Battle For The Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court

Battle For The Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court

by Michael Bobelian

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1968 was a particularly tumultuous year in American history. The escalating war in Vietnam, the riots during the Democratic Convention, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy left a scar on the national consciousness. But one great battle that took place during this time is barely recalled. The nomination of Abe Fortas for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court launched an all-out cultural war that would determine the course of major court cases for years to come. Award-winning judicial journalist and Supreme Court reporter Michael Bobelian brings us right into the halls where this fierce battle raged, pitting Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Party against Richard Nixon and the GOP in a fight that ended in the defamation of Fortas, the first Jew ever nominated for the highest judicial office. Written in vivid detail, the narrative unfolds in a series of dramatic vignettes, from the landmark ruling of Brown vs. Board of Education to the chaos on the floor of the Democratic Convention. Readers are given a behind the scenes look at the camaraderie among the retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren, Lyndon Johnson, and Fortas—and will witness, with them, the rise of Richard Nixon as the fate of the liberal court is decided.

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ISBN-13: 9781943156665
Publisher: Schaffner Press, Inc.
Publication date: 05/29/2019
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 750,964
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer, and journalist. He is a contributing writer at and has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Legal Affairs magazine, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Author's Preface 13

Prologue 15

Part I

Chapter 1 "This Appointment is Going to be Terribly Unpopular" 27

Chapter 2 "An Abiding Passion" 57

Chapter 3 "I Think Abe Would be a Good Chief Justice" 67

Chapter 4 Recruiting the "Wizard of Ooze" 93

Chapter 5 "I am Doing Everything Within my Power to Curb this Wild Court" 114

Part II

Chapter 6 "We Will … Vote Against Confirming any Supreme Court Nominations of the Incumbent President" 130

Chapter 7 Rematch of the Warren Wars 147

Chapter 8 Red Monday 177

Chapter 9 Rematch with LBJ 198

Part III

Chapter 10 Going the Distance with the "President's Fixer" 224

Chapter 11 "Mr. Obscenity" 240

Chapter 12 "Republicans Should Adhere to the Principles of the Party of Lincoln" 256

Chapter 13 "I Ruined his Life" 272

Part IV

Chapter 14 "Screaming for His Scalp" 264

Chapter 15 "The Least Considered Aspect of Presidential Power" 297

Chapter 16 "Douglas Is the Next One …" 316

Chapter 17 "I'm Not from the South, I'm Not a Woman, and I'm Not Mediocre" 326

Epilogue 336

Acknowledgments 347

Notes 353

Bibliography 433

Index 464

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