Justice Brennan

Justice Brennan

Liberal Champion

Book - 2010
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A biography of the driving force behind the Warren Court’s most progressive decisions, based on exclusive interviews with Brennan and unprecedented access to documents not available to the public until 2017: no Supreme Court biographer has ever enjoyed this level of access to a justice himself and to his papers.


A sweeping insider look at the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century

Before his death, William Brennan granted Stephen Wermiel access to volumes of personal and court materials that are sealed to the public until 2017. These are what Jeffrey Toobin has called “a coveted set of documents” that includes Brennan’s case histories—in which he recorded strategies behind all the major battles of the past half century, includingRoe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy—as well as more personal documents that reveal some of Brennan's curious contradictions, like his refusal to hire female clerks even as he wrote groundbreaking women’s rights decisions; his complex stance as a justice and a Catholic; and details on Brennan’s unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren. Wermiel distills decades of valuable information into a seamless, riveting portrait of the man behind the Court's most liberal era.



Baker & Taylor
Examines the court history and the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and public access to information, and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century.

Blackwell Publishing
A Revelatory life of the supreme court's greatest liberal and preeminent strategist, based on unprecedented access to Brennan and his coveted "case histories"

Justice Brennan is a sweeping and revealing insider look at Court history and the life of William Brennan, widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century.

Before his death, Brennan granted coauthor Stephen Wermiel access to a trove of materials not available to the public until 2017. Wermiel also conducted more than sixty hours of interviews with Brennan. No biographer has enjoyed this kind of access to a Supreme Court Justice.

Justice Brennan makes public for the first time the contents of what Jeffrey Toobin calls "a coveted set of documents": Brennan's case histories, in which he recorded the strategizing behind major battle of the past half century, including Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy. Revelations on a more intimate scale include how Brennan refused to hire female clerks even as he wrote groundbreaking women's rights decisions; his complex stance as a justice and a Catholic; and new details on his unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren. This riveting information will cement Brennan's reputation as an epic playmaker of the Court's most liberal era.

Baker
& Taylor

In a book based on unprecedented access to Justice William Brennan's coveted personal "case histories," the authors reveal the life of the Supreme Court's greatest liberal, who played a role in such hot-button issues and cases as Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law and the constitutional right to privacy.
This book is a sweeping and revealing insider look at court history and the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and public access to information, and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
ISBN: 9780547149257
0547149255
Branch Call Number: Biography B753s
Characteristics: xiv, 674 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wermiel, Stephen

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Aug 25, 2012

Well-written, well-done, very detailed. Perhaps the level of detail in Brennan's rulings would be overkill for someone without any legal training, but for a fan of the Justice or someone interested in 20th century American jurisprudence it's a gem.

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