This update to the 1997 edition puts Savage (reporter, Los Angeles Times) in the authorial seat, replacing the previous volume authors Joan Biskupic and Elder Witt. The revision also saves topics concerning individuals' rights for the subject-specific volume reviewed above. Savage divides the book into six chapters, beginning with the Court's powers to shape legislative and executive powers and ending with these branches' reciprocal influence on Court decisions. A separate chapter treats the Court's relationship to individual states' rights. Sidebars define Supreme Court inventions, like Senate Term Limits. Using specific cases as illustration, the book engagingly explains complex historical and procedural issues.