Review of Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court

Author: Damon Root

Publisher: Palgrave-Macmillan

This excellent book details the conflict between those who favor judicial restraint and those who favor judicial activism.  Mr. Root provides historical background, dating the judicial activism group to Justice Eric Field, and the judicial restraint group to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and he explores how the back-and-forth power struggle between the two groups has led to the present legal atmosphere, including debates over gun control, Obamacare, abortion, and gay marriage.
One thing that could have been developed more is a skepticism about the degree to which individual members of the Supreme Court can be categorized as either in favor of restraint or in favor of activism.  I do think they can be categorized, but softly, not firmly, and it would do well to explore in more detail how this impacts the dynamic of the Court.  It may well be its own separate book.
Easily one of the top five books I have received through the Early Reviewers program!!
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