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Beginning in 1935, in a series of devastating decisions, the Supreme Court"s conservative majority left much of FDR"s agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal, but democracy itself, that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices'"and to 'pack' the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a 'living' Constitution.

The ensuing fight was a firestorm that engulfed the White House, the Court, Congress, and the nation. The final verdict was a shock. It dealt FDR the biggest setback of his political life, split the Democratic party, and set the stage for a future era of Republican dominance. Yet the battle also transformed America"s political and constitutional landscape, hastening the nation"s march into the modern world.

This brilliant work of history unfolds like a thriller, with vivid characters and unexpected twists. Providing new evidence and fresh insight, Jeff Shesol shows why understanding the Court fight is essential to understanding the presidency, personality, and legacy of FDR'"and to understanding America at a crossroads in its history.

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In the years before World War II, Franklin Roosevelt's fiercest, most unyielding opponent was neither a foreign power nor "fear itself." It was the U.S. Supreme Court.

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"A stunning work of history."—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals

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"A stunning work of history."--Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of and

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Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of FDR's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices--and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.

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Andrew Riley, June 5, 2011 (view all comments by Andrew Riley)
This book covers a lot of ground, masterfully. It is at once a history of the 1937 "Court-Packing Plan," an ethnography of FDR's Cabinet, an assessment of the status of the New Deal toward the end of the 1930s, and a frank biography of Roosevelt himself. Incredibly detailed, it's the perfect read for a law or politics buff, FDR admirer, or student of the New Deal; despite its length, it's a hard book to put down.
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ISBN:
9780393338812
Author:
Shesol, Jeff
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/Depression
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
Courts - Supreme Court
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages black-and-white photographs
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 x 1 in

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Product details 656 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393338812 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the years before World War II, Franklin Roosevelt's fiercest, most unyielding opponent was neither a foreign power nor "fear itself." It was the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Synopsis" by , "A stunning work of history."—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals
"Synopsis" by , "A stunning work of history."--Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of and
"Synopsis" by , Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of FDR's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices--and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.
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