Abrahams story is essentially chronological he goes through each president and discusses each of their appointments then follows that appointee through their time on the court before jumping backwards to the next appointee the book does a thorough job with even somewhat obscure justices i had never heard of and probably never will again. History of appointments to the supreme court the memorandum which follows prepared by the office of legal counsel at the request of the attorney general surveys four general aspects of the process of appointing justices of the supreme court 1 the qualities presidents have sought in supreme. This new edition of this classic history of the supreme court discusses the selection nomination and appointment of each of the justices who have sat on the us supreme court since 1789 abraham provides a fascinating account of the presidential motivations behind each nomination examining how . President lyndon johnsons nomination of sitting associate justice abe fortas to succeed earl warren as chief justice in 1968 was the first successful filibuster of a supreme court nominee it included both republican and democratic senators concerned with fortass ethics. Justices presidents and senators a history of the supreme court appointments pursuit of justices presidential politics and the selection of supreme court nominees supremely political the role of ideology and presidential management in unsuccessful supreme court nominations
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