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Out of Order

Stories From the History of the Supreme Court

O'Connor, Sandra Day

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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From 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. Out of Order sheds 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. Justice O'Connor weaves together stories and lessons from the history of the Court, charting turning points and pivotal moments that have helped define our nation's progress, and provides a rare glimpse into the Supreme Court's inner workings: how cases are chosen for hearing; the personal 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 publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0812993926
9780812993929
Branch Call Number: 347.732609 O188o 2013
Characteristics: xviii, 233 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm

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From 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.

From 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.


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Aug 22, 2013
  • mrmervis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not sure about the title as it seems to imply that the author finds problems with the workings of the Supreme Court. There are a wide range of stories here about the history of the court and some of the justices who have served on it. I would say this is a good choice for those who want a brief overview of the history of the court.

Jun 05, 2013
  • fjvalentin rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Starts out as high school Civics 101, but gets more interesting as she delves into the interesting individuals through the history of the Court, and also the practices of the court. I was astonished to find that up until the 20th century, Supreme Court justices actually had to "ride the circuit" and hear cases in their circuit. Quite exhausting particularly in the early years.

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