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

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In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at a crucial point, with major changes in store on such issues as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations. Based on exclusive interviews with the justices and with a keen sense of the Court’s history and the trajectory of its future, Jeffrey Toobin creates in The Nine a riveting story of one of the most important forces in American life today.


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About Jeffrey Toobin

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Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since January, 1993.Mr. Toobin is also the legal analyst for ABC News and the author of the books, "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President" (Random House, 2000), and "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" (Random House, 1996).  Since joining the magazine, Mr. Toobin has covered legal affairs and written articles on such subjects as Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton, the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,  and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and O.J. Simpson.  His article "An Incendiary Defense," published in the July 25, 1994, issue of the magazine, disclosed for the first time the Simpson defense team's plans to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play "the race card."Prior to joining The New Yorker, Mr. Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.  He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, "Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer's First Case--United States v. Oliver North."  Mr. Toobin received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1982, and in 1986, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  In the 1995-96 academic year, he was a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.  Mr. Toobin lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
 
Published September 30, 2008 by Anchor. 480 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Every decade or so, an enterprising and intelligent outsider like Jeffrey Toobin comes along and shines a much-needed spotlight on the Supreme Court.

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Every decade or so, an enterprising and intelligent outsider like Jeffrey Toobin comes along and shines a much-needed spotlight on the Supreme Court.

Sep 23 2007 | Read Full Review of The Nine: Inside the Secret W...

The New York Times

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Every decade or so, an enterprising and intelligent outsider like Jeffrey Toobin comes along and shines a much-needed spotlight on the Supreme Court.

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The New York Times

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Jeffrey Toobin’s new book provides a vivid narrative history of the Supreme court’s recent history and gives the reader an intimate look at individual court justices.

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Toobin reveals the fundamental issue conservatives, like The 700 Club founder Pat Robertson and attorney Jay Sekulow, founders of the American Center for Law and Justice, realized in the 1980s about the Supreme Court and the cases they lost: “they didn’t need better arguments;

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BC Books

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Noted author and senior political analyst for CNN Jeffrey Toobin has written a fascinating book that pulls back the robes to reveal the machinations of the United States Supreme Court, mainly focusing on the years of the Rehnquist Court (which is how it was known in name only as Justice Sandra Da...

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NPR

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With the Supreme Court's opening term only weeks away, author Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Nine, is bound to make waves. According to NPR's Nina Totenberg, the book's rich detail and well-written narrative sets it apart from the string of latest books about the court.

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The former U.S. Attorney and longtime New Yorker staff writer has a new book about the nation's highest court. The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court contains new information about the 2000 presidential election challenge.

Sep 19 2007 | Read Full Review of The Nine: Inside the Secret W...

Book Reporter

In more than 31 years of law practice, the closest I've come to the United States Supreme Court was a 1982 trip sponsored by our county bar association, when a busload of lawyers who wanted to be admitted to the Court traveled from Pennsylvania for a mass swearing-in ceremony.

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Slate

In her review, she calls Toobin's book "the best, in a line of books this year about the Supreme Court."

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PolicyMic

Public opinion polls show rapidly increasing support for same-sex marriage across all demographic groups – recent Gallop Polls indicate national support for marriage equality stands at 50%.

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