From the Publisher
"A useful compendium of information about our highest court. The information contained within its thousand ppages ranges from biographical information to case annotations. This is the perfect gift for Constitutional Law enthusiasts."--The Cardozo Law Forum
"Captures all the drama and history that is the Supreme Court, including narratives on the Court's processes, practice procedures, and personalities, and specific entries on 400 of the Court's most significant decisions."--Legal Times
"Describes the justices, linchpin cases, recurrent issues, legal principles and procedures, Constitution, laws, and internal operations of the land's highest court."--Wilson Library Bulletin
"A landmark publication, representing the highest standard of American scholarship."--School Library Journal
"You can't go wrong with this vast new reference book to the U.S. Supreme Court."--California Lawyer
Oxford University Press has provided a readable and nontechnical compendium of the 440 most important cases decided by the Supreme COurt....All told, they did an excellent job....In short, this is a usefull and readable compendium of decisions in civil rights, criminal amd constitutional law, taxation and economics, which are central to our history.
Ohio State dean and history/law professor Hall has assembled a stellar panel of experts to distill the essence of 440 key Supreme Court decisions. The cases are discussed in alphabetical order, with each ruling placed in its historical context. The true value of the book is that the contributors take a case like Brown v. Board of Education and provide a nontechnical, well-written explanation of its significance--and manage to do so in three pages of text. In the case of Brown, the contributor, a University of Chicago law professor, provides fascinating details such as citations from Chief Justice Earl Warren's memoirs on how the decisions were written. In some cases, additional references are cited for further research. The book includes a case index, a topical index, the Constitution of the United States, an appendix listing the Justices, and a glossary of legal terms. An impressive accomplishment, this guide will be invaluable to all students of United States history and will also appeal to sophisticated readers. For all public libraries.--Harry Charles, Attorney at Law, St. Louis