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Scorpions by Noah Feldman
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Apr 28, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

Noah Feldman teaches law at Harvard, & his name was familiar to me as I saw Scorpions on the library shelf.

It was a delight to get to know the "Roosevelt Court," as he calls the 9 justices FDR appointed, four of whom came to evolve four distinct philosophies of the Constitution.

Robert Jackson was not a justice known to me, yet Feldman makes him out, in some ways, to be the greatest of the Roosevelt justices.

Douglas (longest serving of any justice to date) seems, in Feldman's (conservative?) eyes, a sort of magician who conjures up "rights" where no human had discerned them before -- thus allowing Roe, battered as it seems this particular spring of 2011.

While by no means a great book; nor perhaps even a stylistically delightful one, -- Scorpions
taught me much, & I closed it with satisfaction.
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