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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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When Closed Chambers was first published, it was met with a firestorm of controversy—as well as a shower of praise—for being the first book to break the code of silence about the inner workings of this country’s most powerful court. In this eloquent, trailblazing account, with a new chapter covering Bush v. Gore, Guantanamo, and other

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When Closed Chambers was first published, it was met with a firestorm of controversy—as well as a shower of praise—for being the first book to break the code of silence about the inner workings of this country’s most powerful court. In this eloquent, trailblazing account, with a new chapter covering Bush v. Gore, Guantanamo, and other recent controversial court decisions, Edward Lazarus, who served as a clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, presents a searing indictment of a court at war with itself and often in neglect of its constitutional duties. Combining memoir, history, and legal analysis, Lazarus reveals in astonishing detail the realities of what takes place behind the closed doors of the U.S. Supreme Court—an institution that through its rulings holds the power to affect the life of every American.

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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:
9780143035275
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
497,856
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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