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Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracyby Charlie Savage
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Praised everywhere as a stunning work of reportage, TAKEOVER lays bare a hidden agenda, three decades in the making, to allow the White House to wield enormous powers, unchecked by Congres or the courts--an agenda that links warrantless wiretapping and Bush's judicial nominees, torture and Cheney's energy task force, the faith-based initiative and the imprisonment of citizens without trial. TAKEOVER tells the story of how a group of true believers, led by Cheney, set out to establish near-monarchical executive powers that, in the words of one conservative critic, "will lie around like a loaded weapon" for any future president.
Book News Annotation:
While much of the rest of the national media was looking the other way, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Savage (Boston Globe) was doggedly digging into the George W. Bush administration's efforts to accumulate more and more power in the executive branch while avoiding accountability from the other branches of government. In this volume, he details numerous facets of "executive quasi-coup" of the Bush years, including the use of presidential "signing statements," extensive use of the states secret privilege, legally redefining torture, warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency, the dubious theory of the "unitary executive," the president's ability to declare individuals "enemy combatants," attempts to sideline the military's Judge Advocates General, and manipulation of scientific information for policy reasons, to cite a few. For this new edition, Savage adds an afterword discussing developments since spring of 2007, when the original manuscript closed. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Charlie Savage began his reporting career in 1999, covering local and state government for the Miami Herald. In 2003, he joined the Boston Globe's Washington Bureau. Savage lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son.
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