David Priess | How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

David Priess | How to Get Rid of a President: History's Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 7:00 PM

Location:
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

Political scientist and former CIA officer Priess offers a vivid political history of the schemes, plots, maneuvers, and conspiracies that have attempted—successfully and not—to remove unwanted presidents.

About the Book

To limit executive power, the founding fathers created fixed presidential terms of four years, giving voters regular opportunities to remove their leaders. Even so, Americans have often resorted to more dramatic paths to disempower the chief executive. The American presidency has seen it all, from rejecting a sitting president's renomination bid and undermining their authority in office to the more drastic methods of impeachment, and, most brutal of all, assassination.

"How to Get Rid of a President" showcases the political dark arts in action: a stew of election dramas, national tragedies, and presidential departures mixed with party intrigue, personal betrayal, and backroom shenanigans. This briskly paced, darkly humorous voyage proves that while the pomp and circumstance of presidential elections might draw more attention, the way that presidents are removed teaches us much more about our political order.

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About the Author

David Priess is author of the "The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents." He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University and served at the CIA during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as an intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer and at the State Department. Priess writes, speaks, and appears often on broadcast media about the presidency and national security.

Please note that the nonprofit, non-governmental Carter Center has agreed to take over as the host of Carter Library's author series during the federal government shutdown. Previously scheduled events will move to either the Cecil B. Day Chapel or the Cyprus Room at the Carter Center. Event signs and Carter Center volunteers will be on hand to direct attendees.