Supreme Court The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America

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ISBN-13: 9780805086850

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"Superbly well written . . . a wonderfully informative guide to the Supreme Court both past and present."--David J. Garrow, "American History""" Jeffrey Rosen recounts the history of the Supreme Court through the personal and philosophical rivalries that have transformed the law--and by extension, our lives. With studies of four crucial conflicts--Chief Justice John Marshall and President Thomas Jefferson; post-Civil War justices John Marshall Harlan and Oliver Wendell Holmes; liberal icons Hugo Black and William O. Douglas; and conservative stalwarts William H. Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia--Rosen brings vividly to life the perennial rivalry between those justices guided by strong ideology and those who cared more about the court as an institution, forging coalitions and adjusting to new realities. He ends with a revealing conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts, who is attempting to change the court in unexpected ways. The stakes, he shows, are nothing less than the future of American jurisprudence.
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Jeffrey Rosenis a professor of law at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also serves as legal editor for the New Republic and is the author of several books, including The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America(Times Books, 2007) and The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age(Random House, 2005). Benjamin Wittesis a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and served nine years as an editorial writer with the Washington Post. His previous books include Detention and Denial: The Case for Candor after Guant�namo(Brookings, 2010) and Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror(Penguin, 2008), and he is cofounder of the Lawfare blog (http://www.lawfareblog.com).

Introduction: A Question of Temperament
The Virginia Aristocrats
The Legacy of the Civil War
Liberty and License
Two Faces of Conservatism
Conclusion: The Future of Temperament
Cases Cited
Notes
Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits
Index
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