The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)
The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

Linda Greenhouse
  • Shows the court at work by focusing on the people and traditions of the institution
  • Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Supreme Court reporter
  • Includes new writing on the court's shift since the 2016 election
  • Considers the future of abortion rights and the precarious Roe v. Wade precedent

For 30 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Linda Greenhouse chronicled the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court and its justices as a correspondent for the New York Times. In this Very Short Introduction, she draws on her deep knowledge of the court's history and of its written and unwritten rules to show readers how the Supreme Court really works.
Greenhouse offers a fascinating institutional biography of a place and its people--men and women who exercise great power but whose names and faces are unrecognized by many Americans and whose work often appears cloaked in mystery. How do cases get to the Supreme Court? How do the justices go about deciding them? What special role does the chief justice play? What do the law clerks do? How does the court relate to the other branches of government? Greenhouse answers these questions by depicting the justices as they confront deep constitutional issues or wrestle with the meaning of confusing federal statutes. Throughout, the author examines many individual Supreme Court cases to illustrate points under discussion, ranging from Marbury v. Madison, the seminal case which established judicial review, to the recent District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), which struck down the District of Columbia's gun-control statute and which was, surprisingly, the first time in its history that the Court issued an authoritative interpretation of the Second Amendment. To add perspective, Greenhouse also compares the Court to foreign courts, revealing interesting differences. For instance, no other country in the world has chosen to bestow life tenure on its judges.
The second edition of Greenhouse's Very Short Introduction tracks the changes in the Court's makeup over the last eight years, considers the landmark decisions of the Obama and Trump eras, and reexamines the precarious fates of such precedents as Roe v. Wade.
A superb overview packed with telling details, this volume offers a matchless introduction to one of the pillars of American government.


List of Illustrations

Chapter One: Origins
Chapter Two: The Court at Work (1)
Chapter Three: The Justices
Chapter Four: The Chief Justice
Chapter Five: The Court at Work (2)
Chapter Six: The Court and the Other Branches
Chapter Seven: The Court and the Public
Chapter Eight: The Court and the World

Appendix 1: Article III, U.S. Constitution
Appendix 2: The Supreme Court's Rules (excerpts)
Appendix 3: Chart of the Justices

Further Reading


Linda Greenhouse was the New York Times Supreme Court correspondent for 30 years, covering thousands of decisions written by 18 different justices. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism (Beat Reporting) in 1998. She in now Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and writes a biweekly opinion column on the Supreme Court and the law for the New York Times web site. Her books include Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel).


ISBN : 9780190079819

Linda Greenhouse
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The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)

The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edition)