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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As the Chief Justice notes, this is not a treatise on constitutional law. Rather, it is a genial, reader-friendly account of the least understood of the three branches of government. Rehnquist begins with a recollection of his service as a clerk for Justice Robert H. Jackson, follows with a succinct and highly readable history of the Court from the time of John Marshall to the mid-20th century and closes with a detailed explanation of how the present Court goes about its business. Among the cases highlighted are Marbury v. Madison, which established the authority of the federal courts to declare a law passed by Congress unconstitutional and therefore void; the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision; and the 1952 Steel Seizure case, one of the most important confrontations between the executive and judicial branches. The relationship between all three branches of government is brought into sharp focus in a section on FDR's court-packing attempt in 1937. (September 14)
Library Journal
Of the many solid works published recently about the U.S. Supreme Court, this one is special if only for its author's preeminent position as Chief Justice. The book, however, possesses other virtues, notably Rehnquist's ability to explain the inner workings of the Court in a manner equally informative to those trained in the law and those without such training. Rehnquist carefully avoids current legal controversies, ending his analysis with the Vinson Court (1946-53). But clues to the essential Rehnquist are not hard to find. For example, on Dred Scott he observes that simply because a law is perceived to be unfair ``ought not to be itself a ground for declaring an act of Congress void.'' A priority purchase for most public and academic libraries. Kenneth F. Kister, Pinellas Prk P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688057145
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 388

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