Best-selling author Jeffrey Toobin takes you into the chambers of the Supreme Court and reveals the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. Just in time for the 2008 presidential election - where the future of the Court will be at stake - Toobin reveals an institution at a moment of transition, when decades of conservative disgust with the Court have finally produced a conservative majority, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, presidential power, and church-state relations.
Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities - from Anthony Kennedy’s overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas’s well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter’s odd 19th century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore - and Sandra Day O’Connor’s fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.
The Nine is the book Toobin was born to write. He is a best-selling author, a CNN senior legal analyst, and New Yorker staff writer. No one is more superbly qualified to profile the nine justices.
"A major achievement, lucid and probing." (Bob Woodward)
"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)
"Absorbing....[Toobin's] savvy account puts the supposedly cloistered Court right in the thick of American life." (Publishers Weekly)
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Surprisingly entertaining as well as thought-provoking
This perfect companion piece (or rather update) to Bob Woodward's The Brethren describes the last twenty years of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Rehnquist.
Both author Jeffrey Toobin and reader Don Leslie enjoy the juicy absurdities and excentricites of the Justices while at the same time stressing the historic decisions they make. A surprisingly entertaining as well as thought-provoking audiobook that sheds light on one of the most important political institutions of the USA.
A must for everybody interested in US-politics
This is a fantastic book! It is very well written, full of vivid insights into the work of the Supreme Court and its justices. I think it is even better than The Bretheren, Everybody who is interested in US-politics will benefit from this gripping read and the information it provides on the importance of the court within US-politics.