John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier Chief Justice In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lac The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier Chief Justice In 1801, a genial and brilliant Rev...

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Title:John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
Author:Richard Brookhiser
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Genres:History
ISBN:John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

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  • Kevin
    Feb 05, 2019
    Another classic Brookhiser biography. This one takes a highly influential member of the founding era and helps walk the reader through how his life and jurisprudence not only impacted but grew out of the political and historical challenges the young nation faced. A great way to better ...
  • Craig
    Feb 15, 2019
    John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States of America. Marshall held the post for 34 years, beginning in 1801. Up until such time as Marshall assumed the post, the Supreme Court lacked clout, dignity, or any semblance of equality among the three federal branches of...
  • Al
    Feb 12, 2019
    The major reason I liked this book is that it gave insight into a significant historical figure who doesn't get much space in the average American history book. There are a number of such men; Albert Gallatin and John Jay come quickly to mind, and there are others. To read an entire b...
  • Mehrsa
    Mar 01, 2019
    The book is well written and interesting and if you want to know more about Marshall, it's fine. I wanted to know more about a few pivotal decisions he made and also the way he changed the nature of the court. That is marshall's legacy--the fight with Jackson over the legitimacy and po...
  • Pamela Okano
    Jan 22, 2019
    A brief (277 pages) memoir of US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall's career, with special emphasis on selected SCOTUS decisions and his feud with Thomas Jefferson. A good intro to the man who made the Supreme Court. ...
  • Cheryl
    May 08, 2019
    I always learn something from reading about members of the Supreme Court and other great historical figures. Some of the books I've read not only educate me but make me feel as if I am "there" and know the people personally. Some are educational but read like a dry history textbook. Un...
  • Joshua Johnson
    Jan 14, 2019
    A very witty, engaging read. Brookheiser has compiled a thorough, detailed, and often intimately personal biography; my only real complaint is that I wished he had done a more prolonged, deeper dive of Marshall...but perhaps the source material did not provide such an opportunity. Well...
  • David Williams
    Jan 06, 2019
    John Marshall is one of the most consequential figures in the history of the United States, yet too little is known about him. In John Marshall : The Man Who Made The Supreme Court, journalist and author Richard Brookhiser seeks to help us know more about this man. In life Marshall was...
  • Curtis Edmonds
    Apr 09, 2019
    Marshall?s life, up until he was elevated to the Court, is lively and interesting, and author Richard Brookhiser does a masterful job of showing the forces that shaped his philosophy. Marshall was, all his long life, an acolyte of George Washington, under whom he served in the Revolu...
  • George P.
    Nov 20, 2018
    The life of John Marshall (1755?1835) spans the first and formative decades of the United States. Born in colonial Virginia, Marshall fought for American independence under George Washington, whom he revered as the beau ideal of a true republican and memorialized in a biography. ?F...
  • Sharlene
    Mar 26, 2019
    This is a relative short history of John Marshall and his 3 decades on the Supreme Court which he remade. After reading this book you'll wonder if his legacy is good or bad. The reader will learn a lot about the early days of the court when the Justices were only 7 and they rode circui...
  • Robert Muller
    Dec 30, 2018
    As a biography, this one is a bit lightweight on detail but does give you the strong flavor of the man and his impact on the United States. It's very readable and as far as I can tell well-researched (I'm not a Marshall expert). ...
  • Mich
    Jul 17, 2019
    The life of John Marshall, the US Supreme Court Justice appointed in 1804 and who served for 34 years is recounted primarily through his most significant cases. It is only in the last chapter, almost as an epilogue, is his legacy evaluated. He was a strict constitutionalist, a Federali...
  • Ivor Armistead
    Mar 04, 2019
    John Marshal holds a very special place in American history. Without his leadership on the Supreme Court in the early years of the republic, establishing the Constitutional role of the Federal judiciary, this might be a different country today, if it would have survived at all. I h...
  • Richard de Villiers
    Mar 13, 2019
    Forgive me for giving such a low rating to a really good book. Brookhiser is up to his usual standards. Having taken a slight detour with a book about Lincoln - granted with his ties to the founders - he returns to the founding generation. Brookhiser is fluid and engaging as always. If...
  • Jean
    Dec 14, 2018
    In March 2018 I read Joel Richard Paul?s ?Without Precedent Chief Justice John Marshall and His Time?. The book wet my appetite to learn more about John Marshall. When I saw this newly released biography of Marshall by Richard Brookhiser, I had to buy it. John Marshall (1755-1...
  • Pierre Lauzon
    May 21, 2019
    A very concise and well written biography of Marshall's life. There is a good emphasis on Marshall's Supreme Court decisions that clearly explained the issues at stake and the rationale for the Court's decision. I was drawn back to high school history class and the cases covered then -...
  • Mike Bloom
    Jul 28, 2019
    A relatively short, accessible biography. It covers the political and constitutional aspects of Marshall's work on the Supreme Court. It does not focus on the legal intricacies of the cases as much as offer concise summations of the constitutional philosophy underlying many of Marshall...
  • Brion
    Feb 03, 2019
    Richard Brookhiser?s new biography on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is an excellent, clean, straight forward biography of one of the Court?s most important justices. Brookhiser follows Marshall from birth to death and spends most of the book focusing on about 20 importa...
  • Nate
    Oct 15, 2018
    A biography of the most important Supreme Court Justice in US history is not something you except to fly through. Nevertheless, once Marshall got onto the Supreme Court, I moved through the book very quickly. Brookhiser sticks to Marshall's professional life most of the time, though of...
  • E
    Apr 08, 2019
    This is almost not a biography. Cursory look at early and personal life; strong focus on Marshall's written opinions concerning a handful of important cases from his long tenure as Chief Justice of the United States. I would probably have preferred brief discussions of more cases (or p...
  • David Dunlap
    Jan 26, 2019
    Fairly straightforward biography of the noted Chief Justice of the United States, appointed by an outgoing John Adams and serving the longest (to date) in that position, until the second Andrew Jackson administration. -- Brookhiser is among the best American historians of the day. I es...
  • Scott Pomfret
    Jan 02, 2019
    As Brookhiser admits early in this unremarkable biography, John Marshall left only limited writings relative to some of his more famous founding father peers. The result is a biography that is swift, but doesn't really bring the man to life. Rather than revealing many personal details,...
  • Leif Paulson
    May 17, 2019
    Overall, this was an interesting read on a forgotten man critical to the early formation of the American Republic. At times, there was a bit too much wonkiness on court decisions and associate justices. There could've been more on the man outside of the Supreme Court. Still interesting...
  • Bill Newell
    Feb 05, 2019
    I picked up Richard Bookhiser?s John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court (New York: Basic Books, 2018), 277+ pp. mostly to find out how one man could make the judicial branch coequal with the legislative and executive branches. Turns out it was only partly because of the for...
  • Jerry Smith
    Jan 17, 2019
    2.75-3 I received this as a gift, even though I love History early American isn't really my area so I honestly had never heard of him. Having said that he was a pretty interesting guy and certainly formed the court to what it is today (for better or worse now...) However he was a l...
  • Porter Broyles
    Mar 29, 2019
    This is a good introduction to some of the major Supreme Court cases that were tried under John Marshall, but is not nearly as good as Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times by Joel Richard Paul. Brookhiser's book is not really a biography of Marshall. After a ...
  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    Dec 10, 2018
    Earlier this year, I read an engrossing biography of the Wright Brothers by the estimable David McCullough --- engrossing, that is, until about three-quarters through the book, when the Wrights are chiefly trying to build their business and deal with a morass of patent litigation. They...
  • Anson Cassel Mills
    Aug 07, 2019
    H. W. Brands called Richard Brookhiser (b. 1955), senior editor of National Review, ?a master of the interpretive biography.? That judgment is certainly true of this volume, which demonstrates Brookhiser?s firm command of English prose with only a rare misstep when attempting to ...
  • Backoff51
    Jun 25, 2019
    34 years as chief justice. Served 6 presidents. Despised his cousin, Thomas Jefferson. Adored George Washington. Great book. ...