Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court [NOOK Book]

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Drawing on unprecedented access to the Supreme Court justices themselves and their inner circles, acclaimed ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg offers an explosive newsbreaking account of one of the most momentous political watersheds in American history. From the series of Republican nominations that proved deeply frustrating to conservatives to the decades of bruising battles that led to the rise of Justices Roberts and Alito, this is the authoritative story of the conservative effort to shift ...
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Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court

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Overview

Drawing on unprecedented access to the Supreme Court justices themselves and their inner circles, acclaimed ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg offers an explosive newsbreaking account of one of the most momentous political watersheds in American history. From the series of Republican nominations that proved deeply frustrating to conservatives to the decades of bruising battles that led to the rise of Justices Roberts and Alito, this is the authoritative story of the conservative effort to shift the direction of the high court—a revelatory look at one of the central fronts of America's culture wars by one of the most widely respected experts on the subject.
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Editorial Reviews

Emily Bazelon
Greenburg ends on a familiar but salient point. In tapping Roberts and Alito, Bush accomplished what has eluded previous Republican presidents: a pair of picks likely to remake the court in his own conservative image. Out of the confirmation process, Bush got his court, Greenburg got her book, and the rest of us get choice details about the court's inner workings.
— The Washington Post
Los Angeles Times
The richest and most impressive journalistic look at the [Supreme Court] since Woodward co-wrote The Brethren in 1979.
Michiko Kakutani
A fascinating look at dynamics within the court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates.
The New York Times
Michiko Kakutani
… in a lively new book on the Supreme Court, the ABC News correspondent Jan Crawford Greenberg argues that in one area President Bush has succeeded where his father, as well as Ronald Reagan and Richard M. Nixon, did not, achieving a longtime conservative goal: he has moved the Supreme Court decisively to the right and shaped its direction for the next three to four decades.
— The New York Times
The New York Review of Books
More than any recent writer on the Court, [Jan Crawford Greenburg] seems to have mastered the arts of Kremlinology that are necessary to appreciate what goes on in this secretive institution. . . . Fascinating.
The New Republic
A genuinely spectacular feat of reporting.
The Wall Street Journal
A fresh and detailed account of how the court works and, relatedly, how presidents decide who gets there. . . . A tour de force.
Library Journal
Law/politics correspondent for ABC, Greenburg picks apart shifting directions in the Rehnquist and Roberts courts. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101202050
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 655,007
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

Jan Crawford Greenburg is the national legal affairs commentator for ABC News, and reports on law and politics for World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, she has covered the Supreme Court for twelve years.
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Table of Contents

Prologue     1
Day's End     7
Settling for Tony     35
False Hopes     65
The Devil You Don't     87
"The Youngest, Cruelest Justice"     109
Change of Heart     139
The Clinton Way     165
The Natural     185
"Except He's Not a Woman"     213
"Trust Me"     237
Deconstructing Miers     263
A Full Count     285
Afterword     317
Acknowledgments     331
Notes     335
Index     345
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    good read

    I really enjoyed it. Like the previous reviewer, I was concerned about the author being an ABC correspondent and if the account would be bias. It was not. I thought it was fair and balanced. I learned a lot and also how Presidents can make some real errors in judgement when it comes to nominations. Not real heavy and it reads like a novel. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Informative, Educational and a GREAT Read

    A book about the Supreme Court is not usually one of those books you pick up and just can't put down but this is the exception to the rule. Jan Crawford Greenburg has written a book that takes you inside the secretive chambers of this mysterious institution. I would recommend this book to everyone, even if you are not a non-fiction political buff! As I said in my heading this book is informative, educational and the cherry on top is it reads like a suspense novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007

    Supreme Conflict is worthy of your time...

    You know the last book I thought I''d read is a non-fiction account of the Supreme Court, yet, here I am writing a review, regarding same. Go figure! If the Supreme Court is of modest interest to you, you should invest the time and read it. Don''t be fooled by the fact that Ms. Crawford-Greenburg works for ABC News. Her account is balanced impartial, and suprisingly (at least for me), more than fair. It pushes no agendas, and indeed takes the readers behind the curtains, inside the Chambers, and in some instances, the very homes of our highest Court justices. More interesting for me is the Judicial Appointment process and how the White House and, to a lesser extent, the Senate, play the process to drive their own agendas. Lastly, this book does not bog down the reader with incessant griping on cases, political choosing of sides per se, etc. Rather, it gives the reader a more personal view of the Associate Justices and Chief Justice, in a manageable 350 pages.I''d suggest the publisher offer an excerpt to allow the reader to sample the content. Take the time to read it, you won''t be disappointed.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Very Well Written

    I recommend this to anybody interested in the Supreme Court.

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