Ed Whelan has a series of posts on the Goldsmith book over in “Bench Memos.” Here’s a bit of it:
Jack’s book is far more than a discussion of the Bush administration’s understanding and exercise of presidential power. It is, among other things, a deeply conservative critique of the development in recent decades of various “lawfare” constraints on the President’s exercise of traditional wartime powers. And it is a revealing and sympathetic account of the conflicting pressures that executive-branch officials face as they try to protect the country from terrorism.
But read it all.