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The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America by Thom HartmanCover: The Hidden History of the Supreme Court

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2019. Paperback, 192 pages.

This book opens with a look at the philosophical ideas the United States’ founders borrowed from the likes of Montesquieu and Locke as well as ideas borrowed from the Iroquois Confederacy.  It then moves on to describe the views on the Supreme Court from The Federalist Papers and how early cases, mainly Marbury v. Madison set the tone for the practice of Judicial Review and thus placed the Supreme Court as the final law of the land instead of Congress.  Then Hartman transitions into proving his thesis, which boils down to the idea that the Supreme Court members are out for themselves, not serving the people.  Following evidence from over 200 years worth of court cases he uses to support his claims, Hartman then proposes ways to take this…

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