Vast amounts of statistical analysis of the work of the Supreme Court are here organized into a single-volume reference that will appeal to court scholars, journalists, students, librarians, lawyers, and historians. Through the extensive use of tables, the authors document the activity and composition of the court from the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to the appointment of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993. These tables appear within chapters that provide the organizational structure for the data. The first three chapters focus on the history of the court and its important decisions. The next three provide information on individual justices, including details about their lives, schooling, and voting and opinion-writing records. The remaining chapters plot public perception of the court and its impact on policy. A scholarly discussion of the scope and sources of the data is included, as are bibliographies for each chapter. An excellent tool for answering quick, factual questions, this book is essential for anyone studying the court in depth. Highly recommended.-Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.
A comprehensive collection of data and relevant information on all aspects of the US Supreme Court, including its characteristics and those of the justices, the environment in which it operates, and the public's views of its decisions and perceptions about the Court itself. Paper edition (unseen), $34.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)