"Epps's deep insight and engaging style create a captivating narrative of the personalities behind the Supreme Court's decisions even for those who are already familiar with the 2013 Term."—Harvard Law ReviewIn this provocative and insightful book, constitutional scholar and journalist Garrett Epps reviews the key decisions of the 2013-2014 Supreme Court term through the words of the nation's nine most powerful legal authorities. Epps succinctly outlines one opinion or dissent from each of the justices during the recent term, using it to illuminate the political and ideological views that prevail on the Court. The result is a highly readable summary of the term's most controversial cases as well as a probing investigation of the issues and personalities that shape the Court's decisions.
"In his typically wise and witty style, Garrett Epps has produced a closeup of the Court's most recent term that illuminates both the justices and the cases. Supreme Court enthusiasts as well as readers who tune in only for the big decisions will find American Justice 2014 a valuable guide to the Roberts Court's immediate past and likely future."—Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School
"With American Justice 2014, Garrett Epps brings us on a whirlwind tour of one of the most important Supreme Court terms in recent memory. With a deft eye for the places where judicial ideology, experience, and worldview clash with doctrine, constitutional history, and cultural trends, American Justice 2014 tells us as much about the nine jurists who currently sit at the high court as it does about the twists and turns of constitutional change. This book is a must-read for anyone who believes that justices are people, and that law is less about balls and strikes than who's in the game."—Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor at Slate
Accompanied by a concise overview of Supreme Court procedure and brief case summaries, American Justice 2014 is an engaging and instructive read for seasoned Court-watchers as well as legal novices eager for an introduction to the least-understood branch of government. This revealing portrait of a year in legal action dramatizes the ways that the Court has come to reflect and encourage the polarization that increasingly defines American politics.
Garrett Epps is a contributing writer for the Atlantic and the American Prospect. His most recent book, American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution, was named a finalist for the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award. Epps is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore.