Monday, September 17, 2012

Toobin's "The Oath"

Jeffrey Toobin's much-anticipated The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court comes out on Tuesday.  Early reviews are excellent; here are links to a handful.


  • Jeffrey Rosen has a thorough and balanced review in the Washington Post.  Rosen calls Toobin "Woodward's successor as the chronicler of behind-the-scenes details from the Supreme Court," and says The Oath "is a page-turner."  Toobin writes that the big scoop in the book is that Chief Justice Roberts's first draft of Citizens United was limited, saying only that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act didn't apply to Citizens United's movie critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton (and not that the BCRA was unconstitutional, as the Court eventually ruled).  (Toobin also writes of that other big event involving Chief Justice Roberts: his switch in the ACA case.)
  • Terry Gross has a wonderful interview with Toobin on Fresh Air.  The NPR link also has a link to excerpts from the book.
  • Kirkus Review calls the book "a skillful probing of the often-discordant relationship between the president and the Supreme Court" and "[s]hrewd and elucidating."
  • The Huffington Post review focuses on Chief Justice Roberts's ACA switch.
  • Politico's Playbook has a couple excerpts.


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