Abe Fortas was a New Dealer, a sub-cabinet official, the founder of an eminent Washington law firm, a lose adviser to Lyndon Johnson, and a Supreme Court justice. Nominated by Johnson to be Chief Justice, he was rejected by Congress and resigned from the Court early in the Nixon administration under a cloud of impending scandal. This engrossing book the first full biography of Abe Fortas tells his dramatic story.
Drawing on Fortas’s previously unavailable personal papers, on numerous archives, and on extensive interviews with his family and associates, Laura Kalman, a historian and lawyer illuminates Fortas’s evolution from New Dealer to Washington lawyer to Great Society liberal, and in so doing also provides a unique view of American liberalism from the 1930s through the 1960s.
There was no single Abe Fortas,” writes Kalman. There was a variety of personae, and Fortas moved comfortably from one to another.”
Kalman describes Fortas’s various personae:
Reflecting on the various aspects of Fortas’s enigmatic personality and the events of his life, Kalman creates a new portrait of the man that is more insightful and complete than any yet published. Engagingly written and superbly researched, this is the authoritative account of Fortas and the legal and political history he helped to shape.
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Fortas (1910-1982), a brilliant and controversial lawyer, presidential adviser and Supreme Court justice, is the complex subject of Kalman's masterly biography. Illustrations.
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Buchbeschreibung New Haven: Yale University Press1990., 1990. Buchzustand: Gut. XVI, 499 S., OKt., gr.-8°, Abb., untere Ecke leicht gedrückt, lesebedingte Gebrauchsspuren XVI, 499 S., OKt., gr.-8°, Abb., untere Ecke leicht gedrückt, lesebedingte Gebrauchsspuren Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 900. Artikel-Nr. 23158