The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions.
The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions. Kermit L. Hall, editor. Oxford University Press. [pounds]29.99/US$35.0O. 428
pages. ISBN 0- 19-511883-9. This Guide examines 440 decisions from the
U.S. Supreme Court that have affected American government and society
over 200 years. Often referred to as America's second congress, the
Court has carved out a place for itself as the dispenser of radical
decisions, sometimes on a very flimsy understanding of constitutional
law. Some judges were highly trained legal experts while others were
political appointees who preferred sociology to law. Each entry
describes the case, tells who argued for and against, how each judge
voted, and who wrote the 'opinion' or judgement. Each
contributor also gives the background to the decision and the effect it
had on American life, from de-segregation to abortion, from Christian
prayer in schools to police interviewing of suspects. This must prove an
essential reference book for anyone seeking to understand how modern
America came to be.