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This is a great account of both the Rehnquist appointment, and well as what might be called the Rehnquist compromise. Judicial appointments in the US have become so political, and since it is a life appointment, I suppose that is reasonable. Rehnquist was a surprise appointment, and became chief justice a few years later when Reagan elevated him to the top post. If you enjoy both politics, back room deals, and big egos, you will enjoy this book.
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What makes this book most interesting is the fact that it was constructed by the use of the Nixon tapes. Rather than creating dialogue, the author literally transcribes what was said at that point in history. For a student of Nixon and/ or the Supreme Court, this is a valuable tool. It is ironic that despite Nixon's effort to build a court in his own philosophical image , that very same court eventually ordered Nixon to release the tapes that ended his presidency. It is also fascinating to find little nuggets such as Nixon's disdain for the ABA, which at one time was headed by Leon Jaworski, the Watergate special prosecutor. and, finally, Nixon's own words that a Supreme Court decision must be obeyed whether one agrees with it or not was prescient.