From Library Journal
Ball and Cooper offer an excellent analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court and a comparison of two major justices: Black and Douglas. The authors view these justices through the changing issues before the Court from the New Deal to the mid-1970s. Black and Douglas had a close personal, symbiotic relationship; but they held different conceptions of society. Black's views were based on the democratic power of the people to govern while Douglas saw the primacy of liberty and individual rights as limiting the state's ability to impose restrictions upon personal freedoms. The justices' opinions merged and clashed on major issues such as due process and racial justice. Ball and Cooper give a thorough analysis of these justices' positions and behaviors. Highly recommended for academic and specialized law collections.-Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ.
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"A fascinating and powerful account of two great justices and their impact on the development of constitutional law. Drawing on the private papers of Black, Douglas, other justices, and three presidents, as well as numerous other sources, the authors bring to life the Supreme Court at a time of historical decisionmaking. This is a book that will be of great value to students, specialists, and laypersons alike. I highly recommend it."--Sheldon Goldman, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
"A splendid, scholarly study of the competing New Deal visions of two great justices, their fascinating time on the Supreme Court during a turbulent period in the history of the country, and Justices Black's and Douglas's legacy for liberal legalism. Anyone interested in the Supreme Court will find this 'dual judicial biography' rewarding and well worth reading."--David M. O'Brien, University of Virginia