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The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, one of the late 20th century’s leading public intellectuals, defied easy categorizations throughout his extraordinary life. In this perceptive and carefully argued study, Greg Weiner argues persuasively that Moynihan was an “uncommon liberal” who embodied liberal and conservative strains and believed in an activist government even as he remained skeptical about government’s capacity to produce change. This fine intellectual biography highlights Moynihan’s extraordinary honesty and range of interests and will remind readers how public life has been diminished since his passing.
Law as Public Spectacle
Witty and engagingly written, The Big Trial sheds important light on the social functions of 'headline trials' in American history, both before and during the age of mass media. Professor Friedman compellingly shows how big trials educate the public, impart moral messages, and above all, entertain us.
Dysfunctional Government and Constitutional Reform
This book makes the case for constitutional reform in a new and original way. It shows how our dysfunctional government and recent policy disasters have been caused by persistent low trust in government within a deeply flawed constitutional order.
Will Rogers, Tribal Identity, and the Making of an American Icon
Amy Ware's exciting new treatment of Will Rogers puts the 'Cherokee' back into the 'Cherokee Kid,' demonstrating the ways that Roger's deep influence on American culture emerged from a tribal context that carried across his entire career. A stunning contribution to the rich body of new work examining American Indian engagements with modernity, internationalism, and celebrity.
The U.S. Constitution is clear on the appointment of executive officials: the president nominates, the Senate approves. But on the question of removing those officials, the Constitution is silent—although that silence has not discouraged strenuous efforts to challenge, censure, and even impeach presidents from Andrew Jackson to Bill Clinton. As J. David Alvis, Jeremy D. Bailey, and Flagg Taylor show, the removal power has always been and continues to be a thorny issue, especially as presidential power has expanded dramatically during the past century.