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In the political turmoil that convulsed America after George Washington's death, the surviving Founding Fathers went mad - literally pummeling each other in Congress and challenging one another to deadly duels in their quest for power. Out of the political intrigue, one man emerged to restore calm and dignity to the government: John Marshall. The longest-serving chief justice in American history, Marshall transformed the Supreme Court from an irrelevant appeals court into the powerful and controversial branch of government that Americans today either revere or despise.
Drawing on rare documents, Harlow Giles Unger shows how, with nine key decisions, Marshall rewrote the Constitution, reshaped government, and prevented Thomas Jefferson from turning tyrant. John Adamscalled his appointment of Marshall to chief justice his greatest gift to the nation and "the pride of my life".
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By Michael Z. on 03-17-15
the life and times of John Marshall
the book was good but it's more a book of the life and time of John Marshall. less than half the book talks about his time on the supreme court. very little of which is focused on the major cases he heard. rather the book is mostly about the founding of America and her earlier wars. while Marshall was a part of this he was not directly involved in much of what happens in the book. if your interested in his time on the bench this isn't the book for you.
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