A Handbook, New Edition

Charles L. Black, Jr., and Philip Bobbitt

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September 18, 2018
184 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780300238266

Charles L. Black Jr.’s classic guide to presidential impeachment, now in an updated edition with new material by Philip Bobbitt

Originally published at the height of the Watergate crisis and reissued in 1998, two months before the second impeachment of a U.S. president, Charles Black’s Impeachment became the premier guide to the subject of presidential impeachment. Now thoroughly updated, it is essential reading for every concerned citizen.
Praise for earlier editions of Impeachment:
“The most important book ever written on presidential impeachment.”—Lawfare
“A model of how so serious an act of state should be approached.”—Wall Street Journal
“The best essay written on the subject.”—Jeffrey Rosen, New Republic
“A citizen’s guide to impeachment. . . . Elegantly written, lucid, intelligent, and comprehensive.”—Mary Ann Gale, New York Times Book Review

Charles L. Black Jr. (1915–2001) was Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Philip Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence at Columbia Law School.

“To understand impeachment, read Black & Bobbitt. They show how the rule of law limits power, even of the most powerful, and remind us that the impact of the law on our lives ultimately depends on the conscience of individual members of Congress serving as jurors or judges.”—Bill Bradley, former United States Senator

"Charles Black’s book on impeachment was an instant classic when it was first published in 1974, and it is even more timely today now that Philip Bobbitt has trenchantly brought it up to date.”—Michael Beschloss, author of Presidents of War  

“In 1974, a law professor named Charles L. Black published an extraordinary volume entitled, Impeachment: A Handbook. It is the finest text on the subject I have ever read.”—Ben Wittes

“Yale University Press [has] produced a new edition of Charles Black’s Impeachment: A Handbook, with substantial new scholarship added by Philip Bobbitt. It is Bobbitt's mission to reclaim for impeachment the status of a legal process, in which constitutional interpretation is guided by careful and rigorously argued attention to text, history, structure, doctrine, prudence and what he calls ‘ethos’—a concern with the ‘primacy of the rule of law.’ His presentation is powerful and convincing.”—Bob Bauer, Lawfare blog

“Black’s work — now Black and Bobbitt’s — continues to set the standard for responsible study of a subject that is easy and advantageous to misunderstand. This is a book that performs its message, exercising as well as urging common sense and educated restraint.”—Jane Chong, Los Angeles Review of Books