Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
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Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court

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by Jan Crawford Greenburg
     
 

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Over the past decade, the central front of America's bitter culture wars has been the titanic battle over the composition and direction of the United States Supreme Court. No journalist has been closer to the action-from the series of Republican nominations that proved so disappointing to conservatives to the bruising battles that led to the appointments of Justices

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Over the past decade, the central front of America's bitter culture wars has been the titanic battle over the composition and direction of the United States Supreme Court. No journalist has been closer to the action-from the series of Republican nominations that proved so disappointing to conservatives to the bruising battles that led to the appointments of Justices Roberts and Alito-than ABC News correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg. In this explosive book, she draws on all of her formidable resources to give a brilliant, vivid account of the struggle for the soul of the nation's highest court-one of the most momentous political watersheds in recent American history.

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
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.
From the Publisher
"The richest and most impressive journalistic look at the [Supreme Court] since Woodward co- wrote The Brethren in 1979."
-Los Angeles Times

"A fascinating look at dynamics within the court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"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 York Review of Books

"A genuinely spectacular feat of reporting."
-The New Republic

"A fresh and detailed account of how the court works and, relatedly, how presidents decide who gets there. . . . A tour de force."
-The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594201011
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/23/2007
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.25(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"The richest and most impressive journalistic look at the [Supreme Court] since Woodward co- wrote The Brethren in 1979."
-Los Angeles Times

"A fascinating look at dynamics within the court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"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 York Review of Books

"A genuinely spectacular feat of reporting."
-The New Republic

"A fresh and detailed account of how the court works and, relatedly, how presidents decide who gets there. . . . A tour de force."
-The Wall Street Journal

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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Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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eReader911 More than 1 year ago
I recommend this to anybody interested in the Supreme Court.
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