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Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics

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The title of this update of the 2003 edition derives from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' comment that the US Supreme Court is a storm center of political controversy. In a balanced treatment of the Court's power and curbs on its power, O'Brien (government and foreign affairs, U. of Virginia) expands discussion of how changes in the Court's compos
Paperback, 439 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 1st 1986)
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Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book for someone like me that does not have much of a background in how the Supreme Court actually functions. O'Brien's writing is mostly engaging and he covers a lot of material, including a quick and dirty history of the court, how the Justices interact, the process for deciding which cases to consider, how deliberations happen, and how the Court's staff has come to play an ever larger role in the Court's operations.

For veteran observers of the Supreme Court, maybe much of this is common
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 27, 2007 rated it liked it
This book provides an interesting overview of the internal operations of the Supreme Court and chronicles the journey of the Court from its humble beginnings to its preeminent institutional standing of today.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on the Supreme Court and its inner workings. For anyone, poli sci student, lawyer, or none of the above, this is an excellent read for learning more about our nation's Highest Court. Highly recommended.
Bill Sleeman
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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This is the third book Ive read on the Supreme Court this year, but still an informative and engaging book if you want to know more about this institution.
Mar 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Required supplemental reading for my constitutional law class.
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Very insightful and in-depth look on the Supreme Court of the United States and how it functions.
Easy read.
J. Bleiker
Apr 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Freakish insight into what actually happens within the Supreme Court, and how much influence current social waves have on decisions.
Dec 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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excellent for anyone who is interested in the workings of the court.
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