Earl Warren

Earl Warren : A Public Life

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This is a major biography of one of America's most influential and respected Supreme Court justices by a leading law scholar. In the late 1970s, Earl Warren's papers were opened and G. Edward White, a former law clerk of Warren, was given complete access to research this book. The result is the first study of the Chief Justice to cover his entire political career and to examine aspects of Warren's character that have seemed paradoxical. White goes back to Warren's roots in California Progressivism to illuminate his mid-century liberalism and the controversial decisions over which he presided in the Supreme Court. Based on a wealth of newly available information and White's understanding of Warren's work and personality, this is a fascinating, original portrait of Chief Justice Earl Warren.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 137.2 x 203.7 x 23.4mm | 413.05g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • photos
  • 0195049365
  • 9780195049367
  • 2,040,413

About G. Edward White

About the Author: G. Edward White, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, is the author of several works, including The American Judicial Tradition and Tort Law in America.show more

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"[A] valiant biography....Thanks to White's honesty, skill, and diligence, it is a reliable collection of materials providing an opportunity to appraise Warren's judicial performance as a whole, an opportunity that non-specialists rarely have for any member of the Court."-Yale Law Journal "White's 'interpretive biography' of Earl Warren as Jurist and Man rather than lengthy life history is particularly well suited to political science classes and teaches the richness of the American judicial process in the life of a most interesting Chief Justice."-Bradley S. Chilton, University of Southern Mississippi "White is remarkably successful....[He] develops a thesis of Warren's decision-making process with which every future Warren biographer or Supreme Court historian will have to cope."-Washington Post Book World "White has gone beyond the labels and given us the man....[He] makes a serious and usually successful effort to show us the people and forces, events, idea, plans and accidents that made Warren what he became."-Los Angeles Times "The most important book about the law published this year. Both a fresh exploration of one of the most astonishing political metamorphoses in American history, and a profound but readable explanation of some of the main problems of constitutional law and jurisprudence."-Baltimore Sun "A first-rate biography."-Journal of Southern History "Mr. White has written an exciting biography of this great man and provided...a wealth of material for the continuing debate over Warren's role."-The New Republic "An excellent introduction to a major figure in twentieth-century American history...solid, informative, and perceptive."-Journal of American History "Seems likely to serve for some time as the standard against which other biographies of the controversial chief justice will be measured."-American Historical Review "A serious and fascinating study, relating Warren the man and Warren the judge, and throwing fresh light on an amazing period in the Supreme Court's history."-Anthony Lewis, The New York Times Book Review "A fascinating book about a towering figure of our time."-Virginia Quarterly Review "White's analysis is penetrating, his literary style engaging."-Political Science Quarterly "The first significant legal biography of Chief Justice Earl Warren."-Stanford Law Review "White's splendid new biography helps us to understand better Warren's remarkable career from district attorney of Alameda County, California, to Chief Justice of the United States....[It] establishes White as one of our premier legal historians."-American Bar Foundation Research Journalshow more

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