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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition.""
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