The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America

The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America

by Jeffrey Rosen, Thirteen/WNET
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The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America by Jeffrey Rosen, Thirteen/WNET

"Superbly well written . . . a wonderfully informative guide to the Supreme Court both past and present."—David J. Garrow, American History

Jeffrey Rosen recounts the history of the Supreme Court through the personal and philosophical rivalries that have transformed the law—and by extension, our lives. With studies of four crucial conflicts—Chief Justice John Marshall and President Thomas Jefferson; post–Civil War justices John Marshall Harlan and Oliver Wendell Holmes; liberal icons Hugo Black and William O. Douglas; and conservative stalwarts William H. Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia—Rosen brings vividly to life the perennial rivalry between those justices guided by strong ideology and those who cared more about the court as an institution, forging coalitions and adjusting to new realities. He ends with a revealing conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts, who is attempting to change the court in unexpected ways. The stakes, he shows, are nothing less than the future of American jurisprudence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805086850
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 224,588
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. He is the author of The Most Democratic Branch, The Naked Crowd, and The Unwanted Gaze. His articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AngelicBlonde More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. It was a fairly short read but it covered the most influential figures on the bench. The author focused on temperament and how each judge's temperament changed and influenced the bench. Each chapter would compare and contrast two judges from the past to present. I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and the reader was able to see how individual personalities really did affect how they ruled and the political leanings of the Supreme Court. I definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning a little bit about the U.S. Supreme Court.
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JUDGE-GEORGE More than 1 year ago
This is a well written, interesting and informative tome. My only regret is that it was not available to me when I was studying Constitutional Law in law school. I gained so much insight, not only about the inner workings of the Supreme Court, but of the incredible interplay among the Justices, their personalities and the impact it had on their ultimate decisions/opinions. I agree with Professor Rosen's conclusion that "temperment" is perhaps the most important quality a judge should possess. This book should be required reading for all 1L students studying Constitutional Law and is highly recommended to all members of the bench and bar.