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Five Chiefs by John Paul Stevens
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Dec 21, 2011

it was ok
Read from December 21, 2011 to January 02, 2012

A newspaper review referred to this as a "gentle" memoir and that is an apt description. Stevens comes across as a nice old man who, while wanting to share some of his experiences on the Supreme Court, does not want to ruffle feathers. The chapter about the tenure of William Rehnquist as Chief Justice is the most interesting and the closest to being the least bit controversial. Stevens spends a little bit too much time on minutiae (the colour of legal briefs, the placement of a table) that, seemingly, is significant to him but only serves to bore the (this) reader. I come away from this book most impressed by the fact that Stevens seems to be a real rarity; a reasonable Republican.

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