The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 2002 - Political Science - 352 pages
The explosive, never-before-revealed story of how William Rehnquist became a Supreme Court Justice, told by the man responsible for his candidacy.

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The Backstory
The Games Begin September 17 1971
A Southerner September 18
The Push for Poff September 20
Two Conservatives September 2328
Poff Goes Poof September 29October 2
Testing How Byrd Might Fly October 211 1971
Going with Friday and Lillie October 1214
The Chief Justice and Other Problems October 1418
Powell and Baker October 19 1971
While Howard Baker Dithered October 20
The Rehnquist Choice October 21
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John W. Dean was born in Akron, Ohio on October 14, 1938. He received a B.A. from The College of Wooster in 1961 and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1965. He served as the White House legal counsel to President Nixon for a thousand days. He also served as chief minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and as an associate deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice. He has written numerous non-fiction books including Blind Ambition, Lost Honor, Conservatives Without Conscience, The Rehnquist Choice, Worse than Watergate, Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branches, and The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It.

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