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Out of Order

Stories From The History Of The Supreme Court

By Sandra Day O'Connor, 1930-

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the stories of the Court and the Justices that come from the ‘out of order’ moments add to the richness of the Court as both a branch of our government and a human institution.”—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

 
From Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court, comes this fascinating book about the history and evolution of the highest court in the land.
 
Out of Order sheds light on the centuries of change and upheaval that transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution that thrives and endures today. From the early days of circuit-riding, when justices who also served as trial judges traveled thousands of miles per year on horseback to hear cases, to the changes in civil rights ushered in by Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall; from foundational decisions such as Marbury v. Madison to modern-day cases such as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Justice O’Connor weaves together stories and lessons from the history of the Court, charting turning points and pivotal moments that have helped define our nation’s progress.
 
With unparalleled insight and her unique perspective as a history-making figure, Justice O’Connor takes us on a personal exploration, painting vivid pictures of Justices in history, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., one of the greatest jurists of all time; Thurgood Marshall, whose understated and succinct style would come to transform oral argument; William O. Douglas, called “The Lone Ranger” because of his impassioned and frequent dissents; and John Roberts, whom Justice O’Connor considers to be the finest practitioner of oral argument she has ever witnessed in Court. We get a rare glimpse into the Supreme Court’s inner workings: how cases are chosen for hearing; the personal relationships that exist among the Justices; and the customs and traditions, both public and private, that bind one generation of jurists to the next—from the seating arrangements at Court lunches to the fiercely competitive basketball games played in the Court Building’s top-floor gymnasium, the so-called “highest court in the land.”
 
Wise, candid, and assured, Out of Order is a rich offering of inspiring stories of one of our country’s most important institutions, from one of our country’s most respected pioneers.

Praise for Out of Order
 
“[A] succinct, snappy account of how today’s court—so powerful, so controversial and so frequently dissected by the media—evolved from such startlingly humble and uncertain beginnings.”The New York Times
 
“A brief and accessible history of the nation’s highest court, narrated by a true historical figure and a jurisprudential giant.”—The Boston Globe
 
“A vibrantly personal book [that] displays O’Connor’s uncommon common sense, her dry wit and her reverence for the nation’s institutions.”Richmond Times-Dispatch
 
“Full of riveting anecdotes . . . a compact history . . . albeit a more lighthearted, personality-filled one than you might find in a high school classroom.”—Associated Press


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Format: Book
Author: O'Connor, Sandra Day, 1930-
Title: Out of order : stories from the history of the Supreme Court / Sandra Day O'Connor.
Publisher Date: New York : Random House, c2013.
Subject: United States. Supreme Court -- History. United States. Supreme Court -- Anecdotes. Courts of last resort -- United States -- History. Courts of last resort -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Isbn: 9780812993929
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Format: Book
Author: O'Connor, Sandra Day, 1930-
Title: Out of order : stories from the history of the Supreme Court / Sandra Day O'Connor.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Random House, c2013.
Description: 233 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: United States. Supreme Court -- History.
Subjects: United States. Supreme Court -- Anecdotes.
Subjects: Courts of last resort -- United States -- History.
Subjects: Courts of last resort -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-215) and index.
Contents: Looming large: historic intersections of the president and the Supreme Court -- The call to serve: judicial appointments -- A house is not a home : the journey to one First Street -- Humble beginnings: the first decade of the United Sstates Supreme Court -- Itinerant justice: riding circuit -- The Supreme Court's changing jurisdiction -- Golden tongues : oral advocacy before the court -- Customs and traditions of the court -- Some laughs on the bench -- Larger than life justices -- Gone but not forgotten: judicial retirement -- Supreme Court "firsts".
LCCN: 2012025708
ISBN: 9780812993929
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Call Number: 347.7326 O'C