Second Thoughts: Presidential Regrets with Their Supreme Court Nominations

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What you see is not often what you get - especially in the field of law. And that goes for Presidents of the United States in picking the people they want to serve as Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court.

When a Supreme Court Justice:

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Overview

What you see is not often what you get - especially in the field of law. And that goes for Presidents of the United States in picking the people they want to serve as Justice on the U. S. Supreme Court.

When a Supreme Court Justice:

Is having illicit sex in his judicial chambers...
Is thrown into debtor's prison - twice...
Is involved in the shocking "Petticoat Affair..."
Is recipient of a lifetime membership in the Ku Klux Klan...
Is saying the president who nominated him should die...
Is found to be lying about his military service...
Is calling his President "a crippled son-of-a-bitch"...
Is guilty of absolute and provable miscarriage of justice...
Is voting to enhance his President's chances of impeachment...
Is deemed "partially deranged" by a colleague...

...a President might have second thoughts about a Justice's qualifications for service on the Highest Court in the Land.

Also, when a president later says of his nominee(s) that:

He's "a dumb son-of-a-bitch..."
His nomination was the "biggest damn fool thing I ever did..."
He has "less backbone than a banana" and...
His own four Supreme Court nominees - along with the other five members - are "bastards"...

...you know the president is having regrets about some of those nominations.

Second Thoughts tells these stories and others about the "nine scorpions in a bottle," as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes called his brethren. Those woes and others herein are part of President Truman's effort to "find out what make Justices of the Supreme Court tick."

Here's what some people are saying about "Second Thoughts":
At Amazon (dot) com, there's a listing for Second Thoughts: Presidential Regrets with their Supreme Court Nominations. Among the "Customer Reviews" for the book, is this one:
"Refreshing. I believe I've read one too many dry legal tomes. 'Second thoughts' went down smoothly. The author hits just the right tone to lubricate the reader's travel through time from an amusing perspective. The narrator employs judicious use of tropes to liven up the material, and refrains from overindulging in speculative fiction. I highly recommend this to ALL the constitutional law profs out there as a MUST for their booklists...."

Another reviewer wrote:
"Harper doesn't get mired in partisan politics. Like the good reporter he once was, he just tells it like it was. He has a highly disciplined focus on the basic "second thoughts" theme. His book reveals legal savvy and is well documented."

And, said a lawyer who read Second Thoughts:
Presidential Regrets with their Supreme Court Nominations,
"The book is very historical and beautifully written. It actually would be good for history as well as law classes. Where he gets all his info is amazing."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466273542
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 856,419
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

William T. (Bill) Harper is a former newspaper writer-reporter-editor (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and now a media-labeled "author-historian." Second Thoughts is his fifth book, one of which is the award-winning "Eleven Days in Hell" - honored by the Writers League of Texas as "the best in Texas non-fiction for 2005."
Another of his books, "The Rivers of Life - and Death" has been adopted by the National Mariners Association as a textbook for the towboat industry.
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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    We are pleased to announce that Second Thoughts: Presidential Re

    We are pleased to announce that Second Thoughts: Presidential Regrets With Their Supreme Court Nominations has been honored with a B.R.A.G.Medallion!

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  • Posted June 25, 2012

    Highly recommended - No 2nd thoughts on this book being a great purchase

    I knew right away this would be an excellent read the moment I picked it up. It didn't change my mind about who my favorite president was, but it was very informative and extremely enjoyable. The other books I have read on the subject hardly covered the wide examples exposed in this great read. Also, the humor throughout made it a most enjoyable book. If you are interested in the history of the presidency, in any form, this is one book you should not miss.

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