Synopses & Reviews
In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important — and secret — legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Courts history and the trajectory of its future, Jeffrey Toobin creates in The Nine a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.
“Intelligent and even-handed....Toobin’s access to the Supremes and their secret little world is phenomenal.” Chicago Sun-Times
“Every decade or so, an enterprising and intelligent outsider like Toobin can come along and shine a much needed spotlight on the place....The Nine is engaging, erudite, candid and accessible, often hard to put down. Toobin is a natural storyteller, and the stories he tells are gripping....[He] writes about the court more fluidly and fluently than anyone.” David Margolick, The New York Times Book Review
“This is a remarkable, riveting book. So great are Toobin's narrative skills that both the justices and their inner world are brought vividly to life.” Doris Kearns Goodwin
“[An] absorbing group profile....[Toobin] deftly distills the issues and enlivens his narrative of the Court's internal wranglings with sharp thumbnail sketches” Publishers Weekly
“A major achievement, lucid and probing.” Bob Woodward
About the Author
Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker, senior legal analyst at CNN, and the authors of such best-sellers as Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President, and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.