“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.
The New York Times Book Review
Well-written and highly readable.... 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.... The common-sense tone that prevails in most of the book is a tribute to the mastery of the Supreme Court by Tribe, a keen observer of the justices and of constitutional law for more than four decades.
The Washington Post
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.
The Los Angeles Times
An engaging and accessible history of the Court's major decisions ... [Tribe is] among this nation's most sophisticated thinkers about constitutional law.
New York Review of Books
Marvelous...Tribe and Matz's insights are illuminating.... [They] offer well-crafted overviews of key cases decided by the Roberts Court ... [and] chart the Supreme Court's conservative path, clarifying complex cases in accessible terms.
The Chicago Tribune
Tribe is a particularly effective messenger... [and] is among the nation's most celebrated legal scholars.... By giving the Justices their due, this book reminds us what it really means to respect the Constitution and its mission.
The Los Angeles Review of Books
Uncertain Justice is a fascinating, penetrating, and highly readable analysis of the Supreme Court's jurisprudence. Anyone who aspires to understand how and in what ways the Court is influencing our lives and our laws will want to read this superb and evenhanded book.
Theodore B. Olson, U.S. Solicitor General for President George W. Bush
No one knows the Supreme Court like Laurence Tribe, and no one brings its decisions to life like Tribe and Joshua Matz. Uncertain Justice is spellbinding--whether you care about gay marriage, health care, NSA surveillance, or gun control, this magnificent book will widen and deepen your understanding of our constitutional landscape.
Kathleen M. Sullivan, Dean, Stanford Law School (1999-2004)
Uncertain Justice provides a uniquely valuable perspective on the often confusing swirl around the most divisive legal, social, and political issues of our time. Once I started reading it, I just could not stop.
Ron Klain, Chief of Staff, Vice Presidents Biden (2009-11) and Gore (1995-99)
Uncertain Justice is must reading for anyone interested in the current unannounced agenda of the Supreme Court. Lucidly written and impeccably reasoned, this essential book documents the ways in which the Roberts Court has engaged in a wholesale revision of the Constitution.
Scott Turow, author of One L, Presumed Innocent, and Identical
We need this book. It is a brilliant discussion of the murky, quirky, troubling, and uncertain Roberts Court. Written in simple, elegant prose for the general public, Uncertain Justice is the best explanation we have of how this Court reaches its most important decisions.
John Jay Osborn Jr., author of The Paper Chase
Uncertain Justice offers a page-turning and accessible analysis of the Roberts Court and its individual justices. It illuminates the often sharp disagreements and occasionally surprising agreements that mark the Court's performance. For those seeking a thoughtful, balanced, and fair-minded review of the Roberts Court, this is the book to read.
Geoffrey Stone, Dean, University of Chicago Law School (1987-94)
Put simply, Uncertain Justice is a great book. Timely and important, it tells it like it is and captures the essence of the Court's changing role in American life. It is an amazing piece of work.
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
[An] insightful perspective on the Supreme Court... [and a] nuanced look at how the court under Chief Justice Roberts has arrived at momentous decisions from Citizens United to support for Obamacare.
Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz have produced a brilliantly layered account of the Roberts Court. Filled with memorable stories and striking references to literature, baseball and popular culture, this book is a joy to read from start to finish--an irresistible narrative that will delight the general public as well as journalists and scholars.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals and The Bully Pulpit
Laurence Tribe, the foremost constitutional scholar and advocate of his generation, and Joshua Matz have written a brilliantly insightful and engaging account of the Roberts Court. Relentlessly fair-minded in its judgments about the justices and their work, Uncertain Justice is an indispensable guide to the Court's recent history and, more importantly, to its future.
Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine and Senior Legal Analyst, CNN
“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
At once accessible and erudite, the book provides an introduction to the high court's key decisions for general readers, while at the same time offering thoughtful analysis that will interest lawyers and Court watchers.... Addressing hot-button topics such as equal protection, campaign finance, and executive power, the authors push readers to move past bumper-sticker reactions and recognize the complexity of the legal issues involved.
A well-researched, unsettling investigation of recent trends in the nation's highest court... A near-forensic dissection of the court's work under Roberts ... Many of their conclusions will be eye-openers.
“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.’”
“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.”
“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
“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.”