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Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court

 
 
 
 
Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court
Author: James Macgregor Burns
ISBN 13: 9780143117414
ISBN 10: 143117416
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2010-06-29
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $16.00
 
 

From renowned political theorist and Pulitzer Prize winner James MacGregor Burns comes an illuminating critique of how an unstable, unaccountable, and frequently partisan Supreme Court has come to wield more power than the Founding Fathers ever intended.

The New York Times - Michiko Kakutani

Some of Mr. Burns s proposals are bound to be controversial: for instance, he suggests near the end of the book that a president could challenge judicial authority by announcing "flatly that he or she would not accept the Supreme Court s verdicts because the power of judicial emasculation of legislation was not - and never had been - in the Constitution." Happily for the reader, the bulk of this volume is less didactic, charting the fallout that "the passions of the day," in Justice Felix Frankfurter s words, have had on its rulings, while analyzing the role that chance, timing and the mysteries of human personality have played in shaping the institution and its decisions.