From Library Journal
One of the central figures of President Nixon's Watergate scandal sets out to describe how William Hubbs Rehnquist, at the time an obscure Justice Department attorney, came to be appointed to the Supreme Court, later to become Chief Justice. White House counsel Dean takes regretful credit for having suggested Rehnquist because the latter was a strict constructionist (and very conservative), exceedingly talented, a writer of great lucidity, and blessed with a distinguished background that included being first in his class at Stanford Law School and clerking for Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson. Dean was there, of course, and also has access to verbatim transcripts of the time. And so we hear Nixon and company's banal and repetitive discussions interweaving political considerations-regional balance, gender, and race concerns, for example-with rants about political philosophy and enemies. This is the sort of audiobook that does not benefit from histrionics, and reader Michael Rafkin does a good job, though this reviewer regretted his attempts at Nixon impersonation. Still, the book has been widely praised, and this audio version belongs in collections of modern political history.Don Wismer, Cary Memorial Lib., Wayne, ME
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Robert D. NovakNational Review
The inside look at chaos in deciding who should fill Supreme Court vacancies is a delight....Dean has performed a valuable service in recording Nixon's tortuous course to a decision.
David GreenbergThe Washington Monthly
The most detailed behind-the-scenes account ever written of a high courtnomination...impressive for many reasons: its lucid prose, its subtle humor,its relentlessly logical argumentation...a terrific page-turner.
Garrett EppsThe Washington Post
Watergate buffs will find [The Rehnquist Choice
] jolly nostalgic fun.
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