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The making of a justice : reflections on my first 94 years / Justice John Paul Stevens.

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  • ISBN: 9780316489645
  • ISBN: 0316489646
  • Physical Description: ix, 549 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Little, Brown, & Co., 2019.

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A masterful and personal account of life on the Supreme Court that offers a unique understanding of American history from one of the most prominent jurists of our time. When Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the Supreme Court of the United States in 2010, he left a legacy of service unequaled in the history of the Court. During his thirty-four-year tenure, Justice Stevens was a prolific writer, authoring in total more than 1000 opinions. In THE MAKING OF A JUSTICE, John Paul Stevens recounts the first ninety-four years of his extraordinary life, offering an intimate and illuminating account of his service on the nation's highest court. Appointed by President Gerald Ford and eventually retiring during President Obama's first term, Justice Stevens has been witness to, and an integral part of, landmark changes in American society. With stories of growing up in Chicago, his work as a naval traffic analyst at Pearl Harbor during World War II, and his early days in private practice, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most important Supreme Court decisions over the last four decades, THE MAKING OF A JUSTICE offers a warm and fascinating account of Justice Stevens' unique and transformative American life.This comprehensive memoir is a must read for those trying to better understand our country and the Constitution.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1
    Retired from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, Stevens here recalls his 35 years on the bench. While the decisions in which he participated will be of primary interest, Stevens' recollections of his upbringing in Chicago, naval service in WWII, and legal career in the 1950s and 1960s will also sustain attention. Stevens remembers meeting aviation celebrities Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart when they stayed at his father's hotel, and his interest in sports prompts many enlivening tales. Stevens became an anti-trust specialist and a Republican, and his connection to Illinois U.S. senator Charles Percy factored into his appointment in 1970 to the federal appellate court, from which President Gerald Ford elevated him to the Supreme Court in 1975. Stevens' anecdotes about the court's members during his tenure show that friendships arise despite differences in judicial outlook. Stevens, for example, champions analyzing legislative history, a method abhorred by the late Justice Scalia. Stevens' illumination of the court's internal processes, accounts of cases, and often caustic opinions of its results form an important contribution to legal literature. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Justice John Paul Stevens served on U.S. Supreme Court from 1975 until his retirement in 2010. He is the third-longest serving Justice in American history. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1920, Stevens served in the United States Navy during World War II and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law. He was appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1970 by President Richard Nixon and to the Supreme Court in 1975 by Gerald Ford. He was the author of two other books, Five Chiefs and Six Amendments. Justice Stevens passed away in 2019.

Subject: Stevens, John Paul, 1920-
United States. Supreme Court.
Judges > United States > Biography.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Judicial Branch.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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