Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

By Jeff Shesol
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.


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Supreme Power is an extraordinary book that rings with relevance for our time. One of the most eloquent historians of his generation, Jeff Shesol has a deep understanding of the presidency, and the interplay of politics, personalities, and principles, all of which he brings to life in this rich, remarkable book. Full of surprises and new insights-each rendered in clear and confident prose - this book is about more than FDR's plan to pack the Court. It's about America's enduring struggle to reconcile our founders' ideals with conflicting challenges in our constant pursuit to build a more perfect union. -- President Bill Clinton



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Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publish date 03/14/2011
Pages 637
ISBN-13 9780393338812
ISBN-10 0393338819
Language English