The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years

The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years

A "timely and hugely important" account of his life on the Supreme Court (New York Times) When Justice John Paul Stevens retired from the Supreme Court of the United States in 2010, he left a legacy of service unequaled in the history of the Court. During his thirty-four-year tenure, Justice Stevens was a prolific writer, authoring more than 1000 opinions. In THE MAKING OF A "timely and hugely important" account of his life on the Supreme Court (New York Times) When Justice John Pau...

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Title:The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years
Author:John Paul Stevens
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Genres:Law
ISBN:0316489646
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years Reviews

  • Lynne
    Jul 15, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

    This is a difficult book to read, but worth the time. Stevens begins with a brief autobiography of his early years, then quickly begins a chronological listing of the significant legal cases in which he was involved both as an attorney and Supreme Court Justice. The book contains some ...

    I will admit that I got so bogged down in the legal details of cases, etc. that I did not get past the first 150 pages. Now that he is gone from us, we can rightly honor his influence and example of what a great legal mind can do for our country. With the Supreme Court turning more ...

    ...

    ...

  • Sue
    Aug 21, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

  • Trish
    Jul 02, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

  • Terry Earley
    May 24, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

    This is a difficult book to read, but worth the time. Stevens begins with a brief autobiography of his early years, then quickly begins a chronological listing of the significant legal cases in which he was involved both as an attorney and Supreme Court Justice. The book contains some ...

    I will admit that I got so bogged down in the legal details of cases, etc. that I did not get past the first 150 pages. Now that he is gone from us, we can rightly honor his influence and example of what a great legal mind can do for our country. With the Supreme Court turning more ...

  • Mike  Davis
    Jul 08, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

    This is a difficult book to read, but worth the time. Stevens begins with a brief autobiography of his early years, then quickly begins a chronological listing of the significant legal cases in which he was involved both as an attorney and Supreme Court Justice. The book contains some ...

  • Hapzydeco
    Jun 07, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

  • Nancy
    Aug 01, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

    This is a difficult book to read, but worth the time. Stevens begins with a brief autobiography of his early years, then quickly begins a chronological listing of the significant legal cases in which he was involved both as an attorney and Supreme Court Justice. The book contains some ...

    I will admit that I got so bogged down in the legal details of cases, etc. that I did not get past the first 150 pages. Now that he is gone from us, we can rightly honor his influence and example of what a great legal mind can do for our country. With the Supreme Court turning more ...

    ...

  • Joan
    Sep 01, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

  • Bill Sleeman
    Sep 11, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

  • Ms.pegasus
    Jul 28, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

  • Matt
    Jun 16, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

  • Lorna
    May 19, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

  • Dan Cotter
    May 27, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

  • Dustin
    Jun 18, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

  • Tomi
    Jun 12, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

  • Ann
    Sep 24, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

  • Grace Hoffmann
    Jun 17, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

  • Linda Smatzny
    May 13, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

  • Daniel S.
    Aug 23, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

  • Mary
    Jul 26, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

  • Meghan
    Aug 01, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

    This is a difficult book to read, but worth the time. Stevens begins with a brief autobiography of his early years, then quickly begins a chronological listing of the significant legal cases in which he was involved both as an attorney and Supreme Court Justice. The book contains some ...

    I will admit that I got so bogged down in the legal details of cases, etc. that I did not get past the first 150 pages. Now that he is gone from us, we can rightly honor his influence and example of what a great legal mind can do for our country. With the Supreme Court turning more ...

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    ...

  • Michael Asen
    Sep 18, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

  • Chris Miller
    Sep 22, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

  • Jean
    Jul 07, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

  • Marye Dillon
    May 30, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

    This is a difficult book to read, but worth the time. Stevens begins with a brief autobiography of his early years, then quickly begins a chronological listing of the significant legal cases in which he was involved both as an attorney and Supreme Court Justice. The book contains some ...

    I will admit that I got so bogged down in the legal details of cases, etc. that I did not get past the first 150 pages. Now that he is gone from us, we can rightly honor his influence and example of what a great legal mind can do for our country. With the Supreme Court turning more ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Michelle Pulignani
    Sep 10, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

  • Peter Z.
    May 01, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

  • Karl Worsham
    Aug 17, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

    Justice John Paul Stevens' autobiography expresses his love and respect for the Constitution. Plus, his increasing concern for the traditions and public esteem of the Supreme Court. ...

    Justice Stevens provides a summary of many cases from his 35 years on the Court. This book is unquestionably something of a vanity project, but the level of detail about the cases makes the read worth it. ...

  • Tim Curran
    Aug 12, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...

    Traces each year of his work on the court explaining which cases were important and why. ...

    Interesting. ...

    In my opinion this is not a general interest book for non-lawyers (like me). Too much legalese for me but I still enjoyed what I could get through. ...

  • Allie
    Jul 05, 2019

    As I mentioned in a recent review of another book, I love discussion of constitutional documents, particularly through the lens of the courts and its interpretation of the document. Discussions of the U.S. Constitution seems easiest for me to access, so I am subjected to a great deal o...

    Justice John Paul Stevens appears to me to be one of those old-timey conservatives, the kind whose judgment I may not agree with but whose opinions I can respect. It?s been awhile since I?ve seen such clear thinking on the part of anyone who calls themselves Republican. Stevens...

    John Paul Stevens (1920---) was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) in 1975. In his many years on the Court, Justice Stevens transcended the party ideology to work on issues with all the Justices. Justice Stevens tells of his early life, but the majority of the...

    The Making of a Justice: Reflections on My First 94 Years was a lovely book. This beautiful man, Justice John Paul Stevens, has witnessed so much American history as he sat on the United States Supreme Court for thirty-four years as one of our most beloved jurists. Justice Stevens was ...

    The late Justice John Paul Stevens, for all his scholarly gravity, had a subtle wit. In Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, 2000 he rebutted the school district's claim that prayer preceding all of its football games ?solemnized? the event. He noted: ?Apart from the pre...

    I had to return and get back on the wait list before I was able to finish this. I?m going to have to get some of the other titles Justice Stevens wrote. This title went through his career on the bench, primarily the Supreme Court, mostly year by year, and he discussed the most impo...

    I rarely skim and never give up once I've started, but I clearly didn't understand what I was getting into with this book. I am interested in Justice Stevens because I am a lawyer and we attended the same law school, and he is about my dad's age. So I was interested to know more about ...

    Overall, I?m glad I read this. But it was a slog! Early on, he mentioned including several details and stories in part because he thought close friends and grandchildren might enjoy them. While I understand the temptation, as I am not a Supreme Court or John Paul Stevens superfan, no...

    The first half of the book is an interesting account of John Paul Stevens's life through the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the second half is just a collection of summaries of the many decisions rendered by the Court during his tenure. There is no themati...

    This book has pluses and minuses. In no particular order of importance, my thoughts ..... 1) I was disappointed that he didn?t write more about his family. The first ~third of the book is autobiographical pre-USSC, and it was VERY interesting. But there?s scarce mention of his firs...

    I've read many of his opinions. If this book is even twice as good as those, it will still be great enough to line the bird cage. ...

    The news of Justice John Paul Stevens passing in July inspired me to pick up this memoir and see what nuggets I could glean from it. I enjoyed learning about Justice Stevens' military experience and his clerkship. As a solo practitioner, I respected his ability to put his law practice...

    This is a wonderful book for Supreme Court junkies. The late Justice John Paul Stevens is charming, witty and well versed, as readers might imagine, with the topics he covers. He offers stories of Supreme Court life and many of the individuals that have occupied the bench during his li...

    This book is a great telling of the amazing life so far of Justice John Paul Stevens. In it, not a word of negativity in it. Also, not a great deal of gossip or personal story telling about fellow justices in here. JPS addresses each year of his 34 on the Supreme Court and some key dec...

    I only gave this as much as three stars because I love who John Paul Stevens was. I had read his biography "An Independent Life "years ago and loved it. There was very little in this book that revealed much about the man. It was an interesting reflection of the cases he worked on both ...

    This book started out interesting but as soon as Justice Stevens started talking about law, I got lost. I think you have to be a lawyer to understand his description of the cases and his opinions on them. I won this book on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review - I'm sorry, but I ...

    Perfect for lawyers and people interested in the Supreme Court. The book contains pictures. Forgot to mention when this was posted earlier that I received this book for free from the Goodreads First Reads program. ...

    Interesting but case discussions hard to follow. ...

    Wow what a life and brilliant mind. I bet he will make it another 94 years ! ...