Impeachment Book Summary (PDF) by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker

Note: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on a link and purchase an item, we will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you.

Ready to learn the most important takeaways from Impeachment in less than two minutes? Keep reading!

Why This Book Matters:

Impeachment tells the history of impeachment and how it, along with executive privilege, has been refined over the years.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. The Framers of the Constitution decided that an executive branch would benefit the American people.
    1. If Despite their recent removal from a monarchial society, the Founding Fathers believed that there needed to be more of a power structure in American that had leadership while keeping the American people’s best interest at heart.
  2. The idea of impeachment wasn’t explained in detail to be a placeholder in case the nation elected a lousy president.
    1. The need for a leader was evident, but the Framers did not want this leader to be able to take control of the nation.
  3. The grounds for impeachment became more defined over time.
    1. In 1868, it was made clear that a president can only be impeached for good reason, not just because people find him annoying.
  4. During the Nixon administration, Congress had to make the impeachment process even more particular.
    1. It was also during this time that the extent of executive privilege must be changed.
  5. While Clinton was president, the outline of a changing morality had to be defined.
    1. During this time, it was evident that what was once considered outlandish had become a lot less heinous, and the rules for impeachment needed to reflect that.

Want To Keep Reading?

  1. Read A Longer Form Summary on Blinkist
  2. Buy The Book on Amazon
  3. Listen To The Audiobook

Additional Video From The Author:

I started Two Minute Books to help people improve their lives and their businesses or careers. My work has been featured by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the U.S. & U.K. Governments. You can read my writing about digital nomading & life improvement at