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The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court


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DavidE, July 10, 2014 (view all comments by DavidE)
Toobin's analysis and insight of the US Supreme in The Oath is brilliantly written. The book provides an updated glimpse into the world of the US Supreme Court and the personalities behind it as a follow up to his previous book The Nine. It is a must read for anyone interested in the US judiciary system.
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lisakaiser23, January 18, 2013 (view all comments by lisakaiser23)
Jeffrey Toobin provides readers with an insightful and compelling view of the relationship between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Obama White House. Toobin writes for non-lawyers. The book is full of great personal stories and information about each of the Justices and about the President as well. Toobin takes the readers behind the scenes of the Court so the reader understands how the Court works and how the lives of experiences of the Justices impact and inform their decisions. And even though readers know how the Court decided on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Toobin is still able to give that story great suspense and drama.
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John Lewis, January 3, 2013 (view all comments by John Lewis)
Those familiar with Jeff Toobin's other works (The Nine and A Vast Conspiracy among others) will not be disappointed with his latest "behind the scenes" look at our most secretive, least understood, and underappreciated branch of government. Just as The Nine explored the workings of the Rehnquist Court and the tension between the conservative, moderate, and liberal justices, The Oath portrays the new dynamics of the Roberts Court and how it has already impacted our society and will do so in the future. In the process Toobin humanizes the justices so that you appreciate their personalities, their personal histories that shaped their judicial philosophies, and the factors that influence their opinions and decisions. With the potentially landmark cases coming before the Court this current term (gay marriage for example) and in future terms, this is a must read for those wanting a more in depth understanding of the people and processes behind the decisions.
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Toobin, Jeffrey
Doubleday Books
Law-Legal Guides and Reference
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Toobin, a staff writer for The New Yorker, adds to his works of political analysis (including 2008's The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court) with this thorough exploration of the relationship between the Supreme Court and the Obama administration. After discussing the repercussions of Chief Justice John Roberts botching the oath at the 2009 presidential inauguration, Toobin sets the stage by reviewing Roberts' professional background, as well as Obama's views on the Constitution and the 'precocious political skills' that enabled him to rise to the top. Toobin profiles new, current, and former justices, providing glimpses into their personal and professional lives while highlighting their individual personalities and talents, demonstrating what each justice brings to the Court, and how these factors affect their interactions. With great attention to detail, he also expounds on the outcomes and implications of many recent cases, including Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, and the recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act. Though Toobin's exhaustively researched study is marred by a haphazard structure and weak conclusion, it is nevertheless as readable, and informative, as his magazine pieces, and will greatly interest those involved in politics. (Sept. 18)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "More than three decades after Bob Woodward wrote The Brethren, Toobin is Woodward's successor as the chronicler of behind-the-scenes details from the Supreme Court, and the book is a page-turner."
"Review" by , "From the awkward swearing-in of President Obama by Chief Justice Roberts to Obama's caustic reaction to the Citizens United ruling to Roberts' support of Obama's health-care law, the tumultuous relationship between the administration and the Supreme Court has been increasingly evident....Legal analyst Toobin offers a vivid inside look at the personalities and politics behind the fractious relationship....Among the highlights: Ginsburg's scathing dissent on a ruling against a claim of pay disparity, in which she urged congressional action; Souter's caustic dissent in Citizens United that questioned Roberts' integrity; and Scalia's bitter disappointment in Roberts' decision on the health-care law. A revealing look at the ideological battle between the White House and the Supreme Court."
"Review" by , "A skillful probing of the often-discordant relationship between the president and the Supreme Court....Shrewd and elucidating."
"Review" by , "In The Oath, Toobin — a legal correspondent for the New Yorker and CNN — gives a full account of the current struggle over constitutional interpretation. It's an artfully constructed chronicle, and Toobin vigorously argues its conclusions. He skillfully interweaves three topics: the leading cases that illustrate the ambition of the Roberts Court; the four appointments since 2006 (Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan) that have turned the court into an institution blatantly divided between five committed Republicans and four committed Democrats; and illuminating sketches of all the justices, including the three recent retirees (Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, and John Paul Stevens). For civilian readers, Toobin blends the equivalent of Con Law 101 with terrific political reportage."
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