Packing the Court : The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-06-29
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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From renowned political theorist James MacGregor Burns, an incisive critique of the overreaching power of an ideological Supreme Court For decades, Pulitzer Prize-winner James MacGregor Burns has been one of the great masters of the study of power and leadership in America. In Packing the Court, he turns his eye to the U.S. Supreme Court, an institution that he believes has become more powerful, and more partisan, than the founding fathers ever intended. In a compelling and provocative narrative, Burns reveals how the Supreme Court has served as a reactionary force in American politics at critical moments throughout the nation's history, and concludes with a bold proposal to rein in the court's power.

Author Biography

James MacGregor Burns is the author of more than two dozen books, including Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and Leadership, which is considered the seminal work in the field of leadership studies. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
The First Courtpackersp. 7
John Marshall's Constitutionp. 25
The Dred Decisionp. 49
War Powers: Lincoln vs. Taneyp. 63
Deconstruction: Republican Reversalp. 79
A Court for the Gilded Agep. 93
The Triumphant Mr. Taftp. 115
FDR's Boldest Gamblep. 139
"Wild Horses": The Roosevelt Courtp. 157
Leadership: The Warren Courtp. 179
Republicans as Activistsp. 201
Hard Right: The Cheney-Bush Courtp. 225
Epilogue: Ending Judicial Supremacyp. 247
The Justices of the Supreme Courtp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 268
Notesp. 270
Indexp. 313
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