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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
The Nine Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Author: Jeffrey Toobin
Bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin takes you into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, and reveals the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. — Just in time for the 2008 presidential election—where the future of the Court will be at stake—...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780385516402
ISBN-10: 0385516401
Publication Date: 9/18/2007
Pages: 384
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Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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I couldn't put this book down. I loved it and I hated it. I'm not a lawyer and it is written by a lawyer, so probably 25% or more of the judicial stuff went over my head.
This book is a fantastic account of the progress of the Supreme Court since the 1960s or so. It chronicles the progress through the political and social storms and the effects they have had on judicial rulings. If you've lived through this period, you will recognize all these ups and downs and the effect they have had on the laws of this country.
Its also a great biography of the justices, told in bits and pieces as situations develop, the forces in their lives, their upbringings and experiences that made them decide cases as they did.
Its also a great insight into the inner workings of the court, most of which none of know anything about, the processes, the traditions, the lighter and darker elements, the interaction of the justices.
What dismayed me was the extent that politics rule inside the court. As a novice, I thought the law was the law, but alas. I now know why I absolutely despise some of our current justices, and admire others, based on my political beliefs. Its a real eye-opener as to how everyday life and politics shapes the law of the land.
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Really enjoyable and informative.
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Excellent comments on the inner working and personal challenges of being a Supreme Court Judge.


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