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The Activist: John Marshall, "Marbury v. Madison", and the Myth of Judicial Review

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The story of the landmark case that put the "Supreme" in Supreme Court.

Among the many momentous decisions rendered by the Supreme Court, none has had a greater impact than that passed down in 1803 by Chief Justice John Marshall in the case of Marbury v. Madison. While the ruling itself was innocuous—denying the plea of a minor functionary named William Marbury on constitut
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Walker Books
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Alan Dahl
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Goldstone creates a fantastic, extremely readable narrative concerning the founding of the US and its early growing pains. This books manages the tricky task of covering a broad range of time and people while still keeping the reader interested.
There are, however, some fundamental flaws with this book. First, the premise that the Constitution doesn't inherently include the power of judicial review is not fully supported by his argument. Goldstone asserts that judicial review wasn't discussed at
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Flora
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Well-researched, and focuses on the constitutionality of judicial review, with its primary sources being the minutes of the constitutional convention and the Federalist papers. The writer argues that Marshall basically made this up and that nowhere does it so much as suggest the founding fathers wanted to give the court so much power.

Fine and educational, but did not hold my attention well.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, political
Goldstone presents a history of the US Constitution and the Supreme Court as he reviews the concept of judicial review as exercised by the US Supreme Court starting with Chief Justice John Marshall. Much of the discussion hinges on the cases of Marbury vs Madison and Stuart vs Laird, both of which opinions are in the appendixes. This work is an excellent source on the Constitution.
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Lawrence Goldstone is the author of fourteen books of both fiction and non-fiction. Six of those books were co-authored with his wife, Nancy, but they now write separately to save what is left of their dishes.
Goldstone's articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in, among other publications, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, and Berkshi
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