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The Oath

Having laid bare the workings of the Supreme Court in his prize-winning The Nine, Toobin returns to assess how the Court-and, specifically, Chief Justice John Roberts-stack up against President Obama. From the moment that Roberts blew administering the Oath of Office at Obamas inauguration, he and the administration have been ideologically at odds. Toobin argues that the two men are both charismatic and ambitious, though Obamas actually the conservative one; he aims for step-by-step change, building on the past, while Roberts wants to unstitch everything accomplished by the New Deal. Essential reading as we gear up for the election.

TopicsObama, Barack
U.S. presidents
U.S. Supreme Court
Constitutional law
American politics and government
Law history