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The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)


The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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    Linda Greenhouse(Author)
For thirty years, Linda Greenhouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction, chronicled the activities of the justices as the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. In this concise volume, she draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history as well as of its written and unwritten rules to show the reader how the Supreme Court really works.

No mere work of civics, this is an institutional biography of a place and its people - men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery.

How do cases get to the Supreme Court? How do the justices go about deciding them? What special role does the chief justice play? What do the law clerks do? How does the court relate to the other branches of government? Greenhouse answers these questions by depicting the justices as they confront deep constitutional issues or wrestle with the meaning of confusing federal statutes.

The Supreme Court today, housed in a majestic building on Capitol Hill, with more than 400 employees, bears little resemblance to the ill-defined institution the Constitution's Framers launched with the expectation that it would be the weakest, "least dangerous," of the three branches. The court put to use the independence the Framers gave it, and in many ways has continued to define itself. This book is the court's story.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

"[A] new one-of-a-kind book on the Supreme Court." --SCOTUSblog

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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Linda Greenhouse(Author)
  • OUP USA (22 Mar. 2012)
  • English
  • 2
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Matthew on 18 July 2017

    The Very Short Introductions are a major educational resource. There are presently over 500 small books covering a very wide range of subjects. Although short, the Introductions are substantial in content. Everyone would benefit from reading these books to broaden their knowledge and understanding in diverse areas of life. Perseverance with some subjects may be required but be prepared to be surprised, enlightened and enriched.

  • By Stephen on 13 July 2012

    This is a model for what the VSIs should be: clear, concise, analytical and leaving you wanting more. There are only 87 small-format pages of main text, but the author packs in a lot of information and a lucid explanation of some of the main issues raised by the Court's constitutional standing, and its practices and more controversial decisions. She is clearly an expert on the Court and its workings, but never patronises the reader. Excellent.

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