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The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court | [Jeffrey Toobin]

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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    Timothy Winston Salem, NC, United States 01-13-14
    Timothy Winston Salem, NC, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Toobin is an Ultra Liberal"
    What would have made The Nine better?

    Toobin spends the whole book forcing his view down your throat instead of recording meaningful debates among justices over serious and very controversial points of law. As opposed to giving you the reasoning for differing opinions of different Justices from different walks of life, he resorts to name calling and derogatory adjectives to describe Justices who view the law differently from him. I am an attorney with a moderate political viewpoint and I was disappointed with what could have been a good book.


    What could Jeffrey Toobin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Re-title the book: "What if I Got To Make The Law"


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Leslie’s performances?

    depends on the author. Good reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I would never read another Toobin Book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Boca Raton, FL, United States 11-06-08
    Ron Boca Raton, FL, United States 11-06-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Rambling and ultimately not very revealing"

    Most good books, whether fiction or non-fiction, define their time frame. This book doesn't, so there is only a modicum of historic reference to the court, and then some People Magazine-style vignettes about the justices themselves. The narrative jumps back and forth between the 50's and now, with no obvious structure.

    The writing, however, is good, and there are some things to be learned about the Court in this book. If I had it to do again, considering all there is to read in the world, I would have skipped this one for something more substantial.

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    Mark W. Putnam 04-07-08 Member Since 2005

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    "The Nine"

    The authors insight into the make-up of the members of our Suprime Court is amazing. He has done his homework. Bush/Gore and Fl, just one of the interesting topics covered. If you are curious about the cout you will enjoy this read.

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    Lance Maryland, United States 10-13-07
    Lance Maryland, United States 10-13-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Political Garbage"

    Shame on me for thinking we would get an insightful inside view of the Supreme Court. Wasn't expecting a piece of crap along the lines of Franken, Coulter, Limbaugh, and Marr. At least with those folks, you can discount it accordingly and are at least slightly amused during parts of the book. Seems like he had a great opportunity to provide an inside view of Supreme Court interplay. Sadly, that opportunity was squandered. Is this really what our country is now about? A bunch of hateful political hacks? Posing as journalists?

    9 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Lowell San Francisco, CA, USA 06-01-08
    Lowell San Francisco, CA, USA 06-01-08
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    "Must Listen"

    A book like this is precious. It comes at a very important time in our history. The Author's insight is especially rewarding Our country is headed in one direction & our courts should be mindful of the changes.

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    Herbert E Roney 10-30-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book"

    A wonderful insight to the workings and history of the highest court of the land.

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    Ivy Sioux Falls, SD, USA 05-26-08
    Ivy Sioux Falls, SD, USA 05-26-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Well Researched and Captivating"

    This is a well researched and captivating read. Mr. Tobin really pulled together a host of information about the individual justices, their relationships with each other, key historical rulings, and the feeder system that allowed them to happen. The language is easy for the layperson to understand, and provides a host of insight into the political workings of the Bush administration. Ought to be required reading for political science majors, or those interested in politics!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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