Bomb Power The Modern Presidency and the National Security State by Garry Wills

by George Kennedy

The Manhattan Project shaped the modern presidency’s power over the Constitution unlike any event in the history of the United States.

A consequence of developing “The Bomb” was an unprecedented expansion of Executive Branch power which presidents since Harry Truman to Barack Obama are loathe to relinquish.

Wills recounts the controversial history of presidential decision making since 1945 and the ramifications for current policy making. No ideological assertions; just the facts, which are not always flattering.

Garry Wills has written many acclaimed and bestselling works, including Lincoln at Gettysburg, Cincinnati: 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.

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