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Wills, Garry, 1934-
Bomb power : the modern presidency and the national security state / Garry Wills
Alternate Title Modern presidency and the national security state
New York : Penguin Press, 2010
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 4th Floor  UA23 .W4596 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century
National security -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Atomic bomb -- Political aspects -- United States -- History
Presidents -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Presidents -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Executive power -- United States -- History
Secrecy -- Political aspects -- United States -- History
Subject United States -- Military policy
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989
United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Physical Description 278 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-265) and index
Contents Introduction : War in peace -- pt. 1. The making of bomb power -- Fatal miracle -- Atomic politics -- The care and keeping of the bomb -- pt. 2. The national security state -- Beginnings (1945-1946) -- Annus mirabilis (1947) -- Completing the apparatus (1948-1952) -- pt. 3. Presidential wars -- Korea -- Permanent emergency -- pt. 4. Information power -- Secrecy as embarrassment cover -- Secrecy as Congress deceiver -- Secrecy as policy disabler -- Secrecy as crime concealer -- pt. 5. Executive usurpations -- "War powers" -- Challenging secrecy -- The unitary executive -- American monarch
Summary 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.--Book jacket

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