The Supreme Court: There’s a PRH Book for That!

By Sara Clemens | August 29 2018 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Given Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire, President Trump recently announced his nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh currently serves on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His confirmation hearings are yet to be announced.

The Supreme Court has also entered popular culture this summer with the hit documentary, RBG, about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At 85 years-old, Justice Ginsburg is the eldest on the court.

With public interest percolating, we’re highlighting books about the highest court in the land—its history, landmark cases, personalities and its crucial role in American democracy.

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Supreme Court Decisions

The Supreme Court is one of America’s leading expositors of and participants in debates about American values. Legal expert Jay M. Feinman introduces and selects some of the most important Supreme Court Decisions of all time, which touch on the very foundations of American society. These cases cover a vast array of issues, from the powers of government and freedom of speech to freedom of religion and civil liberties. Feinman offers commentary on each case and excerpts from the opinions of the Justices that show the range of debate in the Supreme Court and its importance to civil society.

$15.00 US
Aug 28, 2012
176 Pages
Penguin Books

Dissent and the Supreme Court
Its Role in the Court's History and the Nation's Constitutional Dialogue

In Dissent and the Supreme Court, acclaimed historian Melvin Urofsky examines the great dissents throughout the Court’s history. Urofsky looks at the many aspects of American constitutional life that were affected by the Earl Warren Court, the rise of conservatism, and the present age of incivility. Yet within the Marble Palace, the members of the Supreme Court continue to hear arguments, vote, and draft majority opinions, while the minority continues to “respectfully dissent.” The Framers understood that if a constitution doesn’t grow and adapt, it atrophies and dies, and if it does, so does the democratic society it has supported.

$18.00 US
Jan 10, 2017
544 Pages

The Court and the World
American Law and the New Global Realities

A fascinating account of how an increasingly globalized and interdependent world influences the deliberations of America’s highest court, by the sitting justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work and Active Liberty.

$17.00 US
Aug 23, 2016
400 Pages

Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

An authoritative biography of the first African American Supreme Court justice—one of the giants of the civil rights movement, and one of the most transforming Supreme Court justices of the twentieth century.

$17.00 US
Aug 09, 2016
416 Pages

The Nine
Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

In this gripping and definitive account of the modern Supreme Court, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin pulls back the curtain on one of the least well-known—and most important—forces shaping contemporary America.

$20.00 US
Sep 09, 2008
480 Pages

The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality, Gift Edition
As Delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy

A beautifully packaged gift edition of Obergefell et al. v. Hodges, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s landmark Supreme Court decision on marriage equality.

$14.95 US
Oct 09, 2015
64 Pages
Melville House