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A Justice for All: William J. Brennan, Jr., and the Decisions That Transformed America First Edition
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Not bad but not recommended.
The book covers Brennan's early history but really takes off when he arrives on the court. The author does a good job linking Brennan's views to earlier events in his life and earlier decisions on the New Jersey court, demonstrating that he did not really change that much on core issues. Although firmly encamped in the court's liberal wing, Brennan preferred to operate quietly and make compromises to shape majority opinions rather than lonely dissents. He worked closely with Chief Justice Warren and was never fully comfortable with the two other chiefs he served with. Except on the death penalty and later years when other strong liberals were mostly absent from the court, Brennan was more of a back room operator than the public face of the liberal wing.
Brennan's influence can be felt in issues still with us today. Some are mostly settled now and uncontroversial, for example most of the criminal procedure protections Brennan supported.Read more ›
Eisler's book is good, gives a readable account of Brennan's life and accomplishments in and out of the court. I would like to have seen some more opinions on Brennan from other sources after his retirement but apart from that, a good account of a groundbreaking Justice.