AAUP Publishes "Books for Understanding: The Supreme Court"

NEW YORK (July 14, 2010) – While the recent Kagan confirmation hearings have been a masterful example of how to not reveal much, scholarship on the United States Supreme Court and the individuals who have donned its robes can tell us quite a bit about what to expect when the second Obama nominee is confirmed to the Court later this summer.

The judicial philosophies, institutional power shifts, interpretive theories, and elite and public opinions that have shaped the Court and its cases are the subjects of 146 new and classic titles from the university and scholarly publishers of the Association of American University Presses. Learn more about this scholarship via the latest Books for Understanding online resource:


From 28 prestigious scholarly publishers, these titles include:

  • John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life by Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010): a new biography of retiring Justice Stevens;
  • The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process by Christopher L. Eisgruber (Princeton University Press, 2009): a former Supreme Court clerk argues for an appointment process with more serious debate on judicial philosophies in place of partisan rancor and showmanship;
  • Shaping America: The Supreme Court and American Society by Edward F. Mannino (University of South Carolina Press, 2009): a practicing trial lawyer analyzes the historical forces that permitted the Court to profoundly affect American society .

Books for Understanding is a free public service of AAUP to help librarians, journalists, educators, and interested readers find the best books on current events. The program highlights one of the highest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential. Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

The Association of American University Presses is one of the world's largest organizations of nonprofit scholarly publishers. AAUP is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Visit the AAUP Web site, www.aaupnet.org, to learn more about the association and its members.


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