Political questions and judicial power
Jun 3, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Barbara Kingsolver explores climate change, Jami Attenberg depicts an eating disorder, Dave Eggers sends a businessman to Saudi Arabia, and Vaddey Ratner fictionalizes life under the Khmer Rouge. In nonfiction, Jeffrey Toobin examines the Supreme Court and President Obama.
Sep 17, 2012 — Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Oath, explores how President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts are at odds over constitutional law. Toobin tells Fresh Air that while Obama likes precedent when it comes to the Supreme Court, Roberts "wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."
Sep 14, 2011 — In fiction, Brad Meltzer imagines a presidential spy ring, and the latest installment in the popular Naruto manga series arrives. In nonfiction, Stacy Schiff reconstructs Cleopatra, Justice Stephen Breyer contemplates democracy, and Joseph Ellis finds an abiding love story in the letters of John and Abigail Adams.
Sep 14, 2010 — In Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer outlines his ideas about the Constitution and about the way the United States legal system works. Breyer explains how the justices debate each case on their docket, why he interprets the Constitution as a living document, and details what he thinks is the worst decision the high court has ever made.
Apr 13, 2010 — In 1937, frustrated by a conservative Supreme Court that struck down a series of his New Deal programs, President Franklin Roosevelt set about to reform the court — by expanding it and adding as many as six liberal justices. The controversial proposition is examined in writer Jeff Shesol's new book, Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court.
Mar 31, 2010 — Jeff Shesol's Supreme Power is the story of President Franklin Roosevelt, his struggle to institute the New Deal, and the Supreme Court's subsequent backlash. Critic Michael Schaub says the book breathes new life into a historic conflict.
May 4, 2009 — The Supreme Court is hardly a representative slice of America. Commentator Christopher Eisgruber says diversifying the court in terms of race and gender would be consistent with Obama's principles and his Cabinet appointments.
Sep 19, 2007 — The former U.S. Attorney and longtime New Yorker staff writer has a new book about the nation's highest court. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court contains new information about the 2000 presidential election challenge.
Sep 14, 2007 — With the Supreme Court's opening term only weeks away, author Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Nine, is bound to make waves. According to NPR's Nina Totenberg, the book's rich detail and well-written narrative sets it apart from the string of latest books about the court.
Jan 23, 2007 — Legal correspondent for ABC News, Jan Crawford Greenberg writes about the Rehnquist Court in her new book Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court.