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Justices, Presidents and Senators, Revised : A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton - Henry J. Abraham

Justices, Presidents and Senators, Revised

A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton

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Available in paperback for the first time since the 1970s, this totally revised and updated classic is the most comprehensive an accessible history of the first 108 members of the US Supreme Court ever written. Henry J. Abraham, one of the nation's preeminent scholars of the judicial branch, addresses the vital questions of why individual justices were nominated to the highest court, how their nominations were received by legislators of the day, whether the appointees ultimately lived up to the expectations of the American public, and the legacy of their jurisprudence on the development of American law and society. Abraham's insights into the history of the Supreme Court are unrivalled by other studies of the subject, and among his numerous observations is that fully one-fifth of its members were viewed as failures by the presidents who appointed them. Enhanced by photographs of every justice from 1789 to 1999, Abraham's eloquent writing and meticulous research guarantee that this book will interest both general readers and scholars.

Industry Reviews

Written by one of America's greatest Court watchers, this book is a convenient reference and is chock full of useful information about the Court, the justices, and the behind-the-scenes considerations of selecting justices.--M. M. Feeley, University of California, Berkeley "CHOICE "

Prefacep. ix
Preface to the First Editionp. xi
Introductory Reflections: Of Criteria, Evaluations, and Judgmentsp. 1
The Nixon Era: A Turbulent Case Studyp. 9
How They Get There: Appointing Supreme Court Justicesp. 17
Why They Get There: Qualifications and Rationalizationsp. 35
The First Forty Years: From George Washington to John Quincy Adams, 1789-1829p. 53
The Next Forty Years: From Andrew Jackson to Andrew Johnson, 1829-1869p. 71
The Balance of the Nineteenth Century: From Ulysses S. Grant to William McKinley, 1869-1901p. 95
Into the Twentieth Century: From Theodore Roosevelt to Herbert Hoover, 1901-1933p. 117
The Court Alters Course: FDR and Truman, 1933-1953p. 157
The Warren Court: From Ike to LBJ, 1953-1969p. 189
The Burger Court: From Nixon to Reagan, 1969-1986p. 251
The Rehnquist Court: Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, 1986-p. 291
Epiloguep. 327
Notesp. 331
Rating Supreme Court Justicesp. 369
Rating Presidentsp. 373
Statistical Data on Supreme Court Justicesp. 377
Bibliographyp. 383
General Worksp. 384
Works about or by Individual Justicesp. 388
Photo Acknowledgmentsp. 411
Index of Casesp. 415
Index of Namesp. 419
About the Authorp. 429
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ISBN: 9780847696055
ISBN-10: 0847696057
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 15th September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.81 x 17.63  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised