What this book is about:
The gradual erosion of Congressional authority and the U.S. Constitution, along with the growth of presidential powers, on national security and the economy. Because of actions taken by every president from FDR to Obama, the country remains in a perpetual “emergency state,” whether during war or peacetime. The emergency state seeks total security within our borders, relying on Executive Branch decisions and actions that don’t have much debate or accountability; namely, undeclared wars, covert assassinations, indefinite detention, expansion of secrecy, and bloated federal budgets.
The Emergency State, written by a veteran New York Times reporter and Johns Hopkins University foreign policy professor, is not for casual history buffs or conspiracy theorists. Rather, it’s a well-documented book that must be read by anyone concerned about the future direction of the U.S. It also provides little-known facts about our most beloved presidents in their pursuit of the absolute security. For example, FDR (Unger calls him “the godfather” of the emergency state) secretly worked with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to investigate anti-interventionist groups as part of FDR’s plan to enter the Atlantic theater in World War II.
Why you should read this book:
5=Highest Value; 0=Lowest Value
|Importance to Society||4.8|
|Importance to You||4.5|
|Quality of Writing and Presentation||4.5|
|Overall Must-Read Rating||4.2|