For the first time, a collection of dissents from the most
famous supreme court cases.
If American history can truly be traced through the majority
decisions in landmark supreme court cases, then what about the dissenting
opinions? In issues of race, gender, privacy, workers’ rights, and more, would
advances have been impeded or failures rectified if the dissenting opinions
were in fact the majority opinions?
In offering thirteen famous dissents—from Marbury v. Madison
and Brown v. Board of Education to Griswold v. Connecticut and Lawrence v.
Texas, each edited with the judges’ eloquence preserved—renowned supreme court
scholar Mark Tushnet reminds us that court decisions are not pronouncements
issued by the utterly objective, they are in fact political statements from
highly intelligent but partisan people. Tushnet introduces readers to the very
concept of dissent in the courts and then provides useful context for each case,
filling in gaps in the court’s history and providing an overview of the issues
at stake. After each case, he considers the impact the dissenting opinion would
have had, if it had been the majority decision.
Lively and accessible, I
Dissent offers a radically fresh view of the judiciary in a collection that
is essential reading for anyone interested in American history. Download and start listening now!