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First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life

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Today's United States Supreme Court consists of nine intriguingly varied justices and one overwhelming contradiction: Compared to its revolutionary predecessor, the Rehnquist Court appears deceptively passive, yet it stands as dramatically ready to defy convention as the Warren Court of the 1950s and 60s. Now Kenneth W. Starr-who served as clerk for one chief justice, ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 10th 2002 by Grand Central Publishing
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Yifan (Evan) Xu (Hsu)
Sep 30, 2013 Yifan (Evan) Xu (Hsu) rated it it was amazing
Despite of my limited legal background, there is always an impulsive thrust urging me to understand the legal framework and how it fits in the society. One of the interesting topic I came across while staying in Beijing is the Supreme Court and its basic roles and functions.

Before focusing on this book, we shall come back to the basic understanding of the tripartite division of powers among the legislative, executive and judicial branches, which was advocated by Montesequieu, Hamilton and othe
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Rachael
Mar 27, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it
Although a bit outdated (the author is waiting on the outcome of several cases dating back to 2002), this is a great overview of the major cases that have shaped American constitutional jurisprudence and the intrusive place that the high court takes in American life today. Starr investigates the theme and tone of the cautious Rehnquist court and its juxtaposition to the more radical Burger and Warren courts, specifically, the unwillingness of the Rehnquist court to reexamine controversial ...more
Brent Showalter
Aug 29, 2010 Brent Showalter rated it really liked it
Fabulous book. It was well written and the first legal book I've been able to understand. It is incredible to learn about the impact of the Supreme court decisions on daily life and to discover how those decisions are reached.
Jeff Ricks
Aug 13, 2010 Jeff Ricks rated it liked it
It was an interesting read. It made me fairly frustrated with the politicization of the Supreme Court, but that was Ken Starr's goal I think.
Ashley Sasnett
Jan 02, 2008 Ashley Sasnett marked it as to-read
Not sure how I will feel about the author's ideas on the Supreme Court- but I am open to it...
Anyone read this one? Is he the devil incarnate?
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