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The Next 25 Years: The New Supreme Court and What It Means for Americans Hardcover – February 6, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; First edition (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583227326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583227329
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,913,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps more than even his War on Terror, President George W. Bush's Supreme Court appointments will have a tremendous impact on the country over the next 25 years and beyond, argues noted First Amendment trial lawyer and author Garbus in his latest work, an update of sorts to 2002's Courting Disaster. Taking on conservative critics of "activist courts," Garbus methodically lays out the arguments behind some of the most recent and controversial Supreme Court rulings (many decided by a single vote), showing Supreme Court conservatives turning precedent on its head in case after case. He also analyzes positions taken by newly-appointed Samuel Alito and John Roberts in their pre-Supreme careers, producing laws dating back to the early 1800s that the judges have been willing to change. Garbus cuts right to the heart of what's at stake, including rights to abortion, privacy and religion; states' sovereignty issues; tax reform and others. With crystal-clear reasoning, Garbus sounds a wake-up call for those suspicious of the current administration's long-term plans for the U.S. judiciary.
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About the Author

MARTIN GARBUS has appeared before the United States Supreme Court and the highest courts throughout the nation. He is the subject of the HBO documentary Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech. He lives in New York City.

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Martin Garbus is one of the country's top trial lawyers, as well as an author and sought-after speaker. An expert at every level of civil, criminal trial, and litigation, he has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in leading first amendment cases, and his cases have established precedents there and in other courts throughout the country. Marty Garbus and his legal achievements have been recognized by several national publications and with listings in both Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Best Lawyers in America.

Martin Garbus' reputation as one of the country's top attorneys is confirmed by his long and impressive list of clients, for example, Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel, Penguin Books, Al Pacino, and Miramax. Mr. Garbus has also been appointed the attorney/executor/trustee for several high-profile estates, including those of Igor Stravinsky, John Cheever, Marilyn Monroe, and Margaret Mitchell. Recently, Mr. Garbus represented Eric Corley in the first copyright case, a landmark case, tried under the new Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He has represented prisoners of conscience throughout the world.

Marty Garbus is a prolific author with six books and many articles to his credit. His books include The Next 25 Years: How the Supreme Court Will Make You Forget the Meaning of Words Like Privacy, Equality and Freedom and Tough Talk: How I Fought for Writers, Comics, Bigots, and the American Way, a book that examines First Amendment issues and Internet-related media problems. Martin Garbus' articles have appeared in such prominent publications as the New York Times, Media Law & Policy, New York Law Journal, National Law Journal, the Las Angelas Times, and the Washington Post.



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It's a really good read, and I'm glad I picked it up.
Philip Enock
Like his previous book, "Courting Disaster," Martin Garbus tells what really happens in the Supreme Court.
Gabriel Motola
And Garbus elucidates the developments, and the history bhind them, in a clear, simple and dramatic way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Motola on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. Like his previous book, "Courting Disaster," Martin Garbus tells what really happens in the Supreme Court. He also describes the Court from a political viewpoint and goes through each of the court subjects and shows how each judge comes out. It's detailed, knowledgable and a pleasure to read. I'm not a lawyer, and I loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Babashan on February 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In 2000, when the Supreme Court crowned George W. Bush President of the United States, friends of mine argued that Bush would be a one term President and would create little damage to our foreign policy, or to any of our institutions. They were wrong on all counts. In his book, The Next 25 Years: The New Supreme Court and What It Means for Americans, Martin Garbus outlines just how deep and long term the effect of Bush' s Supreme Court appointments will be for our country. With the appointments of Samuel Alito and John Roberts, the court has moved seriously to the right rejecting precedent and chipping away at some of the court's most important rulings regarding privacy, religion and states' rights. Garbus outlines recent court decisions taking the reader through the conservative arguments. He demonstrates how these decisions are part of a conservative plan implemented by the Bush administration's court appointees which will undo major liberal decisions since the Warren court. His analysis is alarming and should be read by everyone who is concerned about the future of our democracy.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Political Fanatic on February 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is hard not to be frightened by Martin Garbus' new book. I've been a fan of the legendary Garbuis since his early books (TOUGH TALK and TRAITORS AND HEROES), which covered his swashbuckling career as one of the nation's pre-eminent first amendment lawyers. His clients -- from Lenny Bruce to Vaclac Havel to Spike Lee -- are a list of the powerful and important, and Garbus' work defending them is fascinating. But this book is something different.

Instead of revisiting past cases, Garbus looks to the future -- specifically, what the next quarter century holds for America given the makeup of the incredibly conversative Roberts court. Given the ages of the most conservative members -- Scalia, Roberts, Alito and Thomas -- these guys will be around and voting as a bloc for a long time to come. If you think the Rehnquist years were bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet. What Garbus sees happening as a result is very upsetting -- nothing less than a conservative revolution to undo every progressive decision on the Supreme Court since the New Deal. No more reguolatory laws controlling Wall Street, no more environmental regulation, no more protection for workers and minorities, no more protection for abortion (though this will not be attacked directly), no govrenment agencies regulating American business, nothing whatsoever to balance the private sector run amok and the evils of prejudice and discrimination.

It's a nightmare vision, but it's no nightmare -- it's all to real. And Garbus elucidates the developments, and the history bhind them, in a clear, simple and dramatic way. If you want to know what's going to happen on the Supreme Court -- and therefore in all of our lives -- in the next 25 years, this book will show you the very scary truth. Take it as a call to action. and make sure we don't let any more conservatives on the court for a long time to come!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Enock on February 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With the recently re-aligned Supreme Court, I wanted to know what is going on and what could happen to our legal system. This book gives it to you in clear language with a high level of depth and detail. Trial lawyer Martin Garbus, who has appeared before the Supreme Court many times, explains the sweeping changes that can be handed down from the Court and just might shake the foundations of this country. It's a really good read, and I'm glad I picked it up.
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