Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court

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Penguin Books, 1999 - History - 576 pages
Operating inside a network of Byzantine secrecy, the United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judicial institution in the world. Nine unelected justices, supposedly insulated from the pressure of politics, are charged with protecting our most cherished rights and shaping our fundamental laws.

In this eloquent, trailblazing account, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, provides an insider's guided tour of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. He guides the reader through the Court's inner sanctum, explaining as only an eyewitness can the collisions of law, politics, and personality as the Justices wrestle with the most fiercely disputed issues of our time. Part memoir, part history, and all spellbinding narrative, Closed Chambers provides an intimate portrait -- Justice by Justice -- of the battles and compromises of the highest court in the land.

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CLOSED CHAMBERS: The First Eyewitness Account of the Epic Struggles Inside the Supreme Court

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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes's tart description of Supreme Court deliberations—"nine scorpions in a bottle"—has seldom seemed more apt than in this scathing tell-all screed about the Rehnquist ... Read full review

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This books really got me to thinking. It does give you a good feeling for what went on during the Burger and Rehnquist courts. It mostly consists of a series of chapters on different topics and how ... Read full review

Contents

The Highest Court in the Land
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A Clerks Eye View
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The Grand Canyon
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Copyright

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