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High Crimes and Misdemeanors
A History of Impeachment for the Age of Trump

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  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from June 2024
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108481052

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  • America frequently talks about impeaching a president, but the impeachment provisions of the American constitution are widely misunderstood. In High Crimes and Misdemeanors, constitutional scholar Frank O. Bowman, III offers unprecedented clarity to the question of impeachment, tracing its roots to medieval England through its adoption in the Constitution and 250 years of American experience. By examining the human and political history of those who have faced impeachment, Bowman demonstrates that the Framers intended impeachment to be a flexible tool, adaptable to the needs of any age. Written in a lively, engaging style, the book combines a deep historical and constitutional analysis of the impeachment clauses, a coherent theory of when impeachment should be used to protect constitutional order against presidential misconduct, and a comprehensive presentation of the case for and against impeachment of President Trump. It is an indispensable work for the present moment.

    • Provides the first comprehensive examination of the history and status of the law and politics of impeachment
    • Analyzes the impeachment issues facing Trump's presidency for both in-depth understanding of constitutional problems of impeachment and application to current events
    • Utilizes the author's experience as a legal historian, criminal lawyer, and policy analyst to present information in a lively, engaging style that will appeal to non-experts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘In High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Frank O. Bowman, III has written a scholarly and even encyclopedic explanation of the history of impeachment, and offers his pull-no-punches take on how those principles should apply to the present day. Whether you agree or disagree, you'll learn a lot - and you won't think of impeachment the same way again.' Orin Kerr, University of Southern California

    ‘An impartial and measured look at impeachment for a turbulent age.' Gerard N. Magliocca, Indiana University

    ‘In this extraordinary tour de force, Frank O. Bowman, III gives us a comprehensive history of impeachment from its origins in British constitutional practice to the present day. Bowman's judgments are sure, and his superb, erudite, witty style carries one through the thickets of the law. This book entertains as well as educates, and will be an essential guide for the next presidential impeachment (whenever that might be).' Eric Posner, University of Chicago

    ‘Frank O, Bowman, III's new book on impeachment should be required reading for every member of Congress. Marshalling history, policy, and law, Bowman paints a comprehensive picture of impeachment and reminds us that the power to remove malfeasant, corrupt or incompetent leaders is the ultimate safeguard of liberty.' Paul Rosenzweig, R Street Institute and former Senior Counsel on the Whitewater investigation of President Clinton

    ‘Frank O. Bowman, III is a long-time scholar of the history of impeachment in both the United States and Britain. This is his Magnus Opus, and includes much trenchant analysis of whether President Trump should be impeached. While the book is thus timely, it is really a volume for the ages: a comprehensive, exhaustive, careful, and powerfully written examination of the institution of impeachment.' Kate Stith, Yale University, Connecticut

    '… a scrupulous and thorough history of impeachment as a political tool, beginning with the British parliamentary tradition that preceded the American revolution and our constitution.' Algernon D'Ammassa, USA Today

    'Meticulously reviewing and distinguishing the impeachment and conviction of judges and other officials from that of presidents, Bowman includes a valuable appendix delineating the charges against officials in US history.' J. R. Vile, Choice

    '[A] superb study of the impeachment process - its history, purposes and politics.' Lawrence R. Douglas, Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108481052
    • length: 478 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from June 2024
  • Table of Contents

    1. How to interpret the Constitution's impeachment clauses
    2. British impeachments (1376–1787)
    3. American impeachments before 1787
    4. The Founders' impeachment
    5. Impeaching legislators and lesser executive branch officials
    6. Impeachment of judges
    7. The impeachment of Andrew Johnson
    8. The fall of President Richard Nixon
    9. The strange case of William Jefferson Clinton
    10. The scope of impeachable presidential conduct: general principles
    11. Impeachment for obstruction of justice
    12. Impeachment for abuse of the pardon power
    13. Impeachment for lying
    14. Impeachment for corruption – schemes of peculation, the emoluments clauses, and the avaricious president
    15. The twenty-fifth amendment as an alternative to impeachment
    16. Impeaching Donald Trump.

  • Author

    Frank O. Bowman III, University of Missouri
    Frank O. Bowman, III is a law professor, legal historian, and former federal and state prosecutor. He wrote and commented extensively on the Trump impeachment processes in the popular press, including the New York Times, CNN, Politico, Slate, where he is regular contributor, and many others. He has provided testimony to both Houses of Congress on multiple subjects including the meaning of 'high crimes and misdemeanors' during the Clinton impeachment crisis.

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