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This definitive collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law, faith, virtue, pastimes, and his heroes and friends. Featuring a foreword by longtime friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an intimate introduction by his youngest son, this volume includes dozens of speeches, some deeply personal, that have never before been published. Christopher J. Scalia and the justice's former law clerk Edward Whelan selected the speeches.

Americans have long been inspired by Justice Scalia's ideas, delighted by his wit, and instructed by his intelligence. He was a sought-after speaker at commencements, convocations, and events across the country. Scalia Speaks will give listeners the opportunity to encounter the legendary man more fully, helping them better understand the jurisprudence that made him one of the most important justices in the Court's history and introducing them to his broader insights on faith and life.

Original photograph: Kainaz Amaria/ NPR

Cover design: Darren Haggar

©2017 Antonin Scalia (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Excellent

You did both your father and mother proud! Extremely well written and narrated. Thanks for sharing. Justice Ginsberg's remarks were moving. I enjoyed listening to this in one sitting, which I rarely do. I give you all 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and Mr. Justice Scalia Rest in Peace, you will be surely missed!

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-20-17

Engrossing

This book is co-authored by Scalia’s son, Christopher J. Scalia, and is a collection of Scalia’s speeches on legal issues, friends and a variety of topics. The book is designed for the general reader.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the foreword to the book. Scalia and Ginsburg were great friends and fellow opera fans, but one was a liberal the other a conservative.

Scalia was an articulate speaker who had a way with words. He also had a great sense of humor. The book is well written and edited. Christopher has chosen speeches by Antonin that allows the reader to gain further insight into the man as well as the jurist. The book is broken down into categories such as friends, law, faith and so on. The sections I enjoyed the most were the speeches about being an Italian-American and the difference between an American and an European. Of course, I enjoyed most of the sections but those two gave me much to ruminate on. I have read all of Scalia’s books and biographies, therefore, I am familiar with his philosophy of constitutional originalism and his being a textualist in statutory interpretation. I know him to be a master of the English language, but from this book I learned he was also a gifted grammarian. That will make a great trivia question. I may not always agree with what he said but I love to read or hear what he had to say. Scalia was able to state his reasons in a succinct manner and in beautiful prose without the use of rhetoric. This will make a great reference book.

The book is fourteen hours long. Christopher J. Scalia does a good job narrating the book.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Antonin Scalia pronounced An tawn in ska lee a

A collection of addresses made by the SCOTUS justice with a forward by his colleague and fellow SCOTUS justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is riveting in its description of Justice Scalia's thoughts about a wide range of topics not the least of which is the curriculum of law schools determination and practice. The movement away from the religious affiliation of the founding fathers of many schools of law to today's secular based institutions of higher learning is amazing. A point that I took away from the book is that without religion there can be no virtue and without virtue there can be no freedom. Excellent food for thought. Narrated by Justice Scalia's son Christopher who held my attention from cover to cover so to speak. “AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTEAKES ENTRY “

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An entertaining piece

A fun and educational book demonstrating the wisdom and humor of a great man well worth the time

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  • John
  • Chamblee, GA, United States
  • 11-08-17

Great Observations From a Great Man

Antonin Scalia was not only a great judge, he was a great historian, a great Catholic, and a great American. His views on so many subjects seem to reflect how America was when it was more united and had a common purpose, notwithstanding our different faiths and traditions.

And yet he pretty much explains how we have fallen apart. A Nation with no shared values will not be a Nation for much longer. A Constitution that means whatever nine unelected judges think it means (or are willing to accept it means) is not much of a foundational document. After all, why go through the tough process of amending it? That's hard. Opinion polls are easy.

Scalia just nails it again and again. I wish I had met him and I wish I had known him. I will probably order a print copy of this book, so I can read it again and again.

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A Window into the Mind of a Great American

Agree with his jurisprudence philosophy or not, one can't help gain an immense respect for Justice Scalia's mind, candor and logic. A truly honorable man honored by a very proud son.

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Inspirational to people of all walks of life

Scalia was a great husband, father, jurist, & friend too many. He had a crisp intellect that coupled with humility & self reflection that made his spiritual, professional & personal life one that we all would be well served by emulation thereof.

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Let a professional read it.

My only connection to good literature is audio books. I was looking forward to this book. A third of the way through part 1 I was board stiff by the monotonous reading of The Judges son. I understand the sentiment and desire of the author to somehow connect to his dad through this effort but it does nothing for me and I can’t even continue to listen. I would hope this is redone soon with a professional. #disappointed

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Disappointing Omission

I read this book at the recommendation of a friend and was fascinated by the content. I pushed forward waiting to get to what I considered the pivotal decision made by the court in “Bush v Gore”. Had it been there the book would have been a best smaller. Instead I feel angry and cheated. How could such a serious omission have been made?

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An excellent insight into a great man.

Some repetition as this is a collection of Justice Scalia's speeches, but it provides a good deal of insight into his wisdom and thought processes. highly recommended.