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Finally, the second generation of scholarship is willing to consider the thesis, jarring though it may be, that war is an exception to constitutionalism.

The eleven essays are divided into four parts (alas, without titles), each with two or three essays. Part II addresses the constitutional questions about war and civil liberties.

Bush a portent of gross restrictions of civil liberties, and the complacency of those who see virtually every action of the Bush administration as wise and reasonable accommodations of civil liberties to the new realities of national security.

When the president acts pursuant to express or implied authorization of Congress, his authority is at its maximum (and courts are likely to acquiesce to executive authority).

But when the president acts in the face of or without legislative authority, his power is at its lowest ebb (and courts are likely to invalidate executive action). SIMMONS (2005), dealing with homosexual sodomy and capital punishment for juveniles, respectively.) Among other conclusions, Spiro illustrates how the international community appears to have restrained the United States government from a more serious assault on civil liberties.

Targeted more toward the upper-level student or academic than the layperson, the essays seek to move the discussion of the Constitution and war beyond the two commonly voiced (and diametrically opposed) viewsthe alarmism of those who see in virtually every action taken by the administration of President George W.

THE CONSTITUTION IN WARTIME: BEYOND ALARMISM AND COMPLACENCY, edited by Mark Tushnet (Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University Law Center), remedies this deficiency by identifying and explaining the enormous complexities of constitutionalism during wartime. THE CONSTITUTION IN WARTIME is a collection of balanced essays written by legal scholars and political scientists and from a variety of perspectives in law and political science.