Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America

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Overview

When President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, it was the spark that fueled a months-long firestorm during which liberals and conservatives battled fiercely over Reagan’s choice, each trying to gain control of the nation’s judicial future. The American public, captivated by this struggle for power, weighed in with an unprecedented outpouring of mail and telephone calls to the United States Senate arguing both pro- and con- positions.

Based on scores of interviews with key figures and a shrewd analysis of the issues, then-Boston Globe reporter Ethan Bronner chronicles this engrossing story of a titanic struggle for political power. It features key players such as Senators Joseph Biden and Edward Kennedy, with the latter leading the fight against the appointment using savvy Madison Avenue style strategies; a Justice Department desperate to hold its ground; a shocked White House staff, caught off-guard; and of course Bork himself, who insisted that “the process of confirming justices for our nations highest court has been transformed in a way that should not and indeed must not be permitted to occur again.”

Featuring a new epilogue, “Where Are They Now?”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402752278
  • Publisher: Union Square Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Bronner is the deputy foreign editor of The New York Times. Previously, he wrote for Reuters and was the Boston Globe’s Supreme Court and legal affairs correspondent before later becoming its Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A series of articles on al Qaeda that he helped edit was awardedthe 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism.
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