There's a Book for That: The Supreme Court
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. If confirmed, Barrett would fill late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat and the high court would have a 6-3 conservative majority. With the public so engaged this election year, we’re highlighting books about the highest court in the land – its history, landmark cases, personalities, and its crucial role in American democracy.
RUTH BADER GINSBURG: A LIFE by Jane Sherron de Hart
Written in cooperation with RBG herself, this is the first full life—private, public, legal, philosophical—of the 107th Supreme Court Justice: one of the most profound and profoundly transformative legal minds of our time.
DECISIONS AND DISSENTS OF JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG: A SELECTION
The trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her own words. Her most essential writings on gender equality and women’s rights, reproductive health care, and voting and civil rights, now available in a short, accessible volume as part of the new Penguin Liberty series.
WITHOUT PRECEDENT: CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL AND HIS TIMES by Joel Richard Paul
This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman – born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education – invented himself as one of the nation’s preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation. Without Precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, who with cunning, imagination, and grace shaped America’s future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.
SUPREME INEQUALITY: THE SUPREME COURT’S FIFTY-YEAR BATTLE FOR A MORE UNJUST AMERICA by Adam Cohen
Supreme Inequality holds to account the highest court in the land, and should shake to its core any optimistic faith we might have in it to provide checks and balances. Tracing the last five decades of Court history, examining campaign finance, voting rights, unions, corporations, and the justice system, and allowing us to see how many of our country’s greatest issues are the direct result of Nixon’s judicial decisions.
FIRST: SANDRA DAY O’CONNOR by Evan Thomas
Based on exclusive interviews and access to her Supreme Court archives, this is the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of America’s first female Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.
THE ESSENTIAL SCALIA: ON THE CONSTITUTION, THE COURTS, AND THE RULE OF LAW
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his own words: the definitive collection of his opinions, speeches, and articles on the most essential and vexing legal questions, with an intimate foreword by Justice Elena Kagan.
SHOWDOWN: THURGOOD MARSHALL AND THE SUPREME COURT NOMINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Wil Haygood
An authoritative biography of the first African American Supreme Court justice—one of the giants of the civil rights movement, and one of the most transforming Supreme Court justices of the twentieth century.
SUPREME COURT DECISIONS by Richard Beeman, Jay M. Feinman
The Supreme Court is one of America’s leading expositors of and participants in debates about American values. Legal expert Jay M. Feinman introduces and selects some of the most important Supreme Court Decisions of all time, which touch on the very foundations of American society. These cases cover a vast array of issues, from the powers of government and freedom of speech to freedom of religion and civil liberties. Feinman offers commentary on each case and excerpts from the opinions of the Justices that show the range of debate in the Supreme Court and its importance to civil society. Part of the Penguin Civics series.
THE NINE: INSIDE THE SECRET WORLD OF THE SUPREME COURT by Jeffrey Toobin
In this gripping and definitive account of the modern Supreme Court, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin pulls back the curtain on one of the least well-known – and most important – forces shaping contemporary America.
THE MOST DANGEROUS BRANCH: INSIDE THE SUPREME COURT’S ASSAULT ON THE CONSTITUTION by David A. Kaplan
In the bestsellling tradition of The Nine and The Brethren, David A. Kaplan, the former legal affairs editor of Newsweek, takes us into the secret world of the Supreme Court. Never before has the Court been more central in American life. It is the nine justices who too often now decide the controversial issues of our time—from abortion and same-sex marriage, to gun control, campaign finance and voting rights. Kaplan shows how too often the nine justices subvert the role of other branches of government—and how we’ve come to accept that at our peril.
FOR YOUNGER READERS
BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION: A FIGHT FOR SIMPLE JUSTICE by Susan Goldman Rubin
Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin tells the stories behind the ruling and the people responsible for it. Illustrated with historical photographs, this well-researched narrative account is a perfect introduction to the history of school segregation in the United States and the long struggle to end it. An epilogue looks at the far-reaching effects of this landmark decision, and shows how our country still grapples today with a public school system not yet fully desegregated.
CITIZEN BABY: MY SUPREME COURT by Megan E. Bryant, Daniel Prosterman; Illustrated by Micah Player
What makes the Supreme Court so supreme? Citizen Baby will consider the evidence and rule on what many consider to be the most powerful branch of government. Children and adults alike will enjoy learning about the highest court in the land in this adorable, informative board book.
THE BELOVED WORLD OF SONIA SOTOMAYORbySonia Sotomayor
This adaptation for middle graders based on Sonia Sotomayor’s bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World includes exclusive new material-an introduction and epilogue- which brings Sotomayor’s life story full circle to present day. Includes a glossary as well as informative and interesting facts about the Supreme Court and related entities.
“A lively autobiography of the third woman and the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court.” –Booklist, starred review
THURGOOD by Jonah Winter; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Thurgood Marshall—the first black justice on the Supreme Court and a giant of the civil rights movement—jumps to life in this inspiring picture-book biography from an award-winning author and six-time Coretta Scott King, four-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.
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