Welcome Guest, login
SHOPPING CART ( 0 items )
TOTAL: $0
Home>Politics & World Affairs

Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover]

Item Number: ISBN 0307595277 5600
Ray Raphael (Author)
Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive [Deckle Edge] [Hardcover]
Retail Price: $27.95
Your Savings: $20.07

Your Price:
$7.88
Quantity
Add to Wish List
Email a friend Email a friend
Review this item Review this item
Description
The little-known story of the dramatic political maneuverings and personalities behind the creation of the office of the president, with ramifications that continue to this day.

On June 1, 1787, when the Federal Convention first talked of establishing a new executive branch, James Wilson moved that the Executive consist of a single person. To us this might sound obvious, but not so at the time. Americans had just won their independence from an autocratic monarch, and they feared that a single leader might commandeer power or oppress citizens. Should the framers even flirt with one-man rule? For the first and only time that summer, there was silence. Not one of the loquacious delegates dared speak up.

Eventually Benjamin Franklin rose, then others. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and George Mason joined the debate, and for three months their deliberations continued. By early September the framers had made up their minds. A chief executive, the president, would be appointed by Congress to serve for seven years. He could not be reelected, and his powers were tightly constrained. He could neither negotiate treaties nor appoint Supreme Court justices and ambassadors. The Senate would do all that.

Suddenly, less than two weeks before the convention adjourned, all this changed. How? And who made it happen? Enter Gouverneur Morris, the flamboyant, peg-legged hero of this saga, who pushed through his agenda with amazing political savvy and not a little bluster and deceit. For the first time, by focusing closely on the give-and-take of the conventions dynamics, Ray Raphael reveals how politics and personalities cobbled together a lasting, but flawed, institution.

Charting the presidency as it evolved during the administrations of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, Raphael shows how, given the Constitutions broad outlines, the presidents powers could easily be augmented but rarely diminished. Today we see the resultan office that has become more sweeping, more powerful, and more inherently partisan than the framers ever intended. And the issues of 1787whether the Electoral College, the presidents war powers, or the extent of executive authoritycontinue to stir our political debates.
Related Items
What Does Al-Qaeda Want?
What Does Al-Qaeda Want?
Your Price: $2.00
People's Democratic Platform, The (Terra Nova)
People's Democratic Platform, The (Terra Nova)
Your Price: $2.00
Between Piety and Desire (The Neighborhood Story Project)
Between Piety and Desire (The Neighborhood Story Project)
Your Price: $2.00
Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor [Hardcover
Traveling Light: On the Road with America's Poor [Hardcover
Your Price: $2.00
Integrated Activism: Applying the Hidden Connections between Ecology, Economics, Politics, and Social Progress [Paperback]
Integrated Activism: Applying the Hidden Connections between Ecology, Economics, Politics, and Social Progress [Paperback]
Your Price: $6.89
On sale: $4.00 On Sale
Warlords, Inc.: Black Markets, Broken States, and the Rise of the Warlord Entrepreneur [Paperback]
Warlords, Inc.: Black Markets, Broken States, and the Rise of the Warlord Entrepreneur [Paperback]
Your Price: $4.88
Recently Viewed Items