American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

by Joan Biskupic

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If the U.S. Supreme Court teaches us anything, it is that almost everything is open to interpretation. Almost. But what's inarguable is that, while the Court has witnessed a succession of larger-than-life jurists in its two-hundred-plus-year history, it has never seen the likes of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Combative yet captivating, infuriating yet charming, the outspoken jurist remains a source of curiosity to observers across the political spectrum and on both sides of the ideological divide. But for all his public grandstanding, Scalia has managed to elude biographers—until now. In American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the veteran Washington journalist Joan Biskupic presents for the first time a detailed portrait of this complicated figure and provides a comprehensive narrative that will engage Scalia's adherents and critics alike. Drawing on her long tenure covering the Court and on unprecedented access to the justice, Biskupic delves into the circumstances of his rise and the formation of his rigorous approach on the bench. This book shows us the man in power: his world, his journey, and the far-reaching consequences of a transformed legal landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374532444
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 478,573
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joan Biskupic has covered the Supreme Court since 1989 and currently writes for USA Today. Previously the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post, she is a frequent panelist on PBS's Washington Week. Biskupic holds a law degree from Georgetown University and previously authored a biography of Sandra Day O'Connor.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

1 A Place in the American Story 11

2 In the Turbulence of Watergate 33

3 Witness for the Executive 49

4 Meeting of the Minds 65

5 Relentless in Dissent 81

6 "I Have No Agenda" 99

7 "Is Anybody Listening?" 122

8 Dilemmas of Race 148

9 Passions of His Mind 185

10 "A Country I Do Not Recognize" 211

11 Bush v. Gore: Not Over It 231

12 "Quack, Quack" 252

13 The Center Chair 276

14 Showman of the Bench 299

15 Power in a Time of Terrorism 321

16 "You Get One Shot" 344

Notes 365

Selected Bibliography 409

Acknowledgments 413

Index 417

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