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By John Yoo

New and up to date in paperback—the extraordinary historical past of yank presidential govt energy from one among today’s most famed felony scholars.

“…an eloquent, fact-laden historical past of audacious strength grabs through American presidents going again to George Washington.”

— manhattan occasions Magazine

However sour, advanced, and pressing today’s controversies over govt strength will be, John Yoo reminds us that they're not anything new. In Crisis and Command, Yoo explores an element too little consulted in present debates: the prior. via smart and lucid research, he indicates how the daring judgements made by way of Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and FDR replaced greater than simply history—they reworked the function of the yankee president.

The paperback variation of Crisis and Command includes a new preface and epilogue by way of the writer, giving the main up to date perception into the continued nationwide debate over presidential energy. Written in transparent, obtainable prose, Crisis and Command maintains a possible scope by means of targeting the most powerful and so much appropriate examples all through heritage, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

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6 The broad exercise of presidential power is not confined to the twentieth or twenty-first centuries but represents the necessary expansion over 200 years of the constitutional powers of the office. It started with the Revolutionaries' effort to avoid executives who might become monarchs. By the time of the Constitution's ratification, however, the Framers' views had evolved in favor of an independent, forceful President. The Constitution devotes more of its attention to listing the powers of Congress, but it deliberately paints the President's powers in broad strokes.

What emerged from the Constitutional Convention was a Presidency with its own independent powers, equal to those of the legislature, one that both in theory and in practice would prove to be up to the demands of future generations. PRESIDENTIAL POWER AND WRITING A NEW CONSTITUTION DISCUSSION BEGAN ON June 1 with the Virginia Plan, introduced by Virginia Governor Edmund Randolph and privately drafted by Madison. The Plan included two of the three core executive powers identified by Blackstone, Locke, and Montesquieu: to "execute the National laws" and to "enjoy the Executive rights vested in the Congress by the Confederation" such as foreign affairs,2 but it lacked the veto over legislation or the power to pardon.

At these times, our greatest chief executives have vigorously used their powers to benefit, even to save, the nation. This is not to say that Presidents can act unilaterally for very long, or that success inevitably follows executive initiative. Emergencies may call upon a President to lead, and robust exercises of presidential power can jolt the political system into recognizing new realities. But resistance and opposition almost always arise in response. Congress and especially the courts may try to defend the status quo.

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