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«The Supremes»

Perry, Barbara A.

«The Supremes»

An Introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court Justices
Third Edition

Year of Publication: 2009

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. X, 165 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-9548-4 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.260 kg, 0.573 lbs

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Book synopsis

This second edition of «The Supremes» introduces readers to the Supreme Court’s newest members, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, with vivid biographical sketches and riveting accounts of how they successfully navigated the politics inherent in judicial appointments. Compelling portraits of all nine justices are completely updated, with clear explanations of their votes and opinions in landmark cases involving free speech, religion, capital punishment, gun control, affirmative action, privacy, abortion, and terrorism. Never has the Supreme Court’s story been so lively or so relevant!

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Barbara A. Perry is Carter Glass Professor of Government and founding director of the Center for Civic Renewal at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She was the 1995 Tom C. Clark fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, Perry is the author of eight books, including The Priestly Tribe: The Supreme Court’s Image in the American Mind; A «Representative» Supreme Court: The Impact of Religion, Race, and Gender in Supreme Court Appointments; and, with Henry J. Abraham, Freedom and the Court: Civil Rights and Liberties in the United States.


«Professor Perry’s thoroughly updated essays on the current members of the U.S. Supreme Court, including new profiles of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, are uniformly lively, informative, and elegant. Experienced Court-watchers, as well as new students of the judiciary, will be equally enlightened in reading this innovative compendium.» (Henry J. Abraham, James Hart Professor of Government Emeritus, University of Virginia)
«In this second edition of ‘The Supremes’, Barbara Perry examines our two newest justices, offering an exceptional eye for the details that matter, as well her especially accessible prose. Both Justice Alito and Chief Justice Roberts are products of their earlier lives and careers, and Dr. Perry’s unflinching analysis of each man helps to dispel some accumulated myths about President George W. Bush’s two Supreme Court appointments. These two new accounts thus fit nicely alongside Dr. Perry’s rich analysis of the remaining seven justices (...).» (David Yalof, Professor of Political Science, The University of Connecticut)