Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Presidential Power: Documents Decoded

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Presidential Power: Documents Decoded

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Presidential Power: Documents Decoded. By Brian M. Harward. Documents Decoded. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2016. 342 p. $81.00 (ISBN 978-1-6106-9829-0). E-book available (978-1-61069-830-6), call for pricing.

Debates of presidential powers are often tied to the founding documents of the United States of America and the documents produced by those who have held its highest office. Presidential Power, therefore, is a natural fit for ABC-CLIO's Documents Decoded series. The introduction does a thorough job of explaining both the nuances of expressed and implied presidential powers as defined (or not) by the Constitution, and how these powers are expanded or constrained by the branches of government using concrete examples from US history.

The documents covered within the volume do not include the Constitution, which distinguishes its exploration of presidential powers from many other books on the subject. Instead, it illuminates documents that round out our understanding of presidential actions, such as proclamations, letters, speeches, Supreme Court opinions, reports, and memos. Different documents allow the reader to explore how the presidents themselves saw their powers, and to understand the thinking of those who agreed or disagreed with these assertions of executive authority. Though not directly presented or annotated, the Constitution is discussed within the other document annotations, providing Constitutional context that supports or refutes the claims made by document authors.

The volume presents sixty-four selected documents with context to explain not only the particular presidential powers being examined but also the people, politics, and other compounding forces that shape our government. …

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