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Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court
     

Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court

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by Edward Lazarus
 

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An inside look at the most secretive institution in the American government--the Supreme Court.

Operating inside a network of Byzantine secrecy, the United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judicial institution in the world. Nine unelected justices, supposedly insulated from the pressure of politics, are charged with protecting our most

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An inside look at the most secretive institution in the American government--the Supreme Court.

Operating inside a network of Byzantine secrecy, the United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judicial institution in the world. Nine unelected justices, supposedly insulated from the pressure of politics, are charged with protecting our most cherished rights and shaping our fundamental laws.

In this eloquent, trailblazing account, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, provides an insider's guided tour of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. He guides the reader through the Court's inner sanctum, explaining as only an eyewitness can the collisions of law, politics, and personality as the Justices wrestle with the most fiercely disputed issues of our time. Part memoir, part history, and all spellbinding narrative, Closed Chambers provides an intimate portrait--Justice by Justice--of the battles and compromises of the highest court in the land.

--Updated with a new Afterword

"Impeccably researched and impressively documented." --The Boston Globe

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"Ambitious, opinionated, scholarly, gossipy … wonderful. Closed Chambers is a crash course in contemporary constitutional law and judicial culture." —Newsday

"Lazarus has opened a window on matters that are usually kept secret. … [He] should be praised … for shedding light where it is needed." —The Washington Post

"Impeccably resarched and impressibly documented … will fascinate diehard court-watchers." —The Boston Globe

"The Court needs critics—and members—with Lazarus's intellectual clarity and deep attachment to its best traditions." —Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140283563
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Edition description:
UPDATED
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 7.98(h) x 1.31(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Closed Chambers: The Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern Supreme Court 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a very good book. He goes into great depth on many issues. The inner-workings of the Court as described greatly. The only thing I did not like is that he does not hide his Liberalism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. Gives an inside view of the nation's most powerful court, from Roe to Marbury