Supreme Power by Jeff Shesol
Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

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"A stunning work of history."—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals


Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of FDR's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices—and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.
 

About Jeff Shesol

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Jeff Shesol is the author of Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court and Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, and the Feud That Defined a Decade. He was a speechwriter in the Clinton administration and lives in Washington, DC.
 
Published March 21, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 673 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The ideological battle between the New Deal president and the Supreme Court's Nine Old Men.

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A thorough account of Franklin Roosevelt’s proposal to transform the Supreme Court and its political consequences.

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Jeff Shesol's Supreme Power is the story of President Franklin Roosevelt, his struggle to institute the New Deal, and the Supreme Court's subsequent backlash. Critic Michael Schaub says the book breathes new life into a historic conflict.

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The Washington Post

But though Roosevelt did try and fail to stack the Court in his favor, he actually didn’t wage an aggressive public campaign against the Court during the 1936 reelection campaign, according to Jeff Shesol, the author of “Supreme Power,” a book about Roosevelt and the Court.

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Dallas News

By STEVE WEINBERG / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Steve Weinberg is a freelance investigative reporter in Columbia, Mo.

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