American Bar Association Names Professor Andrew Coan’s “Prosecuting the President” as Finalist for Best Book of the Year

March 21, 2019

The book is a finalist for the ABA's Silver Gavel Award

University of Arizona Law professor and author Andrew Coan’s book, “Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law,” has been named a finalist for the American Bar Association’s 2019 Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts.

Silver Gavel Awards recognize outstanding work that fosters the public’s understanding of law and the legal system, in the categories of books, documentaries, magazines, multimedia, newspapers, radio and television.

Coan’s book explains the history of special prosecutors in American politics and places modern-day special prosecutors in historical perspective. The book is the first on the subject aimed at a general audience and Coan is a leading expert on the role and authority of special prosecutors.

“I wrote the book because everyone I knew—and lots of people I didn't know—were desperate to understand how special prosecutors work,” says Coan. “It turned out no one had written a book about them for a general audience. So I decided to do it myself.”

The Gavel Awards winners will be announced on Friday, May 15.

Explore "Prosecuting the President"

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Watch a discussion about the book between Coan and Professor Toni Massaro


Featured Media Coverage of Coan and "Prosecuting the President"

"New Book Looks at History of Special Prosecutors," MSNBC Morning Joe 

"History Suggests Trump can Fire Mueller without Paying a Price," New York Post

"What Happens if Mueller Comes Up Empty," CNN

"William Barr's Memo on the Mueller Probe is Baseless and Dangerous," Washington Post

"President Grant Fired His Special Prosecutor, but Nixon Paid a Big Price," San Francisco Chronicle

"Now It's Up to the Public," The Atlantic