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

by Jeffrey Toobin

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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.… (more)
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Good introduction to the Supreme Court.
  timspalding | Mar 19, 2021 |
Very interesting read on the selection of supreme court justices from Kennedy through Bush 2. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Excellent book on the first go around on
Roe Versus Wade. Highly informative ( )
  busterrll | Aug 2, 2019 |
This was a extraordinary read. It is a bit dated, but most of the cases discussed like abortion, campaign finance, religious freedom and affirmative action will surely be argued anew in the near furture. Mr. Toobin writes well, and he engages the reader with his anecdotes. For the lay person, this is a perfect book for a overview of the modern Supreme Court. Reccomended. ( )
  Mitchell_Bergeson_Jr | Aug 6, 2017 |
Phenomenal read. It did drag on a bit toward the end. For the most part however I was engrossed. The personalities, ideologies and the interpretation of law and justice have been nothing short of fascinating. ( )
  ArchanaV | Jul 16, 2017 |
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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."
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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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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.

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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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Judicial power

Lies not in the Chief Justice

But with the swing vote.

(matt.heger)

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