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Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion
 
 
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Seth Stern & Stephen N. Wermiel.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
ISBN 9780547149257
Pages/Publication Date 674/2010
Daedalus Item Code 34117
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This is a sweeping insider look at the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the 20th century. Before his death, Brennan granted Supreme Court reporter and constitutional law teacher Stephen Wermiel access to volumes of personal and court materials that remain sealed to the public until 2017. Wermiel and Seth Stern reveal Brennan's strategies behind all the major battles of the past half century, including Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, the obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy. They also explore some of Brennan's personal contradictions and his unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren.

"Congressional Quarterly reporter [Seth] Stern and Wermiel, who teaches constitutional law at American University, have produced what will likely be the definitive biography of Supreme Court Justice William Brennan (19061997).... The case notes provide a detailed and fascinating account of how the Supreme Court functioned during Brennan's long tenure (from 1956 to 1990) that easily outshines recent high-profile books purporting to break the Court's seal of secrecy. Nowhere will readers find a better explanation of how the mix of personality and political philosophy drove, and presumably still drives, the Court. Both legal scholars and general readers will be delighted with this well-written, superbly documented biography, which may make liberals nostalgic for Brennan's court."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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