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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Breyer Narrator: Luis Moreno Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781449839857
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Charged with the responsibility of interpreting the Constitution, the Supreme Court has the awesome power to strike down laws enacted by our elected representatives. Why does the public accept the Court’s decisions as legitimate and follow them, even when those decisions are highly unpopular? What must the Court do to maintain the public’s faith? How can it help make our democracy work?

In this groundbreaking book, Justice Stephen Breyer tackles these questions and more, offering an original approach to interpreting the Constitution that judges, lawyers, and scholars will look to for many years to come. Breyer delivers an impassioned argument for the proper role of America’s highest judicial body and examines historic and contemporary decisions by the Court, highlighting the rulings that have bolstered public confidence as well as the missteps that have triggered distrust.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/16/2014

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 12/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Salois | 12/6/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Hirtzel | 12/5/2013

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 11/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 9/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Monroe | 7/1/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scs | 4/27/2013

    " 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 . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 3/3/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 11/19/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ted Brewster | 6/28/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 11/21/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 10/30/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 7/26/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 3/30/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 1/10/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/7/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/1/2011

    " 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 12/8/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 12/1/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scs | 10/18/2010

    " 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 . . . "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Breyer

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.