Books by Peter Irons

Professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, Peter Irons is the author of numerous books, including A People's History of the Supreme Court, and editor and narrator of May It Please the Court. His writings have earned him a


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Released: Aug. 5, 2005

"Well reasoned and argued, if unlikely to influence the people who could most stand to read it."
Elect a president, get a war. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"A book of sorrows—and of surpassing importance."
Avowed integrationist Irons (Political Science/UC San Diego; A People's History of the Supreme Court, not reviewed) powerfully summarizes Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and argues compellingly that subsequent court cases have effected resegregation and the resurrection of Jim Crow. Read full book review >
A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE SUPREME COURT by Peter Irons
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Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"While his history contains a few great stories, it will change no minds. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
This sweeping history of the Supreme Court will thoroughly aggravate anyone who believes, along with Robert Bork or Justice Antonin Scalia that the Constitution should be read narrowly. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

The sequel to Irons's first look inside the Supreme Court offers edited versions of arguments addressing pivotal, controversial issues regarding the First Amendment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1994

A ho-hum digest of 100 Bill of Rights cases decided by justices Brennan and Rehnquist along predictable ideological lines. ``This is not an insider's account,'' warns Irons (Political Science/Univ. of California, San Diego; The Courage of Their Convictions, 1988, etc.) in his preface. ``I did not interview either justice for this book. Read full book review >