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The Activist

(2008)
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In the waning days of his presidency, in January 1801, John Adams made some historic appointments to preserve his Federalist legacy. Foremost among them, he named his secretary of state, John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court - neither of them anticipating that Marshall would soon need to decide the most crucial case in Supreme Court history - Marbury vs. Madison. The Activist is the story of that case and its impact on American history. It revolved around a suit brought by Federalist William Marbury and 3 others that unwittingly set off a Constitutional debate that has reverberated for more than two centuries, for the case introduced a principle ("judicial review") at the heart of our democracy: does the Supreme Court have the right to interpret the Constitution and the law. Acclaimed narrative historian Larry Goldstone makes this early American legal drama come alive for readers today as a seminal moment in our history, chronicling, as it does, the formation and foundation of the Supreme Court. But it has ever since given cover to justices, like Antonin Scalia today, who assert the Court's power over the meaning of the Constitution.That Marshall's opinion was also the very height of the judicial activism that Scalia, John Roberts, and their fellow conservatives deplore promises to be one of American history's great ironies.The debate began in 1801, and continues to this day - and in Lawrence Goldstone's hands, it has never been more interesting or relevant for general readers.



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Hardback Editions

August 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review
Author(s): Lawrence Goldstone
ISBN: 0-8027-1488-9 / 978-0-8027-1488-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review
Author(s): Lawrence Goldstone
ISBN: 0-8027-1759-4 / 978-0-8027-1759-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Activist: John Marshall, Marbury v Madison, and the Myth of Judicial Review
Author(s): Lawrence Goldstone
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