FDR v. The Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy : On February 5, 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, confident in his recent landslide reelection and frustrated by a Supreme Court that had overturned much of his New Deal legislation, stunned Congress and the American people with his announced intention to add six new justices. Almost everyone assumed FDR would get his way. In FDR v. The Constitution, Burt Solomon chronicles how, in the months that followed, a Supreme Court justice and a Democratic senator from Montana led an effort that turned an apparently unstoppable proposal into a humiliating rejection - preserving the Constitution and, ultimately, reshaping the nation. Placing the greatest miscalculation of FDR's career in context, past and present, Solomon offers a reminder of the perennial temptation toward an imperial presidency that the Founding Fathers had always feared.
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