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From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.

From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.
   This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket—most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically—and historically—different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes.
   No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.

Professional & Technical
September 18
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

bcats ,

Two good books on recent Supreme Court

this and Nine are both good books. They get you inside so you can see exactly what is happening to our highest court.

Lit Review ,

Excellent First Draft of history

The chapters on the battle over Obamacare are 1st rate. Some of the chapters on the voting patterns and judicial tides on the court can be tough slogging, but are well researched. All of the book is important to all Americans who want to know more about our third branch of government.

awesomebrut ,

Chapter 14 missing

Book is a great read for those interested the the work and history of the supreme court, but unfortunately chapter 14 is only 1 page long...15 times. I hope they fix it so I can fill the void!

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