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Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2019
As I read this book I was struck by the fact that the author does not seem fully rational. For example, he claims that President Reagan's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Robert Bork, in 1987 was defeated by a "vicious" attack on his character and judgement by Senator Ted Kennedy. I remember the Saturday Night Massacre in October of 1973. When President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox; Richardson refused and resigned. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox; Ruckelshaus refused, and also resigned. Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. And Bork did it. I always considered that to show a fatal flaw in Bork's judgement.
On page 107 of the book is a bold misstatement of fact when writing about the public attitudes toward interracial marriage. He writes that in 1958 only 4 % of whites approved of interracial marriages but by 2013 the approval rate had jumped to 87%. He continues, "There was no Supreme Court decision that declared interracial marriage to be a constitutional right." He is ignoring the decision of Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, on June 12, 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage as violations of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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