Biographies of 20th century Supreme Court Justices

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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self
1.  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self by G. Edward White
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  "The best of the many biographies of this legendary legal figure, White focuses on his intellectual contribution to the jurisprudence of his age."
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Louis D. Brandeis: A Life
2.  Louis D. Brandeis: A Life by Melvin I. Urofsky
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  "In this book, Urofsky -- a longtime Supreme Court scholar and an author and editor of several books on the justice -- distills a lifetime of research on Brandeis to provide a superb account of the justice's long and varied life."
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The Life of Mr. Justice Clarke: A Testament to the Power of Liberal Dissent in America
3.  The Life of Mr. Justice Clarke: A Testament to the Power of Liberal Dissent in America by Hoyt Landon Warner
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  "Warner's biography is a comprehensive, though dated and partisan, study of Clarke, who left the Court after six unhappy years on it."
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William Howard Taft
4.  William Howard Taft by Alpheus Thomas Mason
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  "Sadly, Taft's time as chief justice gets even less attention than his presidency.  Mason's book is the best account of his tenure on the bench."
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Mr. Justice Sutherland: A Man Against the State
5.  Mr. Justice Sutherland: A Man Against the State by Joel Francis Paschal
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  "Paschal's book is a good study of the life and jurisprudence of one of the conservative "Four Horsemen" of the Court in the 1920s and 1930s."
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Harlan Fiske Stone: Pillar of the Law.
6.  Harlan Fiske Stone: Pillar of the Law. by Alpheus Thomas. Mason
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  "Though dated, Mason's biography remains a solid work on Stone, who was a well-regarded justice but a disappointment when he moved to the center chair."
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Cardozo
7.  Cardozo by Andrew L. Kaufman
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  "Kaufman's book filled a longstanding need for a good biography of one of the most important jurists of the century."
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Charles Evans Hughes
8.  Charles Evans Hughes by Merlo J. Pusey
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  "Despite its age, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book remains the essential source for information about Hughes, who is often ranked among the best chief justices in the history of the Court."
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Hugo Black: A Biography
9.  Hugo Black: A Biography by Roger K. Newman
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  "This is a solid biography of a legendary justice, one of the giants of the Court."
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New Deal Justice: The Life of Stanley Reed of Kentucky
10.  New Deal Justice: The Life of Stanley Reed of Kentucky by John D. Fassett
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  "Overshadowed by the dominant personalities he shared the bench with, Reed was an important moderate vote during his tenure."
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Felix Frankfurter: Judicial Restraint and Individual Liberties (Twayne's Twentieth-Century American Biography Series)
11.  Felix Frankfurter: Judicial Restraint and Individual Liberties (Twayne's Twentieth-Century American Biography Series) by Melvin I. Urofsky
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  "Another justice who has not received his due; until Parrish's second volume of his Frankfurter biography is published (if ever), this is the best account available of this pivotal figure."
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Independent journey: The life of William O. Douglas
12.  Independent journey: The life of William O. Douglas by James F. Simon
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  "Simon's book is a good introduction to a controversial justice, though one focused more on Douglas the man than Douglas the jurist."
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Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas
13.  Wild Bill: The Legend and Life of William O. Douglas by Bruce Allen Murphy
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  "While Murphy expands on Simon's discoveries with exhaustive research into Douglas' past, his examination of the justice's jurisprudence is disappointingly limited."
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Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge
14.  Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge by John M. Ferren
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  "Long overlooked by biographers who focused on his more prominent colleagues, Rutledge was a liberal justice whose brief tenure minimized his impact on the Court's jurisprudence."
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Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of Kentucky: A Political Biography
15.  Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of Kentucky: A Political Biography by James E. St. Clair
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  "Vinson had escaped biographical attention before the publication of this book; unfortunately the authors' coverage of his tenure on the Court provides more in the way of detail than analysis."
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Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark: A Life of Service (Texas Legal Studies Series)
16.  Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark: A Life of Service (Texas Legal Studies Series) by Mimi Clark Gronlund
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  "Written by Clark's daughter, this book fills a longstanding need for a biography of this undervalued justice."
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Sherman Minton: New Deal Senator, Cold War Justice
17.  Sherman Minton: New Deal Senator, Cold War Justice by Linda C. Gugin
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Earl Warren: A Public Life
18.  Earl Warren: A Public Life by G. Edward White
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  "Though badly edited, this offers the best comprehensive overview of the life of this complicated figure."
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Super Chief: Earl Warren and His Supreme Court- A Judicial Biography
19.  Super Chief: Earl Warren and His Supreme Court- A Judicial Biography by Bernard Schwartz
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  "Focusing on Warren's tenure as chief justice, this is an indispensable account of his years on the Court."
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Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion
20.  Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion by Seth Stern
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  "Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel's "authorized" biography, which was begun with Brennan's cooperation and access to his papers, is the best study of the liberal giant's life and career."
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Failing Justice: Charles Evans Whittaker On The Supreme Court
21.  Failing Justice: Charles Evans Whittaker On The Supreme Court by Craig Alan Smith
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John Marshall Harlan: Great Dissenter of the Warren Court
22.  John Marshall Harlan: Great Dissenter of the Warren Court by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
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  "An excellent biography of a man who stood at the opposite end of a judicial revolution."
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The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White: A Portrait of Justice Byron R. White
23.  The Man Who Once Was Whizzer White: A Portrait of Justice Byron R. White by Dennis J. Hutchinson
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Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal
24.  Arthur J. Goldberg: New Deal Liberal by David Stebenne
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  "Though the best biography available on Goldberg's life, Stebenne's book is sadly weak on his brief tenure on the Court."
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Abe Fortas: A Biography
25.  Abe Fortas: A Biography by Laura Kalman
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  "One of the finest legal minds of the century, this outstanding biography explores his disappointing time as a justice and the controversy which ultimately frustrated his elevation to the center seat."
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Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary
26.  Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by Juan Williams
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  "A readable account of Marshall's life."
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Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991
27.  Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991 by Mark V. Tushnet
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  "Tushnet's book offers a solid analysis of Marshall's jurisprudence on the Court"
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Harry A. Blackmun: The Outsider Justice
28.  Harry A. Blackmun: The Outsider Justice by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
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  "Yarborough's biography of Blackmun is a valuable study of this important justice."
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Justice Lewis F. Powell: A Biography
29.  Justice Lewis F. Powell: A Biography by John Calvin Jeffries
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  "Written by one of his former clerks, this is a good biography of a pivotal figure whose vote was critical in many Burger era cases."
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The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist
30.  The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist by John A. Jenkins
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John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life
31.  John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life by Bill Barnhart
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American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
32.  American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Joan Biskupic
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David Hackett Souter: Traditional Republican On The Rehnquist Court
33.  David Hackett Souter: Traditional Republican On The Rehnquist Court by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
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  "As the subtitle suggests, Yarborough argues that Souter's classification as a member of the "liberal" wing had more to do with broader political shifts than with any changes in his ideology."
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Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas
34.  Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas by Kevin Merida
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  "Merida and Fletcher's book is a good study of Thomas's life and personality, both of which illuminate many aspects of his controversial career."
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