Chief Justice: A Biography of Earl Warren

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 603 pages
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Earl Warren is rightly remembered not only as one of the great chief justices of the Supreme Court, but as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. Warren Court decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda, and Baker v. Carr have given us such famous phrases as "separate is not equal, " "read him his rights, " and "one-man-one-vote" - and have vastly expanded civil rights and personal liberties. A generation later the Warren Court's decisions still define American freedoms. Ed Cray recounts this truly American story in the finest and most comprehensive biography of Earl Warren. He has interviewed nearly all of the Chief's law clerks, four of his children, and more than one hundred others, many of whom recall for the first time their years with Warren. He has read thousands of personal letters and official documents deposited in ten libraries across the country, weaving them into a tale of political intrigue, judicial politics, family reminiscences, and a loving marriage.
  

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

Cray clearly admires Warren, and this plus his liberal political bias mars the narrative and the selection and emphasis of event. Nevertheless, as a native Californian, I was amazed at how little I knew about the history of California in the first half of the 20th century. Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Cawelti - Goodreads

A very worthwhile read. Starts slow but necessary based on Chief Justice Warren's background. This was a landmark period in the Supreme Court, and Warren one of the greatest Chiefs in our country's history. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
9
The Children Were Very Well Mannered
15
Pinkys Way
24
The Deputy
35
The Boy Scout
44
A Certain Amount of Respect
54
The Radicals
65
Old Joes Boy
77
All Deliberate Speed
288
Moon and Star
301
The Jesus Quartet
316
Red Mondays Spawn
329
The Storm
342
Simple Principles
354
The Wasp and the Elephant
366
Into the Thicket
379

A FirstClass Man
87
Common Nuisances
98
The Menace
112
The Victor
124
The Happy Gang
137
The ThirdFloor Wizard
148
The Turning Point
160
The Affable Juggernaut
171
Lightning Strikes
183
The Weighty Friend
195
Crafty Operations
206
Jockeying the Dark Horse
218
Honorable Men
229
The Bittersweet
241
THIS HONORABLE COURT
257
Agreeable to the Constitution
259
A New Day
272
THE WARREN COURT
393
High Moral Ground
395
Facts So Simple
412
Bare Bones
432
The Roving Commission
443
DeepRooted Feelings
455
Squaring the Corners
469
Simple Virtues
481
Nemesis
493
The Man of Gravitas
511
Afterword
528
Acknowledgments
532
Notes
535
Selected Bibliography
574
Index
585
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About the author (1997)

Ed Cray is the author of biographies of General George C. Marshall and Chief Justice Earl Warren. He lives in Los Angeles and is professor of journalism at the University of Southern California.

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