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Charlie Savage

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Uploaded on Dec 9, 2008

Charlie Savage lays out how recent presidents of both parties have worked to concentrate more unchecked power in the White House at the expense of Congress and the courts. He places these changes in the broader context of the Founders insight two centuries ago that because human beings are flawed, no one should wield too much government power; how the United States began to stray from that vision amid the national security fears of the early Cold War; and how the original imperial presidency came crashing down amid Watergate and Vietnam.

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