War and Responsibility
Constitutional Lessons of Vietnam and Its Aftermath
John Hart Ely


Twenty years after the signing of the Paris Accords, the constitutional ambiguities of American involvement in the Vietnam War remain unresolved. John Hart Ely examines the overall constitutionality of America's role in Vietnam; and shows that Congress authorized each new phase of American involvement without committing itself to the stated aims of intervention.

Formerly the Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University and then Dean of Stanford Law School, John Hart Ely is Robert E. Paradise Professor at Stanford. His Democracy and Distrust: A Theory of Judicial Review won the Order of the Coif triennial award for the best book published in any field of law during the years 1980 through 1982.