Subgenre: U.S. government, U.S. history, civics
Source: My workplace library, Hutchins Library, Berea College
Radnofsky organizes the book as follows:
- Short introduction.
- Origins of Impeachment Law. This is where the author presents the history and how the Founders decided to add an impeachment mechanism in the Constitution.
- Legal Principles and Process of Impeachment. Basically this explains what impeachment is and is not. The author provides a review of the law and how it works.
- Federal Impeachments in the United States. This is a historical overview of 19 impeachments done so far, plus "other significant impeachment activity." For each instance we get the who, dates, and result, a short history of what happened, and key lessons from the event. The key lessons are probably the most important part, and they illustrate how impeachment law has improved and been refined over time.
- A short conclusion.
- Notes and bibliography. This is a very well documented book by the way.
This is a book that every public library needs to have and promote. If public libraries are about providing access to good, honest, reliable information, including information about their government and how it works, then they need to have this book. I also recommend it for academic libraries. I already ordered a copy for my library.
Overall this is an excellent book. This is the kind of book that explains key concepts well that we need more of.
5 out of 5 stars.