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The Rehnquist Choice : The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court - John W. Dean

The Rehnquist Choice

The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court

Paperback Published: 1st October 2002
ISBN: 9780743233200
Number Of Pages: 352

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In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared many of President Richard Nixon's philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward. Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the improbable story of Rehnquist's appointment.

Dean weaves a gripping account packed with stunning new revelations: of a remarkable power play by Nixon to stack the court in his favor by forcing resignations; of Rehnquist himself, who played a role in the questionable ousting of Justice Abe Fortas; and of Nixon's failed impeachment attempt against William 0. Douglas. In his initial confirmation hearings, Rehnquist provided outrageous and unbelievable responses to questions about his controversial activities in the '50s and '60s -- yet he was confirmed with little opposition. It was only later, during his confirmation as Chief Justice, that his testimony would come under fire -- raising serious questions as to whether he had perjured himself

Using newly released tapes, his own papers, and documents unearthed from the National Archives, John Dean offers readers a place in the White House inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process, and a stunning expose of the man who has influenced the United States Supreme Court for the last thirty years.

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Robert D. Novak National Review The inside look at chaos in deciding who should fill Supreme Court vacancies is a delight....Dean has performed a valuable service in recording Nixon's tortuous course to a decision.
David Greenberg The Washington Monthly The most detailed behind-the-scenes account ever written of a high court nomination...impressive for many reasons: its lucid prose, its subtle humor, its relentlessly logical argumentation...a terrific page-turner.
Garrett Epps The Washington Post Watergate buffs will find [The Rehnquist Choice] jolly nostalgic fun.

Cast of Charactersp. xiii
A Note to the Readerp. xv
Introduction: The Backstoryp. 1
The Games Begin (September 17, 1971)p. 31
Priority One: A Southerner (September 18)p. 44
The Push for Poff (September 20)p. 60
Priority Two: Two Conservatives (September 23-28)p. 80
Poff Goes Poof (September 29-October 2)p. 101
Testing How Byrd Might Fly (October 2-11, 1971)p. 125
Going with Friday and Lillie (October 12-14)p. 150
The Chief Justice and Other Problems (October 14-18)p. 173
Powell and Baker (October 19, 1971)p. 199
While Howard Baker Dithered (October 20)p. 221
The Rehnquist Choice (October 21)p. 241
Afterwordp. 265
A Note on Sourcesp. 287
Chronologyp. 288
Notesp. 290
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 323
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ISBN: 9780743233200
ISBN-10: 0743233204
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st October 2002
Publisher: FREE PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1