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
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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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I had to read this for a political science class, and while a lot of books I have to read for school are quite dry, I found this one engaging. This book gave some very good insight into not only Nixon ... Read full review


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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Former White House counsel John W. Dean is a frequent guest on national television shows, discussing matters related to the Nixon presidency as well as legal, political, and government issues in general. He is a columnist for and Findlaw's "Writ," a popular legal Web site (www., and he regularly reviews books for such publications as "The New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune," and "" He is currently producing a television docudrama (which he also co-wrote) for Turner Television, entitled "The Pentagon Papers," starring Alec Baldwin and directed by John Frankenheimer.

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