One does not have to be a lawyer to read with enjoyment this clear cut account of the part the Supreme Court has played in American Democracy. Jackson, now Attorney General, has had an opportunity to watch the functioning of the Supreme Court, to see it change from a conservative to a liberal court, to observe in recent years, another version of what has gone on recurrently over 150 years. He traces the rise and fall of the influence of the Court, of its changes in make-up, in numbers, of its reversal of itself, of the dangers of judicial supremacy, when it closed its eyes to ""peaceful and democratic conciliation of our social and economic conflicts"". Partisan -- yes, -- probably -- but vigorous and convincing and objective in its analysis. Good reading, and important at this period in our history, when the eyes of the country are on the sustained three branch system of government.