Impeachment: Some Guides

by Brenda Wineapple

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation – When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated Andrew Johnson became the president of the United States. Though picked by Lincoln as his running mate, Johnson did not agree with the goals of Reconstruction and attempted to thwart congress’ effort to resort the nation. This is a thorough and brilliant narrative history of the first impeachment of an American president. 

by Neal Katyal

Impeachment: The Case Against Donald Trump – Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues the case for impeaching Donald Trump. He examines our Founding Fathers’ thoughts on impeachment, of which they were explicit, and the legal arguments underlying the current case. A slim volume, written in a short period of time (as to be very up to date), with a definite opinion. 

By Cass R. Sunstein

Impeachment: A Citizens Guide – Unlike Katyal’s book, constitutional-law scholar Cass Sunstein’s book does not have an opinion on the current state of impeachment affairs. It covers the history of impeachment and it’s drafting in the constitution, giving context to its origins in the late 1700s. He discusses the impeachments of both Andrew Johnson, and Bill Clinton, as well as the related concept of removing a president because of incapacitation via the 25th Amendment. A quick primer for those in need of some clarity.

-Mike M.


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