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The American Supreme Court

3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Robert McCloskey’s classic work on the Supreme Court’s role in constructing the U.S. Constitution has introduced generations of students to the workings of our nation’s highest court. For this new fifth edition, Sanford Levinson extends McCloskey’s magisterial treatment to address the Court’s most recent decisions.

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Paperback, Fifth Edition, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1960)
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Nov 16, 2008 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is a fantastic view of the history of the Supreme Court. McCloskey's writing makes what could, and usually is, a very boring subject into a page-turner. Personally I think that this is a subject that people should be really interested in; the impact of the decisions of the Supreme Court have done as much or more to shape this country than anything done by Congress or the President. McCloskey makes sure to let you know that. The only reason this isn't a five star book is because the sec ...more
Steven Peterson
Aug 01, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judicial review is the power of a court to declare an act by the legislative or executive branches as unconstitutional. This is a great power, and the United State Supreme Court has exercised that authority over time.

Robert McCloskey notes the aim of this brief work (Page ix): "This book deals with the work of the Supreme Court of the United States as a constitutional tribunal, exercising the power of judicial review."

The book explores the origins of judicial review and the historical developmen
Shawn Liu
Apr 21, 2011 Shawn Liu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law
I have to be honest, I don't find constitutional law that fascinating or that intrinsically worthwhile to study or read about. But it is important and some working knowledge in it is a requisite for being a lawyer. This book tells the story of a court as a historical institution, which was perfect for my purposes because it went through all the large landmark cases, gave some background and then really didn't talk about the legal reasoning. So it ended up being a nice survey for this embarrassme ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read for school. Interesting take on the three major eras of Supreme Court history. I like Rosenberg's "Hollow Hope" better as a thematically more believable thesis, but McCloskey does a nice job of helping to understand the history of the Court.
Jan 02, 2012 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law, could-not-finish
Not to be read as an introduction to Constitutional Law. Perhaps a scholar or curious student would like it, but not your typical law student.
May 31, 2011 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic
The original part by McCloskey is fantastic. The newer stuff from Levinson goes off the rails a bit.
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