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Out of Order

Stories From the History of the Supreme Court

O'Connor, Sandra Day

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the stories of the Court and the Justices that come from the 'out of order' moments add to the richness of the Court as both a branch of our government and a human institution."--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor nbsp; From Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land. nbsp; Out of Order sheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today. From the early days of circuit-riding, when justices who also served as trial judges traveled thousands of miles per year on horseback to hear cases, to the changes in civil rights ushered in by Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall; from foundational decisions such as Marbury v. Madison to modern-day cases such as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Justice O'Connor weaves together stories and lessons from the history of the Court, charting turning points and pivotal moments that have helped define our nation's progress. nbsp; With unparalleled insight and her unique perspective as a history-making figure, Justice O'Connor takes us on a personal exploration, painting vivid pictures of Justices in history, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., one of the greatest jurists of all time; Thurgood Marshall, whose understated and succinct style would come to transform oral argument; William O. Douglas, called "The Lone Ranger" because of his impassioned and frequent dissents; and John Roberts, whom Justice O'Connor considers to be the finest practitioner of oral argument she has ever witnessed in Court. We get a rare glimpse into the Supreme Court's inner workings: how cases are chosen for hearing; the personal relationships that exist among the Justices; and the customs and traditions, both public and private, that bind one generation of jurists to the next--from the seating arrangements at Court lunches to the fiercely competitive basketball games played in the Court Building's top-floor gymnasium, the so-called "highest court in the land." nbsp; Wise, candid, and assured, Out of Order is a rich offering of inspiring stories of one of our country's most important institutions, from one of our country's most respected pioneers. Praise for Out of Order nbsp; "[A] succinct, snappy account of how today's court--so powerful, so controversial and so frequently dissected by the media--evolved from such startlingly humble and uncertain beginnings." -- The New York Times nbsp; "A brief and accessible history of the nation's highest court, narrated by a true historical figure and a jurisprudential giant." --The Boston Globe nbsp; "A vibrantly personal book [that] displays O'Connor's uncommon common sense, her dry wit and her reverence for the nation's institutions." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch nbsp; "Full of riveting anecdotes . . . a compact history . . . albeit a more lighthearted, personality-filled one than you might find in a high school classroom." --Associated Press
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780812993929
0812993926
Branch Call Number: 347.7326 O'CONNOR
Characteristics: xviii, 233 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Aug 22, 2013
  • mrmervis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not sure about the title as it seems to imply that the author finds problems with the workings of the Supreme Court. There are a wide range of stories here about the history of the court and some of the justices who have served on it. I would say this is a good choice for those who want a brief overview of the history of the court.

Jun 05, 2013
  • fjvalentin rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Starts out as high school Civics 101, but gets more interesting as she delves into the interesting individuals through the history of the Court, and also the practices of the court. I was astonished to find that up until the 20th century, Supreme Court justices actually had to "ride the circuit" and hear cases in their circuit. Quite exhausting particularly in the early years.

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