Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics (Ninth Edition) Ninth Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0393911961
ISBN-10: 0393911969
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With the abortion and school desegregation decisions, O'Brien contends, the Supreme Court has ceased to be Hamilton's "least dangerous branch." Increasingly activist, it has in fact become a "storm center" of national politics. Ever mindful of our judicial past, O'Brien likewise finds the Court is markedly more bureaucratic. His lucid text descibes the inner rules and proceduresthe cost of filings, screening procedures, certiorari petitions, the justices' give-and-take negotiations, their tentative votes and maneuverings, the oral arguments, the growing number of dissents and plurality opinions. O'Brien finds the Court rife with heated personal clashes. Rather than above the battle, it is highly sensitive to external pressures, from the President, Congress, public opinion. This is an illuminating, first-rate primer for those seeking to understand the workings of the Court. Milton Cantor, History Dept., Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst
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O'Brien's Storm Center is a very useful introduction to the Court, well-liked by students for its lively style, anecdotes, and political acumen. -- Carol Nackenoff, Swarthmore College --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 458 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Ninth Edition edition (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393911969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393911961
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you know only a bare minimum about the Supreme Court, or know a lot, this is an excellent book to supplement that knowledge. It is both an excellent narrative about some of the biggest battles between the Justices themselves and an informational text explaining the ins-and-outs of how a case actually comes to be decided by the Court. All in all, it is well worth reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "craver" on December 3, 2000
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This is an excellent examination into the history of the court and the politics that led to its current make-up. O'Brien does a good job making this an interesting and often riviting historical examination.
This has become a valuable tool in my personal and educational understanding of today's court. With the public eye close to the court these days (Presidential Election) the individual and personal examinations that O'Brien has provided on the court has helped me to make my own judgements and predictions as to possible decisions. An excellent purchase for the beginner or well seasoned court watcher.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pen ID on July 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
As an undergraduate student studying constitutional law, I found this book an excellent introduction into the court politics. O'Brien writes and organizes his book in a coherent way, allowing for the maximum material absorption coupled with intriguing facts and footnotes. "Storm Center" reveals the court as a human and error-prone institution evolving over time into a kind of super-legislation, becoming at the same time both more independent and intertwined in regard to the other two branches.
Overall, an enjoyable read for anyone willing to peak at the kitchen of law.
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By D. Smyth on October 20, 2012
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This book is excellent for the reader/historian who wants to know more about the court, and more about the individual Justices and the administrations they were selected under and their opinions once they reached the bench. Excellent reading material for students in government and/or political sicence courses.
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