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The Supreme Court : Vintage - William H. Rehnquist

The Supreme Court



Published: 1st February 2002
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This new edition of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist' s classic book offers a lively and accessible history of the Supreme Court. His engaging writing illuminates both the high and low points in the Court's history, from Chief Justice Marshall' s dominance of the Court during the early nineteenth century through the landmark decisions of the Warren Court. Citing cases such as the Dred Scott decision and Roosevelt's Court-packing plan, Rehnquist makes clear that the Court does not operate in a vacuum, that the justices are unavoidably influenced by their surroundings, and that their decisions have real and lasting impacts on our society.
The public often hears little about the Supreme Court until decisions are handed down. Here, Rehnquist reveals its inner workings--the process by which cases are chosen, the nature of the conferences where decisions are made, and the type of debates that take place. With grace and wit, this incisive history gives a dynamic and informative account of the most powerful court in the nation and how it has shaped the direction America has taken.

"Rehnquist is a clear and engaging historian. . . . The Supreme Court hits the high points."-The Washington Post

"This book, written for laymen in a clear and decidedly nontechnical manner, is of interest to anyone who cares about the Supreme Court."-The American Statesman (Austin)

Introduction: A Law Clerk Comes to Washingtonp. 3
Marbury v. Madisonp. 21
The Marshall Courtp. 36
The Taney Courtp. 44
Justices Miller and Fieldp. 70
Justices Peckham, Holmes, and Brandeisp. 101
The Court-Packing Planp. 116
The New Deal Courtp. 134
The Steel Seizure Case in the Lower Courtsp. 151
The Steel Seizure Case in the Supreme Courtp. 169
The Warren Courtp. 193
Presidential Appointments to the Supreme Courtp. 209
Certioraris: Picking the Cases to Be Decidedp. 224
How the Court Does Its Work: Oral Argumentp. 239
How the Court Does Its Work: Deciding the Casesp. 252
The Court in Its Third Centuryp. 267
App.: Table of Casesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780375708619
ISBN-10: 0375708618
Series: Vintage
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1