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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Supremes

John Paul Stevens, who served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 35 years, has just published Five Chiefs, part memoir and part history of the chief justices of the United States. The 91-year-old Stevens was the third-longest-serving Supreme Court Justice when he retired in 2010.

The book’s appearance coincides with the first Monday in October, the Court’s traditional opening day each year. At 10 a.m. last Monday, the nine justices of the Court gathered to tackle decisions on the complex and controversial issues that will come before them this term. Stevens’ memoir is certainly not the first to offer a glimpse into the sometimes obscure workings of this influential body. If you want to learn a bit more about the nation’s highest court, try the books below. Many more are listed in our catalog. Just search “Supreme Court. United States.”

Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View by Steven Breyer

The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice by Sandra Day O’Connor

My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas

The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court by Bob Woodward

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