Sep 29 2012

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New Book by Jeffrey Toobin on SCOTUS, Obama

Posted at 4:04 pm under Law Library,SCOTUS

Doubleday has just released Jeffrey Toobin’s new book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

This weekend’s edition of the New York Times’ Book Review includes a review by Prof. Garrett Epps, who praises the book and its author (“Toobin is one of the most talented reporters covering American law”). While some analysts were questioning the relevance of the Supreme Court just a few years ago, Epps notes, nobody is making that mistake now.

With Congress and the executive branch all but paralyzed, the Supreme Court today sits firmly in the center of American public life; its decisions crucially affect matters of race, sex, economics, political power and even national security. And in official Washington this fall, the most intriguing personality is neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney but John Glover Roberts Jr.

While there is a steady stream of new books on the Supreme Court, Toobin’s may be among the first to incorporate an analysis of the June 2012 health care decision. And it looks like a good read.

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