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Out of Order Stories from the History of the Supreme Court

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ISBN-10: 0812993926

ISBN-13: 9780812993929

Edition: 2013

Authors: Sandra Day O'Connor

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“I called this bookOut of Orderbecause it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the stories of the Court and the Justices that come from other ‘out of order’ moments add to the richness of the Court as both a branch of our government and a human institution.”—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor From Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. Justice O’Connor writes here about some of the landmark changes, unique customs, and remarkable people who served on the Court and helped to shape the history of the institution, and of America as a whole. Out of Ordersheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today. From the early days of circuit-riding, when justices who also served as trial judges traveled thousands of miles per year on horseback to hear cases, to the changes in civil rights ushered in by Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall; from foundational decisions such asMarbury vs. Madisonto modern-day cases such asHamdi vs. Rumsfeld,Justice O’Connor weaves together stories and lessons from the history of the Court, charting turning points and pivotal moments that would help define our nation’s progress. With an insider’s unparalleled insight, and her unique perspective as a history-making figure, Justice O’Connor takes us on a personal exploration, painting vivid pictures of justices in history, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., one of the greatest jurists of all time; Thurgood Marshall, whose understated and succinct style would come to transform oral argument in the Supreme Court; William O. Douglas, who earned the nickname “The Lone Ranger” thanks to his impassioned and frequent dissents; John Roberts, the current Chief Justice, whom Justice O’Connor considers to be the finest practitioner of oral argument she has ever witnessed in Court; and others. Justice O’Connor provides a rare glimpse into the Supreme Court’s inner workings, showing how cases are chosen for hearing; the friendships and relationships that exist among the Justices; and the customs and traditions, both public and private, that bind one generation of jurists to the next—from the seating arrangements at lunch to the fiercely competitive basketball games played in the Court Building’s top-floor gymnasium, the so-called “highest court in the land.” Written in a wise, candid, and assured voice,Out of Orderis a rich offering of inspiring and engaging stories of one of our country’s most important institutions, from one of our country’s most respected pioneers. “In this delightful collection of tales, Sandra Day O’Connor shows us the personal side of the Supreme Court while reminding us of the critical role the Court plays. It’s a lovely book—and a valuable treasure for all Americans.”—Walter Isaacson, author ofSteve Jobs
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Sandra Day O'Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, attended college and law school at Stanford University, has been married to John O'Connor since 1952, and they have three sons. She was Arizona state senator from 1969-1975, and she served on the Arizona Court of Appeals from 1979-1981. Nominated by President Reagan as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, she took the oath of office on September 25, 1981, the first woman to do so.

Looming Large
Historic Intersections of the President and the Supreme Court
The Call to Serve
Judicial Appointments
A House is Not a Home
The Journey to One First Street
Humble Beginnings
The First Decade of the United States Supreme Court
Itinerant Justice
Riding Circuit
The Supreme Court's Changing Jurisdiction
Golden Tongues
Oral Advocacy Before the Court
Customs and Traditions of the Court
Some Laughs on the Bench
Larger-Than-Life Justices
Gone But Not Forgotten
Judicial Retirement
Supreme Court "Firsts"
The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
The Constitution of the United States
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