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Arthur Schlesinger’s Imperial Presidency

This paper is a critical review of the book Arthur Schlesinger’s Imperial Presidency on changes in the presidency.

In The Imperial Presidency, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. addresses the changing role of the president in the United States, noting the fact that by the early 1970s, when he wrote this book, the president had become almost an absolute monarch in certain matters. Schlesinger traces the history of the presidency and considers how the concept of the office has changed, how the men elected to this office have contributed to this change, and how the system functioned in the early 1970s.
Schlesinger begins with the Founding Fathers and examines what they intended and how they embodied the concepts in the Constitution for the new nation. He considers how the attitudes of the Founding Fathers influenced the direction of the presidency during the first few administrations. The Founding …