When he resigned in June 2010, Justice John Paul Stevens was the third-longest-serving Supreme Court justice in American history. As a lawyer and on the Court, he worked with five chief justices-Fred Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and John Roberts. Five Chiefs is his account of the workings of the Court from his personal experiences with these chief justices: as a law clerk during Vinson's tenure, a practicing lawyer when Warren was chief, a circuit judge and junior justice during Burger's term, a contemporary colleague of Rehnquist's, and a colleague of the current chief justice, John Roberts. The chief justice of the United States has often been described as the "first among equals." Known and deeply respected for his candor, Stevens discusses his views of these men and his own career, from his law school days until the moment he left the bench. He includes fascinating information about the Court and about many of the most complex and controversial decisions he was involved with-including cases dealing with freedom of speech, affirmative action, capital punishment, and sovereign immunity. And he explores the human side of life at the Court, along the way revealing, among other things, why having a good backhand might get someone a clerkship and the legal impact of moving a conference room table. Written with humility and grace, Five Chiefs is an unprecedented and historically significant look at the highest court in the United States.
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"Books about the Supreme Court tend to be speculative, based on a reporter's limited access to the justices and focused narrowly on a term or specific legal case. This book is different because a former justice wrote it, and he provides a unique perspective in both scope and depth. Gregory Itzin's narration has a regal quality that allows him to accentuate the gravity of his subject and provides an authoritative voice on the topics. He has a scratchy, gravelly timbre and reads at a measured pace that supports Stevens's main points. At times, Itzin sounds like a law professor at the lectern, but the class is interesting and engaging. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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