The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court
On Sale: January 23, 2007
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Drawing on unprecedented access to the Supreme Court
justices and their
inner circles, acclaimed ABC News legal correspondent Jan
Greenburg offers an explosive, newsbreaking account of one
of the most
momentous political watersheds in recent American history.
Over the past decade, the central front of America's bitter
wars has been the titanic battle over the composition and
the United States Supreme Court. During that period, no
been closer to the action on the ground-the ideas, the
personalities, the gamesmanship-than ABC News correspondent Jan
Crawford Greenburg. Now, in Supreme Conflict,
on all of her formidable reportorial resources to give a
vivid, astonishingly unvarnished account of the struggle for
of the highest court in the land.
up the plot
with the Rehnquist Court, which, despite having seven Republican
nominees, proved deeply disappointing to conservatives hoping to
reverse decades of progressive rulings on key social issues. She
reveals for the first time the real story behind a series of
Republican nominations that enraged the American
and left it seething with frustration and resolve not to
future opportunities. Enter: George W. Bush and the setting
stage for a full-blown conservative counterrevolution.
contains entirely fresh perspectives across the entire sweep
story, from the conservative movement's early fumbles with the
nominations of justices Anthony Kennedy and David Souter to its
crowning successes with the appointments of justices Roberts
The book breaks news in its revelations about the effect of
Justice Rehnquist's illness on the process; on the truth
Miers's disastrous nomination and how it was really
scuttled; and on
how decades of bruising battles led to the triumph of the
agenda with the appointment of two of its leading judicial
Through the entire dramatic story, rich in character and
Greenburg never loses sight of the gargantuan stakes in this
the opposing ideological agendas at play.
The story Jan
Crawford Greenburg tells is that of the fulcrum event of our
massive coordinated campaign to move the Supreme Court in a very
different direction, to a more limited and restrictive role
government. A masterpiece of old-fashioned gumshoe
storytelling, and penetrating analysis, Supreme Conflict
will be the
definitive account of the most consequential shift in the use of
American judicial power in almost one hundred years.
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