Historical, Non Fiction

The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin

The subtitle of this book – “Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court” – is really its core and its heart. The historical value of the book is that it does show how individual justices of the court reach their decisions, both individually and as a unit, and the commitment that each of them brings to their exalted responsibility. Its drawback — not the author’s fault by any means — is that this 2007 best-seller is increasingly dated, and serves now more as a history book than as a look at contemporary times. Most of the justices are still there, but the tone of compromise, even among the nine, has become increasingly fractious in recent years. This is a book that will need a second edition — or perhaps a whole new rewrite! — after the end of the Trump presidency.

~Fielding

 

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