Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the United States. No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 an The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the Un...

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Title:Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times
Author:Joel Richard Paul
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1594488231
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Reviews

  • Nick Ertz
    May 10, 2018
    This is a solid biography about a little appreciated founding father. John Marshall was the Chief Justice who "created" and defined what the Supreme Court means to the success of our country. With this book, you learn the background of the man who did so much to preserve the union duri...
  • Sam
    Apr 16, 2018
    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...
  • Jon
    May 16, 2018
    "Without Precedent" is such a clever title for a book on the longest sitting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. John Marshall's impact on the court and more importantly our country cannot be understated. There are several themes to this book, for the purpose of this review I will foc...
  • Andrienne
    Dec 30, 2017
    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...
  • Rick
    May 05, 2018
    This is a good book for those who want to learn more about how the Supreme Court came to be what it is today. Through his acumen and his opinions on the cases, Marshall led SCOTUS to a co-equal branch of government. His vision for the US clashed with various presidents including Jeffer...
  • Mike
    Apr 04, 2018
    I had always wanted to read more about the most important Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and this book was very engaging. This biography of Marshall tells the story of a fascinating historical figure who, for whatever reason, seems to get short thrift in the pantheon of our foundin...
  • Diana
    Feb 28, 2018
    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...
  • Frank Stein
    Apr 22, 2018
    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...
  • Brett Sorge
    Jul 05, 2018
    This is a must read to see how our nation developed after the a revolutionary War. The author does a great job of providing the thinking of the day and consequences of Court decisions. This is a thinkings man?s book. . ...
  • Witkinddavis
    Jun 23, 2018
    I read Without Precedent for the analysis of the precedential cases of John Marshall and was well rewarded. The early American history was fascinating as well. The author truly dislikes Thomas Jefferson, repeatedly taking Marshall?s side in their ongoing conflicts. I don?t know eno...
  • Matt
    May 04, 2018
    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...
  • Karen
    Apr 27, 2018
    I got this book as a free book through Goodreads giveaways in exchange for the promise to write an honest review. This is a well written book that shows how Marshall's upbringing and the political times he lived in helped to shape his Supreme Court Opinions. This book is for anyone ...
  • Dan Cotter
    Jun 09, 2018
    Excellent biography of the 4th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Title of the book is correct when it comes to John Marshall. ...
  • David Glickman
    Mar 27, 2018
    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...
  • Bruce
    Jul 12, 2018
    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...
  • Ben Fabian
    May 26, 2018
    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...
  • David Eppenstein
    May 05, 2018
    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...
  • Jean
    Mar 13, 2018
    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...
  • Rick Presley
    May 10, 2018
    This fascinating account illuminates the life of one of the greatest political figures of early America. A vividly detailed account of one of the first great Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. I highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in post-Revolutio...
  • Chaim Shapiro
    May 22, 2018
    This book was well written and is a very entertaining read. Paul made the wise choice to dissect the cases before the Marshall Court by case/subject as opposed to chronologically. Paul is a little too harsh of Jefferson, but as the author notes, it is impossible to write a biogr...
  • J. David  Knecht
    Mar 20, 2018
    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...
  • Leo
    Jul 11, 2018
    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...
  • Scott Pierce
    May 21, 2018
    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...
  • David Dunlap
    Mar 24, 2018
    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...
  • Alex O'Donnell
    Mar 11, 2018
    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...
  • Krishan Zaveri
    Jun 26, 2018
    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...
  • Janet
    Apr 11, 2018
    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...
  • Shane
    Jun 23, 2018
    This was an interesting look at probably the most important Supreme Court Justice. He was responsible for Marbury vs Madison, which established judicial review (declaring laws unconstitutional). It is primarily due to John Marshall that the Supreme Court is coequal branch of the federa...
  • Joni Charatan
    Apr 16, 2018
    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...
  • Mshelton50
    Apr 19, 2018
    This is a wonderfully well-written and researched biography of our Nation's fourth (and greatest) Chief Justice, John Marshall. Marshall served as Chief Justice for 34 years, longer than any other, and in that time, the overwhelming majority of the Court's opinions were unanimous, most...