Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

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W.W. Norton & Company, 2008 - History - 458 pages
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David O'Brien shows students how the Supreme Court is a "storm center" of political controversy where personality, politics, law, and justice converge. This thoroughly updated Eighth Edition of Storm Center continues to chart historic steps taken by the Court, and features an in-depth discussion of the Court's continuing turn to the right and the first term of Chief Justice John Roberts.

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With the abortion and school desegregation decisions, O'Brien contends, the Supreme Court has ceased to be Hamilton's "least dangerous branch.'' Increasingly activist, it has in fact become a "storm ... Read full review


ONE A Struggle for Power
two The Cult of the Robe
three Life in the Marble Temple

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David M. O'Brien is Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor at the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is the author of numerous books, including Constitutional Law and Politics and Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics, winner of the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award.

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