edited by Kenneth D. Crews
<p>The writings of Edward S. Corwin not only cover a vast array of political developments from the first half of the twentieth century, but also reveal Corwin's oftentimes deep personal involvement in those events. Kenneth Crews' compilation of Corwin's most important essays makes a critical and unique contribution to the literature of American politics and law. Although many of Corwin's books came from well-known publishing houses and many of his essays appeared in familiar journals, many of his most important contributions to political thought were published in local newspapers, foreign periodicals, and other publications no longer easily available to many scholars. Such essays constitute the foundation of this book: Corwin's writings about the New Deal and Court-packing, his year in China, his ambiguous support for Woodrow Wilson, and his kind words for Eisenhower and Nixon in the 1950s. These essays also reveal a prominent scholar taking strong positions on political events, from the decision to enter World War I to the challenges of democracy under the threat of atomic war and expanding presidential powers.