The Supermajority: How the Supreme Court Divided America

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Simon & Schuster
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5.9 X 9.0 X 1.6 inches | 1.19 pounds

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About the Author
Michael Waldman is president and CEO of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to revitalize the nation's systems of democracy and justice. He was director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999 and is the author of The Second Amendment: A Biography and The Fight to Vote. Waldman was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court. A graduate of Columbia College and NYU School of Law, he comments widely in the media on law and policy.
"Today's Supreme Court poses a crisis for American democracy. It has set the country back on voting rights, reproductive rights, gun safety and racial justice, with more damage possibly to come. This compelling book tells the story of this critical moment in the long struggle for a better, more equitable country. It's not a story just for lawyers - it's something every American must know."--Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General
"Michael Waldman's The Supermajority is nothing less than a public service. With writerly skill and lawyerly authority he has produced a panoramically sweeping and deeply disturbing account of the Supreme Court's lurch to the hard right. Anyone trying to grasp how just nine unelected justices with lifetime tenure could completely upend American life must read this important book."--Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker
"Each week's headlines reveal how much power the Supreme Court holds over all our lives. Abortion... guns...the environment...our democracy - The Supermajority dramatizes the explosive impact of these nine justices. It shows how politics shapes the Court, and how the Court shapes the country. It's a revelatory look at America's history, an incisive reflection on our future. Essential reading to understand today's politics."--George Stephanopoulos
"Michael Waldman's powerful account of the Supreme Court and how the current supermajority came to be and the dangerous consequences of their decisions is a must-read account of our most important legal institution--troubling, provocative, insightful, and engaging all at the same time." --Julian E. Zelizer, coauthor of Myth America, Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University
"Compulsively readable and urgent, The Supermajority briskly details the Supreme Court's past, while meticulously documenting its impact on our present and future. At every turn, Waldman's unsparing eye and clear voice illustrate how the Court's veneer of neutrality has yielded to a cynical political calculus that makes every case a potential landmine for justice and democracy."--Melissa Murray, Frederick I. and Grace Stokes Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
"A damning account of a Supreme Court gone wildly activist in shredding the Constitution."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Learned, engaging, fierce - I expect [The Supermajority] to exert huge influence in Democratic Senate and presidential debate about the stakes in 2024 and after."--David Frum, @davidfrum, 5/22/23
"In The Supermajority, Michael Waldman makes a compelling historical, political and legal case against the current Supreme Court. He shows how the conservative Justices who now dominate the Court have already damaged the lives of countless Americans and are poised to wreak more havoc. The Supermajority is a biting analysis and a timely warning."--Jeffrey Toobin, author of Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Right Wing Extremism
"A terrific if chilling account of how conservatives hijacked US democracy. . . . Written with the verve of great campaign oratory."--Charles Kaiser "The Guardian"
"A call to action as much as it is a history of the Supreme Court . . . carries a strong warning for the conservative justices who thus far have been able to carry the day."--Brooke Masters "The Financial Times"