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The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979)

af Bob Woodward, Scott Armstrong

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The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action. Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices--maneuvering, arguing, politicking, compromising, and making decisions that affect every major area of American life.… (mere)
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More or less a history of the first few years of the Burger Court, from 1969 to 1975. Warren Burger tends to be looked down upon by many, but this book goes after him with a machine-gun. Perhaps surprisingly, William Rehnquist comes off fairly well. Which is unusual, as the group of justices altogether come across as a squabbling, self-centered, petulant batch of schoolboys that would disgrace a first-grade lunchroom. If anything would undermine the prestige of the Court, it's this exercise in watching sausages being made. From a historical perspective, the birth of Roe v. Wade (word choice deliberate) might be the most interesting. Not particularly recommended. ( )
  EricCostello | Feb 27, 2020 |
An intimate and utterly absorbing history of the Supreme Court in the groundbreaking days of the sixties and early seventies. I read this in college for a con-law class and loved it. As an English major I developed the requisite crush on Jane Austen's Darcy. As a history major, I necessarily fell in love with Marc Antony. As a philosophy major of Portuguese heritage a passion for Spinoza was de regueur. My concurrent crush on Potter Stewart was odder and a bit harder to explain. I wasn't even a poli-sci major. Oh my, that was so long ago, but my fondness for this book continues. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
An intimate and utterly absorbing history of the Supreme Court in the groundbreaking days of the sixties and early seventies. I read this in college for a con-law class and loved it. As an English major I developed the requisite crush on Jane Austen's Darcy. As a history major, I necessarily fell in love with Marc Antony. As a philosophy major of Portuguese heritage a passion for Spinoza was de regueur. My concurrent crush on Potter Stewart was odder and a bit harder to explain. I wasn't even a poli-sci major. Oh my, that was so long ago, but my fondness for this book continues. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
An intimate and utterly absorbing history of the Supreme Court in the groundbreaking days of the sixties and early seventies. I read this in college for a con-law class and loved it. As an English major I developed the requisite crush on Jane Austen's Darcy. As a history major, I necessarily fell in love with Marc Antony. As a philosophy major of Portuguese heritage a passion for Spinoza was de regueur. My concurrent crush on Potter Stewart was odder and a bit harder to explain. I wasn't even a poli-sci major. Oh my, that was so long ago, but my fondness for this book continues. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
I picked up The Brethren because my sister-in-law went to high school with Bob Woodward and I figured the dude could use the royalties.

Seriously, however, Woodward's reputation for excellence in his work was set very early in his career when he and a man named Carl Bernstein (jointly known as "Woodstein") investigate a strange break-in of the National Democratic Party Headquarters in June, 1972. By the time they finished their investigation, it had taken down a President and most of the White House staff. It also changed how the American people would think about their leaders for a very, very long time. I was only 21 when the Watergate scandal began. It has deeply affected me, hurt me, and thoroughly corrupted the way I have approach politics.

That having all been said, let's look at the Brethren.

We're brought up to believe that the greatest jurists in the country are selected to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, But this book shows that the Court constantly fluctuates from one end of the political spectrum to the other, and that decisions that have "stood the test of time" can be toppled by a vote of 5 to 4 at any time. We have seen this happen more
often recently, and reading this book provides us with some valuable insight into why this is.

Most of the Justices discussed in this book are no longer members of the Court, and this will, of course, change the dynamics of how it operates. However, and more importantly, the ratio of conservative to middle-of-the-road to liberal has remained about the same. Therefore, the facts, foibles, and mistakes that Woodward and his team discovered during their research are still -- somewhat horrifyingly -- there.

One of the things that was ingrained in me as I was growing up was that Americans have an aegis placed on them. Because a group of men got together and pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors to create something the world had never seen before, we must also do the same. What isn't discussed out loud, however, is that, in order to do this, we must be educated, thoughtful people who understand how our government works and why.

The Brethren is one of the steps toward that understanding. ( )
  bfgar | Jul 28, 2014 |
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A court which is final and unreviewable needs more careful scrutiny than any other. Unreviewable power is the most likely to self-indulge itself and the least likely to engage in dispassionate self-analysis . . . In a country like ours, no public institution, or the people who operate it, can be above public debate.
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The Brethren is the first detailed behind-the-scenes account of the Supreme Court in action. Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong have pierced its secrecy to give us an unprecedented view of the Chief and Associate Justices--maneuvering, arguing, politicking, compromising, and making decisions that affect every major area of American life.

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