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Author - Baker, P
Peter Baker is an author, journalist and political analyst. His books, Impeachment: An American History, co-authored with , and Obama: The Call of History, are part of the Upton Bell Collection at UMass Lowell Libraries in O'Leary Library, 2nd Floor Special Collections and include personal inscriptions.
Inscriptions - Baker, P
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Awards won by Peter Baker
The Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for repeated excellence in White House coverage, 2015, writing for The New York Times
The Merriman Smith Memorial Award, 2014, for “Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria," The New York Times
The Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency, 2014, writing for The New York Times
The Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for repeated excellence in White House coverage, 2011, writing for The New York Times
The Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Coverage of the Presidency, 2007, writing for The Washington Post
Books - Baker, P
Obama: the Call of History by
Call Number: E 908 .B33 2017
Publication Date: 2017-06-27
Nominated for a 2017 NAACP Image Award: Best Biography or Memoir Peter Baker's authoritative history of the Obama presidency is the first complete account that will stand the test of time. Baker takes the measure of Obama's achievements and disappointments in office and brings into focus the real legacy of the man who, as he described himself, "doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills." With vivid color photographs by New York Times photographers and others of the events, major and minor, public and behind-the scenes, that defined Barack Obama's eight years in office, Obama: The Call of History is a portrait in full of America's first African-American president against the background of these tumultuous times.
Call Number: KF 5075 .I47 2018
Publication Date: 2018-10-16
Impeachment is rare, and for good reason. Designed to check tyrants or defend the nation from a commander-in-chief who refuses to do so, the process of impeachment outlined in the Constitution is what Thomas Jefferson called "the most formidable weapon for the purpose of a dominant faction that was ever contrived." It nullifies the will of voters, the basic foundation of legitimacy for all representative democracies. Only three times has a president's conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one. None has yet succeeded. Andrew Johnson was impeached in 1868 for failing to kowtow to congressional leaders-and in a large sense, for failing to be Abraham Lincoln-yet survived his Senate trial. Richard Nixon resigned in July of 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment for lying, obstructing justice, and employing his executive power for personal and political gain. Bill Clinton had an affair with a White House intern, but in 1999 faced trial in the Senate less for that prurient act than for lying under oath about it. In the first book to consider these three presidents alone, and the one thing they have in common, Jeffrey Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, and Peter Baker explain that the basis and process of impeachment is more political than it is a legal verdict. The Constitution states that the president, "shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors," leaving room for historical precedent and the temperament of the time to weigh heavily on each case. These three cases highlight factors beyond the president's behavior that impact the likelihood and outcome of an impeachment- the president's relationship with Congress, the power and resilience of the office itself, and the polarization of the moment. This is a realist, rather than hypothetical, view of impeachment that looks to history for clues about its future-with one obvious candidate in mind.