There is something striking about the cover of this important new book. I’m referring to the back cover, the book’s billboard, which features an unusual mix of endorsements. The first praise is from would-be president Hillary Clinton. She is followed by James Comey, her chief exonerator or tormentor, depending on your point of view. Then there’s George Conway, prominent lawyer and tweeter, who is married to Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. It is not a likely dinner party, even if Graydon Carter were to host. (Spoiler and disclosure: the lowest-billed blurb on the back cover belongs to yours truly.)
The diversity of encomium surely says something about the quality of Unmaking the Presidency but is perhaps even greater testament to the broad esteem in which its authors, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes, are held on issues of law and national security. Their Lawfare blog and related podcasts are an oasis of reasoned, footnoted expertise in a vast desert of overheated rhetoric, surmise, and spin.