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Edward S. Corwin (1878-1963) was the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, a chair first held by Woodrow Wilson. He authored numerous books on constitutional law and was president of the American Political Science Association. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1176547054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1176547056
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,295,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With my new Kindle, for good or ill, I am able to download a lot more stuff. This book, which is also obtainable online, was an example of the many books in the public domain that can be obtained free of charge. The copy I received here had a slight problem -- it did not include footnotes, which are represented by asterisk that don't go anywhere. Those interested can search for the book online and the footnotes are not too substantive. So, it is only a minor annoyance, one that is probably more an issue for other works.

The book is almost a hundred years old, but it has a contemporary flavor that is mostly accessible to the general reader, even though the author is an expert in the field. Another review argued that it expected you to know various bits of history and the like and that it confused the reader in the process. I am familiar with the ground covered, so I might not be the best one to say, but overall, I think that is at least somewhat exaggerated. The material (John Marshall was on the Supreme Court for three decades and lived about eighty years) is vast, so an abbreviated work of this nature does require some summary that might leave the uninitiated somewhat confused. On the other hand, there are various places (including Wikipedia) where a bit of additional basic background can be provided. Again, I think the book is appealing for the educated layman and provides enough background to avoid confusion.

The book is interesting and a pleasant read. It covers his life as a whole with a couple chapters that focus on his personal biography with some charming insights into his life and character. It does not glorify the subject as some might, for instance, it argues that his reasoning in various cases was later deemed problematic or even wrong.
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As the other reviews indicate, this is a history of John Marshall and his major ideas which developed in his jurisprudence. What they don't tell you is that this is a fascinating history as well. The author goes into major events which I had little knowledge of, such as the trial of Aaron Burr for treason and Marshall's deep loathing for Jefferson. If you're looking for a good overview of the themes in Marshall's judicial philosophy, this is a good book. If you're looking for a great history of Marshall's role in some of the pivotal events in the early history of our country, this is a great book.
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This is a classic work by one of the most noted constitutional scholars of the early 20th century. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the Amazon information to indicate that the book was actually published in 1919. (My first clue was the passage saying that something that happened in 1805 or thereabouts was "a hundred years" ago.) The book sounds amazingly modern and it's remarkable that much of the discussion about separation of powers and the history of the Constitution seems so contemporary. Of course, the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts have radically changed the interpretation of the Constitution's stance on "state sovereignty," so the portions on Marshall's great later opinions on states and the Constitution do seem different from current understandings. Very interesting to read the views of a major scholar from nearly 100 years ago on the events of the early Republic.
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By Jared Gage on February 18, 2013
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This book clearly and with the flow of a novel chronicles one of the great American jurists. There is plenty in this book that applies today, some 175 years after the death of Chief Justice Marshall.
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A good summary of Marshall's contribution to the Supreme Court. The book helped me to better understand that Marshall personally knew most of the signers of the Constitution.
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I have read much about John Marshall this book has helped me understand the man and what he thought. Other books have been more about what he accomplished and not about why.
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