Jeffrey Toobin's The Oath: The Obama White House and the Roberts Supreme Court

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From the prizewinning author of The Nine comes a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts and the Obama administration, reaching its climax at the court’s contentious decision to uphold President Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act.

There is no better account of the Supreme Court and its justices’ positions in the politics of the U.S. today. Toobin’s writing is so clear, and his familiarity with his subjects so natural, that you feel as if you know the justices as well as he does. He follows both their biographies and careers with equal enthusiasm, and he weaves the two together to explain their most complex decisions. A must for anyone who wants to be informed about the court and understand its role and power in our society.

“More than three decades after Bob Woodward wrote The Brethren, Toobin is Woodward’s successor as the chronicler of behind-the-scenes details from the Supreme Court, and the book is a page-turner.” — The Washington Post

Listen to Jeffrey Toobin talk to Terry Gross about Obama and Roberts on NPR’s Fresh Air.