Supremes' Greatest Hits: The 37 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect Your Lifeby Michael G. Trachtman
Pub. Date: 10/06/2009
Does the government have the right to seize your house in order to build a shopping mall? Can it determine what you can do to your own body? How far can it go in regulating your use of the Internet? The answers to those questions come from the Supreme Court—and its rulings have shaped American life, justice, and culture. Here are 37 of the most significant issues the Court has grappled with—from equal rights to privacy rights, from the limits of speech to the boundaries between church and state. Many of these cases read like thrillers…right down to their cliff-hanging endings.
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I LOVED reading this book. It takes you through 37 significant Supreme Court cases, from Marbury v. Madison to Bush v. Gore. In other words, from the beginning of the Court to (almost) today, covering free speech, policing, separation of powers, and other major issues decided by the Court. It's organized one chapter per decision. For each decision, there's a quick synopsis of the facts of the case, a review of the Court's decision and often the dissenting opinion, and a discussion of the greater impact of this case on society and the nation. It's an absolutely great way to get a first pass at constitutional law in a quick and easy, yet well-thought and insightful read. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the rights we are afforded by the Constitution as it's been interpreted by the Supreme Court. I'm recommending a class based on this book be included in our high school curriculum.