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In Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor, a retired justice of the Supreme Court and the first woman to be appointed to this position in 1981 by Ronald Reagan, has written a history of the Supreme Court which will interest even a layperson. From the early days of the Supreme Court to the present, there have been many changes. For example, in the beginning, the Supreme Court was not housed in any one building and kept moving around. Now, it is permanently established in a marble building across from the Capitol. Similarly, justices appointed in those early days would travel around the country, a practice which was called "riding circuit." O'Connor also devotes chapters to the best justices in the history of the Supreme Court and the worst. This institution has been full of personalities, including John McLean who unsuccessfully ran for President four times and Byron White who was a football player before being appointed to the bench. The worst justice, according to O'Connor, was James McReynolds, an eminently dislikable personality who was also anti-Semitic. O'Connor also shares some of her personal experiences on the bench such as when she sat in the historic chair used by Chief Justice John Marshall.

Overall, this is a book that takes a topic most people don't think much about and makes it interesting. The history of the Supreme Court is told in the form of a story, from beginning to end, transforming it from an abstract concept to a place filled with personalities. O'Connor's passion for this institution shines through the book and infects the reader.

Sandra Day O'Connor was born in 1930 to a rancher in El Paso Texas. She went to school at Stanford, where she got her Bachelor's in economics and her law degree. However, she was rejected from many posts on account of her being a woman and finally got a position only when she agreed to work for free, sharing an office with a secretary. From these humble beginnings, she rose through the ranks to become a Supreme Court Justice. She was married to John Jay O'Connor III and he couple had three sons. O'Connor's husband died in 2009 after suffering from Alzheimer's for twenty years; she has been active in increasing awareness about this disease.

Download Out of Order: Stories from the History of the Supreme Court now from The Audio Bookstore and find yourself reliving the history of the United States Supreme Court from its early years to the present.

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.

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.

With unparalleled insight and unique perspective, Justice O’Connor takes us on a personal exploration, painting vivid pictures of justices in history. 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.”

Wise, candid, and assured, Out of Order is a rich offering of inspiring stories about one of our country’s most important institutions, from one of our country’s most respected pioneers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • [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
     
  • A brief and accessible history of the nation’s highest court, narrated by a true historical figure and a jurisprudential giant. The Boston Globe
     
  • 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
  • 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
  • Candid, opinionated and even entertaining throughout . . . a well-considered, lively survey of what the Supreme Court does, how it’s constituted and, bonus round, how to argue before it. Kirkus Reviews
  • In this delightful collection of tales, Sandra Day O’Connor shows us the personal side of the Supreme Court while reminding us of the critical role the Court plays. It’s a lovely book—and a valuable treasure for all Americans. Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
  • A maker of history, Sandra Day O’Connor proves herself an engaging historian in this fine book, taking us inside perhaps the most important and least understood institution in American life: the Supreme Court. With her characteristic clear-eyed common sense and a natural talent for storytelling, Justice O’Connor has given us a valuable and entertaining gift. Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
  • We have always known that Sandra Day O’Connor was a wise and thoughtful Justice of the Supreme Court. But we haven’t always appreciated what a talented storyteller and historian she is as well. This, her most recent book, contains succinct and readable stories from the history of the Supreme Court, and it nicely demonstrates that remarkable talent. Gordon S. Wood, author of The Idea of America
  • Justice O’Connor has written an insightful and charming insider’s take on the workings of the Supreme Court of the United States throughout history. A historical figure herself—the first woman to sit on the Court—O’Connor is the perfect guide through the twists and turns that have made the Court such a powerful force in shaping American society from the Founding to present times. Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello
  • Justice O’Connor has written a brief  history of the Supreme Court that is lively, informative, and often inspiring. Drawing on her own experience and wisdom, she is giving us a civics lesson, but it’s like nothing you remember from high school. Evan Thomas, author of Ike’s Bluff
  • “In this delightful collection of tales, Sandra Day O’Connor shows us the personal side of the Supreme Court while reminding us of the critical role the court plays. It’s a lovely book—and a valuable treasure for all Americans.”

    Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of Steve Jobs

  • “With her characteristic clear-eyed common sense and a natural talent for storytelling, Justice O’Connor has given us a valuable and entertaining gift.”

    Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

  • “We have always known that Sandra Day O’Connor was a wise and thoughtful justice of the Supreme Court. But we haven’t always appreciated what a talented storyteller and historian she is as well. This, her most recent book, contains succinct and readable stories from the history of the Supreme Court, and it nicely demonstrates that remarkable talent.”

    Gordon S. Wood, New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of America

  • “A historical figure herself—the first woman to sit on the court—O’Connor is the perfect guide through the twists and turns that have made the court such a powerful force in shaping American society from the founding to present times.”

    Annette Gordon-Reed, New York Times bestselling author of The Hemingses of Monticello

  • “Lively, informative, and often inspiring. Drawing on her own experience and wisdom, she is giving us a civics lesson, but it’s like nothing you remember from high school.”

    Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Ike’s Bluff

  • “The reason to read Out of Order is to get Justice O’Connor’s 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 that it initially seemed like a jerry-built enterprise constructed on entirely ad hoc principles.”

    New York Times

  • “A well-considered, lively survey of what the Supreme Court does, how it’s constituted, and…how to argue before it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for New Titles in April 2013
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