The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

By Jeffrey Toobin
From the prizewinning author of "The Nine," a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.
From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation--and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative--a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts--and his allies on the Court--seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.
This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket--most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically--and historically--different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes.
No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller "The Nine" laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.


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Praise for "The Oath " "More than three decades after Bob Woodward wrote "The Brethren," Toobin is Woodward's successor as the chronicler of behind-the-scenes details from the Supreme Court, and the book is a page-turner." --"The Washington Post " "Toobin is one of the most talented reporters covering American law...Not until scholars a generation hence gain access to the justices' papers are we likely to have a more useful, or more readable, picture of this oddly assorted group of judges at this moment in history." --"The New York Times Book Review " "[A] polished and thoughtful dissection of the current Court -- led by Chief Justice John Roberts -- and its high-stakes relationship to the Obama administration. Toobin brings full authority to this project. Deeply versed in Supreme Court lore and legal subtlety, he draws upon first-hand interviews with the justices and their clerks in crafting an anxious tale of the Roberts court, casting its major rulings as looming symbols of judicial philosophy and will. After reading this wise book, one can fairly wonder whether the court, at its conservative core, embodies a brave corrective for the overreach of federal policy, or amounts to a partisan plot against America." --"USA Today" "Jeffrey Toobin's book "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court" is for political, and governmental, junkies - those of us who simply cannot get enough of the fascinating interpersonal dynamics that shape so much of what goes on at the top levels of government....Toobin's [book] would fall into the Robert Caro-Lyndon Johnson category. The "What's really going on here?" genre of political studies...["The Oath"] entertains us and reminds us that it is the interplay between different personalities and agendas that more than any scholarly argument of historical text is often at the heart of the laws we live with." "-- The Boston Globe" "From the awkward swearing-in of President Obama by Chie
Praise for "The Oath " "From the awkward swearing-in of President Obama by Chief Justice Roberts to Obama's caustic reaction to the Citizens United ruling to Roberts' support of Obama's health-care law, the tumultuous relationship between the administration and the Supreme Court has been increasingly evident...Legal analyst Toobin offers a vivid inside look at the personalities and politics behind the fractious relationship...Among the highlights: Ginsburg's scathing dissent on a ruling against a claim of pay disparity, in which she urged congressional action; Souter's caustic dissent in Citizens United that questioned Roberts' integrity; and Scalia's bitter disappointment in Roberts' decision on the health-care law. A revealing look at the ideological battle between the White House and the Supreme Court." --"Booklist," starred review "A skilfil probing of the often-discordant relationship between the president and the Supreme Court...Shrewd and elucidating." "--Kirkus Reviews" "In "The Oath," Toobin--a legal correspondent for the "New Yorker "and CNN--gives a full account of the current struggle over constitutional interpretation. It's an artfully constructed chronicle, and Toobin vigorously argues its conclusions. He skillfully interweaves three topics: the leading cases that illustrate the ambition of the Roberts Court; the four appointments since 2006 (Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan) that have turned the court into an institution blatantly divided between five committed Republicans and four committed Democrats; and illuminating sketches of all the justices, including the three recent retirees (Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter, and John Paul Stevens). For civilian readers, Toobin blends the equivalent of Con Law 101 with terrific political reportage." --"Bookforum" Praise for "The Nine Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize " ""The Nine" not only provides a vivid narrative history of the C



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