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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

  • Mike
    Apr 04, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

  • Diana
    Feb 28, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Frank Stein
    Apr 22, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

  • Brandon
    Feb 25, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

  • Jason Page
    Mar 19, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • David Glickman
    Mar 27, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

  • Brittany Farrell
    Mar 05, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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    the worst ...

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  • Jean Poulos
    Mar 13, 2018

    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...

  • m
    Apr 04, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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    the worst ...

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  • Richard
    Mar 14, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • Christopher
    Mar 02, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • Aishuu
    Apr 03, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • J. David  Knecht
    Mar 20, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

  • al eagle
    Apr 03, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • David Dunlap
    Mar 24, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Janet
    Apr 11, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

  • Debbie Storms
    Feb 01, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • John Rowe
    Apr 01, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • Megan Cashen
    Apr 12, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

  • R Cover
    Apr 02, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • Guy Cooper
    Feb 01, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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  • Joni Charatan
    Apr 16, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

  • Ninja
    Mar 09, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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    the worst ...

  • D.J. Hamon
    Mar 19, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

  • Shehu Haruna
    Mar 22, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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    the worst ...

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  • JD Durant
    Apr 09, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. ...

    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of l...

    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts I...

    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. ...

    Brilliant. Interesting and insightful with just enough wry humor to amuse without distracting from the history. One of the best biographies of the founding fathers I have read. ...

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America?s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias. ...

    The author was consistent in critizing Thomas Jefferson at every opportunity. You got the impression, he originally wrote a negative biography of the 3rd president but did not want to publish it. ...

    This was a surprisingly gripping read. I confess I had no clue how pivotal and omnipresent the fourth Chief Justice was in our founding as a country. I had also not fully appreciated the arch of his pragmatic Supreme Court decisions, which contributed significantly to laying the founda...

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    ...

    the worst ...

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  • Mshelton50
    Apr 19, 2018

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

    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...