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The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  93 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Watergate figure John Dean blows the whistle on his old boss, former president Richard Nixon, and his (largely unsuccessful, but not through lack of trying) efforts to pack the Supreme Court through forced resignations of sitting justices -- a plan cooked up before he was even inaugurated.

When William Rehnquist was nominated by Nixon in the fall of 1971, he was a little-

ebook, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Free Press (first published September 26th 2001)
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While I can only give this 4 stars because I don't have the time to investigate and check Dean's sources and conclusions. Sorry but he is no more trustworthy than his old masters were! That caveat duly posted, this is a nice piece of first person testimony on a fascinating conservative appointment to the Supreme Court. Additionally, it brings back enough scoundrels (Nixon, Mitchell, et al) and racists (Stennis, Eastland, etc) to satisfy any Sixties/Seventies historian.
I had to read this for a political science class, and while a lot of books I have to read for school are quite dry, I found this one engaging. This book gave some very good insight into not only Nixon, but also the thought process that goes into Supreme Court choices. It's interesting to see how it unfolds beyond the scenes and beyond what we see in the news when decisions like this are being made. I thought it was very interesting and educational.
James Kingman
This book reads like the strident ramblings of a defensive and bitter old man. It took 40 years for him to come out with this story. Undoubtedly Nixon had some practices that wee would not like, and the fact that every conversation was recorded hurts his reputation. But that is not news. This book at first seem to have a legitimate gripe. It devolves into a back-biting report through the transcripts that any one could read without any insight or useful commentary. If Dean was a player, he certai ...more
Bill Sleeman
Nov 14, 2013 Bill Sleeman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in SCOTUS history.
Shelves: supremes

The Rehnquist Choice by former White House Counsel John Dean is a quick and engaging history of President Nixon’s decision making process to fill a set of open seats on the Supreme Court of the United States. It is also, I suspect, an attempt at a mea culpa (although not really necessary IMHO) by Dean – but the real message here, at least for young political staffers – would be to keep your mouth shut if you don’t know what you are talking about!

Nov 11, 2007 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: supreme court historians
What I liked about this book is that it gave a different perspective of the inner workings of the white house as the president tries to figure out who will take the spot on the nation's highest court. Rehnquist was not Nixon's first or second choice, but Rehnquist became a 30 year veteran of the court and one of its finest, and notorious, leaders.
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John W. Dean served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. In this position, he became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent Watergate scandal cover-up. He was referred to as the "master manipulator of the cover-up" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He pleaded guilty to a single fel ...more
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