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The Supreme Courtby William H. Rehnquist
Synopses & Reviews
This new edition of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist’s classic book offers a lively and accessible history of the Supreme Court. His engaging writing illuminates both the high and low points in the Court's history, from Chief Justice Marshall’s dominance of the Court during the early nineteenth century through the landmark decisions of the Warren Court. Citing cases such as the Dred Scott decision and Roosevelt's Court-packing plan, Rehnquist makes clear that the Court does not operate in a vacuum, that the justices are unavoidably influenced by their surroundings, and that their decisions have real and lasting impacts on our society.
The public often hears little about the Supreme Court until decisions are handed down. Here, Rehnquist reveals its inner workings--the process by which cases are chosen, the nature of the conferences where decisions are made, and the type of debates that take place. With grace and wit, this incisive history gives a dynamic and informative account of the most powerful court in the nation and how it has shaped the direction America has taken.
The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court describes the history, evolution, and operations of the Court; examines the relationship of the Court to Congress and the President; and explains how the cases heard by the court each year are selected, how decisions are reached, and how opinions are circulated. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
William H. Rehnquist is the sixteenth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
William H. Rehnquist succeeded Warren Burger in September 1986 as the sixteenth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Rehnquist, born in Milwaukee, served in World War II and then worked his way through Stanford Law School. In January 1952, he made his way across the country to Washington, D.C., to take a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. He subsequently moved to Phoenix, where he was in the private practice of law from 1953 to 1969. In the latter year he was appointed an assistant attorney general, and in 1971 was made an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
From the Hardcover edition.
Table of Contents
Marbury v. Madison — The Marshall Court — The Taney Court --Justices Miller and Field — Justices Peckham, Holmes, and Brandeis — The court-packing plan — The New Deal Court — The Steel Seizure Case in the lower courts — The Steel Seizure Case in the Supreme Court — The Warren Court --Presidential appointments to the Supreme Court — Certioraris : picking the cases to be decided — How the Court does its work : oral argument — How the Court does its work : deciding the cases — The Court in its third century.
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