Bomb Power : The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/25/2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: War in Peacep. 1
The Making of Bomb Power
Fatal Miraclep. 7
Atomic Politicsp. 24
The Care and Keeping of the Bombp. 41
The National Security State
Beginnings (1945-1946)p. 57
Annus Mirabilis (1947)p. 70
Completing the Apparatus (1948-1952)p. 86
Presidential Wars
Koreap. 105
Permanent Emergencyp. 120
Information Power
Secrecy as Embarrassment Coverp. 137
Secrecy as Congress Deceiverp. 148
Secrecy as Policy Disablerp. 161
Secrecy as Crime Concealerp. 175
Executive Usurpations
"War Powers"p. 187
Challenging Secrecyp. 197
The Unitary Executivep. 209
American Monarchp. 222
Afterwordp. 237
Notesp. 243
Indexp. 267
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