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Secret Lives of the Supreme Court: What Your…

Secret Lives of the Supreme Court: What Your Teachers Never Told You About…

by Robert Schnakenberg

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This book is mainly a collection of short biographical material and unusual anecdotes concerning the lives of past and present Justices of the Supreme Court. Due the political leanings expressed by the author, I would think that some are a litte far-fetched. Though slightly entertaining, not recommended. ( )
  cyderry | Oct 22, 2011 |
4852. Secret Lives of the Supreme Court What Your Teachers Never Told You About America's Legendary Justices, by Robert Schnakenberg (read 20 Aug 2011) This book has non-profound gossipy sketches of most recent Supreme Court justices and of the better known earlier justices. It is enjoyable reading, though some of the opinions expressed are shallow. The author over-emphasizes Justice Black's defects, and scorns, rightfully, Chief Justice Burger. A fun-to-read book, but not a serious study., though the bibliography has some good books I've read or would like to read. ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 20, 2011 |
I have never read anything by Robert Schnakenberg before, but from his writing I can assume that he is about 20 years old, full of himself, and clearly was not an English major. I expected this to be a fun, chatty, informal book and I suppose it is. But have a little respect, man! I strongly dislike how he repeatedly describes mental illness (saying that Supreme Court Justices are "raving lunatics" is tacky and offensive.) The book also goes right for the gossip and shady dealings without even a shred of support. I know this is not meant as a treatise on judicial behavior, but this book is just tacky and mired in rumor. Flip through the book if you like, but don't go out of your way. ( )
  jthomasward | Feb 26, 2010 |
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Paul Stevens is expected to retire, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg may well follow suit. With a new president choosing their replacements, it's the perfect time for Secret Lives of the Supreme Court-an irreverent look at the lives, personalities, and history of this exclusive club, with profiles of everyone from John Jay and William Howard Taft to Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and John Roberts. Readers will learn about their most important cases and their most bizarre personality quirks: Thurgood Marshall was a soap opera junkie, Benjamin Cordozo died a virgin, Hugo Black was a Klansman, Sandra Day O'Connor started a Jazzercise class for fellow lawyers, and much more. Complete with 35 irreverent portraits, Secret Lives of the Supreme Court will be a hit with U.S. history buffs and anyone seeking a fuller understanding of current events. from Barnes & Noble
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Presents little-known facts and trivia about the United States Justices of the Supreme Court, from John Jay to Samuel Alito, including information on personal lives, character traits, and unusual cases.

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