Supreme Conflict

Supreme Conflict

The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court

Written by: Jan Crawford Greenburg

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143113041
  • 384 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


Drawing on unprecedented access to the Supreme Court justices themselves and their inner circles, acclaimed ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg offers an explosive newsbreaking account of one of the most momentous political watersheds in American history. From the series of Republican nominations that proved deeply frustrating to conservatives to the decades of bruising battles that led to the rise of Justices Roberts and Alito, this is the authoritative story of the conservative effort to shift the direction of the high court—a revelatory look at one of the central fronts of America’s culture wars by one of the most widely respected experts on the subject.


“The richest and most impressive journalistic look at the [Supreme Court] since Woodward co- wrote The Brethren in 1979.”
-Los Angeles Times

“A fascinating look at dynamics within the court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates.”
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“More than any recent writer on the Court, [Jan Crawford Greenburg] seems to have mastered the arts of Kremlinology that are necessary to appreciate what goes on in this secretive institution. . . . Fascinating.”
-The New York Review of Books

“A genuinely spectacular feat of reporting.”
-The New Republic

“A fresh and detailed account of how the court works and, relatedly, how presidents decide who gets there. . . . A tour de force.”
-The Wall Street Journal