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In this brief book, Eisgruber (provost & public affairs, Princeton Univ.; Constitutional Self-Government), a former Supreme Court clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens, explains the defects of the Supreme Court appointments process, discussing the role of each government branch in the process of selecting a Supreme Court justice. He examines several Supreme Court confirmations, including the most recent ones. Each chapter tackles a different aspect of the confirmation process, from the nomination by the President to the partisan politics in the confirmation hearings. Eisgruber argues that the process inappropriately sidesteps controversy, even as the justices cannot avoid controversy in their work. In his first chapter, for instance, Eisgruber repeats an exchange during the Samuel Alito hearings in which New York Sen. Charles Schumer questioned Alito on abortion. Although Alito has said that abortion rights are not constitutionally protected, he refused to answer when Schumer raised the issue. The author believes that such impasses are harmful to the Court and to the justice system. Nominees should talk more generally about the judiciary and the role of judges instead. In his final chapter, Eisgruber proposes solutions to the problems of these hearings. Academic libraries will find this book useful; public libraries may want more general material.