Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jun 25, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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From renowned political theorist James MacGregor Burns, an incisive critique of the overreaching power of an ideological Supreme Court

For decades, Pulitzer Prize-winner James MacGregor Burns has been one of the great masters of the study of power and leadership in America. In Packing the Court, he turns his eye to the U.S. Supreme Court, an institution that he believes has become more powerful, and more partisan, than the founding fathers ever intended. In a compelling and provocative narrative, Burns reveals how the Supreme Court has served as a reactionary force in American politics at critical moments throughout the nation's history, and concludes with a bold proposal to rein in the court's power.


  

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Review: Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court

User Review  - Amaury A. Reyes-Torres - Goodreads

This book was better than I expected. My conclusion: just like Von Clausevitz once said "war is the continuance of politics by other means", I content judicial review is the continuance of politics by ... Read full review

Review: Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court

User Review  - Robert Wechsler - Goodreads

An excellent history of the Supreme Court, with an emphasis on the selection process, and the way this was used over the years to skew the court one way or the other. Burns takes sides, but this ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER ONETHE FIRST COURTPACKERS
CHAPTER TWOJOHN MARSHALLS CONSTITUTION
CHAPTER THREETHE DRED DECISION
LINCOLN VS TANEY
REPUBLICAN REVERSAL
CHAPTER SIXA COURT FOR THE GILDED AGE
CHAPTER SEVENTHE TRIUMPHANT MR TAFT
CHAPTER EIGHT FDRS BOLDEST GAMBLE
THE ROOSEVELT COURT
THE WARREN COURT
CHAPTER ELEVENREPUBLICANS AS ACTIVISTS
THE CHENEYBUSH COURT
EPILOGUEENDING JUDICIAL SUPREMACY
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James MacGregor Burns is the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College and Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and Leadership, which is considered a seminal work in the field of leadership studies.

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