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The Nine:
Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

By Jeffrey Toobin


New Yorker scribe and CNN legal analyst Toobin interviewed all the Justices during the early months of the Roberts court (and the end of Sandra Day O’Connor’s tenure). The resulting book brings rare illumination to the high court’s inner workings at a time when the dynamics are changing on such major issues in our culture as abortion, civil rights, and church-state relations.



The Supreme Court

By William H. Rehnquist


Former Chief Justice Rehnquist, who served on the Court for 34 years until his death in 2005, provides an authoritative but wonderfully readable history of the Court and all of its big cases -- as well as the lowdown on just how the Justices go about making such monumental decisions.





The Supreme Court:
The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America

By Jeffrey Rosen


Four relationships in the Court's history are at the heart of this intriguing study by George Washington University law professor and New Republic editor Jay Rosen. Mapping the contrasts between President Thomas Jefferson and Chief Justice John Marshall, or Justice Antonin Scalia and Chief Justice William Rehnquist, he allows us to see that personalities -- and rivalries between them -- have been instrumental in shaping our nation.



Thurgood Marshall:
American Revolutionary

By Juan Williams


Thurgood Marshall had already made Supreme Court history in 1954, when as counsel for the NAACP he won the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case; his appointment as the first African-American Justice in 1967 led to his quarter-century leading the Court on issues of individual rights. Longtime Washington Post correspondent Juan Williams covers it all -- including Marshall's complex relationships with LBJ, Martin Luther King, Jr. and FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover -- in this definitive biography.



May It Please the Court . . . 

Edited by Peter Irons and Stephanie Guitton


Few Americans know that every case argued before the Supreme Court since 1955 has been recorded. May It Please the Court . . . collects transcripts of 23 of the most important cases in U.S. history and supplements them with MP3 recordings of the oral arguments, giving readers (and listeners) the chance to experience history with unique immediacy.


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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.