In bomb power garry wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state in ways still felt today. I bought bomb power the modern presidency and the national security state 2010 288p last thursday and i finished it today in this book wills argues that the manhattan project and the bomb that it produced created a new impetus toward an aggrandizement of presidential power and created a national security state to surround and support . The modern presidency and the national security state by garry wills bomb power regrettably does not point the way to remedies the bomb is no longer the solution to the most pressing . Bomb power the modern presidency and the national security state by garry wills reviewed by john w coffey retired foreign affairs officer at the us state department recognizing that the world is a dangerous place alexander hamilton observed it is the nature of war to increase the executive at the expense of the legis lative authority. In bomb power the modern presidency and the national security state professor wills weaves a fascinating narrative it is a story that grows out of the manhattan project and the secrecy surrounding it as told by the skillful historian it is very compelling and in many ways it is a continuum
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