Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - History - 390 pages
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When President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, it was the spark that fueled a months-long firestorm during which liberals and conservatives battled fiercely over Reagan’s choice, each trying to gain control of the nation’s judicial future. The American public, captivated by this struggle for power, weighed in with an unprecedented outpouring of mail and telephone calls to the United States Senate arguing both pro- and con- positions.
Based on scores of interviews with key figures and a shrewd analysis of the issues, then-Boston Globe reporter Ethan Bronner chronicles this engrossing story of a titanic struggle for political power. It features key players such as Senators Joseph Biden and Edward Kennedy, with the latter leading the fight against the appointment using savvy Madison Avenue style strategies; a Justice Department desperate to hold its ground; a shocked White House staff, caught off-guard; and of course Bork himself, who insisted that “the process of confirming justices for our nations highest court has been transformed in a way that should not and indeed must not be permitted to occur again.”
Featuring a new epilogue, “Where Are They Now?”
  

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Contents

The Most Powerful Man in America
1
High Stakes
16
Levity and Ferocity
41
Public Figure
62
Advice and Dissent
84
SelfMade Men
113
Raw Meat
131
Lets Not Ballyhoo It
158
Intellectual Feast
231
Determined to Be Heard
247
How Many Are My Foes
277
Endgame
298
Conclusion
313
Where Are They Now?
323
Acknowledgments
329
Notes
333

The Main Event
178
Missed Opportunities
197
Confirmation Conversion
211

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