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Author: Justice Stephen Breyer, Stephen Breyer Narrator: Luis Moreno Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781449839857

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivers an impassioned argument for the proper role of America's highest judicial body. Examining historic and contemporary decisions by the Court, Breyer highlights the rulings that have bolstered public confidence as well as the missteps that have triggered distrust. What emerges is a unique approach-certain to be admired for years to come-to interpreting the Constitution.

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  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great historical discussion of the role of the judiciary in U.S. democracy. I think it's quite readable for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. I wish I could have read it before taking Con Law in law school! "

    - Sylvia, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was interesting, but short. It was good summary for those less familiar with the mechanisms of law than I, but it provides an outline of the philosophies used by SC judges to decide cases. If you don't know anything about the SCOTUS, this book is for you. "

    - Eric, 12/13/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Wonderful read about China and its growing prominence, but more so the every day lives of the Chinese from "farm to factory." "

    - John, 12/6/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Learned alot about the history of the Supreme Court and how it works from this Justice. The first book I read on my new kindle! "

    - Becky, 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Okay, this was really slow going in some sections, but after reading it I learned a lot about the history and role of the supreme court. Time well spent. "

    - Ann, 11/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A very readable high level explanation with examples of what the Supreme Court's role is in the U.S. Government. I took Constitutional Law in college and this book actually brought more to my day to day understanding of the life of the court. "

    - Beverly, 9/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Breyer's six interpretive tools: text, history, tradition, precedent, the purpose of a statute, and the consequences of competing interpretations. "

    - David, 7/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I learned a lot from this book (at least from the first half, which is as far as I got before I had to return it to the library), but it felt an awful lot like reading a textbook . . . "

    - Scs, 4/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A great read about why the Constitution isn't simply black and white, and why our judicial system is so spectacular despite its flaws (e.g., no riots after Bush v. Gore!). Warning: recent law grads might have flashbacks to Con Law classes. "

    - Rachel, 3/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Easily readable, interesting, and overall pretty great. A good read for non-lawyers, but there's enough there to keep the lawyers engaged, too. "

    - Natalie, 11/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Anything written by a Supreme Court justice is worth reading, and this is one of the better ones. "

    - Ted, 6/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Justice Breyer's thoughts on the role of the Supreme Court in not just American government, but in the American culture of justice. Extremely erudite and well thought out, as you'd expect from a distinguished Justice of the highest court in the land. "

    - Andrew, 11/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting to help understand how reasonable, intelligent people can have very different viewpoints about controversial ideas. It is always good to try and understand rather than demonize individuals who have different views. "

    - Rick, 10/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Not my usual choice of reading, but it kept my interest when he discussed the history of past Supreme Court decisions and also the predicaments they encountered with Guantanamo Bay lawsuits. Gained some good understanding of how the Supreme Court works. "

    - Carolyn, 7/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Kind of a dry read; but what should I espect. It does provide a better understanding of how the Court works. "

    - Dave, 3/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Breyer's six interpretive tools: text, history, tradition, precedent, the purpose of a statute, and the consequences of competing interpretations. "

    - David, 1/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A very readable high level explanation with examples of what the Supreme Court's role is in the U.S. Government. I took Constitutional Law in college and this book actually brought more to my day to day understanding of the life of the court. "

    - Beverly, 1/10/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " An excellent book - interesting and engaging. It has a scholar's view of history and is written like a good lecture or textbook. I think the conclusion could have gone farther, but other than that, definitely recommended. "

    - Michael, 1/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Learned alot about the history of the Supreme Court and how it works from this Justice. The first book I read on my new kindle! "

    - Becky, 1/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Easily readable, interesting, and overall pretty great. A good read for non-lawyers, but there's enough there to keep the lawyers engaged, too. "

    - Natalie, 12/8/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Interesting to help understand how reasonable, intelligent people can have very different viewpoints about controversial ideas. It is always good to try and understand rather than demonize individuals who have different views. "

    - Rick, 12/1/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I learned a lot from this book (at least from the first half, which is as far as I got before I had to return it to the library), but it felt an awful lot like reading a textbook . . . "

    - Scs, 10/18/2010

About the Author

Stephen Breyer is an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. He is a resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Luis Moreno, a voice actor, has narrated several audiobooks throughout his career.