- 出版社: Simon & Schuster (2013年5月7日)
- 精装: 416页
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The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution (英语) 精装 – 2013年5月7日
“The great strength of Coyle’s book is the depth and balance of her reporting... By allowing all the participants to speak in their own voices, she gives us a nuanced sense of how conservative and libertarian lawyers strategically litigated these cases and transformed the law…. [an] insightful book.” (The Washington Post)
“The Roberts Court is richly analytical and meticulously careful….even-handed and full of smart analysis….Coyle's shrewd reading of the cases is supplemented by skillful reporting on those who practice before the court….It's not the modest court that its chief once proposed; to the contrary, it is assertive, relevant and a bit scary — and worthy of this useful book.” (Los Angeles Times)
"Marcia Coyle’s The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution is the indispensable first stop for readers, lawyers and lay alike, seeking to understand the making of this Court. Coyle, a correspondent for The National Law Journal, is widely respected for her evenhandedness and clarity." (The American Prospect)
“Marcia Coyle has written the go-to book for anyone who wants to understand the most conservative Supreme Court that most Americans alive today can remember. Her acute focus on key 5-to-4 cases not only shows us the Roberts Court in action but also explains how conservative social movements have made their voices heard at the Court on issues that matter to us all.” (Linda Greenhouse, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of Becoming Justice Blackmun)
“An extraordinary book filled with fascinating insights….The reason why Coyle can tell us what Ginsburg and other justices mean is that, to an unusual degree, she knows them. And they, in turn, trust her….Coyle’s is the best [book on the Roberts Court] to come out so far, and the most useful.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)
“One of the best Supreme Court books in years; a wise and deeply-reported inside look at the court, its struggles and the justices themselves.” (Bob Woodward, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of The Brethren)
“In her meticulously reported, eminently readable treatment of the Roberts Court, the vastly-experienced Marcia Coyle skillfully lifts the veil of ignorance enshrouding the work of our Nation’s highest Court. This is a wonderful addition to the literature about the Court uniquely entrusted with the ultimate task of interpreting America’s Constitution.” (Kenneth W. Starr, Solicitor General of the U.S. in the George H.W. Bush Administration, author of First Among Equals)
“In this fast-paced narrative, Marcia Coyle brings alive the four recent cases that illuminate the emerging agenda of the Roberts Court. Everyone gets a voice in Coyle's story: litigants, lawyers, clerks on the Court, even the Justices themselves. In an understated but powerful voice, she also implies that the conservative majority on the Roberts Court is pursuing an agenda as broad and active as any Court in our history. Coyle concisely captures the complexities of constitutional jurisprudence.” (Jack Rakove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of Original Meanings)
“Richly sourced and impressively researched, Marcia Coyle's authoritatively nonpartisan account of the inner workings of the Roberts Court is a must-read for everyone who wants to understand why the Court often plays a deciding role in American lives.” (David Garrow, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author of Bearing the Cross)
“Marcia Coyle has written a brilliant expose of how the Roberts Court has acted on healthcare, gun control, campaign finance, school racism, and more. This is jurisprudence journalism-history at its finest. And it's a joy to read. Highly recommended!” (Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite)
Marcia Coyle is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal. A lawyer and journalist, Coyle has covered the Supreme Court for twenty years. She regularly appears on PBS’s NewsHour. Her work has earned numerous national journalism awards, including the George Polk Award for legal reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for outstanding investigative reporting, the Scripps Howard Foundation Award for environmental reporting, and the American Judicature Society’s Toni House Journalism Award.
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There are four major cases that form the basis of this work, and these are followed from their very beginnings till their final Supreme Court rulings. One sees that some stem from a real controversy among well meaning people while others are purposely fabricated to best challenge some specific target.
Along the way I learn so much about what's in play, from different angles. There's the procedural view, how cases move through the courts, how they are handled by the Supreme Court from acceptance till final ruling. There's the legal view, how the various components of scrutiny are met and argued. Then the precedents, which prior rulings set the stage for arguing the case at hand. Even the physical nature of the Supreme Court's courtroom is described, who sits where.
The author is unfailingly respectful of the Justices yet she's ready to exhibit situations where they appear to go amiss in their reasoning. The political nature of the court is certainly present in the background yet the text sticks with the particulars of the issues that play into the task at hand. There are lots of quotes by attorneys and by the justices. Only the public quotes by the justices are attributed, the private ones appear without specific names. Here's an example from an attorney, "You don't get on the Supreme Court if you're apolitical. You just don't because you don't move in the circles that would result in your being appointed." Here's one from a justice, "It's a lot more enjoyable if you like the people you work with, and this is a likeable set of people."
The book is chronological and aside from the four major cases you do get some insight into other cases of interest that come along the way. But the discussions of these are rather brief. The author will occasionally put her own judgements forward, but not frequently. Here's an unusual example referring to the oral argument process: "The Court's conservative justices, frankly, also are better questioners than their colleagues on the left, although that is slowly changing as Kagan and Sotomayor gain experience."
As I progressed through the book my interest seemed to grow as I became better informed about the justices and the process. It is written in a very readable manner yet there is substantive content on every page. That's remarkable.
One of the best books I have read this year!