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Martin B. Gold is attorney and adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
Chapter One: The Constitutional Convention (1787) And Its Aftermath
Chapter Two: A Tradition of Self-Restraint Begins: Thomas Jefferson (1808)
Chapter Three: A Tradition Challenged: Ulysses S. Grant (1880)
Chapter Four: A Tradition Under Severe Pressure: Theodore Roosevelt (1912)
Chapter Five: A Tradition In Unexpected Jeopardy: Woodrow Wilson (1920)
Chapter Six: A Tradition Interpreted: Calvin Coolidge (1928)
Chapter Seven: A Tradition Breached: The Third Term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1940)
Chapter Eight: Tradition Breached Again: The Fourth Term of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1944)
Chapter Nine: The Constitution Amended (1947-1951)
Chapter Ten: The Last Unlimited President: Harry S. Truman (1952)
Chapter Eleven: The Question of Repeal
Again, Martin Gold provides an engaging history lesson—this time the story of the Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution, including the arguments for and against limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms of service.
— Jon Kyl, Senator Jon Kyl
This is a splendid history of America’s struggle over the issue of presidential term limits. Martin Gold has delivered a finely written and unfailingly interesting account of the conflicts leading to the adoption of the Twenty-Second Amendment: clashes between hallowed tradition and personal ambition, constitutional principle and partisan politics, and trust in the voters and fear of the demagogue.
— Bob Bauer, White House Counsel to President Barack Obama
I’m convinced that no one understands our government—its form, function, and purpose—better than Marty Gold. With characteristic wisdom and insight, he sheds light on the history of the Twenty-second Amendment and its relevance to the present day. This book is an important addition to his oeuvre and a must-read for any student of American politics.
— Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, (R-UT) Chairman, Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee
Martin Gold has provided a fascinating and important historical account of the Twenty Second Amendment to our Constitution, which limits presidential tenure to two terms, following the four terms to which Franklin Roosevelt was elected. While critics contend it creates a lame-duck out of every two term incumbent, many presidents elected since the Amendment have achieved major accomplishments in their second term. While I am a firm believer in presidential power, I have also seen the toll that presidency takes on occupants of the Oval Office. Regardless of one's views, this stirring book is essential reading for anyone interested in American constitutional history.
— Stuart E. Eizenstat, White House Domestic Policy Adviser to President Carter and author of President Carter: The White House Years