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War, Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Power. Vol. I: The Origins
War, Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Power. Vol. I: The Origins
By Abraham D. Sofaer
Ballinger, 1976, 533 pp.

American debates over war powers and the role of Congress in foreign affairs, inspired by the war in Vietnam, resulted in a mushrooming of constitutional studies. Professor Sofaer's book - the first of a trilogy sponsored by the American Bar Association - covers the first 40 years of the republic. More readable than most legal tracts, it concentrates on the war powers and places constitutional debates in a wider political and ideological context. Its main omission is an analysis of the "Commerce Clause" and the putative role of trade in America's foreign relationships.