The U.S. Supreme Court Review


“This encyclopedia of the Supreme Court is considerably updated from the 2007 edition, with more than 100 new entries (567 in all, according to the introduction). The articles… are all signed by an army of 147 contributing scholars. As might be expected, they vary considerably in length from a few paragraphs to several pages. Specific court decisions, biographies of justices, and legal subjects treated by the court are all included. Each article has a precis at the beginning that summarizes the salient facts in the article. Many of the articles have references for “further reading”; the reference lists for major topics are often annotated. Many articles also have see also references to other articles. Appendixes include “Categories of Cases and Topics” (a rough subject grouping), glossary, timeline of Supreme Court events, annotated bibliography, a list of justices ranked by years of service, notable rulings, the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, and a detailed subject index. The illustrations are primarily portraits of the justices that appear with their biographies. This source is current enough to include the controversy over President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Scalia, but just missed the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch. The writing is clear and aimed at a general audience. This is a superb reference source that is appropriate for high school, college/university, and public libraries.”
-ARBA, 2017

“Essays range in length from 250 to 3,000 words, depending on the topic. The essays are organized alphabetically, encyclopedia style, and are meticulously cross‐referenced. Appendixes include “Categories of Cases and Topics,” a “Timeline of the U.S. Supreme Court,” “Justices Ranked by Years of Service,” and a list of short descriptions of notable Supreme Court cases. The case and topic categories are broad and include “Gender Issues,” “Race Discrimination,” “Presidential Powers,” and “Voting Rights.” Written clearly and for a general audience, this set is appropriate for libraries in need of a general resource on the Supreme Court.”
—Booklist