68th out of 79 books — 95 voters
Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics
Few public events reach the intensity of political interest and personal emotion of the 1992 Supreme Court case on abortion rights legislation (Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey) or the 1991 Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. For many, what made the 1992 presidential election so critical was...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published June 1st 1986)
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PS course book. I was kind of dreading reading this book but actually it was pretty interesting. I enjoyed the discussions of the political motivations behind Supreme Court Justice appointments, as well as the discussion of the inner workings of the court (the "nine little law firms") and the surprising isolation of the Justices. The historical overview of the court was also engaging, and I enjoyed hearing about the styles of the Justices, even down to their preferred schools from which to selec...more
Another classic used in my poli scie courses. It's pretty slow and long but it's invaluable info about the Supreme Court, it's structure, it's inner workings and day to day tasks, as well as important history. An interesting element it covers is SC Justice behavior and their interactions with their colleagues when making a decision.
A solid introduction to the work and the world of the Court. Well organized, easy to read. Recommend for anyone who desires a better understanding of the day to day (and the long term impact) of the Supreme Court's decision making process.