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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great insight into the previously impenetrable world of the court

This book provides the story of how the members of the court came to a number of key decisions over the past few decades. The insights presented provide a picture of the inner workings of the court. The importance of this body of government becomes plainly clear.

posted by AdvRider on February 27, 2011

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The Nine

Well written, well researched book detailing insider details about the working of the Supreme Court. Each Justice is presented fully, as well as their judicial background. It is very much clear that some issues are decided more on policy than constitutionality; but if...
Well written, well researched book detailing insider details about the working of the Supreme Court. Each Justice is presented fully, as well as their judicial background. It is very much clear that some issues are decided more on policy than constitutionality; but if one prefers to think of the Constitution as a living document, subject to interpretation according to the current issues, then this is a very good example of how the Justices reach consensus, (or not), and the process by which they operate. The book clearly makes this 3rd branch of government relevant.

posted by winniethepooh on May 2, 2009

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    A Fascinating Read from One Who Knows!

    Jeffrey Toobin takes the reader into the Supreme Court with stories that only an expert would know. A fascinating read of the individual players on the Court and how they come together as a team. Some great anecdotes and funny details. This book was a deeply engrossing read for anyone who has ever been interested in politics and how the country's legal decisions are handed down. Thank you, Mr. Toobin!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Fascinating and informative

    Toobin's clear prose and exhaustive research, not to mention his unique perspective as an insider at the Court, bring the justices and their inner lives to life. I learned so much about this incredibly powerful yet mysterious branch of government.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Should be on everyone's reading list

    I never read about the Supreme Court in depth before. This is an excellent source on the subject & the Court justices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Captivating and insightful look at the private world of the Supreme Court

    Although i watch political and legal talk shows, i am hardly what you would call a political or legal enthusiast. However, I stumbled upon Jeffrey Toobin's book "The Nine" and I could hardly put it down. It is a captivating and informative journey into the lives, philosophies and decision making processes of the Supreme Court Justices. This book is so well written that you will find yourself anxious to get to the next chapter! I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to understand what shapes America's legal and political environments. It's just a great book that is enjoyable to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Highly recommended if you care about your rights.

    A history review with behind the scenes insights and a must read for anyone concerned with the direction the religious right is pushing our nation. Having just read a biography of Thomas Jefferson who not only was the first republican president but a passionate advocate for the separation of church and state, I think he must be spinning in his grave. Please take a read and pass this on to a friend...

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  • Posted March 17, 2009

    loved it. could not put it down. read like a fast paced thriller.

    the inside scoop told in a fast paced highly interesting style. the personalities, the inner workings, the complexity and at the end of the day...the enormous influence "the nine" have over our society and the delicate forces that impact their decisions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2007

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    Superb read. Takes the reader behind the scenes of the selection process of the current Court and how the 'hot button' opinions were rendered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

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    Working in the tax area, I am fascinated with the legal process. This book provides insight to the inner workings of the Court, and how popular opinion and politics often impact resulting SC decisions. Of note is how many Republican nominees ultimately moved left, but how recent G.W. Bush nominees have left the Court with a decidedly conservative outlook which may have an affect on many long-standing decisions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    Toobin seems to be infatuated with Sandra Day O'Connor.

    This is an excellent book. I learned so much about so many issues that concern us today. The book also brings the justices to life and makes them real people we can relate to. However, Toobin spends too much time on O'Connor and just mentions some others in passing. I learned next to nothing about Ruth Ginsburg other then her selection and confirmation process. He seems to demean and ridicule Thomas as having a railroad accident as his most important case. Toobin's bias against the conservatives is obvious. He seems to be in mourning as the court shifts to conservatism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2007

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    This book delves into how the justices come to terms with key decisions that become the law of the land. The book also illistrates how party-driven politics remain as a driving force behind case decisions and judicial appointments. The author also shows how the judicial selection process can be cumbersome and frustrating for some while streamlined and simplistic for others. How cases are decided, what is likely to be overturned and why as well as the hidden political agendas all seem to come together in an understandable format. This book is an excellent resource for students studying legal or constitutional history, political science or for anyone who wishes to learn more about how our federal judicial system is driven by political party influences. Mr. Toobin does a superb job in discussing the legal theories, beleifs and concepts that drive each justice in reaching their overall opinions. The reader can formulate how history, politics and law interrelate with each other and gain a deeper understanding and appeciation of our past and present.

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