Making of Bomb Power
Fatal Miracle
Atomic Politics
The Care and Keeping of the Bomb
The National Security State
Beginnings (1945-1946)
Annus Mirabilis (1947)
Completing the Apparatus (1948-1952)
Presidential Wars
Korea
Permanent Emergency
Information Power
Secrecy as Embarrassment Cover
Secrecy as Congress Deceiver
Secrecy as Policy Disabler
Secrecy as Crime Concealer
Executive Usurpations
"War Powers"
Challenging Secrecy
The Unitary Executive
American Monarch
Afterword
Notes
Index
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