February 1, 2010
In BOMB POWER: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots—by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state. The bomb forever changed the institution of the presidency since only the president controls “the button” and, by extension, the fate of the world. Garry Wills casts the history of the postwar period in a new light and sounds an alarm about the continued threat to our Constitution.
Garry Wills is the author of works including Lincoln At Gettysburg, Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment, What Jesus Meant and Head and Heart. His books have received many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. A Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern University, Wills is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications.
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