Synopses & Reviews
Recent changes in the Supreme Court have placed the venerable institution at the forefront of current affairs, making this comprehensive and engaging work as timely as ever. In the tradition of Howard Zinn's classic A People's History of the United States, Peter Irons chronicles the decisions that have influenced virtually every aspect of our society, from the debates over judicial power to controversial rulings in the past regarding slavery, racial segregation, and abortion, as well as more current cases about school prayer, the Bush/Gore election results, and "enemy combatants." A comprehensive history of the people and cases that have changed history, this is the definitive account of the nation's highest court.
Now updated with recent cases regarding the Ten Commandments and recent changes to the bench, this volume offers a penetrating look at the highest court in the land and focuses on controversial rulings on racial segregation, free speech, and school prayer.
It is such good reading that we allow the author to lead us places in history that we might not have expected to travel. (The Boston Globe)
About the Author
Peter Irons is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of five previous award-winning books. The most recent, A People's History of the Supreme Court, was awarded the Silver Gavel Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association.