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The book is jargon free and can be read easily by non-lawyers.
Simon gives Taney a fairer treatment than I would give him, detailing a good deal of his career showing that he was at one point a half-way decent chief justice.
It is well known that Lincoln was against extending slavery in the territories, but not for wanting to preserve it in States where it already existed.
Excellent balanced presentation. I feared legalese and did not find any. It was a pleasant read. The issues were complex, but Simon stated the positions with clarity.Published 7 months ago by Harrington
this is a great intro into Chief Justice Taney hitting his significant cases. The chapter on Dred Scott is thorough and easily readable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joshua Rohrer
Good general read to help a non historian to understand war challenges, from a constitutional and political points, Historic facts are simplified. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kurt A. Wold
NOTE: This review pertains to the recorded book read by Richard Allen. Mr. Allen's reading is generally adequate but would have benefited greatly from better quality control. Read morePublished 16 months ago by T. Jedele
This is a great companion book if you are also studying the A. Lincoln book. Have really enjoyed reading it.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good survey of two of America's most important 19th Century figures. It is a quick read, but covers everything in a way that is readable and illuminating. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by J. Smallridge
The follow comments are for the book "Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney" - Slavery, Secession, and the President's War Powers by James F. Simon. Read morePublished on October 12, 2011 by Paul Brooks
James F. Simon's Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney shines an interesting light on two overlooked aspects of 19th century American history. Read morePublished on May 15, 2011 by DWD's Reviews