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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (8,101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Toobin Narrator: Jeffrey Toobin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739354605
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Bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin takes you into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, and reveals the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land.

Just in time for the 2008 presidential election—where the future of the Court will be at stake—Toobin reveals an institution at a moment of transition, when decades of conservative disgust with the Court have finally produced a conservative majority, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, presidential power, and church-state relations.

Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Court through personalities—from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas's well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd nineteenth-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story ofBush v. Gore—and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office. 

The Nine is the book bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin was born to write. A CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer, no one is more superbly qualified to profile the nine justices.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Nine is engaging, erudite, candid, and accessible, often hard to put down. Toobin is a natural storyteller, and the stories he tells…are gripping.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • A major achievement, lucid and probing. Bob Woodward, co-author of The Brethren
  • This is a remarkable, riveting book. So great are Toobin's narrative skills that both the justices and their inner world are brought vividly to life. Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • “Intelligent and even-handed…Toobin’s access to the Supremes and their secret little world is phenomenal.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • The Nine is the latest, and by far the best [book]…about the Supreme Court.”

    NPR

  • “Toobin’s sparkling new work is anecdotally rich and clearly written…A testimony to [his] skill.”

    USA Today

  • “[An] absorbing group profile…[Toobin] deftly distills the issues and enlivens his narrative of the Court’s internal wranglings with sharp thumbnail sketches.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A compelling look at the power and the politics behind the Supreme Court.”

    Booklist

  • “This is a remarkable, riveting book. So great are Toobin’s narrative skills that both the justices and their inner world are brought vividly to life.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor RooseveltL The Home Front in World War II

  • “A major achievement, lucid and probing.”

    Bob Woodward, New York Times bestselling author of The Price of Politics

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2007 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • One of the 2007 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 2/15/2014

    " A fascinating look at the Rehnquist court. Especially interesting was the discussion of Bush v. Gore. Even though most of the justices discussed are no longer on the Court, this book provides great insight into how the Supreme Court as an institution functions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda | 2/10/2014

    " A fascinating read, well researched and beautifully written, about the inner workings of the Supreme Court. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/4/2014

    " This was very interesting and quite enlightening -- I was amazed at how political the judges are within the Court. Toobin gets into the personalities of the nine judges. It also provides good synopsis of some of the latest big court cases from roe v. wade, affirmative action and Bush v. Gore. He shows how the court has moves politically. Sandra Day O'Connor was a real influence and balance to the court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Craig | 1/31/2014

    " I hear that he exaggerates some of the personal conflicts and events to get a good story, but on the whole, Toobin gets the feel of the recent court correct. I really enjoyed this book, since this is the branch of government I know the least about. Well worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica White | 1/27/2014

    " Awesome book! So interesting. Part American History, part real legal drama, part politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony Reeves | 1/23/2014

    " This is an excellent and enlightening book. It's a little gossipy and light enough in style to interest anyone regardless of whether they have a legal background, but it is not in any way trashy. It is full of well substantiated and very interesting information about the Supreme Court and the Justices. Reading this book is bound to give greater understanding of and appreciation for this American institution and critical component of our government. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 1/23/2014

    " I don't know why I'm so interested in the Supreme Court, but this was a good background treatment of the Rehnquist court and SCOTUS generally in the past 15-20 years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele Thomas | 1/16/2014

    " Made me a SCOTUS junkie. Better than a whole season of "The West Wing." Absolutely fascinating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felicia | 1/13/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. It investigates the evolution of the Supreme Court during one of the court's longest periods of stability in history. Littered with great anecdotes about the justices. Laughed out loud several times. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella | 1/1/2014

    " Listened on tape. I liked it - he managed to remain unpartial most of the time. Went really well with my con law class since we covered most of the cases the book talked about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 11/28/2013

    " nice insight into the personalities of the justices. but a little over dramatic. and unnecessarily obsessed with O'Conner and Roe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syon Bhanot | 11/28/2013

    " These New Yorker writers are good. Loved this book - well written, relevant, and a page turner definitely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Ewens | 8/4/2013

    " I've always been fascinated with The Supreme Court. This book presented the justices as human beings with quirks and lives outside of their larger than life jobs. I like Toobin's voice and while this book was a wealth of information, it read like a novel. Excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/12/2012

    " A good and interesting read. Only downside--and this is acknowledged by Toobin--is that there is no direct attribution or sourcing throughout the book, which requires one to be a little skeptical throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 6/5/2012

    " Perhaps we now are so jaded that the revelations in this book seem tame. But Toobin's work sheds light on the SC unlike any other modern piece. Anyone interested in understanding how our system works should pick this up as a text for the least understood branch of our government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dhartridge | 5/22/2012

    " Toobin is a great storyteller. I now have a clearer picture of the personalities and proclivities of the justices and the huge role that politics has always played in the decisions they've handed down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 4/23/2012

    " Very interesting and informative. Yes, there is a clear liberal bent. I enjoyed it. It doesn't demonize or degrade the conservative judges but speaks from a liberal perspective. I have a better understanding and interest in the court and its decisions both big and small. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hadiya | 2/29/2012

    " Excellent insight into the workings of the Supreme Court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2012

    " Good description of the evolution of the Supreme Court since Burger. Not too technical for the general reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will M | 1/17/2012

    " Jeffery Toobin has an excellent ability to narrate. In "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court," Jeffery Toobin gives the readers an inside look into the inner workings of the court, who really is in charge, etc. I recommend it to anyone interested in Politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kama | 11/1/2011

    " Stupendous. I hope he does a follow-up to include Sotomayor and Kagan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ctb | 5/24/2011

    " Really enjoyable to read though I rarely read non-fiction because I can't remember what I've read and I feel as though I should be memorizing for the test. Still can't keep Earl Warren and Warren Burger straight or the good guys from the bad guys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dante | 5/6/2011

    " This was an excellent book. I would encourage anyone interested in American politics, law, and society to read it, because Jeffrey Toobin shows how everything comes together in the Supreme Court. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 4/24/2011

    " Remarkably accessible read of the Justices of the Rehnquist court. While there are personal tidbits about all the justices, there are a few that I gleaned a greater respect for (i.e., Sandra Day O'Connor). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 4/12/2011

    " My first foray inside the beltway. Pretty entertaining and made me think about the substantive issues underlying the political gossip. Toobin doesn't hide his sensibilities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 4/2/2011

    " Fascinating look at the Supreme Court, personalities, politics and all. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 3/27/2011

    " Very interesting and informative. Yes, there is a clear liberal bent. I enjoyed it. It doesn't demonize or degrade the conservative judges but speaks from a liberal perspective. I have a better understanding and interest in the court and its decisions both big and small. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al.dimmitt | 3/26/2011

    " Fascinating profile of the Court, at perhaps the most pivotal point in its history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory | 3/25/2011

    " It's more delicately written than "The Brethren" by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong, and just as historically important. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sacha | 3/22/2011

    " It took a while to get into, especially because I didn't know most of the names. By the end I didn't want it to end. Several important cases are discussed, as are the personalities of the justices, and the political process by which they became justices. Fascinating and well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/20/2011

    " Fascinating! I listened to it on a long drive in the car-made it a quick and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 3/6/2011

    " Fascinating look at the back story of recent Surpreme Court Justices and critical cases of the Court. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life, among others. He is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the senior legal analyst at CNN.