Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power

Mary Graham (Author) David Heath (Read by)


How presidents use secrecy to protect the nation, foster diplomacy, and gain power

Ever since the nation's most important secret meeting - the Constitutional Convention - presidents have struggled to balance open, accountable government with necessary secrecy in military affairs and negotiations. For the first 120 years, a culture of open government persisted, but new threats and technology have long since shattered the old bargains. Today, presidents neither protect vital information nor provide the open debate Americans expect.

Mary Graham tracks the rise in governmental secrecy that began with surveillance and loyalty programs during Woodrow Wilson's administration, explores how it developed during the Cold War, and analyzes efforts to reform the secrecy apparatus and restore oversight in the 1970s. Chronicling the expansion of presidential secrecy in the Bush years, Graham explains what presidents and the American people can learn from earlier crises, why the attempts of Congress to rein in stealth activities don't work, and why presidents cannot hide actions that affect citizens' rights and values.

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Audible Studios on Brilliance
Publish Date
August 29, 2017
5.25 X 0.5 X 6.75 inches | 0.0 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Graham is a Research Fellow at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her research focuses on the use of information strategies to foster social change, the politics of public information, innovative approaches to health and safety regulation, and new trends in environmental policy. She is the author of Democracy by Disclosure (2002) and The Morning After Earth Day (1999). Graham has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Financial Times, Environment magazine, Issues in Science and Technology, Brookings Review, and other publications.
David Heath has been playing games and reading books in some way or another for most of his life. They are and have always been a large part of who he is. Since high school, he has wanted to write, design, and develop great games and stories. David took his first step at Victory Games and is grateful to Mark Herman and Eric Lee Smith for giving him the opportunity as an intern. It started a fire that has never gone out in him. David is currently the owner and operator of Lock 'n Load Publishing as well as being the founder and President of The Gamers Network, Matrix Games, Strategic Games Publications, and at one point, the owner of The Wargamer. He has owned a few other businesses over the years but has always kept coming back to gaming. His other interests include music, movies, and technology, and how he can combine his interests together. His faith in God has always been a major driving factor in his life and is thankful for God's blessings in his life. - John 3:16