Impeaching the President
Impeaching the President
Past, Present, and Future

An historical look at the practice of impeachment, how it impacted the terms of Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Clinton, and how it may affect Donald Trump.

"Impeaching the President is lucid, balanced, and deeply informed. Anyone in search of a reasoned guide to the unreason of our current situation should read it."—Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction

"Impeaching the President by Alan Hirsch is a masterpiece for the masses."—Ralph Nader

"In an era when the notion of impeachment is tossed around as the ultimate political indictment, Alan Hirsch guides us with a steady hand through our own history to consider the three presidents who faced that ultimate punishment. This is a sober, precise, and carefully argued analysis that should be read by every member of Congress—and every president."––David K. Shipler, former reporter for the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize recipient

"Alan Hirsch brings clarity, wisdom, and wit to a contentious and critical subject. Impeaching the President is must reading for all concerned citizens."—Howard Shapiro, former FBI General Counsel

"Incredibly readable, well-researched, analytically sound and important."––Alan B. Morrison, Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service at the George Washington Law School

"As the producer of 'The Forum' in San Francisco, which strives to foster civil conversation on complex issues, I couldn't have asked for a more mature, sophisticated, and fair look at impeachment, as Alan Hirsch provides in Impeaching the President: Past, Present, and Future. I can't tell you how reassuring it is to find an adult voice on this issue, calmly and clearly breaking through all of the current bombast and posturing. Everyone who is concerned about the governance of our country should read this book." —Rebecca Nestle, Director of Cultural Programs, Grace Cathedral

"Absolutely enjoyed this one. The reader gets a hearty mix of American history, political intrigue, and constitutional law, all adhered with Hirsch's amazing writing. He captures the political chaos surrounding each prior case, yanking the reader out of our present exceptionalism to see the evolution of impeachment with the proper context and clarity. We have been here before and will likely be here again many more times, he suggests, with increased frequency. Can't recommend it enough." —Travis Cohen, Brookline Booksmith, MA

Donald J. Trump is only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached.

Constitutional scholar Alan Hirsch offers clear and to-the-point guidance for all matters relating to removing a sitting president, including: the Founders' vision for checking presidential power; the impeachment stories of presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton; wrongdoing in the Trump administration; and the availability of the 25th Amendment and presidential self-pardon.

Illustrated throughout with historical engravings, photographs, and other impeachment documentation, this concise, timely, and accessible analysis offers an invaluable perspective on how the Constitution provides stability during times of political upheaval.


Praise for For The People: What the Constitution Really Says About Your Rights (By Alan Hirsch and co-authored with Akhil Amar)

"A fascinating conversation over the future of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights."—Legal Times

"Consistent and contentious throughout, Amar and Hirsch offer an analysis that should threaten both liberals and conservatives with a commitment to popular sovereignty both like to avoid."—Kirkus

"A healthy challenge to conventional wisdom, with significant implications for public policy."—Booklist

"Amar and Hirsch believe in the people . . . and they devote the most valuable part of their book to some useful reassurance against some of the boogeymen with which populism is often discredited." —New York Times

Title Impeaching the President
Subtitle Past, Present, and Future
Author Alan Hirsch
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading LAW000000 LAW
Title First Published 13 November 2018
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 228 p.
ISBN-10 0872867625
ISBN-13 9780872867628
Publication Date 13 November 2018
Main content page count 228
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $3.75

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