Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
The book is fair-handed and well-written; yet, it's still not for everyone. If you've never been a lawyer, couldn't care less about constitutional law, or prefer talking about something romantic before goi ...more
Her backroom access is quite impressive and shines through in the ...more
Matt: "Hey, no problem, graduate school- as we all know, an education is the most important thing in life even if I needed to sell my family into indentured slavery to pay for the classes and insurance and parking!"
GS: "And books! Don't forget the books!"
Matt: "Ahh yes, books! The very fabric of our civilization! I sure hope these aren't those cheap, easy to find books that I can buy on Amazon.com."
GS: "OF COURSE NOT! Your one absolutely 1 ...more
This book provides an unparalleled inside look at conservatives' 30 year effort to reshape the Supreme Court, and their surprising failure at the enterprise.
Greenburg obviously got access to all the major attorneys in the Reagan and Bush I and II White Houses who had a piece in picking and vetting Supreme Court nominees, and shows how time and again they failed in attempts to push staunch conservatives onto the court and push the court to the right. Reagan's promise to nominate a woman led him t ...more
Greenburg has a bestseller here, and it connects the dots from every Supreme Court appointment (and most nominations) in their dithering detail all stretching from Reagan's meticulous appointments of O'Connor, Scalia, and Kennedy (and the tapping of Rehnquist to Chief Justiceship) all the way to our latter day Bush and his know-nothing insistence on Harriet Miers. There is much to love and enthrall here, but there are many notable slants, perhaps revealing the author's political ideas, ...more
This book is what a Bob Woodard book should be, but never is: full ...more
My biggest reservation was the differing manner in which the author treated different Supreme Court candidates. In the first part of the book, the author discusses the problems encountered by Ronald Reagan with the Robert Bork and Douglas Ginsburg appointments before the administration "settled" on Justice Anthony Kenn ...more
Jan Crawford Greenburg writes about the confirmation processes of every judge since Rehnquist and O'Conner up through Roberts and Alito as if she was there at every ...more
Even if you don't know much about the Supreme Court, her book introduces you to it and explains why people get so excited when there is a new nominee to the Court. Several times throughout the book, she expounds on the expression that with each n ...more
It's the kind of anecdote that's sprinkled throughout Crawford’s book and makes it so fun to read. We learn tha ...more
As I read, I wondered "how did the author get so many interesting but ...more
In Supreme Conflict, ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg examines our judicial branch's highest court, parlaying her all-access pass into an analysis that reveals one of the most volatile periods in the Court's history. Greenburg moves the story along with engaging prose and salts the book with little-known details and anecdotes, though critics wonder if the author's unprecedented access might have come at the cost of revealing even deeper truths about the book's subjects. Jack R...more
At times the book appeared to be a group of essays, all written at different times, and then thrown together into a book without much effort put into editing.
This is just a personal note, but I did not enjoy her characterization of two important employment law cases as "minor" and "simple." Nei ...more
A revisionist study of the Court. Clarence Thomas is way smarter than people think, and he leads Scalia on some decisions rather than the other way around. Who knew? Also, Greenburg doesn't like David Souter.
Strange bit of gossip: When Samuel Alito and his wife Martha-Ann first met, they both happened to be reading John Cheever’s book Falconer, “about a drug-addicted professor who regains his humanity in a grim prison by embarking on a hom ...more
Talks about how Presidents decided upon Supreme Court nominees was fascinating, and how a Reagon nominee got blindsided in the confirmation meetings (A precurser to the live-televised Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill thing).
Decent r ...more