Impeachment

A Handbook

Charles L. Black, Jr.; With a New Foreword by Akhil Reed Amar

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October 7, 1998
98 pages, 5.5 x 8.25
ISBN: 9780300079500
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In the classic guide to presidential impeachment, Charles L. Black clarifies the issues and questions that surround this timely topic. With a foreword by constitutional expert Akhil Reed Amar, this authoritative book is essential reading for every concerned citizen.

"The best essay written on the subject."—Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic

"[Black's] timely volume clearly and lucidly covers everything from what constitutes "high crimes and misdemeanors" to the scope of Executive privilege. . . . The measure of his book's achievement is that it tells the reader not what to think but what to think about."—Time

"A citizen's guide to impeachment. . . . Elegantly written, lucid, intelligent, and comprehensive."—Mary Ann Gale, New York Times Book Review

"Black's survey is a dispassionate, invaluable beam of light. . . . This everyman's guide to impeachment outlines the process leading to the removal of a President by Congress, places it in historical perspective, [and] discusses the conundrums that spring from it. . . . It provides a major contribution to sanity in our government."—Newsweek

"A model of how so serious an act of state should be approached."—Wall Street Journal

Charles L. Black, Jr., was Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale Law School and adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. He wrote extensively on constitutional matters and played an active role in congressional hearings and before the Supreme Court.

"The best essay written on the subject."—Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic

"[Black's] timely volume clearly and lucidly covers everything from what constitutes "high crimes and misdemeanors" to the scope of Executive privilege. . . . The measure of his book's achievement is that it tells the reader not what to think but what to think about."—Time

"A citizen's guide to impeachment. . . . Elegantly written, lucid, intelligent, and comprehensive."—Mary Ann Gale, New York Times Book Review

"Black's survey is a dispassionate, invaluable beam of light. . . . This everyman's guide to impeachment outlines the process leading to the removal of a President by Congress, places it in historical perspective, [and] discusses the conundrums that spring from it. . . . It provides a major contribution to sanity in our government."—Newsweek

"A model of how so serious an act of state should be approached."—Wall Street Journal

“[This book] was hailed as an immediate classic upon its publication, and rightly so. In an accessible, direct style (translation: most unlawyerlike prose), Black explains not only the impeachment process but its constitutional underpinnings…the book is still the best treatise ever penned on the subject…Those interested in reading the final wood on impeachment without heavy attorneyspeak or artful linguistic dodging should read Black’s book. It’s clear, to the point and eminently readable. And once again—unfortunately—very relevant.”—Walter Kita, New Haven Register

“[A] clear, compact, entertaining analysis—intended for non-lawyers and easily accessible to interested high school students.”—Lars-Erik Nelson, Baltimore Sun

“[This] is the first book you should read if you are interested in the impeachment process.” —Jim West, Barnstable Patriot

“[Black] is a master of clarity.  He states his biases and then gets right to useful distinctions between politics and the law, and between gray areas of interpretation and principles that have been clear since September 8, 1787, when impeachment language was finalized at the Constitutional Convention. . . . Black’s deep seriousness and reverence for process reminds us of what’s at stake behind the current Washington sideshow.”—Mike Maza, Dallas Morning News

"Here is calm and reasoned counsel for a troubled and confused time. Charles L. Black . . . has written an extraordinarily compact, lucid and informative guide to the most pressing public question of the time: the possible impeachment of a president in the United States. What is more, he has written a handbook that grinds no axes and indulges in no political handstands."—Jonathan Yardley, Miami Herald

"Written by the Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale, it answers all the questions about impeachment and trial you ever wanted to ask . . . could not be more timely, more useful, or more welcome."—John Barkham Reviews 

"This 'fastback' written by Yale law school professor Black (run through the press in a matter of days) is the most authoritative, clear and incisive analysis of the process and significance of impeachment that has yet appeared. An example of a cool legal intelligence applied to a complex and thorny issue, it may also become a hot seller. Professor Black does not approach impeachment wholly in hard legalistic terms; when he does not specifically name President Nixon and his present possible impeachment, his inference is clear (e.g., the possibility of a bribe in the milk fund case clearly refers to Nixon). Black is notably moderate (having supported 'executive privilege' at first, he now feels Nixon has compromised his claim to it by surrendering important confidential material). Here are congressional procedures in impeachment, finely balanced views pro and con, contrary interpretations of the Constitution, and altogether an invaluable clarification of impeachment for the citizens whom polls only recently showed were greatly confused on the subject. Appendices."—Publisher's Weekly

"This . . . is the most authoritative, clear and incisive analysis of the process and significance of impeachment that has yet appeared. An example of a cool legal intelligence applied to a complex and thorny issue, it may also become a hot seller. Professor Black does not approach impeachment wholly in hard legalistic terms; when he does not specifically name President Nixon and his present possible impeachment, his inference is clear (e.g., the possibility of a bribe in the milk fund case clearly refers to Nixon). . . . Here are congressional procedures in impeachment, finely balanced views pro and con, contrary interpretations of the Constitution, and altogether an invaluable clarification of impeachment for the citizens whom polls only recently showed were greatly confused on the subject."—Publisher's Weekly

"Charles L. Black Jr.'s book on impeachment is exactly what its title says it is: a handbook. It is useful and readable. The book, as the author says, is for the citizens. Of course, there is no reason why constitutional law should be one of the mysteries of the priesthood of lawyers."—Bob Eckhardt, Washington Post 

“The vade mecum of impeachment studies.”—Philip Bobbitt, Just Security

“Before the price goes sky-high, I’d strongly suggest that interested observers, journalists, lawmakers and Hill staff go pick up a copy of the seminal Impeachment: A Handbook, by Charles L. Black, Jr. Written while President Richard Nixon was still in office, it remains the seminal work on impeachment — and is succinct and highly readable, to boot.”—Jennifer Rubin, WashingtonPost.com
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