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Published: 12 March 1992

432 Pages | 19 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195060904

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John Marshall Harlan

Great Dissenter of the Warren Court

Tinsley E. Yarbrough

Admired by conservatives and deeply respected by his liberal brethren, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan was a man, as William Brennan lamented, whose "massive scholarship" has never been fully recognized. Now, in the first biography of this important but neglected jurist, Tinsley Yarbrough provides a detailed account of Harlan's life, from his privileged childhood to his retirement and death. Yarbrough examines the forces and events which shaped the Justice's jurisprudence--his early life and often complex family relationships, his education, his work as a prosecutor during the Prohibition, and years as one of the nation's preeminent corporate lawyers. The book focuses, however, on Harlan's years on the high bench. Coming at a time when the Supreme Court has begun to adopt many of Harlan's principles, this account provides an essential perspective on the Court, civil liberties, and a pivotal figure in the history of both.

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