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The making of a justice : reflections on my first 94 years

by Stevens, John Paul, 1920-

Format: Print Book 2019.
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Summary

When Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, he left a legacy of service unequaled in the history of the Court. During his 34-year tenure, Justice Stevens wrote more opinions than any other justice has. 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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.--Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this dense autobiography focused, except for a few brief opening chapters, on professional matters, former Supreme Court Justice Stevens revisits his 35-year tenure on the court, 1975-2010. This period saw significant shifts in the Court's constitutional jurisprudence on gender and race discrimination, LGBTQ issues, the death penalty, campaign finance, the regulation of firearms, and affirmative action. While Stevens eschews a gossipy take on Court personalities, he is more than happy to take the gloves off when criticizing the opinions of other justices-he calls a 1985 William Rehnquist decision, on the police brutality case Oklahoma City v. Tuttle, "one of the worst opinions" decided during his term on the court-and instances in which he believes the Court has taken radically wrong turns, among them the rulings that hold the Second Amendment essentially prohibits gun regulation; the Court's bar on state regulation of campaign finance; Bush v. Gore, which stopped the Florida vote recount in the 2000 presidential election; and a decision holding that there is no compelling state interest in maintaining racial diversity in public schools. Stevens explicates a dizzying number of decisions and often delves deeply into recondite areas of constitutional law. Dedicated court followers will find this rewarding, but readers without a legal background, and even some who with, will find this difficult to navigate. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Stevens, John Paul, -- 1920-
United States. -- Supreme Court.
Judges -- United States -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Publisher New York :2019.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description ix, 549 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780316489645
0316489646
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