Protect and Defend

Protect and Defend

A Novel

Large Print - 2000
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A compelling new novel from Richard North Patterson- a major departure, and that confirms his place among the most important popular novelists at work today. A newly elected president faces the unexpected chance to nominate a new chief justice of the Supreme Court. His first choice is a nationally respected Court of Appeals judge, a woman whose nomination faces two serious obstacles: a long-held personal secret; and the prospect that a volatile abortion case- a trial pitting a 15-year-old girl against her pro-life parents- will come before the court. And the Senate majority leader is determined to thwart the president's nomination for reasons that cross the boundary between the political and the personal. As these stories intertwine, building in complexity and suspense, Patterson gives us the resounding clash of competing ambitions between the president and the majority leader; the equally momentous collision of science and culture in the courtroom; and, in an unprecedented novelistic depiction of the legal process from the perspective of the judge rather than the lawyers, a revelation of both how the judicial system works and how it intersects with politics, for better or for worse. PROTECT AND DEFEND is a triumph- the definitive novel of politics and law at the dawn of the 21st century.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2000.
ISBN: 9780375430992
Characteristics: 885 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.


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Nov 04, 2020

I love Richard North Patteron's books. This is one of his earlier books. It is a satisfying read and has some relevance to this election. It is beautifully written, and well worth the time of the reader.

Mar 11, 2017

If you are following today's politics, Patterson's Protect and Defend is worth the read. Patterson wrote the book in 2000. There is a new president and an opening on the Supreme Court. Sound familiar? President Kilcannon wants a Supreme Court chief judge who is proven to be smart and sensitive to the issues of the day. He's found one in Caroline Masters. He has to battle the conservative far right, and politicians who aren't afraid of attacking the personal lives of anyone who gets in the way.

I found the book very informative. Patterson thoroughly details the arguments of pro-life and pro-choice advocates. They have not really changed in the last seventeen years. He also thoroughly discusses the problems that come with millions of dollars being donated to politicians from special interest groups.


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