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The Nine

Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

Toobin, Jeffrey

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Nine
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As the Supreme Court continues to rule on important issues, it is essential to understand how it operates. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves and other insiders, this is a timely "state of the union" about America's most elite legal institution. From Anthony Kennedy's self-importance, to Antonin Scalia's combativeness, to David Souter's eccentricity, and even Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with President George W. Bush, this book offers a rare personal look at how the individual style of each justice affects the way in which they wield their considerable power. Toobin shows how--since Reagan--conservatives were long thwarted in their attempts to control the Court by some of the very justices they pressured Presidents to appoint. That struggle ended with the recent appointments of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, and Toobin relays the behind-the-scenes drama in detail, as well as the ensuing 2007 Court term.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385516402
0385516401
Branch Call Number: 347.7326 T668n 2007
Characteristics: viii, 369 p., [8] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Nine

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From Anthony Kennedy's self-importance, to Antonin Scalia's combativeness, to David Souter's eccentricity, and even Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with President George W. Bush, this book offers a rare personal look at how the individual style of each justice affects the way in which they w... Read More »


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Sep 04, 2014
  • redban rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

The more I think about it, the more I dislike this book. This is such an important topic, but Mr. Toobin does the bare minimum, pointing out what is already obvious (not insightful). This is only useful if you want understand what the mainstream drones want you to know, but please read more on the topic! I guess this is expected from a CNN political analyst (Corporate media cheering for power/the status quo). Not nearly enough on how The Supreme Court has affected Corporate power, which is the basis of the US political and legal system after all. No emotions on the utter injustices and systemic failures! Always playing it safe, describing each Justices' personality quirks instead of scrutinizing their actions and how it effects the country. Yes, yes, Scalia and Clarence Thomas are useless, a baboon could tell me that. Authors like Toobin only skim the top without venturing deeper into the root issues, and they get exposed when they find themselves too deep (like when Glenn Greenwald schooled Toobin on national television).

May 21, 2012
  • Agent13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mr. Toobin offers an insiders tour of the workings of the Court in this book. If any of the Founding Founders were to read this, then they would surely be disappointed as to how the Court functions today. While, in theory, the Court is supposed to serve as a check on the other branches of government (Separation of Powers, anyone?), politics rules the day here, with the outcome of the 2000 election as a prime example. Toobin also adds other examples that, in the final analysis, show the court to be influenced by the whims of politics.

Mar 14, 2012
  • NASIVELI SARYGULOVA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great and educational read!

Author provides a brilliant glimpse with his interesting narrative style on each Justice's personal and professional style.

Author does raise questions as (and much more):

Is The Supreme Court 'untouched' by their political views and parties they belong to and/or nominated by?

Is The Supreme Court a trully Democratic institution, where 9 Justices have life tenure and their decisions are not publicly voted on or even exposed to public, but made behind the doors?

Is The Supreme Court always be inclining toward Conservative right wing and remain such?

Dec 21, 2008
  • 21288004246712 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

what those people do

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