A very worthwhile read.
Linda Greenhouse has written an extraordinary book about the life and career of one of the great Supreme Court justices of our time, Harry A. Blackmun.
This is particulary the case with the abortion controversy that Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade, faced for much of his Court tenure.
I very much enjoyed this book. Greenhouse's writing is straightforward and the scope of her book is clear - it's based on Blackmun's library of writings which were made public... Read morePublished 10 days ago by little lamb
For historians Blackmum must be an angel, as he kept all his papers and on his death turned them over to the Library of Congress. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jean
Becoming Justice Blackmun is a fascinating look, not only into the life and journey of Harry Blackmun, but also into the institution of the Supreme Court. Read morePublished 5 months ago by amont
For an understanding of supreme court justices and there evolution on the court, this is a good read. A great read for those who want to understand more about the supreme court.Published 6 months ago by Mark Davenport
A fascinating story of the making of a Supreme Court Justice and a compelling, if unintentional argument that the Burger Court didn't really belong to Burger at all.Published 11 months ago by Bill Nolan
This the best biography of a Supreme Court Justice I have ever read. Indeed, it is as good as, or even better than, Gerald Gunther's classic biography of Judge Learned Hand. Read morePublished 12 months ago by LefthandedLeo
I liked this book very much. It is a description of the judicial career of Justice Blackmun, and gives some light on how he came to be seen a Liberal Hero, in the wake of the Roe... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hugh Claffey
Greenhouse's writing is brisk, controlled, and informed. Her book is the right length because although Blackmun was an interesting man -- who wrote interesting decisions -- he... Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by J. Smallridge
First of all I think it's important to note that in the introduction to the book, Linda Greenhouse makes it very clear that her intention was not to write a linear biography of... Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by Alcee Arobin