John Marshall by Richard Brookhiser audiobook

John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

By Richard Brookhiser
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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, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court’s right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life. In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America’s greatest judge and the world he made.

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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, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court’s right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life.

In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America’s greatest judge and the world he made.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brookhiser’s account is compact and balanced, and in the current political climate, could hardly be timelier…By persuading the justices to set aside their partisan differences and to speak in one voice, Marshall established the court as an emblem of bipartisan legitimacy in a polarized time.” New York Times Book Review
“Genuinely satisfying….Elegant and readable.” National Review
“A concise, informative, and at times entertaining biography of our nation’s fourth chief justice.” Kirkus Reviews
“Richard Brookhiser is a master of the interpretive biography, and his incisive portrait of John Marshall couldn’t be more timely.” H. W. Brands, author of Heirs of the Founders

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Author Bio: Richard Brookhiser

Author Bio: Richard Brookhiser

Richard Brookhiser is the author of What Would the Founders Do?; Founding Father; Alexander Hamilton, American; and America’s First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735–1918. The writer and host of the critically acclaimed PBS documentary Rediscovering George Washington, he is a columnist for Time magazine and a senior editor of National Review. He has also written for the New Yorker and the New York Times. Brookhiser lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English