First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life by Kenneth W. Starr

First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life

byKenneth W. Starr

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Today's United States Supreme Court consists of nine intriguingly varied justices and one overwhelming contradiction: Compared to its revolutionary predecessor, the Rehnquist Court appears deceptively passive, yet it stands as dramatically ready to defy convention as the Warren Court of the 1950s and 60s. Now Kenneth W. Starr-who served as clerk for one chief justice, argued twenty-five cases as solicitor general before the Supreme Court, and is widely regarded as one of the nation's most distinguished practitioners of constitutional law-offers us an incisive and unprecedented look at the paradoxes, the power, and the people of the highest court in the land. In FIRST AMONG EQUALS Ken Starr traces the evolution of the Supreme Court from its beginnings, examines major Court decisions of the past three decades, and uncovers the sometimes surprising continuity between the precedent-shattering Warren Court and its successors under Burger and Rehnquist. He shows us, as no other author ever has, the very human justices who shape our law, from Sandra Day O'Connor, the Court's most pivotal-and perhaps most powerful-player, to Clarence Thomas, its most original thinker. And he explores the present Court's evolution into a lawyerly tribunal dedicated to balance and consensus on the one hand, and zealous debate on hotly contested issues of social policy on the other. * On race, the Court overturned affirmative action and held firm to an undeviating color-blind standard. * On executive privilege, the Court rebuffed three presidents, both Republican and Democrat, who fought to increase their power at the expense of rival branches of government. * On the 2000 presidential election, the Court prevented what it deemed a runaway Florida court from riding roughshod over state law-illustrating how in our system of government, the Supreme Court is truly the first among equals. Compelling and supremely readable, FIRST AMONG EQUALS sheds new light on the most frequently misunderstood legal pillar of American life.

Title:First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American LifeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 14, 2008Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446554162

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from First among equals Enjoy reading Jefrey Archer books. However, this one is not one of favourites.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really loved this book ! it was the first book I head ever read by Jeffery Archer and I didnt know what to expect but now I can see why he has sold so many books !! It is essentially about 4 men working their way through the political ranks in order to reach the top spot as PM and essentially this is what made me want to read it as I thought it would be interesting to learn the ins and outs of parliament. Quite quickly I became involved in the story line, routing for my favorites and determined to find out what would happen next. It is clearly written by a very skilled author and despite the fact it could be considered a fairly dry subject matter the book is full of interesting characters and witty remarks. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about British life in the second half of the 20th century (the book covers around 40 years), especially if you are at all interested in what goes on behind the scenes of English parliment
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First Among Equals Okay Jeffrey. Not bad. Don't read this book expecting much in the way of political analysis. However, the book probably reflects much of the way politics is viewed by the players inside elected parliaments.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Archer great ! Being a Canadian, I have to say that I found my reading to be slowed as the action takes place in Great Britain and most of the story develops in the Commons. The British Commons differs from that of Canada and this confused me a bit until I really "got into it". It is not the author's fault, of course. But the excellent writing is and I am always so pleased to read real English !
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece Tale of Modern British Politics This novel depicts the political careers of fictional British Polticians, Charles Seamor, Simon Kerslake, Raymond Gould, and Andrew Fraser. It chronicals the intrigue, scandals, Machiavellian plots, and the political posturing that these four politicians were involved in. They all had one goal in mind, to become Prime Minister, no matter what the cost! Well written, with a highly detailed, fast-paced, and shocking plot, this book is a must read! First Among Equals is political fiction at its best! Jeffrey Archer is undoubtedly one of Britian's greatest modern novelists. This book was first published in 1984, and is still in print today. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a truly well written novel!
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