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The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    The US Supreme Court is one of America┬┐s most revered institutio

    The US Supreme Court is one of America’s most revered institutions. It is the pinnacle of the third branch of the US government, and over the history of the Republic has had an increasing importance in its public and political life. In fact, some of its decisions have had more profound effects on the life and culture than almost any policy enacted by the rest of the federal government.

    This very short introduction gives a very comprehensive and interesting overview of the US Supreme Court – its function within the US constitutional framework, its evolving history, its social and political impact, and the biographical sketches of some of the most famous Supreme Court justices. The book is very well written, informative and engaging. It provides some interesting new information about the Supreme Court that is generally not well known, such as that it only had its own building on the Capitol Hill since the 1930s. The book also provides some insights into the court’s politics that have been gleaned form the research on its numerous decisions, and the way they tend to “evolve” over time. The book is very short, even for these very short introductions, but it manages to condense a lot of information in such a confined format. It also provides references for further reading, so if reading this book whets your appetite for more information on this subject, you’ll know where to go.

    The US Supreme Court and its judicial proclamation are bound to create a lot of interest in the upcoming years, so getting to know better this institution is essential for anyone who wants to be well informed about current events. This little book provides a perfect short introduction and it’s an invaluable handy resource. Highly recommended.

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