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In the waning days of his presidency, in January 1801, John Adams made some historic appointments to preserve his Federalist legacy. Foremost among them, he named his secretary of state, John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court-neither of them anticipating that Marshall would soon need to decide the most crucial case in Supreme Court history-Marbury vs. Madison. 

That Marshall's opinion was also the very height of the judicial activism that Scalia, John Roberts, and their fellow conservatives deplore promises to be one of American history's great ironies.The debate began in 1801, and continues to this day-and in Lawrence Goldstone's hands, it has never been more interesting or relevant for general readers.

©2008 Lawrence Goldstone (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Read this book, but don't listen to it

The topic is interesting and well covered in the Amazon reviews, but I found this book difficult to listen to, and would have gotten more out of it if I had just read the actual book. I have listened to a few hundred audiobooks over the past several years, but I have never heard one so poorly edited. There are many significant gaffes by the narrator that were inexplicably left on tape. Probably about 2 dozen or so. Sometimes they are quite amusing (listen for 1-2 minutes after the 2:30 mark and again at 3:00), but they become distracting. The subject matter is somewhat dry and the rest of the narration tends to be tedious. Buy the book instead.

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