Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789-2012

The Supreme Court Justices collects in one volume 112 biographical sketches of the jurists whose work has defined the Court. These essays, aimed at a general audience, bring the Justices to life through descriptions of their varied backgrounds, personalities, and accomplishments. The summaries provide concise and objective insights into each Justice’s career and jurisprudence. The narratives, seasoned with lively illustrations, also highlight intriguing biographical details drawn from life outside the Court. For example, the reader will learn that one Justice was a failed poet, while another was a professional football player, and two others independently helped to break enemy codes during World War II. Collectively, the essays reveal how the Court has evolved over time, enriched by its diverse Members’ breadth of personal and professional experiences.

The Supreme Court Historical Society’s third edition of The Supreme Court Justices keeps pace with both changes in the Court’s composition and the enlarging public interest in the Court itself. The volume includes four new profiles of the most recently appointed Justices, updated versions of other Members, as well as new photographs, a revised bibliography, and a section on literature about the Court for young readers. This book is an important achievement in the Society’s efforts to increase public understanding of a vital institution. I congratulate the Society on its publication of a general reference work on the Court that is both readable and useful. Lawyers, judicial historians, and students of the Court will happily keep this fine volume within ready reach.

John G. Roberts, Jr.

Chief Justice of the United States

ALA Outstanding Reference Source 1995-1996

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