Out of Order: Stories from The History of the Supreme Court (CD-Audio)
I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or...
From Justice Sandra Day OConnor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land.
Out of Order sheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today. From the early days of circuit-riding, when justices who also served as trial judges traveled thousands of miles per year on horseback to hear cases, to the changes in civil rights ushered in by Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall; from foundational decisions such as Marbury vs. Madison to modern-day cases such as Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld, Justice OConnor weaves together stories and lessons from the history of the Court, charting turning points and pivotal moments that have helped define our nations progress.
With unparalleled insight and her unique perspective as a history-making figure, Justice OConnor takes us on a personal exploration, painting vivid pictures of Justices in history, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., one of the greatest jurists of all time; Thurgood Marshall, whose understated and succinct style would come to transform oral argument; William O. Douglas, called The Lone Ranger because of his impassioned and frequent dissents; and John Roberts, whom Justice OConnor considers to be the finest practitioner of oral argument she has ever witnessed in Court. We get a rare glimpse into the Supreme Courts inner workings: how cases are chosen for hearing; the personal relationships that exist among the Justices; and the customs and traditions, both public and private, that bind one generation of jurists to the nextfrom the seating arrangements at Court lunches to the fiercely competitive basketball games played in the Court Buildings top-floor gymnasium, the so-called highest court in the land.
Wise, candid, and assured, Out of Order is a rich offering of inspiring stories of one of our countrys most important institutions, from one of our countrys most respected pioneers.
In this delightful collection of tales, Sandra Day OConnor shows us the personal side of the Supreme Court while reminding us of the critical role the Court plays. Its a lovely bookand a valuable treasure for all Americans.Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
|Genre||LAW / Legal History|
|Publisher Date||2013-03-05 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||0.35 lb|
|Subtitle||Stories from The History of the Supreme Court|
|Authors||O'Connor, Sandra Day|
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