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The Judge: The Life and Opinions of Alabama's Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Hardcover – August 1, 2007
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The Judge gives an inside look that blends court transcripts, reporting, and exhaustive oral history interviews with Judge Johnson, originally conducted over the course of years from 1976 to 1989. A no-nonsense look behind the scenes of the courtroom, and a welcome contribution to biography as well as American History shelves. ― Midwest Book Review
While more limited as a character study and legal/historical analysis than Jack Bass's Taming the Storm (reviewed above), this book is a useful complement. Using long stretches of court transcripts and equally long quotes from Johnson, Sikora, a staffer on the Birmingham (Ala.) News, dramatically reconstructs several major cases handled by the Federal Judge, whom former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brennan considers "a remarkable man and a remarkable judge.'' Sikora describes courtroom arguments regarding the Montgomery bus boycott, Freedom Riders in Montgomery, and, notably, the march Martin Luther King Jr. led in Selma. Sikora presents Johnson as a serious man with a sense of humor and of spirituality, but should have further explored Johnson's distance from standard liberalism: Johnson maintains that Northern liberal whites in the civil rights movement were "sorely misguided,'' personally opposed interracial marriages and by 1984 believed that blacks should compete equally with whites in education. ― Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1588381587
- ISBN-13 : 978-1588381583
- Product Dimensions : 6.33 x 1.11 x 8.99 inches
- Publisher : NewSouth Books; 1st Edition (August 1, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #298,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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