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John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life Hardcover – April 21, 2010
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"Terrific."—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine
“Justice John Paul Stevens combines a towering intellect with courageous independence. Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman combine their exhaustive research with insightful analysis to give readers a splendid biography of the Supreme Court’s most respected member.”—Newton N. Minow, former FCC chairman
“John Paul Stevens’ judicial philosophy may be hard to label but his integrity is rock solid. A lifetime in the law and the courage to speak his mind (see Bush v. Gore) make him a national treasure on our highest court.”
—Richard J. Durbin, United States Senator
“In rich detail, John Paul Stevens, tells the story of a Navy veteran, lawyer, judge and justice who has shaped American law for over three decades. It is a valuable window in Justice Stevens’s often-unpredictable understanding of the Constitution and the law.”—John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton
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Writing about Justice John Paul Stevens was a challenge, in part because Stevens rarely grants interviews and in part because the work of the Supreme Court of the United States seems impenetrable to many people. But I figured that if I could figure our over-the-counter swaps on Wall Street I could figure out the Supreme Court.
Stevens himself told me and my research associate, Gene Schlickman, that his biography probably would not be a big seller. Yet Stevens' announcement that he would retire came at the same time the book, "John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life", was released by Northern Illinois University Press -- not bad timing.
My other work includes lengthy articles about economics, politics and business policy, focusing on the industrial metals industry, written for "Forward," the magazine of the Metals Service Center Institute.
My web site is www.barnhartbooks.com
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We next follow Stevens as he begins practice in Chicago, teaches some antitrust law at the University of Chicago as an adjunct, works with Congressman Manny Celler in several antitrust investigations on the Hill, participates in the Attorney General's Committee to Study the Aantitrust Laws, and conducts an investigation of state judicial corruption in Illinois. Probably the strongest chapter covers how Stevens, in the bizarre world of Illinois politics, was selected to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1970-1975).Read more ›
The one critique I had about this work is that there are a number of interesting points that I wished the authors had expanded on -- such as Illinois politics under Daley and Dirksen and Stevens relationships with Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts.