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Book Jacket- THE SUPREME COURT: THE PERSONALITIES AND RIVALRIES THAT DEFINED AMERICA
THE SUPREME COURT: THE PERSONALITIES AND RIVALRIES THAT DEFINED AMERICA
by Jeffrey Rosen
Times Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company, 2007
This book serves as a companion volume to the PBS series THE SUPREME COURT. In this compelling work of character-driven history, Jeffrey Rosen recounts the history of the Court through the personal and philosophical rivalries on the bench that transformed the law -- and by extension, our lives. He focuses on the remarkable clashes of eight larger-than-life personalities who dominated the Court and set many of the precedents and traditions the Court continues to follow today.

Book Jacket- THURGOOD MARSHALL: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
THURGOOD MARSHALL: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY
by Juan Williams
Three Rivers Press, 1998
From the bestselling author of EYES ON THE PRIZE, a definitive biography of the great lawyer and Supreme Court justice.

Book Jacket: THE SUPREMES' GREATEST HITS: THE 34 SUPREME COURT CASES THAT MOST DIRECTLY AFFECT YOUR LIFE
THE SUPREMES' GREATEST HITS: THE 34 SUPREME COURT CASES THAT MOST DIRECTLY AFFECT YOUR LIFE
by Michael G. Trachtman
Sterling, 2006
A book highlighting 34 of the Supreme Court's most significant decisions -- including rulings on privacy rights, the limits of speech, and the boundaries between church and state -- that have had the most direct impact on the daily lives of Americans.

FROM JIM CROW TO CIVIL RIGHTS: THE SUPREME COURT AND THE STRUGGLE FOR RACIAL EQUALITY
by Michael J. Klarman
Oxford University Press, 2004
Klarman, a professor of constitutional law, offers a compelling history of the intersection between Supreme Court decisions and the evolution of race relations in America, examining specific legal decisions within the broader context of domestic racial politics.

AMERICA'S CONSTITUTION: A BIOGRAPHY
by Akhil Reed Amar
Random House, 2005
Yale law professor Akhil Amar examines, one by one, the meaning of nearly every provision of the U.S. Constitution. Akhil's approach combines legal, historical and political perspectives in addressing the questions: What does the Constitution say, and what is the best way to interpret it in today's society?

Book Jacket: A HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT
A HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT
by Bernard Schwartz
Oxford University Press, 1993
Schwartz's condensed general history of the Court covers the Court's evolution from its first term in 1790 through the early 1990s.

THE BRETHREN: INSIDE THE SUPREME COURT
by Bob Woodward & Scott Armstrong
Simon & Schuster, 1979
First published in 1979, THE BRETHREN is a classic, behind-the-scenes portrait of the personalities -- and personal politics -- behind the Burger Court of the 1970s.

THE BILL OF RIGHTS: CREATION AND RECONSTRUCTION
by Akhil Reed Amar
Yale University Press, 1998
Amar, a professor of law at Yale University, analyzes the Founders' "original" understanding of the Bill of Rights, arguing that its amendments were primarily intended not as a protection of minority rights, but rather as a protection of local communities against a powerful central state -- and that only after the Civil War and the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment did the notion of individual rights take hold.

JOHN MARSHALL AND THE HEROIC AGE OF THE SUPREME COURT
by R. Kent Newmyer
Louisiana State University Press, 2001
Newmyer, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, offers fresh insight into the sources and evolution of Marshall's constitutional thinking in this thoughtful biography.

Book Jacket: SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS: MILESTONES TO EQUALITY
SUPREME COURT DECISIONS AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS: MILESTONES TO EQUALITY
Edited by Clare Cushman and Talbot D'Alemberte
Foreward by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Historical Society
CQ Press, 2001
A collaborative publication of the Supreme Court Historical Society and CQ Press, a division of the Congressional Quarterly. This illustrated guide to more than 75 landmark Supreme Court cases involving women's rights and gender is organized chronologically and by topic. Written in broadly accessible language, the book begins with the Romantic Paternalism of the post-Civil War era and takes the reader through present-day developments.

Book Jacket: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT: THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE CASES AND DECISIONS HAVE SHAPED OUR CONSTITUTION
A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT: THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE CASES AND DECISIONS HAVE SHAPED OUR CONSTITUTION
by Peter Irons
Penguin, 1999
Irons' narrative is from the inside out: his focus is on the lives and personalities of the people who have shaped the history of the Court, from justices to litigants, and from lawyers to politicians.

ACTIVE LIBERTY: INTERPRETING OUR DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUTION (Hardcover)
by Stephen Breyer
Knopf, 2005
This recent work by sitting Associate Justice Stephen Breyer argues that judges should interpret the Constitution in a manner "that helps a community of individuals democratically find practical solutions to important contemporary social problems."

THE SUPREME COURT
by William H. Rehnquist
Knopf, New Edition, 2001
The former Chief Justice first published his succinct account of the history and present-day workings of the Court in 1987. The book includes a chapter in which Rehnquist delineates his judicial philosophy.

THE MAJESTY OF THE LAW: REFLECTIONS OF A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
by Sandra Day O'Connor
Random House, 2003
Former Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor touches down on number of law-related topics -- from the history of judicial review and profiles of former justices to reflections on her experience working with Thurgood Marshall and suggestions for reforming the jury system.

A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION: FEDERAL COURTS AND THE LAW (The University Center for Human Values Series) (Paperback)
by Antonin Scalia; Edited by Amy Gutmann
Princeton University Press, 1997
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia elaborates on his judicial philosophy of originalism. His essay is followed by shorter pieces from other constitutional scholars.

THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
Edited by Kermit Hall
Oxford University Press, USA; 2nd Editon, 2005
Since its initial publication in 1992, the OXFORD COMPANION has been the most extensive and comprehensive reference guide on the Court. The second edition features more than a thousand entries from entries about the Supreme Court -- including landmark cases and biographies of all justices, rejected nominees to the Court, and presidents who impacted the Court.

THE OXFORD GUIDE TO UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT DECISIONS
Edited by Kermit L. Hall
Oxford University Press, 2001
More than 100 experts contributed to this resource, with essays that explain and historically contextualize 440 key Supreme Court decisions.

SANDRA DAY O'CONNER: HOW THE FIRST WOMAN ON THE SUPREME COURT BECAME ITS MOST INFLUENTIAL JUSTICE
by Joan Biskupic
HarperCollins, 2005
Biskupic's unauthorized biography of the former justice relies on interviews with family members and former clerks as well as the personal papers of other justices.

QUARRELS THAT HAVE SHAPED THE CONSTITUTION
by John A. Garraty
Harper Perennial; Revised & Expanded, 1989
All legal suits arise out of conflict, and in this lively book Garraty tells the stories of the arguments -- from the pedestrian disputes to the political feuds -- that ultimately gave rise to some of the Court's most important decisions.