Eight Good Books About the U.S. Courts
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Free Speech, Free Press, and the Law
by Jethro K. Lieberman
Fifty controversial cases decided by the Supreme Court show how the First Amendment protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The final chapter lets you be the judge. Which way would you rule? Why? The answers the Supreme Court justices gave are there, too. A good test for prospective judges. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, New York, 1980.
The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court
by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong
"In San Clemente, California, President Nixon picked up his phone . . . Alexander Haig, Chief of Staff, told him the Supreme Court decision (on the Watergate tapes) had just come down. Nixon contemplated not complying if he lost. He had counted on . . . at least one dissent.
'Unanimous,'Haig said. 'There is no air in it at all.'
Seventeen days later, he resigned." Read about the justices who made that decision, up close and personal. Avon Books, New York, 1980.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
by Judith Bentley
A wonderful biography of the former Arizona State Senator and judge, who, in 1981, became the first woman ever appointed a justice of the Supreme Court. Julian Messner, New York, 1983.
The Controversial Court: Supreme Court Influences on American Life
by Stephen Goode
Find yourself confusing Earl Warren with Warren Burger? Both were Chief Justices of the Supreme Court just past the middle of the 20th century, the decisions of their courts had great impact on American life, and they share one name. There the similarities end.
Read about the striking differences between Earl Warren's active, liberal court and Warren Burger's 11 years of judicial modesty, and you'll never confuse them again. Julian Messner, New York, 1982.
by Jack Bass
The story of the southern judges of the Fifth Circuit who translated the Supreme Court's "Brown" decision into a revolution for equality. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1981.
The Supreme Court
by Lawrence Baum
Learn how the Supreme Court works from the inside out. You will find out how a case reaches the court, how the court makes decisions, and how to research a specific case. There is even a list of the Supreme Court nominations from 1789 on. Congressional Quarterly Inc., Washington DC, 1985.
The Constitution: That Delicate Balance
by Fred W. Friendly and Martha J.H. Elliot
Each chapter explores landmark cases that shaped the Constitution, from "Barron's Wharf" through "Bakke." Great stories as well as great history. Random House, New York, 1984.
The Defense Never Rests
by F. Lee Bailey
Are the trials in a real courtroom anything like the trials on TV? Sometimes, but the real cases are more interesting, especially when told by F. Lee Bailey, a very clever lawyer. The book tells about four murder cases, one of which goes all the way to the Supreme Court. Unlike the lawyers on TV, Bailey wins some and loses some. New American Library, New York, undated.
Adapted from The Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court, Scholastic Inc., 1989.