Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir

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  • Title: Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
  • Author: John Paul Stevens
  • ISBN: 9780316199803
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Hardcover

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  1. I gave this book a much better rating than most other readers, so I feel like I should explain why 1 I m a total Supreme Court gossip junky, and this has lots of little details about the justices and their spouses 2 People want this book to be like Toobin s The Nine, but I like that when you re reading Stevens, you know he s making himself look good because he wrote it Whereas in Toobin s book, the people who agreed to divulge dirt on other justices got to look good, but you really had to read b [...]


  2. Good book Not a law professor s book not even the sort of law professor s book that s written for a lay audience Nor does it get deep into the weeds the way Edward Lazarus s Closed Chambers did Instead, it was like a casual conversation with someone who was deeply involved in writing the world we live in It s mostly conversational, but emotion does bubble up On the retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall, who he clearly had great respect for Thurgood s retirement may well have been the most sign [...]


  3. It s telling that after serving on the bench for 35 years and retiring at 90, Justice Stevens publishes a Supreme Court memoir mostly about five other guys Stevens does take the opportunity to disagree, a lot But he remains constructive in his disagreement, which is an achievement considering how crucial the issues are the death penalty, campaign finance and gun control His criticism is unequivocal but he still doesn t harp on Citizens United though he does refer us to his 90 page dissent His tr [...]


  4. Ehhhhhhh Even in the realm of reading something as an homage to a jurist I very much admire, this was kind of a snooze I still love you, Justice Stevens I wore a bow tie for your birthday But your book is not that good.


  5. Enjoying this book is going to depend entirely on how fascinating you find Supreme Court procedures and rulings If you are interested in personalities and gossip of high powered Washington insiders, you will only get glimpses Stevens, it seems, is a gentleman He rates each of the Chief Justices under whom he worked either as clerk, arguing advocate, or fellow justice Stevens seems to strive to combine accuracy with tact and fairness in his analyses He includes strengths and weaknesses for everyo [...]


  6. An interesting perspective by Justice Stevens on his time on the court the focus on the Five Chief Justices that he knew including the three that he served with on his time of the court There is some irony on this focus in that after leaving aside the administrative parts of the job, a theme of Stevens is that the Chief Justice is just one of nine in deciding the major legal issues facing our country.While the book includes discussion of the legal issues and the perspective of Stevens on the maj [...]


  7. Rambly schmably I guess the description had me hoping for a slightly different kind of book if it had been called random thoughts on my awesome life and the people I ran into by Justice John Paul Stevens, I was totally there I thought there would be about the transitions in the court from Chief to Chief, which I felt was lacking, except in a really superficial way, when Stevens seemed to remember that that is what his memoir was supposed to be detailing accomplished with random, non segued stuf [...]


  8. I enjoyed this memoir by Justice John Paul Stevens, though it suffers from an ailment that books by longtime public figures often have it comes across in many places as too diplomatic and too unwilling to criticize That said, I found Stevens perspective on Warren Burger the most interesting, since Burger has long been an object of ridicule, perhaps in part because of Bob Woodward s less than stellar portrait of him in The Brethren It is clear that Stevens, by contrast, believes that Burger was a [...]


  9. Chatty legal memoir by Justice Stephens about the five Chief Justices with whom he had dealings Occasionally the discussion gets into obtuse principles of constitutional law But there are other attractions to this book for example, who knew that there are spitoons behind the US Supreme Court bench Or that Justices Stephens and Breyer agreed that the Bush Campaign s application to stay the Florida recount was so frivolous that the Court would never grant it Justice Stephens manages to roundly cri [...]


  10. Try as I might, I just couldn t finish it I m a fan of most popular writing about the Supreme Court not just Toobin, but also biographies of justices But this was just so dull At once too detailed about some pretty mundane aspects of Stevens life and almost too abstract about the role of the law He also tended to talk about the intricacies of some of the major cases as if we are all necessarily familiar with them already This was true for me for a few of them, but not most I kept on telling myse [...]


  11. Man, JP Stevens never forgets a grudge And he never fails to describe a grudge in the politest possible terms He spent like seventy five pages not quite saying that CJ Rehnquist was a peacocking slacker who never read the Constitution I love it, but you have to love that kind of stuff to love this book JP Stevens s editor could have used a heavier hand Still, breezy, a quick read, and enjoyable Also, a good crash course on all of the terrible constitutional decisions in the last thirty years Spo [...]


  12. This book was disappointing I was expecting an examination of what the five Chief Justices are like and their contributions as seen by a longtime member of the court Instead the book is partly a discussion of the chiefs but mostly its a rambling memoir, similar to but not as interesting as all the other books on recent Supreme Court history In essence this is a way for Justice Stevens to get the last word on some cases, the outcome of which he disagrees with.


  13. The book focuses on the five Chief Justices that Justice Stevens had met, but also provides a short bio on all Chief Justices of the United States The book gives a nice, behind the scenes look at the Supreme Court.


  14. John Paul Stevens has a unique perspective of the Supreme Court and its chief justices he served on the Supreme Court for the third longest term in American History Along the way, he worked with and got to know five chief justices Fred Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist and John Roberts In this book, he discusses some of their most important decisions and how they came about The author also does a review of the other chief justices through the years This book would be an impor [...]


  15. I received this book through the firstreads program, and it sat on my shelf for a while Once I finally opened it and got into the first chapter, on the Court s first twelve chief justices, I quickly needed to call a lawyer friend for a better explanation of the Chisholm v Georgia 1793 case, which established or actually didn t establish U.S law on sovereign immunity My putting the book aside for a while wasn t a judgment on its style because Stevens writes beautifully It was my feeling not quit [...]


  16. When I first heard that John Paul Stevens was writing a memoir that coved his life s intersection with the Supreme Court of the United States, I was very excited He was one of my favorite justices, due to his somewhat liberal bent Liberal in that the rest of the Court had moved so far to the right that a moderate conservative is now seen as a liberal.What a fantastic book Stevens gives insight into his judicial philosophy and what has transpired during the tenures of the last five Chief Justices [...]


  17. I quietly adored this book, but I m still pretty new to SCOTUS literature Toobin s The Nine is now on my reading list As with most of my realizations about politics, it hit me rather belatedly how far reaching the U.S Supreme Court s decisions could be, and this particular branch of the government is wrapped up in Latin and a preponderance of older folks in dark robes and the accompanying intimidation factor.Aspects I particularly appreciated a human face to the justices Basketball was his parti [...]


  18. I always find books and information about the Supreme Court interesting I have difficulty reading and understanding about half of the prose of Supreme Court Justices My opinion about their prose is that they express several ideas, or present an idea and modify it within the same sentence I suppose this is part of their legal training Accordingly, about half of Justice Stevens comments about previous Supreme Court decisions are difficult for me to understand There are several facts in the book th [...]


  19. Books about the United States Supreme Court belong to my favorite genre of non fiction The nine justices wield enormous power, surpassing that of most, if not all, politicians The results of their deliberations affect the country in a much deeper way than the election of a particular president, Carter or Reagan, Bush or Obama.John Paul Stevens, retired since 2010, is one of my most admired justices, probably because of his lifelong tradition of moderate views and opinions He had been considered [...]


  20. Description Five Chiefs is memoir detailing John Paul Stevens life and career as a Supreme Court Justice, which includes sections about the Chief Justices he served under.Review I have never been a politics junky , but as I have gotten older I ve realized the importance of politics in today s society So when I read the blurb, I decided to try reading it Thankfully, John Paul Stevens writing style and organization wasn t as dry and boring as I thought it would be Sure, some sections seemed to dro [...]


  21. I received a copy of Five Chiefs thanks to first reads In the book, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens recounts his time on the Court by reviewing the Chief Justices with whom he served Before getting to this, he gives a brief run down of the Chief Justices that came before his tenure on the Court, highlighting their major contribution, both positive and negative, to the jurisprudence of this country.I think Justice Stevens tried to write a book that would appeal to a mass audience, [...]


  22. This was a pretty interesting take on Justice John Paul Stevens 35 years 1975 2010 on the Supreme Court He organized the book based on the 5 chief justices that he knew or worked with personally either as a lawyer, appellate court judge, or Court justice Because he spent such a long time on the Court, Stevens was able to provide a bit of a first person account of some of the Court s most important recent decisions, and explain his thoughts on those decisions He doesn t hold back any punches in h [...]


  23. I really wanted to rate this book higher I guess a accurate rating would be a 3.5 I did enjoy this book despite the lower rating.A few things kept me from rating it higher.1 Justice Stevens chronology is confusing It is a memoir so there is a bit of wiggle room However, at times it read like an old man reminiscing and losing track of the point he wanted to make Also, since he focused on the chief justices he made little mention of when other justices retired or were appointed to the court causi [...]


  24. I was quite interested to read this book As I age I find myself involved in what is going on in politics, etc The Supreme Court is so vital to how we live in this country and it is almost ignored by people I must admit to a certain surprise at its length given the topic Justice Stevens has lived a long, eventful life and interacted with some of the most well known Chief Justices I was expecting a longer book.The stories he tells are broken down into six sections the first gives a brief overview [...]


  25. At the time of his retirement in June 2010 Justice John Paul Stevens was the oldest and the third longest serving Supreme Court Justice In his Supreme Court memoir Five Chiefs Justice Stevens has written an elegant and engaging book about the inner working of the Supreme Court under the leadership of the five chief justices that Stevens worked with and knew If you are looking to read smack or naughty tidbits of the other justices, this book is not for you and you don t know Justice Stevens Five [...]


  26. Justice Stevens is adorable I mean, the man wears bow ties What s not to love about that When he retired from the Court, the Chicago Bar Association held a gala in his honor, and I was fortunate enough to be able to attend At the gala, he gave a short speech in which he railed against originalism, particularly as applied in four cases Lopez, Printz, Heller, and McDonald He was polite and showed a huge respect to his brethren, but also was than willing to disagree in an intellectual, well spoken [...]


  27. This book is appropriately subtitled A Memoir Justice Stevens gives his impressions of all of the Chief Justices of the United States Supreme Court The first 12 justices are discussed in the first chapter And the last five, those he had some personal experience with, each have their own chapter His highest praise goes to the first Chief Justice John Marshall Stevens relates events like the Spouses group that prepares a meal every years for the members of the court He also talks about how the cha [...]


  28. I have considered Stevens my favorite Supreme Court Justice since taking a Constitutional law course in college and I was surprised to be disappointed with this book when i first picked it up In the end, I have oscillated between 3 and 4 stars for this book and I think that it depends on what my expectations about the type of book Justice Stevens wrote When I first picked up book, I assumed that it would be historical and academic and like his written opinions This book is of a straight memoi [...]


  29. John Paul Stevens, U High 37, AB 41AuthorWhen he resigned last June, Justice Stevens was the third longest serving Justice in American history 1975 2010 only Justice William O Douglas, whom Stevens succeeded, and Stephen Field have served on the Court for a longer time.In Five Chiefs, Justice Stevens captures the inner workings of the Supreme Court via his personal experiences with the five Chief Justices Fred Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and John Roberts that he intera [...]


  30. In this memoir, Stevens recounts his experiences with the five most recent Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, with short introductions to those that came before He intersperses his memories of these men alas, ALL men with his own opinions of the biggest rulings of the time period In general, it s an okay read, and I learned quite a bit of factoids who knew it was ruled constitutional to incarcerate a person for life without parole for passing a single bad check until the late 1980s about many [...]