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- Listening Length: 15 hours and 25 minutes
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- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 3, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K6PUBWG
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The other surprise was that the book is a page-turner. This derives from the unique way the authors develop each chapter. Starting with a reference point in popular culture, sports, or some item from the news, the reader is drawn into the story being told. Then, by laying out various threads to follow, the authors use almost a classic mystery-writer’s formula that get the reader to turn the page and follow the threads to their logical (and often surprising) conclusions. Each chapter reliably turns the same trick; I had to get to the end of each chapter before putting the book down for a break.
Another plus is the wealth of cocktail party knowledge I came away with.
I encourage others to read this book. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation about why and how the Court decided cases that affect all of our lives and what to expect in the coming years.
It surprised me but made sense to learn that Scalia is more traditionalist than originalist, Breyer more technocrat than liberal, Kagan more cautious than activist. But the focus of the book is on rulings, not personalities, and here the writers function at their peak. I raced through the passages that describe the novel and narrow definition of corruption that justifies Citizens United, the three-century patchwork of sources that supports the court's changed view of the 2nd Amendment, the libertarian faith in structural safeguards as guarantors of individual rights. The book explains exactly what all this means with elegance and fairness.
Those of us who consider the Roberts court lawless might wish the book focused more on precedent: how brazen it is, for example, in Citizens United to overturn a century of law in a 5-4 decision based on newly-minted theory; or acknowledged recent research that demonstrates the decisive role of personal prejudice in rulings by Republican-appointed judges. The day I write this, June 16, 2014, the New York Times has published a study showing they are far more likely to rule in favor of womens' rights if they themselves have daughters.Read more ›
Very highly recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I'm enjoying the book, I'm a little perplexed by the authors' willingness to uncritically accept the claims of Scalia & Thomas to being Originalists. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SPF
Fascinating, terrific book, that delves deeply into the case law in 9 different areas, and describes how the Roberts court has ruled in those areas, and what those rulings say... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Hardy