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The Nine : Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (2007)

by Jeffrey Toobin

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Very enjoyable gossipy overview of the Rehnquist and Roberts Supreme Courts. Now, with the prospect of President Obama making some good nominations in the years to come, the recently depressing subject of the Supreme Court demographics is much more cheerful. Reading this book in the opening weeks of a McCain/Palin administration would have been awful. ( )
  AThurman | Dec 7, 2014 |
Make no mistake, this book is not an objective or non-partisan look at the Supreme Court. Don't expect it to be. Toobin has a very liberal bias. This, however, does not bother me in the least, as it's my personal opinion that truth has a liberal bias. I'm just stating the bias of this book up front, so nobody is caught by surprise if they read it on my recommendation.

This is a fascinating book that looks closely at the political breakdown of the recent Supreme Court, and how politics have affected their decisions on issues from abortion, to affirmative action, to executive power. Toobin's point seems to be that the Court is far from independent and is, like the rest of the United States, polarized by political opinion. I think he makes a very good case for that. ( )
1 vote sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
This is a fascinating look at the inner workings and friendships on the Court from the Reagan administration through 2007. It is as close to an insider's look as one can get. Toobin is one of the most respected experts on the Supreme Court in the country. Interviews with insiders reveal colorful anecdotes and insights into the friendships among the Justices. This is a highly readable critical resource for those interested in understanding the most powerful court in our land. ( )
1 vote HollyHerndon | Apr 6, 2014 |
Left-ist leaning, but still enjoyable and enlightening on some of the quirks and personalities of some of the more recent justices. ( )
1 vote steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
very interesting ( )
  njcur | Feb 19, 2014 |
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Prologue, The Steps - The architect Cass Gilbert had grand ambitions for his design of a new home for the Supreme court - what he called "the greatest tribunal in the world, one of the three great elements of our national government."
Chapter 1, The Federalist War of Ideas - For a long time, during the middle of the twentieth century, it wasn't even clear what it meant to be a judicial conservative.
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Nice fluid style, imminently readable. Sheds a lot of light on an institution that we don't hear much about, aside from their decisions.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385516401, Hardcover)

Bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin takes you into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, and reveals the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land.

Just in time for the 2008 presidential election—where the future of the Court will be at stake—Toobin reveals an institution at a moment of transition, when decades of conservative disgust with the Court have finally produced a conservative majority, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, presidential power, and church-state relations.

Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities—from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas's well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd nineteenth-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore—and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

The Nine is the book bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin was born to write. A CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer, no one is more superbly qualified to profile the nine justices.

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As the Supreme Court continues to rule on important issues, it is essential to understand how it operates. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves and other insiders, this is a timely "state of the union" about America's most elite legal institution. From Anthony Kennedy's self-importance, to Antonin Scalia's combativeness, to David Souter's eccentricity, and even Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with President George W. Bush, this book offers a rare personal look at how the individual style of each justice affects the way in which they wield their considerable power. Toobin shows how--since Reagan--conservatives were long thwarted in their attempts to control the Court by some of the very justices they pressured Presidents to appoint. That struggle ended with the recent appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and Toobin relays the behind-the-scenes drama in detail, as well as the ensuing 2007 Court term.… (more)

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