The Presidents and the Constitution

  • by Ken Gormley - editor
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this sweepingly ambitious volume, the nation's foremost experts on the American presidency and the US Constitution join together to tell the intertwined stories of how each American president has confronted and shaped the Constitution. Each occupant of the office - the first president to the 44th - has contributed to the story of the Constitution through the decisions he made and the actions he took as the nation's chief executive.
By examining presidential history through the lens of constitutional conflicts and challenges, The Presidents and the Constitution offers a fresh perspective on how the Constitution has evolved in the hands of individual presidents. It delves into key moments in American history, from Washington's early battles with Congress to the advent of the national security presidency under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, to reveal the dramatic historical forces that drove these presidents to action. Historians and legal experts, including Richard Ellis, Gary Hart, Stanley Kutler, and Kenneth Starr, bring the Constitution to life, and show how the awesome powers of the American presidency have been shaped by the men who were granted them. The book brings to the fore the overarching constitutional themes that span this country's history, and ties together presidencies in a way never before accomplished.
Exhaustively researched and compellingly presented, The Presidents and the Constitution shines new light on America's brilliant constitutional and presidential history.

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great book about the presidency & Constitution

very good explanation of how the presidency and the Constitution helped shape each other into what we see today. parts were a little dry but it kept me interested most of the time.
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- Rob

Intriguing, Interesting & In-Depth

A must-have for anybody interested in knowing more about presidential powers, the way this office has formed from its conception to present day, or anybody that likes American history.

A steady flow of chapters keep the reader engaged and interested as each story on how that President affected the oversell presidency makes this a delightful read. I just finished and am about to restart it and listen again!
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- L.D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-27-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios