The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

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Acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court’s history and the trajectory of its future, Jeffrey Toobin creates in The Nine a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.
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Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker, senior legal analyst at CNN, and the authors of such best-sellers as Too Close to Call: The Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President, and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.


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Publisher
Anchor
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Published on
Sep 30, 2008
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Pages
480
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ISBN
9780307472892
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Language
English
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Genres
Political Science / American Government / Judicial Branch
Political Science / Constitutions
Political Science / Public Affairs & Administration
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From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.

From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.
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   No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.
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Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.

It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.

We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
Craque recordista da NFL, a liga de futebol americano, o ídolo O.J. Simpson estava acima do bem e do mal. Seria pouco compará-lo ao goleiro Bruno, condenado pelo desaparecimento da mãe de seu filho. Simpson era o equivalente a Pelé, Messi ou Neymar em seu país. Tente agora imaginar a comoção que um país inteiro sentiu ao ver um herói do porte de O.J. ser acusado de um crime tão brutal: o assassinato de sua esposa, Nicole Brown, e do amigo dela, Ronald Goldman, a facadas. Em 13 de junho de 1994, tinha início um dos mais infames casos da história criminal dos Estados Unidos. American Crime Story: O Povo Contra O.J. Simpson é o mais completo livro sobre o caso, e foi escrito por Jeffrey Toobin, repórter que cobriu o julgamento para a revista New Yorker. Mesmo partindo do princípio que Simpson era culpado, o livro apresenta informações minuciosas que ajudam a desvendar por que O.J. foi inocentado naquele grande circo que virou seu julgamento. E que julgamento! Os autos totalizaram mais de 50 mil páginas e 1 milhão de linhas escritas. Durante 372 dias, foram ouvidas 133 testemunhas. Tudo isso está registrado em American Crime Story: O Povo Contra O.J. Simpson. Um gigantesco evento da mídia global, acompanhado por mais de 20 milhões de espectadores – recorde superior à chegada do homem à Lua –, aquele foi um dos primeiros casos de tribunal a utilizar a moderna ciência forense como parte das evidências. Se hoje você curte CSI, acredite, tudo começou para valer no caso O.J.
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