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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noah Feldman Narrator: Noah Feldman Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America's leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale Westerner who narrowly missed the presidency but expanded individual freedom beyond what anyone before had dreamed.

Four more different men could hardly be imagined. Yet they had certain things in common. Each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings on the edge of poverty. Each had driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius. They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare.

Scorpions tells the story of these four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cannonhistory Potter | 2/12/2014

    " Good read....especially if you are a 30's dork. Great background on the people that influenced FDR's decision process and who inevitably got the job and how they eventually impacted the Court. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aaron | 10/3/2013

    " Some of the opinions and conclusions that Feldman draws do not seem well-substantiated to me. Plus, having FDR on the cover of the book is slightly miselading - as he dies shortly past halfway in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis | 10/2/2013

    " great read. well written. nicely reviews history and personalities surrounding the depression and FDR presidency "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anners | 9/6/2013

    " I have been waiting for months for this book and I'm SO happy I finally have it. I'm only on page 16 now but I can already tell it's going to be awesome. "

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