Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the United States. No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 an The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the Un...

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Title:Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times
Author:Joel Richard Paul
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1594488231
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Reviews

  • Sam
    Apr 16, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

  • Andrienne
    Dec 30, 2017

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

  • Bruce Cook
    Nov 26, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

  • Mike
    Apr 04, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

    9/10 Joel Richard Paul's "Without Precedent" is an almost perfect historical biography. Like John Jay, whom I recently read Walter Stahr's biography of, John Marshall was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is revered by historians, but barely known by the general public, and l...

    Another history book that falls prey to the hero-worship mentality common among biography writers. I'm fairly tolerant of this kind of writing, but only so far as it does not impair the writer's ability to depict the setting and related figures accurately. The writer here attempts to f...

    A very interesting account of Marshall's life and decisions in the context of the bitter conflicts between Federalists and Republicans in the early Republic, and a book that certainly establishes his role as a seminal founding figure in American politics. Without him, the Constitution ...

    This is a wonderfully well-written and researched biography of our Nation's fourth (and greatest) Chief Justice, John Marshall. Marshall served as Chief Justice for 34 years, longer than any other, and in that time, the overwhelming majority of the Court's opinions were unanimous, most...

    I had always wanted to read more about the most important Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and this book was very engaging. This biography of Marshall tells the story of a fascinating historical figure who, for whatever reason, seems to get short thrift in the pantheon of our foundin...

  • Mary
    Nov 05, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

  • Diana
    Feb 28, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

  • Drtaxsacto
    Nov 15, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

  • Frank Stein
    Apr 22, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

  • Matt
    May 04, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

  • Urey Patrick
    Sep 28, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

  • Jesse Bradstreet
    Aug 23, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

    9/10 Joel Richard Paul's "Without Precedent" is an almost perfect historical biography. Like John Jay, whom I recently read Walter Stahr's biography of, John Marshall was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is revered by historians, but barely known by the general public, and l...

  • Greg
    Jan 28, 2019

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

  • Bruce
    Jul 12, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

  • Jason
    Jan 23, 2019

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

    9/10 Joel Richard Paul's "Without Precedent" is an almost perfect historical biography. Like John Jay, whom I recently read Walter Stahr's biography of, John Marshall was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is revered by historians, but barely known by the general public, and l...

    Another history book that falls prey to the hero-worship mentality common among biography writers. I'm fairly tolerant of this kind of writing, but only so far as it does not impair the writer's ability to depict the setting and related figures accurately. The writer here attempts to f...

    A very interesting account of Marshall's life and decisions in the context of the bitter conflicts between Federalists and Republicans in the early Republic, and a book that certainly establishes his role as a seminal founding figure in American politics. Without him, the Constitution ...

    This is a wonderfully well-written and researched biography of our Nation's fourth (and greatest) Chief Justice, John Marshall. Marshall served as Chief Justice for 34 years, longer than any other, and in that time, the overwhelming majority of the Court's opinions were unanimous, most...

    I had always wanted to read more about the most important Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and this book was very engaging. This biography of Marshall tells the story of a fascinating historical figure who, for whatever reason, seems to get short thrift in the pantheon of our foundin...

    A very well written book. Unlike many biographies, the author does not spend much time at all on the subject?s upbringing or ancestors. It?s touched on very briefly, but it pretty much jumps right into Marshall in young adulthood. I found the most interesting part to be Marshall be...

  • Ben Fabian
    May 26, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

  • David Eppenstein
    May 05, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

  • Donald Powell
    Mar 14, 2019

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

  • Ken Oder
    Jan 05, 2019

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

  • Jean
    Mar 13, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

  • Brian Willis
    Nov 06, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

  • Anne Powell
    Dec 11, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

  • Cam
    Feb 13, 2019

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

    9/10 Joel Richard Paul's "Without Precedent" is an almost perfect historical biography. Like John Jay, whom I recently read Walter Stahr's biography of, John Marshall was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is revered by historians, but barely known by the general public, and l...

    Another history book that falls prey to the hero-worship mentality common among biography writers. I'm fairly tolerant of this kind of writing, but only so far as it does not impair the writer's ability to depict the setting and related figures accurately. The writer here attempts to f...

  • Leo
    Jul 11, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

  • Will A
    Dec 23, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

    9/10 Joel Richard Paul's "Without Precedent" is an almost perfect historical biography. Like John Jay, whom I recently read Walter Stahr's biography of, John Marshall was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is revered by historians, but barely known by the general public, and l...

    Another history book that falls prey to the hero-worship mentality common among biography writers. I'm fairly tolerant of this kind of writing, but only so far as it does not impair the writer's ability to depict the setting and related figures accurately. The writer here attempts to f...

    A very interesting account of Marshall's life and decisions in the context of the bitter conflicts between Federalists and Republicans in the early Republic, and a book that certainly establishes his role as a seminal founding figure in American politics. Without him, the Constitution ...

  • John Deardurff
    Nov 23, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

  • Scott Pierce
    May 21, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

  • David Dunlap
    Mar 24, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

  • Alex O'Donnell
    Mar 11, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

  • Krishan Zaveri
    Jun 26, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

  • Mshelton50
    Apr 19, 2018

    In my years of reading American history, I have always found biographies of the Founding Fathers of greatest interest to me. Not only were these men full of grit and determination in the face of their British oppressors, but their decisions proved to be some of the most important for t...

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams? Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that tr...

    I do not imagine many biographies of John Marshall bother much with anything beyond his tenure on the Supreme Court since that is where Marshall's mark on our history was made. This book reveals the error in any such effort. While a good deal of attention is paid to the cases Marshall ...

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall?s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I ...

    As good a history book as I have read. Marshall is a true founding father and a man of great character for his time. This was a detailed lesson in the politics during the revolution and for over forty years after. The book explains details about Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison an...

    Just a wonderful read - compelling, interesting and revealing. John Marshall is one of those historical figures that we all know of, but know little about. Paul rectifies that, and in the process includes an engrossing depiction of life in post-Revolutionary America. It is an engrossin...

    Well written biography of John Marshall?s rise from penniless Revolutionary War Volunteer through his career as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court with focus on many of the important decisions he authored for the Court. An amazing intellect with a strong desire to p...

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the f...

    Joel Richard Paul has written an interesting account of the life of our fourth Chief Justice and the man who made the federal judiciary the power that it is. If John Marshall had not been in that position from 1801 to 1835 who knows what the federal courts would be like and what pow...

    Pros: accessibly written and interesting. Cons: a number of minor factual errors (particularly about the French revolution), openly biased in favor of John Marshall and against Thomas Jefferson, who is demonized as both rigidly ideological and entirely without principles. ...

    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings...

    There are aren't many true biographies out there of John Marshall, probably because his personal life wasn't exceptionally noteworthy (though there are a couple of deeply ironic shockers about his sons near the very end of his life). This biography spends its first half covering the ea...

    Well told story of a storied life which made significant contributions to our government and has, and continues to, make significant impacts in our lives as Americans. The book is well worth your time if you are interested in most all subjects revolving around the revolutionary war tim...

    Such a good book for anyone who enjoys the early history of the U.S. and/or how our constitution came to be what it is today. ...

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

    An excellent, easy, and informative read. I enjoyed it immensely and learned much about an individual we are taught to admire, but of whom I knew very little about. My only real complaint is one that I often find with biographies, the tendency to present the subject always in the absol...

    Overall I thought this was a good book, but there are several issues that I have with the author. First, he has a definitive ax to grind against Thomas Jefferson, and although I can understand that from a historical perspective, the invective and editorializing got to be a bit much. Se...

    ?It is tempting to contrast Marshall?s life and legacy with Jefferson?s...No Marshall biography can avoid taking sides in their conflicted relationship.? (P. 436). I humbly beg to differ. If you seek an unbiased account of the life and works of Justice Marshall, then st...

    Paul's biography of Marshall covers his entire career in public service, concentrating in the second half on his Supreme Court opinions in landmark cases. It is, however, a rewarding read for laymen and lawyers alike, in part because Marshall's life story is so engaging and remarkable....

    The most important contribution of this book is placing John Marshall amidst the international debates and battles of his era. His early life was shaped by fear of raids during the French and Indian Wars, which ended when he was eight. He later fought in the British as a militia lieute...

    I thought that since I am a lawyer, I should read about the man who guided the Supreme Court through about 35 years of its early existence and who was responsible for some very memorable decisions that are still followed today, and contributed greatly to what our country is today. What...

    An excellent, concise history of Chief Justice John Marshall. Being one of the lesser known founding fathers, the majority of biographies on Marshall focus on his time on the Supreme Court. This is understandable as the Marshall court defined the role of the judicial branch and in the ...

    John Marshall has always been an enigma to me. He was not the first Chief Justice but before him the Supreme Court was a minor player. Professor Paul's book helped alleviate that problem for me. The biography is in two parts - it describes Marshall's development as the poor cousin of J...

    Good read, especially for anyone interested in the founding of the country and the development of the U.S. judicial system. The book is heavily biased toward Marshall and his views, and also sags when the author attempts to relate the events in Marshall's life to the current political ...

    9/10 Joel Richard Paul's "Without Precedent" is an almost perfect historical biography. Like John Jay, whom I recently read Walter Stahr's biography of, John Marshall was a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court who is revered by historians, but barely known by the general public, and l...

    Another history book that falls prey to the hero-worship mentality common among biography writers. I'm fairly tolerant of this kind of writing, but only so far as it does not impair the writer's ability to depict the setting and related figures accurately. The writer here attempts to f...

    A very interesting account of Marshall's life and decisions in the context of the bitter conflicts between Federalists and Republicans in the early Republic, and a book that certainly establishes his role as a seminal founding figure in American politics. Without him, the Constitution ...

    This is a wonderfully well-written and researched biography of our Nation's fourth (and greatest) Chief Justice, John Marshall. Marshall served as Chief Justice for 34 years, longer than any other, and in that time, the overwhelming majority of the Court's opinions were unanimous, most...