Library Journal Reviews

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice O'Connor (Lazy B; The Majesty of the Law) presents an engaging collection of true stories about the U.S. Supreme Court. The succinct chapters cover the changes in the court's membership, moods, and perspectives on American law and culture, and O'Connor highlights important cases that have transformed the court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives today. She describes some of the very early, circuit-riding days of the court, the important changes in U.S. civil rights that were heavily influenced by the decisions of justices Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall, and some of the fundamental constitutional decisions, such as Marbury v. Madison and the more modern Hamdi v. Rumsfeld. While O'Connor's reading is adequate, the stronger, more resonant voice of a professional reader would have further highlighted the important value of this work in the literature on the Supreme Court. VERDICT For all libraries. ["Readers looking for an introduction to the workings of the court that is interesting and easy to understand but not condescending will enjoy this book," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Random hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 4/26/13.—Ed.]—Dale Farris, Groves, TX

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