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The Nine Audiobook

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.
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Publisher's Summary

Just in time for the 2008 presidential election, where the future of the Supreme Court will be at stake, Jeffrey Toobin reveals an institution at a moment of transition. Decades of conservative disgust with the Court have finally produced a conservative majority, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, presidential power, and church-state relations.

Based on exclusive interviews with the justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

The Nine is the book best-selling author Jeffrey Toobin was born to write. A CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer, no one is more superbly qualified to profile the nine justices.

©2007 Jeffrey Toobin; (P)2007 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"A major achievement, lucid and probing." (Bob Woodward)
"Absorbing....[Toobin's] savvy account puts the supposedly cloistered Court right in the thick of American life." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a remarkable, riveting book. So great are Toobin's narrative skills that both the justices and their inner world are brought vividly to life." (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

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    elizabeth United States 04-22-12
    elizabeth United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very interesting book on the Supreme Court"

    I enjoyed reading this book about the supreme court. It gave a personal look at the judges and how that effects their votes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Wichita, KS, USA 01-24-08
    Jenny Wichita, KS, USA 01-24-08
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    "Excellent and engaging"

    I'd heard good things about this book, but it's even better than I thought it would be. The author closely examines the history of the contemporary Court, and provides a lot of insight into the personalities and motivations of the justices, as well as those of the presidents who appointed them. His style is that of an animated storyteller, and he's certainly done his homework. Listening to this book is almost as good as sitting next to a guest at a dinner party who has the most marvelous stories and insights. Not for a minute was I bored.

    The narrator is excellent.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 10-30-07
    Elton Los angeles, CA, United States 10-30-07

    I teach Business, Economics, and English at a university in Tokyo. My interests are in politics, economics, and philosophy. I hold a BA in English Literature, and an MA in Political Science.

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    "Keep a 30 Year Calendar Handy"

    This was an excellent book with loads of information. The major problem I have is that it's not really organized very well. I was happy to see that the politics were kept largely to the side...though it's clear the writer doesn't like the Right.
    The book slightly touches on Alito and Robert's appointments, but spends more time on the previous nine. This book is full of Supreme Court history and lore, but the author struggled with perspectives. The perspective of precedents in the court's history or the perspective of the judges and their appointments.
    I would get this book again if I had too...even if it were a few hours longer, I enjoyed it that much. I would recommend it as reading before next year's primaries.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Dc Englewood, OH, USA 10-04-07
    Dc Englewood, OH, USA 10-04-07 Member Since 2005
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    "The Nine"

    Well, as advertised "The Nine" is in fact exciting, even riveting and insightful, but what is not advertised is that the author's strong left wing bias is barely concealed. This is sad. The subject matter is of great importance, and the author obviously put a great deal of sweat into into its writing, but unfortunately, it was titled wrong. It would have better been titled "The Nine: A Leftist's View of the Supreme Court". If your leanings are left, you will love this book. If they are right, you will hate it. If, on the other hand you are apolitical as I am, and you read the book to learn more about this major institution of the american government system, you will be saddened and disappointed, bucause the schloarship cannot be trusted.

    25 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Larbi Glen Ridge, NJ, USA 05-03-08
    Larbi Glen Ridge, NJ, USA 05-03-08
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    "Great book, depressing tale"

    THis book is well constructed, it is suspenseful and gives enough personal insight in addition to the bare bones of legal issues needed to understand the major areas of dispute in US supreme court rulings over the last fifty years.

    THe narrator is strong, the writing draws you in, but ultimately the status of the court is both depressing and disheartening. I saw Justice Scalia swagger across the screen on SIXTY MINUTES last week and almost wept at his arrogant unwillingness to admit he is a political hack with no shame or sense of honor.Leslie Stahl licked his feet. I felt lost in a circus tent. I was glad I had read the book so I could put Scalia's lies into context but I certainly don't feel more hopeful that things will change.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    reyna khan 12-09-15
    reyna khan 12-09-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting book but"
    Would you try another book from Jeffrey Toobin and/or Don Leslie?

    too bad Mr Toobin's bias was so apparent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeffrey Toobin? Why or why not?

    No, if all his books are so slanted to the left.


    Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not know but the performance was just fine.


    Did The Nine inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, research the author before buying the book. lol


    Any additional comments?

    No, but thanks for asking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Geleris 08-29-15
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    "Interesting story. Too political."

    I learned a lot from this book about how the Supreme Court functions. I also really enjoyed the personal stories about the various justices. However, the author's frequent demonization of conservatives often seemed gratuitous and subtracted from the dignity of the subject.

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    MKS 07-16-15
    MKS 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Skillful Sorting of Fact from Fiction, Must Read!"
    What did you love best about The Nine?

    Toobin uses his vast knowledge of the U.S. Supreme Court to sort fact from fiction. His engaging book cuts through the mystery and superstition surrounding the judicial branch to give us a rare portrait of the Supreme Court in all its humanity, nuance, ideology and intelligence. He seems to always take his sources with the grain of objectivity, questioning the subjective motivations of each and working to provide the counter-argument. Similarly, he tries to reserve his own judgement from most every subject except the Bush v. Gore ruling, and the evangelical christian political phenomenon more generally. The books greatest value is that it lays out the information in a readable and engaging way so that we can shape our own opinions and beliefs with care.


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    Eric 05-12-15
    Eric 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    The Nine was a very enjoyable listen. Jeffrey Toobin makes the Supreme Court accessible and shows both the best and the worst of the court and its justices. Don Leslie does a tremendous job with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Collins 03-21-15
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    "Great subject matter and scope, decent book"

    First off, the narration was excellent.

    The scholarship seems on point. There may be a slight liberal bias, but nothing that would be off putting to a moderate. The book is not hard to follow, but sometimes story seems disorganized and scattered.

    All in all though, a fascinating book and a great introduction to the personalities on the court up until the end of the bush administration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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