Saturday, September 22, 2007

"The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" by Jeffrey Toobin

There is a fascination with the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States because their word is the last word on an issue . . . should the states be able to regulate abortion? Should race be a factor in determining college admission? What’s the power of the executive branch? . . . these are the questions that come before the Justices.

If you’ve ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes at the Supreme Court, and among the nine people who decide the law of the land, then this is the book for you. Based on exclusive interviews with Justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities.

The Nine also looks at how political views play a role in how the Justices decide cases. In the book, Toobin reveals that Justice Souter was so upset about the Bush v. Gore (531 U.S. 98 (2000)) decision that he almost resigned, and when he thought about the case, he wept. Interestingly, Bush v. Gore still haunts some of the Justices.

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