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Five Chiefs by John Paul Stevens
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Jul 24, 12

Read from June 03 to July 20, 2012

I don't think the average reader would enjoy this book, as it really caters to people that are huge Supreme Court/history junkies, and who also like to read slow, dry books about these topics. While it seems readable and entertaining at first, it is written in an almost a stream-of-consciousness style, there is a lot of detailed discussion of supreme court precedent that is likely to be uninteresting to lay people and lawyers alike because lawyers are familiar with these precedents, and the discussion does not add anything to the common understanding of the cases, and lay people are likely so unfamiliar with the vast majority of the cases (save for Brown v Board of Education) that the discussion is too cursory to really explain anything.

Overall, there are a few little gems of behind-the-scenes Supreme Court stories that I found delightful, but for the most part I was kind of bored.
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