John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court

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The life of John Marshall, Founding Father and America's premier Chief Justice

In 1801, a genial and brilliant Revolutionary War veteran and politician became the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. He would hold the post for 34 years (still a record), expounding the Constitution he loved. Before he joined the Court, it was the weakling of the federal government, lacking in dignity and clout. After he died, it could never be ignored again. Through three decades of dramatic cases involving businessmen, scoundrels, Native Americans, and slaves, Marshall defended the federal government against unruly states, established the Supreme Court's right to rebuke Congress or the president, and unleashed the power of American commerce. For better and for worse, he made the Supreme Court a pillar of American life.

In John Marshall, award-winning biographer Richard Brookhiser vividly chronicles America's greatest judge and the world he made.

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  • Jean

    In March 2018 I read Joel Richard Paul’s “Without Precedent Chief Justice John Marshall and His Time”. The book wet my appetite to learn more about John Marshall. When I saw this newly released ...

  • George P.

    The life of John Marshall (1755–1835) spans the first and formative decades of the United States. Born in colonial Virginia, Marshall fought for American independence under George Washington, whom h...

  • David Dunlap

    Fairly straightforward biography of the noted Chief Justice of the United States, appointed by an outgoing John Adams and serving the longest (to date) in that position, until the second Andrew Jackso...

  • Nate

    A biography of the most important Supreme Court Justice in US history is not something you except to fly through. Nevertheless, once Marshall got onto the Supreme Court, I moved through the book very ...

  • Craig

    John Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States of America. Marshall held the post for 34 years, beginning in 1801. Up until such time as Marshall assumed the post, the Supreme Court l...

  • Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir

    Earlier this year, I read an engrossing biography of the Wright Brothers by the estimable David McCullough --- engrossing, that is, until about three-quarters through the book, when the Wrights are ch...

  • David Williams

    John Marshall is one of the most consequential figures in the history of the United States, yet too little is known about him. In John Marshall : The Man Who Made The Supreme Court, journalist and aut...

  • Bill Newell

    I picked up Richard Bookhiser’s John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court (New York: Basic Books, 2018), 277+ pp. mostly to find out how one man could make the judicial branch coequal with t...

  • Al

    The major reason I liked this book is that it gave insight into a significant historical figure who doesn't get much space in the average American history book. There are a number of such men; Albert...

  • Scott Pomfret

    As Brookhiser admits early in this unremarkable biography, John Marshall left only limited writings relative to some of his more famous founding father peers. The result is a biography that is swift, ...