Bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin takes you into the chambers of the Supreme Court and reveals the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land.
Just in time for the 2008 presidential election–where the future of the Court will be at stake–Toobin reveals an institution at a moment of transition, when decades of conservative disgust with the Court have finally produced a conservative majority, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, presidential power, and church-state relations.
Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves, THE NINE tells the story of the Court through personalities–from Anthony Kennedy’s overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas’s well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter’s odd nineteenth-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore–and Sandra Day O’Connor’s fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.
THE NINE is the book Toobin was born to write. He is a bestselling author, a CNN senior legal analyst, and New Yorker staff writer. No one is more superbly qualified to profile the nine justices.
Good insight, but VERY biased.
I did enjoy the behind-the-scenes look into the court and some of the rulings. However, this book is written from the WAY FAR LEFT. The author assumes that every ruling by a Liberal justice was an historical and necessary milestone. In contrast, he lambasts decisions in which the Originalists justices prevail. Even in decisions where he admits the deciding vote (Usually O'connor) was arrived at by innapropriate and unethical means, he praises the bravery it took "to do the right thing". And there is way too much assuming that these votes align with the majority of public morals and ethics. It's definitely worth the read (or listen, in this case), but "The Nine" would have been much better (5 star) had it been written from a non-partisan point of view.