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Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide

Written by: Cass R. Sunstein
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins

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As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public's responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty - a route rarely traveled - is impeachment.

Cass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen's guide to an essential tool of self-government. He illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people's role in holding presidents accountable. Despite intense interest in the subject, impeachment is widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of misconceptions. For example, he shows that the Constitution, not the House of Representatives, establishes grounds for impeachment, and that the president can be impeached for abuses of power that do not violate the law. Even neglect of duty counts among the "high crimes and misdemeanors" delineated in the republic's foundational document. Sunstein describes how impeachment helps make sense of our constitutional order, particularly the framers' controversial decision to install an empowered executive in a nation deeply fearful of kings.

With an eye toward the past and the future, Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide considers a host of actual and imaginable arguments for a president's removal, explaining why some cases are easy and others hard, why some arguments for impeachment have been judicious and others not. In direct and approachable terms, it dispels the fog surrounding impeachment so that Americans of all political convictions may use their ultimate civic authority wisely.

©2018 Cass R. Sunstein (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc

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  • jason leclerc
  • 07-10-19

great read

great book you read and get into on political and history of impeachment. great book for forming opinions

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  • William R. Todd-Mancillas (Name includes hyphen and camptalized M)
  • 19-02-19

Excellent Overview of Impeachment

Narration: Clear and nicely paced. Content: Clear explanations of the historical bases of impeachment, its complicated definition, and the mechanics of effecting impeachment as a constitutional check on civil servants abuse of power (with the removals by the Senate serving as the check mate). Includes many interesting historical examples and respectfully considers all points of view. Highly recommended.

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  • Book Lover
  • 05-02-20

Interesting!

Very interesting and helpful in understanding the impeachment process and what is impeachable. My only complaint is that I had a hard time listening to the narrator whose voice was sort of whispery.

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  • Debbie Puckett
  • 03-10-19

Ok but would not recommend this one for beginner

A lot of Americans are trying to understand impeachment due to current events. This book was thorough but probably not a good read for a novice. Perhaps more for someone already familiar with the Constitution. Did not particularly care for the personal stories from the author. Trying to do a quick review but I now know about the authors house and his family turkey. Cute stories but seemed out of place in this text.