The Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court
From the structure of the Supreme Court to its proceedings, this comprehensive encyclopedia presents the cornerstone of the American justice system. More than 500 A-to-Z entries-written by leading academics and lawyers-offer a thorough review of critical cases, issues, biographies, and topics important to understanding the Supreme Court. Helpful charts display how a case makes it to the Supreme Court, and tips on how to research and look up court cases enhance this authoritative, accessible reference.
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According to Schultz (public administration & management, Hamline Univ.; Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy ), the purpose of this one-volume resource is to provide "an overview of the major cases, concepts, and issues and of the personalities who have shaped" the Supreme Court, as well as to provide a sense of its history and impact on American politics. Arranged alphabetically and ranging from 400 to 1500 words, the 500 concise, well-written entries cover important cases, issues, and justices; each entry concludes with a brief bibliography. Although largely written by academics, the entries are easy for the nonspecialist to grasp and include not only specific Supreme Court names and cases but concepts that cut across many names and cases, such as parental rights, gay and lesbian rights, and capital punishment. A chronology of cases and events, a selected bibliography, and a detailed index round out the book. Bottom Line Other recent Supreme Court resources include Kermit Hall's Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States and Kenneth Jost's Supreme Court, A to Z . While Hall's, which is geared to academics and professionals, is the most complete, Jost's is appropriate for less sophisticated users. Schultz's accessible work will be of use to both undergraduates and the general public; recommended for all academic and public libraries. --Mary Jane Brustman, Univ. at Albany Libs.