Bomb Power : The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-01-21
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills comes this groundbreaking examination of how the atomic bomb profoundly altered the nature of American democracy, and why we have been in a state of war alert ever since.

Author Biography

Garry Wills has written many acclaimed and bestselling works, including Lincoln at Gettysburg, Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment, What Jesus Meant, and Head and Heart. His books have received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of history emeritus at Northwestern University, Wills is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications.

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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