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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (995 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Toobin Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama’s inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Supreme Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.

This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011–2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Supreme Court’s docket—most crucially, a challenge to Obama’s controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Supreme Court in just five years, including Obama’s appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically—and historically—different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes.

No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Supreme Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for president in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Toobin is one of the most talented reporters covering American law.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Deeply versed in Supreme Court lore and legal subtlety, [Toobin] draws upon first-hand interviews with the justices and their clerks in crafting an anxious tale of the Roberts court, casting its major rulings as looming symbols of judicial philosophy…A polished and thoughtful dissection.”

    USA Today

  • “A compelling narrative of the early years of the Roberts court…The many pleasures of The Oath come…from human details about the justices and their interactions with the White House.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Anyone fascinated by the inner workings of the highest court in the land will be delighted.”

    Huffington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frank Quebbemann | 2/4/2014

    " A valuable lesson in how the Supreme Court works in recent years, or how it doesn't from a certain perspective. Activist judges? For sure. The analysis of how the Affordable Care Act passed judicial scrutiny by the highest court in the land is, at first read, kind of confusing, but it's a penalty when it's not a tax because a penalty is more effective (according to the IRS) but really, it's a tax, so Congress is within its rights to pass it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/31/2014

    " Riveting. Accessible. Insightful. Articulate. Fairly meticulous. Depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Angela | 1/21/2014

    " Closer to 3 1/2 stars. An interesting look at the inner workings of the Supreme Court. I found the focus on the rise of originalism as a dominant judicial philosophy particularly interesting (and also enjoyed a few of the more gossipy bits about the justice's personalities and personal lives, of course). I did find the book occasionally repetitive, however--it is obvious that some of these chapters were written as articles first--and felt Toobin could have checked his own political biases at the door a little better. Overall, though, an interesting, engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Greg Boles | 12/23/2013

    " Another fantastic Toobin book. Deceptively straightforward. He is like the graceful outfielder who makes it look easy... "

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