Incredibly comprehensive and highly readable, this book provides the reader with a full, insightful biographical history of one of the greatest Chief Justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court Following Warren s life from boyhood until his death, Justice for All makes clear how Warren s love of country and commitment to justice allowed his views of law and jurisprudence to evolve to the point of crafting or joining such monumental Supreme Court decisions as Brown v Board of Educa [...]
This book took me long enough to read, but it confirmed what I already suspected I really love Earl Warren I love him Think of everything he did for American citizens you get a lawyer if you re accused of a crime, you get informed of your rights when you re arrested, you can go to a racially diverse school, you have a right to privacy, you don t leave your rights at the schoolhouse door, poor citizens can vote, black citizens can vote, urban residents can vote, the Civil Rights Act is for real, [...]
Earl Warren has always been my favorite California governor I remember being sad when he resigned to become the Chief Justice Jim Newton, a reporter and editor for the Los Angeles Times wrote an excellent biography of Earl Warren Newton argues that Warren was among the greatest Chiefs in the history of the Court because there was little divergence between his politics and his jurisprudence As Republican governor of California from 1942 to 1953 he was a centrist progressive who devoted himself to [...]
A very fine book that covers not only the enormous impact Earl Warren had on American society as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but also the many achievements to his credit before he was even elevated to that office He was a successful, if perhaps overzealous, attorney general in California He was an excellent bipartisan governor for three terms, and instituted many of the fair minded reforms that established the California we know today He was also very nearly the 1952 Republican nominee f [...]
Jim Newton has written an exceptionally readable, fascinating and fair biography of a man who had a significant impact on American life The narrative is exceptionally strong, taking us from childhood to the end, and never losing the reader s interest for a second Newton does an exceptional job in terms of balance he validates Warren s greatest decisions and calls him to task for his mistakes and limitations such as Warren s support for the Japanese internment and his sexual prudishness There are [...]
I read this book from a general interest in the history of the US Supreme Court My background is thin, having taken a college course in Constitutional history many years ago So the arrangement of the book suited me This book is divided into three parts, encompassing his family background in California, entrance into politics as Progressive Republican, and his service as Chief Justice under the Supreme Court.High points for me The discussion of the political climate and history of CaliforniaThe h [...]
One of the best biographies I ve read, and a great insight into what shaped one of the greatest Justices ever He grew up in a working class family, and rose to become Chief Justice of the United States, overseeing the court in landmark decisions like Brown v Board of Education 1954 , Gideon v Wainwright 1963 , Reynolds v Sims 1964 , Miranda v Arizona 1966 , and Loving v Virginia 1967.So what made the man so famously progressive Even after this in depth look into his entire life, it s hard to tel [...]
I learned a great deal not only about Warren himself but about the Supreme Court and the history of California Newton gives a thorough background of Warren before he was on the court and shows how his political principles developed over time and how his biography shaped his jurisprudence While Newton is sometimes critical of his subject, especially regarding Warren s important role in the removal of Japanese Americans from their homes during World War II, he convincingly portrays Warren as a ver [...]
If you grew up in California, you already know the life of Earl Warren is intimately linked to the history of this state From his days as DA in Alameda County to his tenure as Attorney General, during which he strongly advocated and supervised the imprisonment of Japanese citizens and immigrants, to his time as governor to his dramatic years on the Supreme Court, he was one of the most influential men of his time I read this book in conjunction with my course on the Warren Court taught by retire [...]
Great book Loved hearing about how he was bipartisan and was only a Republican because he was opportunistic He was able to cut taxes because he efficiently ran his government in Cali He was completely wrong on the Japanese internment issue and his attempt to make a doctrine of obscenity in the courts thankfully he failed on this account.However, Brown, Miranda, Carr, Loving all amazing cases I m missing some others and helped move us to fulfilling Jefferson s pledge in the Declaration.
This was very informative for me I didn t know of Warren s political experience in California or his metamorphosis once he became Chief Justice The title of the book intimates that he made the Nation and this is not an overstatement His personal beliefs and persuasive skills while he was on the Court drove several key rulings in the 50 s and 60 s The story also includes descriptions of the personality conflicts among the other Justices, too This is a worthwhile history book.
This is a big very well researched It is a very deep read that covers not just the changes he made thanks to being on the supreme court but his whole life This book though was so dense with information that I had to stop and start reading it so I could get through it all.
Public Servant.Few individuals are deserving of the term that is sometimes tossed around casually today Earl Warren, California Attorney General, three term Governor, and Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1953 until 1969 is the definition of public servant Warren dedicated his life to public service and along the way compiled a record like no other Of course, things didn t always seem that way.Warren in his early days was an ardent anti New Dealer He also ultimately supported [...]
This biography of Earl Warren is one of the few that uses the newly released sources on the Warren commission and other recent documents to add new insights into the life of the former governor and chief justice The book beings with a look at Warren s life growing up in dusty Bakersfield California where his father worked on the railroad and life was very much a frontier town After high school Warren went on to Berkley and became a member of the prestigious golden bear society which both his son [...]
Justice for All, by Jim Newton, is about Earl Warren, the progressive Republican Governor of California who went on to become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and head the investigation into JFK s assassination.I found the book both interesting and depressing In it, Warren comes across as someone whose first instinct was to be a centerist politician Once there, and dealing with an issue, he would combine populism with common humanity when he attempted to deal a problem This result was that [...]
Justice for All Earl Warren and the Nation He Made is a deep dive biography that examines both the accomplishments and the emotions of its subject The research that Jim Newton brought to his task was impressive, as was his deep respect for Chief Justice Warren I was fascinated by Chapter 18 s description of the efforts Warren made to bring the Brown decision to unanimity, but disappointed in Jim Newton s attacks on critics of the Warren Commission into JFK s assassination Chap 22 Throughout Warr [...]
I try not to give many 5 star reviews, but this book is deserving Earl Warren was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during my youth and the book is a compelling biography of a person I knew virtually nothing about except the decisions of the Supremes when I was growing up Brown v Board of Education, Miranda v Arizona, Baker vs Carr and many other seminal cases.Jim Newton is a remarkable biographer and writer You really get to know Warren the man and his family and his entire life history Th [...]
This is a must read for anyone who calls themselves a lover of history Before reading this book I knew very little about Earl Warren and the Warren court Of course, I knew about some of the major cases decided during his tenure like Brown v Board of Education and Miranda but hardly anything about the court that handed down those decisions This book is thick and full of all sorts of yummy historical information and well worth a read The only reason that I didn t give it five stars was the overwhe [...]
Read of our reviews at thebookjarblog.wordpressA wonderful encompassing biography about Earl Warren and how he changed the nation I picked up this book to learn about Earl Warren and the important decisions that changed the United States Brown v Board of Education is one example of a case that he oversaw This is an excellently written biography that I felt was really honest Newton wrote about both the bad and good court decisions that Warren made He didn t hold back on his criticism on the bad [...]
What do they say about history those who don t know it, repeat it This book should remind us We so often forget why we need an activist court from time to time The immoral majority with their scared lackeys in congress are too slow righting wrongs perpetuated by the majority But the founding fathers seemed to realize that in a body of nine, there was a chance Thank God for the occassional justice that realizes the constitution is a living document, not a dead letter of original intents If you re [...]
One of the greatest Supreme Court Chief Justices A well written documented account of a man who truly loved his country His decision and the decision he helped formulate and still felt to this day He helped make America an even greater place to live One of the few men who could see when he was wrong on an issue and capable of making changes to correct his views The following best describes Warren in my opinion Where there is injustice, we should correct it where there is poverty, we should elimi [...]
Before reading this book, my only real knowledge of Earl Warren was that he was on the Supreme Court and chaired the Warren Commission I am pleased to have invested the time in reading this as I learned about this accomplished governor, district attorney, attorney general, and Supreme Court Chief Justice I did not previously associate him with Brown V Board of Education, Miranda Rights, and WWII era internment of Japanese citizens in California Overall, I appreciated the depth and detail in thi [...]
Earl Warren lead the United States Supreme Court during the most glorious period in the history of jurisprudence As Chief Justice, Warren guided the court through it greatest achievements Holding the nation to the standards of equality and fairness mandated by its founding ideals, Earl Warren reshaped the United States And the nation was better for it.This book even handedly presents Warren s life story, warts and all He made some mistakes And when President Eisenhower nominated the then Governo [...]
A good book that accomplished what I sought I wanted to know about Earl Warren, and I definitely know a lot having read the biography While the author clearly has high regard for Warren, there are criticisms throughout especially on the Japanese internment and a dispassionate style is employed to a large extent While it is well written, I would not describe this as a book that one cannot put down It took a while to read and digest It also took 250 pages until Warren was on the Supreme Courtat [...]
Meh The first half of the book was about his early life too long and his political career Interesting to an extent but there was too much on his personal life and not enough commentary on his court opinion The second half was his time on SCOTUS At 600 pages, maybe the author was hesitant to add any information but the chapters on his court years were simply not long enough He only went in depth about Brown which is great, as it is one of the most widely known and crucial landmark cases in this [...]
An excellent profile of one of the most important figures in 20th Century America.My enjoyment of his profile is marred only by how little time is devoted to the major jurisprudential decisions of the Warren Court, outside of Brown The revolutionary use of the commerce clause was completely ignored and the right to privacy mentioned almost in passing and as if Roe is the only reason it should be mentioned.Had the author dove into these treacherous waters and provided a focused look at why Warren [...]
What an interesting life Chief Justice Warren lived born in the 1800 s, witnessing the first cars, the first place, the first moonwalk and a great deal in between this is a very interesting bio of a man who was involved in many legal decisions that have had major impact on all Americans Before joining the Supreme Court, Warren was the governor of California and then was Thomas Dewey s running mate in the 1948 put on the ticket to block Richard Nixon Warren id have presidential aspirations, but p [...]
Despite being 519 pages, a pretty easy read Interestingly enough, the parts about him as chief justice are less interesting than the earlier part of his life and time as governor of California Among a few interesting trivia notes There was an outbreak of the plague in California in the early 20th century following an earthquake and Earl Warren proposed a modified version of universal health care in California Oh yeah, he also wrote some decision on like school desegregation or something But seri [...]
As I have so many times since my 12th grade World History class, I finished this book wondering Do people make history Or does history make people Did Justice Warren make a nation Or did the Nation make Earl Warren I have my disagreements with some of Newton s assessments he underestimates Justice Brennan s influence , but he is right about many things Most importantly, we could certainly use another Justice Warren on our Court.Oh, and what a great portrait he paints of Tricky Dick.
An excellent biography of a great man s life It paints the historical background with large strokes and Warren s life with detail and care Where there is injustice, we should correct it where there is poverty, we should eliminate it where there is corruption, we should stamp it out where there is violence we should punish it where there is neglect, we should provide care where there is war, we should restore peace and wherever corrections are achieved we should add them permanently to our storeh [...]