Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin (a review)

3.5 out of 5: The Nine is an in-depth portrayal of the current Supreme Court. Not only does Toobin cover the personality quirks and politics of the individual justices and their relationships with each other over time, he also analyzes the development and the current state of the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence on key issues like abortion, gay rights, and affirmative action. Other than a few interesting bits of trivia, I didn’t really learn anything new from The Nine, but I was entertained, and I think this book is a good introduction to the Supreme Court for those without much previous exposure.

2 comments:

Mike Mitchell said...

I enjoyed this book as well. Gives a peek into an incredibly influential branch of government that is generally shielded from public scrutiny. An earlier USSC "tell-all" entitled The Brethren by Bob Woodward is worth the read if you're interested in this sort of thing.... although that book is 25 or so years old now. Thanks for the reviews Gwen....

Gwen Dawson said...

I loved The Brethren! Thanks for the comment.