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Justice Brennan by Seth Stern
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Apr 17, 2011

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The importance of the Supreme Court in American life is often overlooked. It is true that some few decisions provoke public attention and sometimes virulent opposition, but in the main, the effects are indirect. This biography is authorized and draws on a vast range of materials and interviews to paint a detailed picture of the man and his work. It strikes me as balanced and realistic, neither too admiring nor iconoclastic. It is readable and accessible, but goes into reasonable detail concerning cases before the court that help a layman understand the issues and the perspectives driving the opinions. Definitely worthwhile reading.
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