The Handy Supreme Court Answer Book: The History and Issues Explained

Visible Ink. 2nd ed ed. May 2023. 448p. ISBN 9781578597826. pap. $29.95. REF
Hudson (constitutional law, Belmont Univ. Coll. of Law; The Constitution Explained) offers an introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court, organized around a series of bolded, headline-style questions and answers, such as “Who was Miranda?” of Miranda warning fame. The book covers the history, structure, and procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court, its major cases, and the confirmation process, including references to the nominations of Brett Kavanaugh, Merrick Garland, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. Cases are divided into chapters by issues such as freedom of speech or religion, criminal justice, racial discrimination, gerrymandering, abortion, and gun rights. A final chapter covers inessential but interesting historical information, allowing other sections to act more efficiently as ready reference. Although the author does a good job of directing readers to other books, a list of further reading would have proven useful as well.
VERDICT The U.S. Supreme Court is increasingly in the news, but its workings and history are opaque. This recommended book can help clear things up.
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