First Among Equals

First Among Equals

The Supreme Court in American Life

Book - 2002
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Grand Central Pub
Today's United States Supreme Court consists of nine intriguingly varied justices and one overwhelming contradiction: Compared to its revolutionary predecessor, the Rehnquist Court appears deceptively passive, yet it stands as dramatically ready to defy convention as the Warren Court of the 1950s and 60s. Now Kenneth W. Starr-who served as clerk for one chief justice, argued twenty-five cases as solicitor general before the Supreme Court, and is widely regarded as one of the nation's most distinguished practitioners of constitutional law-offers us an incisive and unprecedented look at the paradoxes, the power, and the people of the highest court in the land. In FIRST AMONG EQUALS Ken Starr traces the evolution of the Supreme Court from its beginnings, examines major Court decisions of the past three decades, and uncovers the sometimes surprising continuity between the precedent-shattering Warren Court and its successors under Burger and Rehnquist. He shows us, as no other author ever has, the very human justices who shape our law, from Sandra Day O'Connor, the Court's most pivotal-and perhaps most powerful-player, to Clarence Thomas, its most original thinker. And he explores the present Court's evolution into a lawyerly tribunal dedicated to balance and consensus on the one hand, and zealous debate on hotly contested issues of social policy on the other. * On race, the Court overturned affirmative action and held firm to an undeviating color-blind standard. * On executive privilege, the Court rebuffed three presidents, both Republican and Democrat, who fought to increase their power at the expense of rival branches of government. * On the 2000 presidential election, the Court prevented what it deemed a runaway Florida court from riding roughshod over state law-illustrating how in our system of government, the Supreme Court is truly the first among equals. Compelling and supremely readable, FIRST AMONG EQUALS sheds new light on the most frequently misunderstood legal pillar of American life.

Baker & Taylor
A study of the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court describes the personalities and philosophies that comprise this powerful branch of government, examining some of the crucial issues with which it has dealt.

Book News
Although best known for his role in facilitating the impeachment of President Clinton, Starr has also served as a federal judge and as the U.S. Solicitor General, the lawyer responsible for arguing the government's position before the Supreme Court. Here he presents an overview of the Court and some of the important issues that have come before it, with an emphasis on the cases he was personally involved in litigating. It should surprise few that, in his explanations of the issues involved, he has a tendency to side with the conservative wing of the Court. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

A revealing study of the inner workings of the U.S. Supreme Court describes the makeup, personalities, and philosophies that comprise this powerful and influential branch of government, tracing its evolving role since the days of John Marshall and examining some of the crucial issues with which it has dealt. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, 2002
ISBN: 9780446527569
Branch Call Number: 347.732 STA
Characteristics: 320p. ; 24cm


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