February 16, 2018

Book News: Charlie Savage Wins NYPL Bernstein Journalism Award

By Michael Rogers

  • Snags $15K prize for Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy
  • Book probesBush-Cheney administration’s systematic effort to expand presidential power”

Charlie Savage snagged the 2008 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism May 21 for his volume Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy (Little, Brown), edging out four other contenders. The award is given annually to a journalist whose work brings clarity and public attention to issues, events, or policies and includes a $15,000 cash prize.

“The Bush-Cheney administration’s systematic effort to expand presidential power—a push that originated not with 9/11 but rather with Cheney’s experiences in the Ford administration after Watergate and Vietnam—is the most successfully implemented policy of the current White House. It is also one of the least understood. I wrote this book to explain how the system of checks and balances devised by the founders is changing as ever more power is being concentrated in the hands of the president and his top advisers—be they Republicans or Democrats—and to tell the dramatic stories behind this movement,” said Savage.

 

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