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The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics

 
 
 
 
The Least Dangerous Branch: The Supreme Court at the Bar of Politics
Author: Alexander M. Bickel
ISBN 13: 9780300032994
ISBN 10: 300032994
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1986-09-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
List Price: $32.00
 
 

This classic book on the role of the Supreme court in our democracy traces the history of the Court, assessing the merits of various decisions along the way. Eminent law professor Alexander Bickel begins with Marbury vs. Madison, which he says gives gives shaky support to judicial review, and concludes with the school desegregation cases of 1954, which he uses to show the extent and limits of the Court's power. In this way he accomplishes his stated purpose: 'to have the Supreme Court's exercise of judicial review better understood and supported and more sagaciously used.'