x, 644 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
0743296494 (hardback) 9780743296496 (hardback) 1451611463 (ebook) 9781451611465 (ebook)
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"This is the compelling story of one of the most polarizing figures ever to serve on the nation's highest court. Antonin Scalia knew only success in the first fifty years of his life. His sterling academic and legal credentials led him to the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit in 1982. Just four years later, he outmaneuvered the more senior Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Scalia's legal brilliance and personal magnetism led everyone to predict he would unite a new conservative majority and change American law in the process. The prediction was half right: he did alter the legal landscape through his theories of textualism and originalism, but his conservatism was informed as much by his traditional Catholicism and conservative partisanship as by his reading of the constitution. By alienating swing justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy, he prevented the conservative majority from coalescing for nearly two decades. Breaking with the tradition that justices should speak only through their decisions, he tested the Court's ethical boundaries with opinionate speeches and contentious public appearances, turning the institution into a partisan target"--Publisher description.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 579-596) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Scalia in winter Pride of the Scalias The chosen few The Harvard Hit Parade of the 1950s Building a résumé The President's legal adviser Wildflowers among the weeds It isn't easy to be right Terminology is destiny A court of one Faint-hearted originalist Losing the middle The evil Nino Master of the barbed opinion War of the words Bush v. Gore Scalia vs. the Pope Quack, quack The charm offensive The dead constitution tour Opus SCOTUS The rock star of One First Street King of the originalists The methodology of originalism Kennedy's court Roberts' rules of order Reading law Grumpy old Justice.