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Presidential Power And The Modern Presidents
Presidential Power And The Modern Presidents
By Richard E. Neustadt
The Free Press, 1990, 371 pp

The first edition of this classic was published in 1960 and acquired instant fame as the bible of the Kennedy administration on how to accumulate, protect and apply presidential power. Subsequent, ever longer, editions have evaluated successive presidential administrations and described instances of power protected or foolishly squandered. This edition has a good discussion of Reagan and the Iran-contra affair, a study in how obliviousness to detail undermined power.