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David Hackett Souter: Traditional Republican on the Rehnquist Court

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When the first President Bush chose David Hackett Souter for the Supreme Court in 1990, the slender New Englander with the shy demeanor and ambiguous past was quickly dubbed a "stealth candidate." Since his appointment, Souter has embraced a flexible, evolving, and highly pragmatic judicial style that embraces a high regard for precedent--even liberal decisions of the Warr ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2005)
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Aug 31, 2014 Giuseppe rated it really liked it
Shelves: law, biography
One of the few written biographies of this quiet and some may say solitary justice. It gives a good background of his career, and his eventual rise to the highest court. Considered a disappointment by conservatives and the President who appointed him, it does provide an example of a man who quite honestly stuck to his own heart and personal interpretation of the Constitution, without succumbing to others' expectations of him, to become one of the more interesting and thoughtful, if still enigmat ...more
Apr 05, 2008 Mazola1 rated it liked it
An interesting look at a private man in a high profile job. Regarded by right wingers as Bush Senior's biggest mistake, the "stealth" justice, his story sheds a great deal of light on the current process of selecting Supreme Court justices, and everything that's wrong with it. Probably neither a right wing nor a left wing President will ever nominate another justice like Souter, because they would rather have a reliable rubber stamp. And that's too bad, because Souter is what a judge should be - ...more
Mar 20, 2013 zltg rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, law
A biography of his life before the high court, plus a poorly organized survey of his opinions (due to lack of inside sources, I suppose). There is no uniform theme, no signature opinions, no highlights, no insights. It would be a loss for us all if this is the best effort possible to depict the private and eccentric moderate Republican who couldn't wait to retire the minute Obama was elected.

"The sight of the N.H. State Prison the other day reminded me of you and your family." --Souter to Blackm
Sep 21, 2009 Geoffrey rated it did not like it
I enjoy books on SCOTUS justices, no matter the jurisprudence of the justice, but Yarbrough's book is as disappointing as the justice he writes about.
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