A History of the Supreme Courtby Bernard Schwartz, Schwartz
When the first Supreme Court convened in 1790, it was so ill-esteemed that its justices frequently resigned in favor of other pursuits. John Rutledge stepped down as Associate Justice to become a state judge in South Carolina; John Jay resigned as Chief Justice to run for Governor of New York; and Alexander Hamilton declined to replace Jay, pursuing a private law
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My only complaint is that it desperately needs an update. The book was published in the mid-80s and stops at the Rehnquist court.