Title: The Story of the Powers of CongressThe Story of the Powers of Congress
Author: R. Conrad Stein
Illustrator: Keith Neely
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 7 & up
Star Rating: ★★★

Have you ever wondered what exactly are the powers that Congress hold in the governing of our nation? Well, by the time you finish reading The Story of the Powers of Congress you may still have some questions, but your most basic ones at least will have been answered.

The Story of the Powers of Congress begins by showing one of the greatest powers of Congress – the power of impeachment of the President of the United States – in the context of the Watergate Scandal and the subsequent resignation of President Nixon (whose presidency would’ve been terminated by impeachment had he not had the sense to remove himself). From there it jumps to the beginning of the process – the very creation of Congress during the Constitutional Convention as the most powerful of the three branches of government. Mr. Stein then explains how Congress has gone from being the most powerful to the least powerful (practically speaking) as the President has taken upon himself the right to effectively declare war and the Supreme Court has taken upon itself the task of reviewing the laws passed by Congress. (Stein doesn’t himself give an opinion on whether this is right or not, only shows why those in power thought it to be so.) Fascinating stories are told along the way showing how a gradual process shifted the powers.

Conclusion. Not the last word on Congressional matters by far, but an interesting introduction.

Review © 2015 Laura Verret

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