The definitive and long-awaited collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches, featuring a foreword by longtime friend Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an intimate introduction by his son Christopher Scalia.
Christopher J. Scalia, one of Justice Scalia's nine children, works at a public relations firm near Washington, D.C. A former professor of English, his scholarship, poetry, and fiction have been published in numerous academic and literary journals; his book reviews and political commentary have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Times Literary Supplement, the Weekly Standard, and elsewhere. He lives in Virginia with his wife and three children. Edward Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a former law clerk to Justice Scalia. A prominent blogger, he has been a leading commentator on the Supreme Court and constitutional law nominations to the Supreme Court and the lower courts and on issues of constitutional law. He has written essays and op-eds for leading newspapers (including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post), opinion journals, and academic symposia and law reviews. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Reading Scalia Speaks -- the marvelous collection of his
speeches, lovingly compiled by his son and a former law clerk --
brought Nino back to life for me.
-Alan M. Dershowitz, The New York Times Book Review
This marvelous book surely will be required reading for anyone
seeking to understand the mind of this great jurist and
conservative thinker. But I would go further and say that it should
be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the mind of
a great American, a figure so important to our history that his
passing influenced the presidential election held months later. If
"Scalia Speaks" can be said to have one fundamental flaw--one
shared with the man's life--it is that it ends too soon.
-Wall Street Journal "A treasure that captures Justice Antonin Scalia's brilliance, wit, faith, humility and wide range of knowledge...Scalia speaks in his own words in this magnificent volume that should be on the bookshelf of every educated American."
-Washington Post In decades of public speeches at home and abroad, Scalia educated, challenged, and entertained countless audiences. Now anyone who wants to benefit from the late justice's wit and wisdom can do so with Scalia Speaks....[An] indispensable book.
-Weekly Standard "Scalia Speaks is engrossing and invaluable, a treasure for lawyers and non-lawyers alike, a milestone in the literature of this profoundly influential American and in the annals of the Supreme Court."
-James Rosen "An almost intimate picture of one of the giants of our age...Scalia's mind sparkled like a gem, but perhaps, in our turbulent time, the most important takeaway from this collection is the lesson it teaches about civility."
-Mona Charen "An extraordinary portrait of a great public figure and thinker. The book is an intellectual feast and at the same time great fun to read. It displays an exceptionally coherent worldview articulated with great force and wit. It's enormously enlightening.