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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court Paperback – September 9, 2008
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One notion that "The Nine" certainly reinforces is the conventional wisdom that says there really is no way of predicting how a judge is going to vote on controversial issues after receiving a lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court. While it seems that majority of justices remain true to their philosophies after being appointed to the Court, a fairly significant percentage of appointees veer off in totally unexpected directions. Throughout "The Nine" Jeffrey Toobin introduces us to the men and women who have served on the Court over the past two decades. Depending on your point of view you will find some of the justices extremely likeable and others enigmatic. You will also learn who the reliable liberal and conservative votes are and who tends to occupy the center. And Jeffrey Toobin spotlights a number of controversial 5-4 cases where those 1 or 2 "swing" votes would make all the difference.
It is quite apparent that Jeffrey Toobin is a huge fan of the recently retired justice Sandra Day O'Connor.Read more ›
Toobin covers roughtly the period of 1992 through the 2006-07 term of the Court. His focus is similar to that of Jan Crawford Greenburg in "Supreme Conflict": the frustration of conservatives at their inability to secure a Court that would implement their agenda on abortion, public support of religion, and diminution of federalism despite a conservative majority on the Court. But as both books so well explain, all that changed with the coming of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito--as some recent decisions which Toobin discusses in his final chapters indicate. What is interesting is that the same members made up the Court between 1994 and 2005; yet the dynamics of decisionmaking changed dramatically.
To trace this evolution, Toobin discusses the Federalist Society; the Thomas nomination; the pragmatism of Justice O'Connor; Jay Sekulow and his "American Center for Law and Justice";and the perplexing Clinton White House nominations of Justices Ginsburg and Breyer.Read more ›
He also goes into the Terry Schiavo case.
You'll read the portraits of the justices which gives it a distinctive flavor.
Unfortunately, most everything in the book has been covered extensively elsewhere. In addition, he doesn't tell us how the court actually works.
This is a good book if you've not read much about the court. But if you have a good knowledge of the cases of the last 15 years, save your money. And certainly if you want to know how the court works, you'll want to find another source.
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Good book about an important branch of government. I'm a lawyer and I liked it. My wife is not a lawyer and liked it too.Published 9 days ago by Greg
This book was really written by Sandra Day O'conner. She was obviously the source for all of the gossip .
I liked the book and found it fascinating. Read more
This book is well researched and well written. It's a highly recommended read for anyone who wants to know more about how the court functions, the drama, and the politics. Read morePublished 29 days ago
Jeffrey Toobin is the premier scholar of the United States Supreme Court. I had wanted to read THE NINE but had not gotten around to picking it up at the library or ordering it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Ellen Connally
This is a really interesting read. I've been a fan of Jeff Tobin for years and this is the first book of his that I've read. Candidly, as a lawyer, I find the topic intriguing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glenn
I purchased the audiobook version and absolutely loved it. Taking the listener through the Rheinquist years, the book walks through one of the most interesting periods of Supreme... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edward J. Barton
An excellent analysis of the workings of the court for the last thirty odd years and a potent reminder, particularly in the age of Trump, of the necessity of ensuring rational... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eanbay
In this look at the Supreme Court, the author reveals very early on am incredibly liberal bias. How I finished this drivel is now beyond my comprehension.Published 2 months ago by EricMK