“Out Of Order”, written by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, was a complete history of the U.S. Supreme Court that would appeal to anyone. Yet, the explanation of the Court’s role was basic and directed at people who didn’t know much about it. O’Connor talked about the history of appointing justices, the locations of the Court, and how cases were submitted in an interesting way.
The evolution of the Court was amazing. The iconic building that houses the Court now is a far cry from the ramshackle buildings the Court used or the transient lifestyle the Justices led when they were required to ride their horses around the country and travel from one lower court to the next. The book described legal jargon such as habeas corpus and writ of certiorari, and also described legal procedures and the separation of powers. My favorite parts of the book were O’Connor’s own experience as a member of the court. I laughed at some of the unintentionally funny statements and events that occurred during oral arguments. Everything from a Justice’s underwear to an explosion.
This was certainly not for lawyers, as I had learned much of the content in law school. Overall, this was an informative book, and would be excellent for anyone interested in learning more about the U.S. Supreme Court.