Magill's Choice: U.S. Supreme Court is an affordable, comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the history and functions of the Supreme Court. There are articles on all the justices, including those appointed by George W. Bush, articles on key constitutional issues, and more than 110 on landmark cases. "U.S. Supreme Court" is well organized and features clearly written articles. It offers the additional advantage of coming out at a time when the Supreme Court itself is undergoing important changes that need to be explained. Covered here are issues such as the Court responding to the aftermath of 9/11, the complications of the 2000 presidential election, U.S. involvement in Iraq, and the replacement of two justices, including the chief justice. "U.S. Supreme Court" also contains essays on types of law (such as administrative law, bankruptcy law, and state constitutions), individual pieces of legislation, and clauses and amendments to the U.S. Constitution. "U.S. Supreme Court" is alphabetically arranged.
Each essay opens with selected ready-reference top matter that is most relevant to its category (such as birth and death dates for justices, along with details about their terms of service) and a statement of significance. Longer articles have updated bibliographies, and all articles have cross-references to other articles in the set. Emphasis throughout the set is on clear explanations of subjects, supported by illuminating graphics and illustrations. The 391 essays range in length from 250 to 3,000 words and contain several distinct component parts. All essays open with specially formatted top-matter sections, whose content varies according to essay type. The core of every essay is a clear discussion of its subject, whose relevance to the Supreme Court is constantly stressed. This is followed by alphabetically arranged cross-references to related articles. The top matter of the 110 essays on landmark cases is equally comprehensive. The Cases Appendix in volume 3 summarizes data on more than 590 major court cases, and additional references to cases - including hundreds of cases not covered in individual essays - can be found in the Court Case Index.
A comprehensive Subject Index locates discussions of personages, concepts, laws, events, and other topics. Essay top matter is presented in a concise, ready-reference format that provides the most essential information at a glance. Top matter in each of the essays on individual justices, for example, opens with its subject's full name, brief identification, full birth and death information, date and president of appointment, and a summary statement of the justice's significance in Court history. Essay top matter also adds exact dates of the justices' Supreme Court service and identifies the presidents who appointed them. This title includes: 3 Volumes, 1,392 Pages; 35 Sidebars, Tables; 4 Maps; 150 Photographs; 391 Essays; Time Line; Glossary; Table of Court Cases; Bibliography; U.S. Constitution; Category Index; Court Cases Index; and, Subject Index.show more