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Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0471595535
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David G. Savage, the man on the Supreme Court beat for The Los Angeles Times, takes a close look at the opening years of William Rehnquist as Chief Justice, revealing the impact of its increased conservatism on civil rights for minorities and other crucial legal issues.

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Savage delivers a chilling, precise account of the Supreme Court's rollback of constitutional rights. A Los Angeles Times reporter who has covered the Court since 1986, the author presents a detailed, anecdotal chronicle of cases, personalities and behind-the-scenes wrangling; charts the Court's rightward drift under Chief Justice William Rehnquist; documents the rearguard actions of staunch liberal justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan; and dispassionately reviews the Court's ruling on the death penalty, abortion, drug testing and other issues. He also recreates the battles over the nominations of Robert Bork, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and Clarence Thomas. Generally restrained in his criticism, Savage faults the Rehnquist Court's "uncanny ability for misinterpreting federal legislaton." Readers interested in predicting how a specific justice is likely to vote on a particular issue will find this casebook useful. Photos. Author tour.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 14, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471595535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471595533
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,853,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the previous reviewer says, this is a pretty basic overview of the Rehnquist Court that is mostly taken from newspaper reports and from reading the Court's opinions. Any thoughts that this book represents an "inside look" like "The Brethren" would be mistaken. It may be a good read for someone who may not be too familiar with the Court's work under Rehnquist and wants a straightforward account of what's taken place, but for those already familiar with that story, it has little to add.
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By A Customer on December 2, 1997
Format: Paperback
This was a very good recent history of the Supreme Court. I really liked the info on Scalia, to me, the most interesting justice on the court. It explained the workings of the court and the opinions without complex legaleze (or however the heck you spell it). The info on Thomas and his confirmation was also very interesting. All in all, very good reading for anyone interested in the workings of the Rehnquist Court.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is standard newspaper fare at greater length. The idea in the title, that the Rehnquist majority somehow represents a new rightward tilt of the Court, is simply crazy. It should instead be seen as well to the left of the historical center, though facing back toward the center. How else explain the ongoing vitality of _Vitale_, _Lemon_, _Miranda_, _Mapp_, _Roe_, _Baker_, etc., _ad infinitum_? In short, the Warren Court's main rulings all remain in effect. The Supreme Court is still in the Brennan Era. If the author were a historian or a lawyer instead of a journalist, he might know this; instead, living on Capitol Hill and hearing the NAACP and NARAL complain about the current court, he thinks those complaints are "objective." When this syndrome affects conservative politicians' or judges' perspective, it's called "growing in office."
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