Scalia Speaks

Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived
Narrated by: Christopher J. Scalia
Length: 14 hrs
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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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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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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.

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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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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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True to Values

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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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Leave It Too An Immigrant's Son

I did not find a book on the Supreme Court, but being an immigrant, I found myself back in high school soaking up US History as it will never be taught again. While Americans protested the Vietnam War, I was walking into the recruiter's office volunteering 4 years of my life, because I loved this country, the same country Nino grew up in. My life was changed by an Italian immigrant family in Connecticut, and a Russian, and Polish one at that, as they seemed to sense I needed the help because of family circumstances and they filled that angry kid into one that would have gleefully gave my life for this country.
We all knew this country was worth it, as did my father flying out of Ireland in the RAF. The Scalia's would have done the same, as Nino was like my best friend Tony. Each speech the Chief Justice gave, the more I learned not in the Justice System, but how America was formed step by step, always by brave men, being led by leaders and no doubt Nino would have been at Valley Forge also, as I could have followed Nino into battle, as leadership was natural for him. I kept saying to myself, Yes, Nino and I could have been the best of friends. If you make the mistake of picking up this book for jurisprudence purposes, you might be disappointed, as it's all about reminding Americans why this country is all about freedom, and surely not the words that Bernie Sanders spouts out daily while riding around in his multi-million dollar jet, and trying to convince American kids, that Socialism has all the answers, while not showing one solitary immigrant that fled the same.
I guarantee Chief Justice Antonin Scalia would have never voted for neither Bernie, nor the King.
Religion and virtues made this country, and now it's a country still made up of the blue collar workers that made it what it is today.
An excellent job by Christopher and to the whole Scalia family for making the Chief Justice the man for all seasons, even though we would have disagreed on Thomas More, but I will give Nino a pass on that, or could have suggested William Wallace as a much better choice.
A delightful book and if you do struggle finishing it, read American History, and give it another try. I did not know that a welder or ships carpenter could sit on the Supreme Court, and that would get the lawyer away from the Law, after all no one person could call Lincoln a schooled lawyer. We as a country could do so much better with laymen on the Court, as the Constitution is an easy read, but not even the founding fathers could forsee the American politician we have today as they are the Achilles Tendon of our country, and Americans should have a relatively easy choice this Fall. A failed system or a billionaire that looks out for the regular guy.
I surely know the way Nino my man, would vote. I sense he was once a Democrat like myself, until Reagan came along and that was the beginning of the demise of the Democratic Party, or now the Socialist Party.
I cannot tell you enough that this book will take you back to the day's of a nickel Hershey Bar, when a kid immigrant understood the Constitution, and think if Antonin had his choice, he would have gladly shared that bar with his buddy.

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Great Assortment of Writings

This is an excellent book on Justice Scalia's thoughts about law, faith, the Constitution and list of friends he made during his life. It is marked with his wit, his deeply held beliefs and deep understanding of American justice.

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Wonderful Insight

The book was a wonderful insight into the Justice. I would encourage anyone interested in the law, history, or SCOTUS to read/listen.

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Outstanding Life Well Lived

Regardless of one's political views Justice Scalia's live and writings demonstrate the best in America.