The definitive account of how Donald Trump has wielded the powers of the
American presidency The extraordinary authority of the U.S. presidency has
no parallel in the democratic world. Today that authority resides in the
hands of one man, Donald J. Trump. But rarely if ever has the nature of a
president clashed more profoundly with the nature of the office. Unmaking
the Presidency tells the story of the confrontation between a person and
the institution he almost wholly embodies. From the moment of his
inauguration, Trump has challenged our deepest expectations of the
presidency. But what are those expectations, where did they come from, and
how great is the damage? As editors of the “invaluable” (The New York
Times) Lawfare website, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes have attracted
a large audience to their hard-hitting and highly informed commentary on
the controversies surrounding the Trump administration. In this book, they
situate Trump-era scandals and outrages in the deeper context of the
presidency itself. How should we understand the oath of office when it is
taken by a man who may not know what it means to preserve, protect, and
defend something other than himself? What aspects of Trump are radically
different from past presidents and what aspects have historical
antecedents? When has he simply built on his predecessors’ misdeeds, and
when has he invented categories of misrule entirely his own? By setting
Trump in the light of history, Hennessey and Wittes provide a crucial and
durable account of a presidency like no other.

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