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.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Henry Holt and Co.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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)...
As a dedicated student of the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law, I find this book to be beyond EXCELLENT !! This is a book from which professors and law students would equally benefit in university Constitutional Law courses. Everything is here: references to past, present, and future cases and courts; all the issues faced by the Roberts Court; insightful analysis of the Supreme Court justices; visions of the evolution of past, present, and current cases before the Court; and incisive discussion and analysis of the major cases decided by the Roberts Court, with references to all relevant judicial decisions and reasoning. The author's ideas, observations, insights, and analysis are well-articulated, detailed, substantive, clear, and concise. I have detected no bias, political, social, or otherwise. For avid Supreme Court enthusiasts, as well as those who are curious about justice and desire to be informed, this book is an absolutely-definitely-must-read!
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