The NLJ's Supreme Court Brief offers: A Holiday Reading List for SCOTUS Fans
Need a last minute present for your favorite Scotus nerd or maybe yourself? The year has witnessed a number of interesting and accessible books about the Supreme Court and the justices—some by scholars, journalists and advocates. Here are some to consider wrapping a ribbon around.
The fight over the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh spurred a variety of new books, including: Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover (by Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post); Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court (by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, chief counsel at Judicial Crisis Network ); The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelley)
There are also several new books from justices: A Republic If You Can Keep It (by Justice Neil Gorsuch); The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years (by Justice John Paul Stevens); Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You (by Justice Sonia Sotomayor)
And don't forget about books about the justices, including: The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts (by Joan Biskupic); The Enigma of Clarence Thomas (by Corey Robin); First: Sandra Day O'Connor (by Evan Thomas); and Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty and Law (by Jeffrey Rosen).
There are also plenty of new books about the court, including: An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know (by Josh Blackman and Randy E. Barnett); and Separate: The Story of Plessy V. Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation (by Steve Luxenberg). —Marcia Coyle