Multcolib Research Picks: Supreme Court memoirs and history

My Beloved World
My Beloved World By Sotomayor, Sonia Book - 2013 B-So786mb 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 21 on 49 copies

Annotation:The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor has become an American icon. Her memoir, My Beloved World, details her journey from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench.

My Grandfather's Son
My Grandfather's Son A Memoir By Thomas, Clarence Book - 2007 B-Th36135my 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:George H. W. Bush appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court in 1991. Thomas’s memoir recounts his early life up to his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Lazy B
Lazy B Growing up on A Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest By O'Connor, Sandra Day Book - 2002 B-Oc58L 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court in 1981 where she served until retiring in 2006. Her memoir details her childhood growing up on a remote ranch in eastern Arizona but does not go into any great detail about her life as a justice. However, what it does describe are the values her childhood imparted including an emphasis on competence and self-reliance.

Five Chiefs
Five Chiefs A Supreme Court Memoir By Stevens, John Paul Book - 2011 347.732634 S8448f 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Stevens served on the Court longer than all but two other justices in American history. This may explain why he approached the topic as he did—a memoir of the Court through the five Chief Justices with which he worked over a very long career as a lawyer, law clerk, and, beginning in 1975, Associate Justice.

The Supremes' Greatest Hits
The Supremes' Greatest Hits The 37 Supreme Court Cases That Most Directly Affect your Life By Trachtman, Michael G. Book - 2009 347.73260264 T759s 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Here are 37 of the most significant issues the Court has grappled with; from equal rights to privacy rights, from the limits of speech to the boundaries between church and state. Many of these cases read like thrillers, right down to their cliff-hanging endings.

The U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court A Very Short Introduction By Greenhouse, Linda Book - 2012 347.7326 G813u 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Author Greenhouse draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history and of its written and unwritten rules to show readers how the Supreme Court really works.

Courtwatchers Eyewitness Accounts in Supreme Court History By Cushman, Clare Book - 2011 347.732609 C986 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In the first Supreme Court history told primarily through eyewitness accounts from Court insiders, Clare Cushman provides readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the people, practices, and traditions that have shaped an American institution for more than two hundred years.

The Roberts Court
The Roberts Court The Struggle for the Constitution By Coyle, Marcia Book - 2013 347.7326 C8815r 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Marcia Coyle's inside account captures how those cases began and how they ultimately exposed the great divides among the justices.

Young Thurgood
Young Thurgood The Making of A Supreme Court Justice By Gibson, Larry S. Book - 2012 B-Ma359g 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A close examination of Thurgood Marshall's earlier formative years in Maryland when his personality, attitudes, priorities, and work habits had crystallized.

Out of Order
Out of Order Stories From the History of the Supreme Court By O'Connor, Sandra Day Book - 2013 347.732609 O188o 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation: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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As long as there has been a Supreme Court, Justices have been writing and publishing on a variety of topics, both on the law and their personal histories. Take a look at this list of resources detailing fascinating history of the Supreme Court and its Justices. From memoirs to history, to an introduction on how the court functions, there is a variety of writing on the highest court in the land. - Catherine M.

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