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The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction
     

The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction

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by Linda Greenhouse
 

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For thirty years, Linda Greenhouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, chronicled the activities of the justices as the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. In this concise volume, she draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history as well as of its written and unwritten rules to

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For thirty years, Linda Greenhouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, chronicled the activities of the justices as the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. In this concise volume, she draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history as well as of its written and unwritten rules to show the reader how the Supreme Court really works.

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"[A] new one-of-a-kind book on the Supreme Court." --SCOTUSblog

"Linda Greenhouse has long been one of the most astute observers of the U.S. Supreme Court and most trusted translators of its mysteries and traditions. This elegant and concise guide is invaluable for beginners and veteran court watchers alike. An ideal introduction to the Court for students and citizens of all ages." --Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, George Washington University, and legal affairs editor, The New Republic

"There is hardly anyone in the country, outside the Court, who knows the institution and its practices as well as Linda Greenhouse does."--Melvin I. Urofsky, author of Louis D. Brandeis: A Life

"Greenhouse cogently illustrates the history, functions, composition and importance of the Supreme Court. In a slim volume that you can literally carry around in your pocket, you will find a wealth of knowledge." --Yale Daily News

"[A]n amuse-bouche of a book . . . short, but pithy. After finishing this book, readers should be inspired to take up [Greenhouse's] implicit invitation to read about the Court and its impact on shaping American law in a more substantial, meatier format." --Judicature

"For those interested in how cases come to be heard by the Court, the process leading to a decision and the Court's relationship with the other branches of the federal government and the public, this is an excellent way to begin." --Washington Independent Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199930067
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2012
Series:
Very Short Introductions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
667,238
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Greenhouse was the New York Times Supreme Court correspondent for 30 years, covering thousands of decisions written by 18 different justices. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in journalism (beat reporting) in 1998. She in now Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and writes a biweekly opinion column on the Supreme Court and the law for the New York Times web site. Her books include Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel).

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The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
The US Supreme Court is one of America’s most revered institutions. It is the pinnacle of the third branch of the US government, and over the history of the Republic has had an increasing importance in its public and political life. In fact, some of its decisions have had more profound effects on the life and culture than almost any policy enacted by the rest of the federal government. This very short introduction gives a very comprehensive and interesting overview of the US Supreme Court – its function within the US constitutional framework, its evolving history, its social and political impact, and the biographical sketches of some of the most famous Supreme Court justices. The book is very well written, informative and engaging. It provides some interesting new information about the Supreme Court that is generally not well known, such as that it only had its own building on the Capitol Hill since the 1930s. The book also provides some insights into the court’s politics that have been gleaned form the research on its numerous decisions, and the way they tend to “evolve” over time. The book is very short, even for these very short introductions, but it manages to condense a lot of information in such a confined format. It also provides references for further reading, so if reading this book whets your appetite for more information on this subject, you’ll know where to go. The US Supreme Court and its judicial proclamation are bound to create a lot of interest in the upcoming years, so getting to know better this institution is essential for anyone who wants to be well informed about current events. This little book provides a perfect short introduction and it’s an invaluable handy resource. Highly recommended.