The Great Decision by Cliff Sloan
Jefferson, Adams, Marshall, and the Battle for the Supreme Court

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Following the bitterly contested election between Adams and Jefferson in 1800, the United States teetered on the brink of a second revolution. When Adams sought to prolong his policies in defiance of the electorate by packing the courts, it became evident that the new Constitution was limited in its powers. Change was in order and John Marshall stepped up to the challenge.

The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state. Rich in atmospheric detail, political intrigue, and fascinating characters, The Great Decision is an illuminating tale of America’s formative years and the evolution of our democracy.


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Cliff Sloan is a former Supreme Court clerk. He has written about the Supreme Court for many publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and Slate. David McKean is a top-level Senate aide, a veteran political strategist, and the author of Friends in High Places and Tommy the Cork.
Published February 23, 2010 by PublicAffairs. 290 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, War, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The authors’ enthusiasm and clear prose vivify the contention that, as Marshall said, “It is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is.” A crisp, colorful examination of the case that established the formidable power of the federal judiciary.

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