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The Supreme Court (Into the Third Century Series)
     

The Supreme Court (Into the Third Century Series)

by Richard B. Bernstein, Jerome Agel
 

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Gr 9 Up Each volume treats the development and personalities of a separate branch of government. There is overlapping coverage of some historical events/constitutional issues, but each book focuses on the problem from the perspective of its branch. Organization is chronological, starting with the writing of the Constitution and continuing to present-day problems and proposed solutions. The Presidency is the weakest of the three. Instead of drawing conclusions about the development of the office and its relationship to Congress and the courts, the authors spend most of their time stringing together facts about every man who ever presided. Even when reference is made to the Hoover Commission, the authors simply state that its report ``helped to bring the executive branch in line with the requirements of the postwar world,'' but they never say how or why. Unsubstantiated statements mar all three books; in The Supreme Court, ``Frankfurter told his law clerk that Vinson's death was the first proof he had ever had of the existence of God.'' Source? Or in The Presidency, referring to the Spanish-American War, ``Mark Twain denounced it as the international equivalent of bullying.'' When? Where? Stephen Goode's The New Congress (Messner, 1980) and Ann E. Weiss' The Supreme Court (Enslow, 1987) target the same age level and use facts to support conclusions. A better book on the presidency is Coy's Presidents (Watts, 1977). Symme J. Benoff, Las Vegas Clark County Library District

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ISBN-13:
9780802768353
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
01/01/1989
Series:
Into the Third Century Series
Pages:
97
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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