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Justices, Presidents and Senators, Revised: A History of the U.S. Supreme Court Appointments from Washington to Clinton

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Available in paperback for the first time since the 1970s, this totally revised and updated classic is the most comprehensive an accessible history of the first 108 members of the US Supreme Court ever written. Henry J. Abraham, one of the nation's preeminent scholars of the judicial branch, addresses the vital questions of why individual justices were nominated to the hig ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published September 15th 1999 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published February 6th 1992)
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Riley
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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