The Supreme Court (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 336 pages
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This new edition of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s classic book offers a lively and accessible history of the Supreme Court. His engaging writing illuminates both the high and low points in the Court's history, from Chief Justice Marshall’s dominance of the Court during the early nineteenth century through the landmark decisions of the Warren Court. Citing cases such as the Dred Scott decision and Roosevelt's Court-packing plan, Rehnquist makes clear that the Court does not operate in a vacuum, that the justices are unavoidably influenced by their surroundings, and that their decisions have real and lasting impacts on our society.

The public often hears little about the Supreme Court until decisions are handed down. Here, Rehnquist reveals its inner workings--the process by which cases are chosen, the nature of the conferences where decisions are made, and the type of debates that take place. With grace and wit, this incisive history gives a dynamic and informative account of the most powerful court in the nation and how it has shaped the direction America has taken.

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User Review  - Kelsey - Goodreads

Loved how he describes the personalities of the justices and how it affects their decisions. He makes the court come to life and become truly interesting to the reader for the rest of their life. Read full review

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User Review  - Bill Mcconnell - Goodreads

A good history of the Supreme Court's influence on the development of US jurisprudence and the court's influence on American society. Rehnquist's prose is a little dense when he's writing about the ... Read full review

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William H. Rehnquist is the sixteenth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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