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Packing the Court The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court

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ISBN-10: 0143117416

ISBN-13: 9780143117414

Edition: N/A

Authors: James MacGregor Burns

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From renowned political theorist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Burns comes an illuminating critique of how an unstable, unaccountable, and frequently partisan Supreme Court has come to wield more power than the founding fathers ever intended.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/29/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

James MacGregor Burns was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on August 3, 1918. After graduating from Williams College, he went to Washington and worked as a congressional aide. During World War II, he served as an Army combat historian in the Pacific and received a Bronze Star. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He did postdoctoral work at the London School of Economics. He taught at Williams College. His first book, Congress on Trial: The Legislative Process and the Administrative State, was published in 1949. After his second book, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, he ran for Congress in 1958 and lost. During the campaign he became acquainted with John F. Kennedy and received unrestricted access to Kennedy, his staff and his records. This resulted in the book John Kennedy: A Political Profile. His other works included The Deadlock of Democracy, The Power to Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency, and Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom won the Pulitzer Prize, the Parkman Prize, and the National Book Award. The first volume of The American Experiment also received a Pulitzer Prize. He died on July 15, 2014 at the age of 95.

Prologue
The First Courtpackers
John Marshall's Constitution
The Dred Decision
War Powers: Lincoln vs. Taney
Deconstruction: Republican Reversal
A Court for the Gilded Age
The Triumphant Mr. Taft
FDR's Boldest Gamble
"Wild Horses": The Roosevelt Court
Leadership: The Warren Court
Republicans as Activists
Hard Right: The Cheney-Bush Court
Epilogue: Ending Judicial Supremacy
The Justices of the Supreme Court
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index