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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel Richard Paul Narrator: Fred Sanders Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9780525528326
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The rich, dramatic story of John Marshall, the most influential Chief Justice in history, who in the early 1800s played a key role in developing the Supreme Court into a crucial part of government.

No member of the Founding Generation had a greater impact on the American Constitution than Chief Justice John Marshall, and no one did more than Marshall to preserve the fragile unity of the fledgling United States as it was struggling to establish itself. Marshall led the Supreme Court for thirty-four years (1801-1835), longer than any other Chief Justice, and he singlehandedly established its supremacy in American life. Buffeted by political enemies who were prepared to do anything to stop him, Marshall brilliantly outflanked them. Against forces that threatened to shatter the union, Marshall defended his vision of a strong national government. Armed with nothing more than his innate intelligence, eloquence and his gift for thinking innovatively, Marshall triumphed against all odds.

At a time when all of the country's leading southern statesmen -- Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe -- were from wealthy landowning families, Marshall grew up in a two-room log cabin shared with fourteen siblings on the hardscrabble frontier of Virginia. His only formal education consisted of one year of grammar school and six weeks of law school. Yet in the space of two decades he went from being an unschooled frontiersman to become a military officer, a successful attorney, a foreign diplomat, a national hero, Washington's biographer, a congressman, Secretary of State, and Chief Justice.

During a tumultuous time, against myriad enemies, John Marshall held the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the union together. Without Precedent is the engrossing true story of the life and times of this exceptional man, who understood the balance of power and mastered the art of self-invention, applying both to everything he did. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Joel Richard Paul studied at Amherst College, the London School of Economics, Harvard Law School, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He currently teaches international economic law, foreign relations, and constitutional law at the University of California Hastings Law School, where he is also the Associate Dean.

About the Narrator

Fred Sanders, an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, has received critics’ praise for his audio narrations that range from nonfiction, memoir, and fiction to mystery and suspense. He been seen on Broadway in The Buddy Holly Story, in national tours for Driving Miss Daisy and Big River, and on such television shows as Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, Numb3rs,Titus, and Malcolm in the Middle. His films include Sea of Love, The Shadow, and the Oscar-nominated short Culture. He is a native New Yorker and Yale graduate.