Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Some Recent Books on Judges

Interested in judges' lives and work? Here are some recent books (and one set of DVDs) for you:

G. Edward White, The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges, KF8744 .W5 2007 at Classified Stacks.
Publisher's note

... G. Edward White updates his series of portraits of the most famous appellate judges in American history from John Marshall to Oliver W. Holmes to Warren E. Burger, with a new chapter on the Rehnquist Court. White traces the development of the American judicial tradition through biographical sketches of the careers and contributions of these renowned judges. [H]e argues that the Rehnquist Court's approach to constitutional interpretation may have ushered in a new stage in the American judicial tradition.

Mary L. Dudziak, Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall's African Journey, KSK2095 .D83 2008 at Classified Stacks. Publisher's description:
Thurgood Marshall became a living icon of civil rights when he argued Brown v. Board of Education before the Supreme Court in 1954. ... When in 1960 Kenyan independence leaders asked him to help write their constitution, Marshall threw himself into their cause. ...
... Mary Dudziak recounts with poignancy and power the untold story of Marshall's journey to Africa. African Americans were enslaved when the U.S. constitution was written. ...

Tinsley E. Yarbrough, Harry A. Blackmun: The Outsider Justice, KF8745.B555 Y37 2008 at Classified Stacks. Publisher's description:
Thoroughly researched, engagingly written, Harry A. Blackmun: The Outsider Justice offers an in-depth, revelatory portrait of one of the most intriguing jurists ever to sit on the Supreme Court. Relying on in-depth archival material, in addition to numerous interviews with Blackmun's former clerks, Yarbrough here presents the definitive biography of the great justice, ultimately providing an illuminating window into the inner-workings of the modern Supreme Court.

Richard A. Posner, How Judges Think, K2300 .P67 2008 at Classified Stacks. Publisher's Description:
A distinguished and experienced appellate court judge, Richard A. Posner offers in this new book a unique and, to orthodox legal thinkers, a startling perspective on how judges and justices decide cases.

Clarence Thomas, My Grandfather's Son, KF8745.T48 A3 2007 at Classified Stacks. Publisher's description:
Provocative, inspiring, and unflinchingly honest, My Grandfather's Son is the story of one of America's most remarkable and controversial leaders, Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, told in his own words.

Jeffrey Rosen, The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America, KF8744 .R67 2007 at Good Reads, Classified Stacks. The publisher's description is here.

This book is a companion to the PBS series, The Supreme Court, KF8742 .S856 2007 at Classified Stacks (4 DVDs).

Matthew J. Streb, ed., Running for Judge: The Rising Political, Financial, and Legal Stakes of Judicial Elections, KF8785.A7 R86 2007 at Classified Stacks. The publisher's description is here.

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