LIONS UNDER THE THRONE by Charles P. Jr. Curtis


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This study of the Supreme Court contains many points of interest and importance, and should be of considerable value to laymen as well as lawyers. But this one requires close reading, even on the part of lawyers, who will feel- in the main- that other books have treated the problem better. Mr. Curtis' style is turgid; with what he brings of knowledge and understanding, a skilled craftsman might have carried the message to laymen. How the Supreme Court got that way:- that it filled many functions in a gap left in the Constitutional structure, that by the time the New Deal was in the saddle, the Court had little faith in the people. He gives great credit to Hughes for the development that followed; he points to the errors of the techniques used by F.D.R. In general, the Court is a protection of our way of life, even though an autocratic, expensive- to the litigants- and undemocratic one. But only as long as wisdom prevails. The public wont find it particularly interesting; lawyers are in the main not a prolific market for such books.

Pub Date: March 25th, 1947
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin