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From Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills, a groundbreaking examination of how the atomic bomb profoundly altered the nature of American democracy and has left us in a state of war alert ever since.

In Bomb Power, Garry Wills 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-in ways still felt today. A masterful reckoning from one of America's preeminent historians, Bomb Power draws a direct line from the Manhattan Project to the usurpations of George W. Bush.

The invention of the atomic bomb was a triumph of official secrecy and military discipline-the project was covertly funded at the behest of the president and, despite its massive scale, never discovered by Congress or the press. This concealment was perhaps to be expected in wartime, but Wills persuasively argues that the Manhattan Project then became a model for the covert operations and overt authority that have defined American government in the nuclear era. The wartime emergency put in place during World War II extended into the Cold War and finally the war on terror, leaving us in a state of continuous war alert for sixty-eight years and counting.

The bomb forever changed the institution of the presidency since only the president controls "the button" and, by extension, the fate of the world. Wills underscores how radical a break this was from the division of powers established by our founding fathers and how it in turn has enfeebled Congress and the courts. The bomb also placed new emphasis on the president's military role, creating a cult around the commander in chief. The tendency of modern presidents to flaunt military airs, Wills points out, is entirely a postbomb phenomenon. Finally, the Manhattan Project inspired the vast secretive apparatus of the national security state, including intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA, which remain largely unaccountable to Congress and the American people.

Wills recounts how, following World War II, presidential power increased decade by decade until reaching its stunning apogee with the Bush administration. Both provocative and illuminating, Bomb Power casts 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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New York Times–bestselling author Garry Wills provides a provocative analysis of the theological and historical basis for the priesthood

In a riveting and provocative tour de force from the author of What Jesus Meant, Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills poses the challenging question: Why did the priesthood develop in a religion that began without it and, indeed, was opposed to it? Why Priests? argues brilliantly and persuasively for a radical re-envisioning of the role of the church as the Body of Christ and for a new and better understanding of the very basis of  Christian belief. As Wills emphasizes, the stakes for the writer and the church are high, for without the priesthood there would be no belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. This superb study of the origins of the priesthood stands as Willss towering achievement and will be of interest to all inquiring minds, believers and non-believers alike.

Synopsis:

New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills interprets the four Gospels.

About the Author

Garry Wills is one of the most respected writers on religion today. He is the author of Saint Augustine’s Childhood, Saint Augustine’s Memory, and Saint Augustine’s Sin, the first three volumes in this series, as well as the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine. His other books include “Negro President”: Jefferson and the Slave Power, Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Prologue

Part One: The "Hamiltonian" Madison

1. Annapolis

2. Nassau Hall

3. Opinion

4. Corruption

5. Construction

Part Two: The "Madisonian" Hamilton

6. Annapolis

7. King's College

8. Commerce

9. Passions

10. Monarchy

Part Three: Checks and Balances (No. 51)

11. Mixed Government

12. Separated Powers

13. Checks

14. Legislative Supremacy: Hamilton

15. Judicial Review: Hamilton

16. Celebrated Maxim

17. Judicial Review: Madison

18. Legislative Supremacy: Madison

19. Sovereignty

20. Federalism

Part Four: Representation (No. 10)

21. Genius of the People

22. Virtue

23. Faction

24. Interest

25. Party

26. Extent of Territory

27. To Refine...

28. ...and Enlarge

29. Diffusive Character

30. The Third Publius

31. Accuracy

Epilogue

Key to Brief Citations

Topic Outline of The Federalist

Index to Federalist Numbers

Index to Phrases (No. 10)

Glossary

Index to Proper Names

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143124399
Author:
Wills, Garry
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Augustine of Hippo
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Catholicism
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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New York Times–bestselling author Garry Wills provides a provocative analysis of the theological and historical basis for the priesthood

In a riveting and provocative tour de force from the author of What Jesus Meant, Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills poses the challenging question: Why did the priesthood develop in a religion that began without it and, indeed, was opposed to it? Why Priests? argues brilliantly and persuasively for a radical re-envisioning of the role of the church as the Body of Christ and for a new and better understanding of the very basis of  Christian belief. As Wills emphasizes, the stakes for the writer and the church are high, for without the priesthood there would be no belief in an apostolic succession, the real presence in the Eucharist, the sacrificial interpretation of the Mass, and the ransom theory of redemption. This superb study of the origins of the priesthood stands as Willss towering achievement and will be of interest to all inquiring minds, believers and non-believers alike.

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New York Times-bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills interprets the four Gospels.

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