“As the future of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, James Zirin has given us an extraordinarily timely, riveting, and historically informed work about how the Court has become a supremely political and partisan body. A must read in these times–and all times.”
–Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher, The Nation
“A vivid, no-holds- barred portrait of the politicization of the Supreme Court. Jim Zirin takes the robes off the justices and reveals why Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, Senators and Presidents, business and labor, evangelicals and atheists, look to the Supreme Court to further their public policies and private beliefs. Read it. It’s a WOW! Book.”
–Joseph A. Calilfano, Jr., Lyndon Johnson’s topassistant for domestic affairs, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, attorney and author
“A particularly timely book! With the raging partisan battle over Justice Scalia’s replacement as a backdrop, Jim Zirin raise the vexing question of whether we may be moving towards a more politicized judiciary in a Supreme Court deeply divided over difficult constitutional questions.”
–Nadine Strossen, professor of Law, New York Law School; former president New York Civil Liberties Union
“An important and engaging examination of how the Supreme Court has acted in a partisan fashion and failed to protect our rights. James Zirin’s book powerfully shows why the composition of the Supreme Court matters for all of us, often in the most significant and intimate aspects of our lives. Everyone, whatever their degree of knowledge of the Supreme Court can benefit from reading Zirin’s compelling analysis.”–Erwin Chemerinsky, current and founding dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law “Jim Zirin has written a bracing and provocative account of the ideological cross-currents in the Supreme Court at an especially pivotal point in the Court’s 227-year old history.”
–Jack Goldsmith, professor of Law, Harvard Law School, former U.S. Attorney General
“How politicized has the Supreme Court become? Is it – and has it ever been – truly an independent tribunal protecting our sacred rights to justice under the Constitution? Or is it basically a collection of predictable political partisans? How has the Court’s shifting ethnic and religious composition altered its character? James Zirin offers some provocative reflections on these questions and many more, in a book marked as deeply by his patriotic passion as his historical acuity. Supremely Partisan should be required reading for every citizen concerned about the state of our democracy.”
–Sean Wilentz, Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University
“Partisanship on the Supreme Court is an an all-important issue that is both timely and timeless. Jim Zirin goes to the heart of the most important question about the Court today: In shaping all of our lives, how much do its decisions turn on who’s doing the deciding, rather than on the facts and the law? And, in doing so, he shines a spotlight on why the life experiences of those we consider to serve as Justices matter as much as their legal abilities or their resumes.
–David Westin, Bloomberg TV talk show host, former president ABC News.
“Once again, Jim Zirin has produced a vividly written and pungently argued book on the development of American law, this time through the lens of the political backgrounds of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court. A good many readers will find their opinions about a “politicized court” reinforced by this book and challenged by the superb foreword by Kim Roosevelt.”
–Philip Bobbitt, Professor of Law, Columbia Law School.