Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 4-Volume Set / Edition 4

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Overview

The government of the United States has been emphatically termed a government of laws, and not of men." So wrote Chief Justice John Marshall in Marbury v. Madison in 1803, the first case in which the Supreme Court ruled a law unconstitutional Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references. Chronology. Tables. Fact boxes. In four volumes.

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This work, edited by Friedman (law, Hofstra Univ.; United States vs. Nixon) and Israel (American history, City Coll. of New York; Winning the White House) updates a standard that was last published by Chelsea House 16 years ago. It now includes justices through Elena Kagan, for a total of 107 listed in order of appointment. Entries, most of which are 15 to 25 pages in length, begin with a portrait and a list of biographical and appointment facts; they offer critical reviews of the subjects' careers and place their role on the court and their major decisions in the historical and political contexts in which they worked and end with a list of major decisions or dissents and a selected bibliography. Volume 1 begins with a Supreme Court chronology, and Volume 4 concludes with information on the chief justices, and each of the 107 office holders' length of service, age, geographical and general background, family data, legal education, occupational background, and post-judicial activities. Charts and tables allow easy comparison of basic facts and provide an alphabetical list of the justices, a list of the 172 acts of Congress that were held unconstitutional wholly or in part by the court, and a list of Supreme Court decisions that were later overruled. The entries provide an in-depth view of all the justices that would be difficult to find in one source elsewhere. However, the indexes in each volume are for that volume only. Since the covers do not indicate the years or administrations covered, one must guess in which volume a particular justice will appear. Still, the biographies are thoughtfully and objectively written with enough detail for most nonexperts to understand the issues surrounding the decisions discussed and for experts to use as a starting point. The 16-year gap since the last edition makes it necessary for libraries to buy this new work. VERDICT Essential for all high school, public, academic, and law libraries.—Rosanne Cordell, Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816070152
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 4

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