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With the Supreme Court more influential than ever, this eye-opening book tells the story of how the Roberts Court is shaking the foundation of our nation’s laws.

From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.

This essential book arrives at a make-or-break moment for the nation and the court. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court’s decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe, one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, and Matz dig deeply into the court’s recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial “activism” to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated.

Filled with original insights and compelling human stories, Uncertain Justice illuminates the most colorful story of all—how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame the way we live.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tribe and Matz set out to portray the Roberts court in what they see as its messy complexity. It is no doubt difficult to write with clarity about uncertainty, but Tribe and Matz largely succeed. Surveying a shifting legal landscape, they offer crisp accounts of key cases.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Full of bright and unconventional wisdom…Rejecting tiresome conventions of court reporting—liberals vs. conservatives, restraint vs. activism—the authors bring fresh insight to the court’s work.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Harvard Law professor and iconic constitutional law figure Tribe and coauthor Matz offer a timely analysis of the landscape-altering opinions of the Roberts Supreme Court…The legal principles argued in these landmark cases and the ramifications of the decisions, are explained in clear and understandable language. The exploration of the equally important analysis of how the personalities and personal experiences of the Justices resonate in their opinions reflects an intimate knowledge of the Court’s workings…Tribe and Matz don’t shy away from making critical comments on the merits of various opinions. Nevertheless, the authors are surprisingly philosophical about the Court’s direction and end by claiming that the Court’s decisions are part of ‘a long arc that bends toward justice.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The strength of the book is its painstaking explanation of all sides of the critical cases, giving full voice and weight to conservative and liberal views alike…Well written and highly readable.”

    Washington Post

  • “Tribe and Matz present a more nuanced look at how the court under Chief Justice Roberts has arrived at momentous decisions from Citizens United to support for Obamacare…They focus on specific issues of equality of race, gender, and sexual orientation as seen through decisions on affirmative action, voting rights, and marriage laws as well as health care, campaign finance, gun rights, presidential power, and privacy in this insightful perspective on the Supreme Court.”


  • “With Chief Justice John Roberts’ leadership of the Supreme Court approaching its tenth anniversary, Tribe and Matz, who clerks for a federal judge, provide a perspective on the changes reflected in the court’s decision-making patterns…A well-researched, unsettling investigation of recent trends in the nation’s highest court.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
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