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How to Get Rid of a President

How to Get Rid of a President

History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

A vivid political history of the schemes, plots, maneuvers, and conspiracies that have attempted–successfully and not–to remove unwanted presidents

To limit executive power, the founding fathers created fixed presidential terms of four years, giving voters regular opportunities to remove their leaders. Even so, Americans have often resorted to more dramatic paths to disempower the chief executive. The American presidency has seen it all, from rejecting a sitting president’s renomination bid and undermining their authority in office to the more drastic methods of impeachment, and, most brutal of all, assassination.

How to Get Rid of a President showcases the political dark arts in action: a stew of election dramas, national tragedies, and presidential departures mixed with party intrigue, personal betrayal, and backroom shenanigans. This briskly paced, darkly humorous voyage proves that while the pomp and circumstance of presidential elections might draw more attention, the way that presidents are removed teaches us much more about our political order.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States

On Sale: November 13th 2018

Price: $28 / $36.5 (CAD)

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9781541788206

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Getting rid of presidents was never as entertaining as it is in David Priess's hands. He barnstorms through more than two centuries of American history, showing all the ways-from impeachment to death-that presidents have either left office prematurely or just barely avoided doing so. Dramatic and instructive, his narrative has clear resonance for the present day as calls grow for President Trump's impeachment.—Max Boot, Washington Post columnist and author of The Corrosion of Conservatism
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The temptation to impeach a president can run high in a polarized political environment but is fraught with peril as David Priess meticulously demonstrates in this timely book that romps through American history to answer all the questions about removing an unfit president by non-electoral means that you were afraid to ask.—Amanda Carpenter, CNN contributor and author of Gaslighting America
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With the objective eye of a former intelligence officer and an uncanny instinct for deep truths, David Priess paints a genuinely non-partisan portrait of presidential removals. The stories here are eerily relevant to today's headlines, but also disarmingly fun to read.—Michael Hayden, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and author of The Assault on Intelligence
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Legal scholars, political scientists, and pundits have dissected various means of undermining and removing leaders, ranging from voting them out of office to impeaching them. Now, with How To Get Rid of a President, David Priess finally racks and stacks all of the methods, fair and foul, in an entertaining and approachable sweep of history.—Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and editor in chief of the Lawfare blog
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Meet David Priess

  • Tysons, VA

    Barnes & Noble

  • Durham, HC

    Sanford School of Public Policy

  • Atlanta, GA

    A Cappella Books w/ Carter Library

  • Charlotte, NC

    Park Road Books

  • San Francisco, CA

    Book Passage (at Ferry Building Marketplace)

  • Portland, OR

    Powell's Books

  • Arlington, VA

    Schar School of Public Policy