Closed chambers: the rise, fall, and future of the modern Supreme Court

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Penguin Books, Apr 26, 2005 - History - 598 pages
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When Closed Chambers was first published, it was met with a firestorm of controversy¬—as well as a shower of praise¬—for being the first book to break the code of silence about the inner workings of this country¬'s most powerful court. In this eloquent, trailblazing account, with a new chapter covering Bush v. Gore, Guantanamo, and other recent controversial court decisions, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, presents a searing indictment of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. Combining memoir, history, and legal analysis, Lazarus reveals in astonishing detail the realities of what takes place behind the closed doors of the U.S. Supreme Court¬—an institution that through its rulings holds the power to affect the life of every American.

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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
17
The Grand Canyon
47
Copyright

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Edward Lazarus is the author of Black Hills, White Justice. He writes regularly for national publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Atlantic Monthly. A former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, Lazarus is currently in private practice in California.