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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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