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From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.
This essential book arrives at a make-or-break moment for the nation and the court. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court's decisions on key topics - including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power - could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe - one of the country's leading constitutional lawyers - and Matz dig deeply into the court's recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial "activism" to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated.
Filled with original insights and compelling human stories, Uncertain Justice illuminates the most colorful story of all - how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame the way we live.
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By Philo on 10-06-14
Thoughtful, yet very listenable
This is my favorite Supreme Court book of several seen over the years. I have the utmost respect for the authors' careful exploration of many facets of issues of great importance. Those with pre-set knee-jerk views might be disappointed here or there, but I'll warrant they'll emerge the better for it. I found my own views challenged in the best possible ways.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Paul on 10-09-14
Excellent look at how the Supreme Court works
Where does Uncertain Justice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncertain Justice?
Seeing how Judge Scalia acted when he didn't get his way
Which scene was your favorite?
Too many to list
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Supreme Court Wrestling
Any additional comments?
This book changed my understanding of the many issues with which the Supreme Court has to deal. The authors took no sides and clearly explicated the real issues of many landmark modern cases. What we get from the news regarding these cases is the equivalent of using one camera snapshot of a football game to evaluate who should have won. The book convinced me that the appointment of Clarence Thomas was one of the single most tragic mistakes in our Country's history. If a person is interested in understanding the reasoning behind some of the most impactful cases in our history, listen to this book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful