The Oath

The Oath

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

Book - 2012
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A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

From the moment Chief Justice Roberts botched Barack Obama's oath of office, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been a fraught one. Grappling with issues as diverse as campaign finance, abortion, and the right to bear arms, the Roberts court has put itself squarely at the center of American political life. Jeffrey Toobin brilliantly portrays key personalities and cases and shows how the President was fatally slow to realize the importance of the judicial branch to his agenda. Combining incisive legal analysis with riveting insider details, The Oath is an essential guide to understanding the Supreme Court of our interesting times.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307390714
Branch Call Number: 347.7326 T617o 2012
Characteristics: viii, 325 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 25 cm


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Feb 25, 2016

A page turner!

redban Aug 28, 2014

Similar to Mr. Toobin's previous book [The Nine], the author simply skims the surface, safe from anything insightful, what you would expect from a CNN legal analyst. If that's what the book was written for, then congratulations, thanks for the propaganda. Here, we are examining President Corporations himself, and we are still stuck in the political theatre of Republicans versus Democrats, Neoconservatives versus Neoliberals! What both parties have in common is big Corporate contributions, and the Supreme Court has a major role in opening up Corporate power. That needs to be addressed clearly and concisely, but you'll have to find that elsewhere (may I recommend Matt Taibbi's The Divide). Humanizing the judges without explaining the consequences of their decisions makes this a fluff-piece bedtime story for children. In the meantime, let us go watch Glenn Greenwald slap Toobin on national television.

Jan 19, 2013

Superb book! Toobin has written an entertaining yet informative book about the Supreme Court during the Obama presidency. He humanizes the justices while revealing their political motivations. Behind the scenes information about Citizens United and several other major supreme court cases.


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