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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Jeffrey Toobin (Author)

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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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Well written but I don't think I can go much further with it. As I have aged, I have become much less tolerant of far right thinking and of today's Republicans' political attempts to change America. It is not what I had hoped for when I took Naturalization. (5/13/2022) ( )
  gmillar | May 14, 2022 |
Interesting view of the Supreme Court during the last two decades. ( )
  tsmom1219 | Feb 24, 2022 |
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. ( )
  AlexThurman | Dec 26, 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 |
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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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