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This book tells the inside story of America's policy toward Israel and the Palestinians during the Bush years. Elliott Abrams was the deputy national security advisor who handled Middle Eastern affairs. From Bush, Cheney, Powell, and Rice to Arafat, Sharon, and the kings and sheiks of the Arab world, Abrams takes you inside the White House to understand how policy was really made. These matters are touched on in Bush's and Rice's memoirs, but are only fully examined and explained here – sometimes with admiration, sometimes with sharp criticism, always with new insights and new stories about what really happened.
The Burr trial featured some of America's most gifted lawyers and pitted Marshall, Jefferson, and Burr in a three-way contest that tracked the political and cultural differences of the new republic. This book focuses on the complex interaction of legal doctrine, political ideology, and character in the lawmaking process. The law that came out of the trial – the rights of criminal defendants, the constitutional meaning of treason, and the separation of powers, indeed the rule of law itself – left a permanent mark on American history.
Drawing on previously unexamined documents, this biography connects Stephen Douglas's development as an adolescent and young man to his identification with the Democratic Party, his constitutionalism, and his intimacy with crowds. His relationships with his mother, uncle, sister, teachers, brothers-in-law, peers, and two wives are explored in depth. When he conducted the first cross-country campaign by a presidential candidate in American history, few in the crowds knew that his wife and he had just lost their infant daughter or that Douglas controlled a large Mississippi slave plantation. His story illuminates the gap between democracy then and today.