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Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution

Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution [Kindle Edition]

Laurence Tribe , Joshua Matz

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"Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz have produced a brilliantly layered account of the Roberts Court. Filled with memorable stories and striking references to literature, baseball and popular culture, this book is a joy to read from start to finish--an irresistible narrative that will delight the general public as well as journalists and scholars."--Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of "Team of Rivals" and "The Bully Pulpit""Laurence Tribe, the foremost constitutional scholar and advocate of his generation, and Joshua Matz have written a brilliantly insightful and engaging account of the Roberts Court. Relentlessly fair-minded in its judgments about the justices and their work, "Uncertain Justice "is an indispensable guide to the Court's recent history and, more importantly, to its future."--Jeffrey Toobin, author of "The Nine" and Senior Legal Analyst, CNN""Uncertain Justice "is a fascinating, penetrating, and highly readable analysis of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence. Anyone who aspires to understand how and in what ways the Court is influencing our lives and our laws will want to read this superb and evenhanded book."--Theodore B. Olson, U.S. Solicitor General for President George W. Bush"No one knows the Supreme Court like Laurence Tribe, and no one brings its decisions to life like Tribe and Joshua Matz. "Uncertain Justice" is spellbinding--whether you care about gay marriage, health care, NSA surveillance, or gun control, this magnificent book will widen and deepen your understanding of our constitutional landscape."--Kathleen M. Sullivan, Dean, Stanford Law School (1999-2004)""Uncertain Justice" provides a uniquely valuable perspective on the often confusing swirl around the most divisive legal, social, and political issues of our time. Once I started reading it, I just could not stop."--Ron Klain, Chief of Staff, Vice Presidents Biden (2009-11) and Gore (1995-99)""Uncertain Justice "is must reading for anyone interested in the current unannounced


With the Supreme Court more influential than ever, this eye-opening book tells the story of how the Roberts Court is shaking the foundation of our nation’s laws

From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.

This essential book arrives at a make-or-break moment for the nation and the court. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe—one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers—and Matz dig deeply into the court’s recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated.

Filled with original insights and compelling human stories, Uncertain Justice illuminates the most colorful story of all—how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame the way we live.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 941 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Henry Holt and Co. (3. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GVSAC08
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5.0 von 5 Sternen couldn't put it down 5. Juni 2014
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When I started reading Uncertain Justice by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, I didn’t know what I was in for. I’m not a lawyer but I knew that Tribe is a leading constitutional scholar and Matz a contributor to SCOTUSblog. So I expected an interesting analysis of the Roberts Court. What I got was much more. For the first time, through what has been a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read, I gained a new appreciation of how to think about the issues that come before the Supreme Court. Yes, of course, I knew that Citizens United was about the freedom of speech, but I hadn’t considered that the Obamacare case was about liberty. And the authors’ take on gun rights was totally a surprise (I leave that to you, the reader, to discover for yourself). And like many (most??) amateur Court watchers (and even some professionals), I thought of the Court in simplistic terms: 4 liberals, 4 conservatives, and a swing vote. Not so! I even developed some (grudging) respect for the jurists I thought I disagreed with.

The other surprise was that the book is a page-turner. This derives from the unique way the authors develop each chapter. Starting with a reference point in popular culture, sports, or some item from the news, the reader is drawn into the story being told. Then, by laying out various threads to follow, the authors use almost a classic mystery-writer’s formula that get the reader to turn the page and follow the threads to their logical (and often surprising) conclusions. Each chapter reliably turns the same trick; I had to get to the end of each chapter before putting the book down for a break.

Another plus is the wealth of cocktail party knowledge I came away with.

I encourage others to read this book. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation about why and how the Court decided cases that affect all of our lives and what to expect in the coming years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Addictive and Informative 17. Juni 2014
Von Dmitry Portnoy - Veröffentlicht auf
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This delightful, generous, jargon-free book treats controversy with clarity: selects key facts to outline the issues, paints three-dimensional portraits, not caricatures, of the justices, and ventures confidently into legal thickets, so those in the know will recognize the signposts, but newcomers won't be detoured or get lost. The writers' erudition, craft, and civic virtue lifts their work above most popular books about the law. Their work has the briskness but not the glibness of Malcolm Gladwell, the twin respect for the reader and the subject of Steven Jay Gould.

It surprised me but made sense to learn that Scalia is more traditionalist than originalist, Breyer more technocrat than liberal, Kagan more cautious than activist. But the focus of the book is on rulings, not personalities, and here the writers function at their peak. I raced through the passages that describe the novel and narrow definition of corruption that justifies Citizens United, the three-century patchwork of sources that supports the court's changed view of the 2nd Amendment, the libertarian faith in structural safeguards as guarantors of individual rights. The book explains exactly what all this means with elegance and fairness.

Those of us who consider the Roberts court lawless might wish the book focused more on precedent: how brazen it is, for example, in Citizens United to overturn a century of law in a 5-4 decision based on newly-minted theory; or acknowledged recent research that demonstrates the decisive role of personal prejudice in rulings by Republican-appointed judges. The day I write this, June 16, 2014, the New York Times has published a study showing they are far more likely to rule in favor of womens' rights if they themselves have daughters. Surely in the case of Scalia, his enthusiasm for hunting and lack of openly gay friends explains his opinions better than any originalist reading of the constitution.

Whether a result of diplomacy or studious effort not to exceed the writers' expertise, such discussions, though, lie outside the scope of this book. It take the justices' opinions at face value even when contradictory or nonsensical. To me this perspective is too limited, (though others may call it disciplined,) but the book is so wonderful, it would be petty to find fault with it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AMAZING READ! 3. Juni 2014
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This book has taught me so much about the supreme court. As someone who isn't that familiar with the legal system, I found this very easy to read and comprehend as this book does a tremendous job of applying past cases and issues and comparing them to more common situations, like baseball! It's very creative, extremely well written and I will DEFINITELY be on the look out for any future works from these two authors!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant 25. Juni 2014
Von Jesse Liberty - Veröffentlicht auf
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Laurence Tribe is a brilliant constitutional scholar, but this book is targeted at the intelligent lay reader. It is *not* dumbed down, but it is not a law text-book; it is a brilliant and incisive analysis of the Roberts court, and it will, if nothing else, dispel much of what you think you know about the justices and provide context and deep understanding of the issues recently before the court.

Very highly recommended
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful book on the Supreme Court! 6. August 2014
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Having just finished this book, I am experiencing the glow that occurs after reading something that has been deeply affecting. This is a marvelously interesting and readable journey into the workings of the Roberts Court, and the eight other justices that constitute our Supreme Court. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz dissect the important cases that have reshaped the direction the Court is taking that will eventually reshape our lives, and also paint fascinating portraits of the justices, mostly based on their arguments and dissents, but sometimes, more amusingly, on their more private observations.

The format of the book makes it especially readable, with chapters on Health Care, Gun Rights, Privacy, Presidential Power, and others, that illuminate these issues from an historical perspective, and casts light on what to expect from these decisions in the future as well.

This book has made me a far better- informed and more avid Court-watcher, and I am very grateful for that.
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