David Kaiser reviews the latest book by James MacGregor Burns ’39:

I want to turn to a new book covering the whole sweep of American history, one of the more remarkable that I have read recently–Packing the Court, by the political scientist James MacGregor Burns, whom I got to know during my year at Williams College. Because Burns has an encyclopedic knowledge of American history and because he has, as I mentioned last week, remained faithful to some of the beliefs of his youth in the 1930s, the book’s 259 pages come from a unique perspective and make a unique contribution. It must certainly be one of the half-dozen best books ever written by anyone in their tenth decade and is therefore quite an inspiration to yours truly. And although its conclusion will be a hard one for younger liberals to accept, they should certainly do some thinking about it.

Continue reading Kaiser’s review here

NYTimes review link for Packing the Court

Amazon link for Packing the Court

Coincidentally, I was just in a Barnes and Noble today looking for a book on the Supreme Court in general or John C. Marshall in particular. Unable to find anything on either topic in the store, I left empty handed (they did have several acres of Twilight books, along with Twilight boardgames, Twilight t-shirts, and Twilight action figures).

I’ve now ordered the Burns book from Amazon and would welcome additional recommendations for books on Supreme Court history.

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