“Almost unique in its intellectual and global scope and ambition. . . . Gottlieb is an outstanding constitutional lawyer, and it is clear that he commands the relevant political science as well.”
—H. Jefferson Powell, Duke University
“The richness of the book is in its comprehensiveness and almost encyclopedic approach to discussing Supreme Court jurisprudence and in also providing a broader discussion of the conditions essential or at least associated with democracy.”
—David Schultz, Hamline University
“Gottlieb has written a stunning book about democracy, focusing on the Supreme Court through history and today, but also looking comparatively at the experience of other countries. This is a work about law, political science, and history and is filled with important insights about what causes democracies to succeed or fail. The book culminates in a forceful critique of the Roberts Court and how it has damaged American democracy. This is an important book, impressive in its scope and its analysis, and the cautions it offers for the future of democracy in the United States.”
—Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law
“In this passionate, copiously footnoted volume, law professor Stephen Gottlieb ambitiously combines methods of history, political science and legal analysis to assess the state of American democracy.”
—, Law and Politics Book Review
“Gottlieb provides a worthy contribution to the scholarly literature on the role of courts in the US.”
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