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John Marshall and the Constitution: a chronicle of the Supreme Court Paperback – August 1, 2010
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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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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.Read more ›
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Anything written by professor Corwin is a must have for any historian!Published 1 day ago by Jacqueline M Scharer
A concise history of the origins of the Court and a wonderful history of the cases and philosophy that shaped American from its greatest Supreme.Published 20 months ago by Clyde Deffaa
John Marshall has been called our createst Supreme Court Justice. It is he who declared that the Court could rule on whether laws were constitutional.Published on July 4, 2013 by Stephen Erwin