A brilliant account of the struggle for the soul of the highest court in the land! From the nominations that disappointed conservatives to the battles that led to the appointments of Roberts and Alito, ABC correspondent Greenburg offers a fair-minded portrait of the conflict between liberals and conservatives over the composition and direction of the Supreme Court. 354 pages, softcover from Penguin.
The New York Times bestselling account of the most consequential shift in the use of American judicial power in almost one hundred years
Drawing on unprecedented access to the Supreme Court justices themselves and their inner circles, acclaimed ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg offers an explosive newsbreaking account of one of the most momentous political watersheds in American history. From the series of Republican nominations that proved deeply frustrating to conservatives to the decades of bruising battles that led to the rise of Justices Roberts and Alito, this is the authoritative story of the conservative effort to shift the direction of the high courta revelatory look at one of the central fronts of America's culture wars by one of the most widely respected experts on the subject.
"A fresh and detailed account of how the court works and, relatedly, how presidents decide who gets there. . . . A tour de force." -The Wall Street Journal
"A fascinating look at dynamics within the court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates." -Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Jan Crawford is CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent and contributes regularly to the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley," "CBS This Morning," and "Face The Nation," as well as CBS Radio News and CBSNews.com.
"The richest and most impressive journalistic look at the [Supreme Court] since Woodward co- wrote The Brethren in 1979."
-Los Angeles Times
"A fascinating look at dynamics within the court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"More than any recent writer on the Court, [Jan Crawford Greenburg] seems to have mastered the arts of Kremlinology that are necessary to appreciate what goes on in this secretive institution. . . . Fascinating."
-The New York Review of Books
"A genuinely spectacular feat of reporting."
-The New Republic
"A fresh and detailed account of how the court works and, relatedly, how presidents decide who gets there. . . . A tour de force."
-The Wall Street Journal