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Justices and Presidents: A Political History of Appointments to the Supreme Court

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This new edition of this classic history of the Supreme Court discusses the selection, nomination, and appointment of each of the Justices who have sat on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1789. Abraham provides a fascinating account of the presidential motivations behind each nomination, examining how each appointee's performance on the bench fulfilled, or disappointed, presid ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published February 6th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Oct 06, 2010 Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a textbook, and like most textbooks it is at times dry. But it offers a concise history of appointments to the highest court, and some really nice vignettes of some of the justices. My favorite passages were those involving the bigoted James McReynolds, one of the conservative Four Horsemen who tried to scuttle the New Deal through judicial fiat.

Here's one sample, which is both dark and to me darkly funny:

"James Clark McReynold's record and antics during his ensuing 27 years on the
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