9780805080575

Becoming Justice Blackmun Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey

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  • ISBN13:

    9780805080575

  • ISBN10:

    0805080570

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-04
  • Publisher: Times Books

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Summary

In this acclaimed biography, Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times draws back the curtain on Americas most private branch of government, the Supreme Court. Greenhouse was the first print reporter to have access to the extensive archives of Justice Harry A. Blackmun (190899), the man behind numerous landmark Supreme Court decisions, including Roe v. Wade. Through the lens of Blackmuns private and public papers, Greenhouse crafts a compelling portrait of a man who, from 1970 to 1994, ruled on such controversial issues as abortion, the death penalty, and sex discrimination yet never lost sight of the human beings behind the legal cases. Greenhouse also paints the arc of Blackmuns lifelong friendship with Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, revealing how political differences became personal, even for two of the countrys most respected jurists. From Americas preeminent Supreme Court reporter, this is a must-read for everyone who cares about the Court and its impact on our lives.

Author Biography

Linda Greenhouse has covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times since 1978 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for her reporting on the Court. She appears regularly on the PBS program Washington Week and lectures frequently on the Supreme Court at colleges and law schools. She graduated from Radcliffe College at Harvard University and holds a master of studies in law from Yale Law School. She lives outside Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi
1. MINNESOTA BEGINNINGS
1(19)
2. APPEALS
20(22)
3. OLD NUMBER THREE
42(30)
4. THE ROAD TO ROE
72(30)
5. FINDING HIS VOICE
102(20)
6. BIG STORMS
122(31)
7. DISSENTS
153(29)
8. SAVING ROE
182(25)
9. IMPROBABLE ICON
207(21)
10. IN THE CENTER 228(25)
A Note on Sources 253(2)
Acknowledgments 255(2)
Illustration Credits 257(2)
Index 259

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