Justice Lewis F. Powell:: A Biography

Justice Lewis F Powell A Biography Justice Lewis F Powell Jr is an absorbing and readable biography of one of the most important Supreme Court Justices since World War II

  • Title: Justice Lewis F. Powell:: A Biography
  • Author: John C. Jeffries Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780823221103
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • Justice Lewis F Powell, Jr is an absorbing and readable biography of one of the most important Supreme Court Justices since World War II.

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    1. The author taught my Federal Courts course last fall. He is the perfect person to write a biography of Justice Powell, given how similar he is to the subject (Virginian, military experience, clerked for Powell, brilliant enough to have replaced Powell on SCOTUS had he felt like it). Each of the essay chapters on a constitutional issue contained golden nuggets concisely summarizing everything law professors spend entire semesters trying to impart about Constitutional Law. Jeffries can distill an [...]

    2. This book has some of the best simple explanations I’ve read of topical Supreme Court decisions – busing, abortion, Watergate, the death penalty and affirmative action. Justice Lewis Powell Jr unfortunately, wasn’t the most interesting of justices and his actual biography isn’t all that gripping. What comes across is a good and decent man who, as a patrician Virginian, didn’t particularly ever question the values of the society was born into. His approach to integration as a Richland s [...]

    3. Well written bio of an important individual. It struck me a being a bit uncritical, as if the subject had no faults, but was informative despite that. The work of the Supreme Court is not something we think of every day, but is of great importance to our daily lives. This book illustrates both the workings of the Court and the impact it has.

    4. This one very dense book. Like many Supreme Court biographies, it is really divided into two parts. The first part is about Powell's pre-Court life and there is a lot more fact-displaying and a lot less critical thinking. The parts about Powell on the bench are really stylized essays. In part, this is driven by the common decision to break apart his judicial career by subject. This seems like a somewhat false way of classifying a career because Powell would have been confronted with multiple iss [...]

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