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American Book 431482 Five Chiefs

When he resigned last June Justice Stevens was the third longest serving Justice in American history (1975-2010)--only Justice William O. Douglas whom Stevens succeeded and Stephen Field have served on the Court for a longer time. In Five Chiefs Justice Stevens captures the inner workings of the Supreme Court via his personal experiences with the five Chief Justices--Fred Vinson Earl Warren Warren Burger William Rehnquist and John Roberts--that he interacted with. He reminisces of being a law clerk during Vinson's tenure; a practicing lawyer for Warren; a circuit judge and junior justice for Burger; a contemporary colleague of Rehnquist; and a colleague of current Chief Justice John Roberts. Along the way he will discuss his views of some the most significant cases that have been decided by the Court from Vinson who became Chief Justice in 1946 when Truman was President to Roberts who became Chief Justice in 2005. Packed with interesting anecdotes and stories about the Court Five Chiefs is an unprecedented and historically significant look at the highest court in the United States. Author: Stevens John Paul. Publisher: Little Brown and Co. Pages: 304. Dimensions: 5.6" x 8.5" x 1.1". Language: English.
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A memoir about the inner workings of the Supreme Court during the tenure of Justice John Paul Stevens

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John Paul Stevens served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970-1975. President Ford nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and he took his seat December 19, 1975. Justice Stevens retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2010.


"There have been many Supreme Court memoirs, but I can safely say his is the most self-effacing. The title itself is other-directed...And it seems to pain the old-school, bow-tied Stevens that, in order to understand his connection to the chiefs 'some autobiographical comments must be tolerated.' ... Stevens can also be winningly wry." "The Boston Globe""

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