Five Chiefs by John Paul Stevens
A Supreme Court Memoir

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When he resigned last June, Justice Stevens was the third longest serving Justice in American history (1975-2010)--only Justice William O. Douglas, whom Stevens succeeded, and Stephen Field have served on the Court for a longer time.

In Five Chiefs, Justice Stevens captures the inner workings of the Supreme Court via his personal experiences with the five Chief Justices--Fred Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and John Roberts--that he interacted with. He reminisces of being a law clerk during Vinson's tenure; a practicing lawyer for Warren; a circuit judge and junior justice for Burger; a contemporary colleague of Rehnquist; and a colleague of current Chief Justice John Roberts. Along the way, he will discuss his views of some the most significant cases that have been decided by the Court from Vinson, who became Chief Justice in 1946 when Truman was President, to Roberts, who became Chief Justice in 2005.

Packed with interesting anecdotes and stories about the Court, Five Chiefs is an unprecedented and historically significant look at the highest court in the United States.
 

About John Paul Stevens

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John Paul Stevens served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970-1975. President Ford nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat December 19, 1975. Justice Stevens retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2010.
 
Published October 3, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Stevens, who joined the Court in 1975 and retired in 2010, at the age of 90, was the third-longest-serving justice in the Court's history and its oldest member at the time of his retirement.

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Publishers Weekly

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Combining his experiences as a law clerk and prominent litigator with decades of service on the bench, retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens provides in-depth examinations of the five most recent chief justices and offers histories of the careers and legacies of the previous 12 men and women to h...

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The Wall Street Journal

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After Justice Stevens was appointed to the court in 1975 ("neither the White House nor the Department of Justice did anything to prepare me for the hearings"—those were the days), he served with Chief Justices Warren Burger, William Rehnquist and John Roberts.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Last month, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens delivered the inaugural Stevens Lecture at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder.

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Los Angeles Times

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The recently retired senior Supreme Court justice offers reminiscences of his dealings with Chief Justices Fred Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist and John Roberts.

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The Columbus Dispatch

So it’s not surprising that his first book — Five Chiefs, released this month — is chock-full of opinions about where his fellow justices went wrong.

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the latter as “rhetorical flourish and colorful argument.” While saying that the court was “a place where we not only could but regularly did disagree without being disagreeable,” Stevens is not above putting fellow justices (and the White House) on blast: “Like the gold stripes on his robes, Chi...

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