For the first time ever, a retired Supreme Court Justice offers a manifesto on how the Constitution needs to change.
John Paul Stevens served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970-1975. President Ford nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat December 19, 1975. Justice Stevens retired from the Supreme Court on June 29, 2010. He has written for the New York Review of Books and is the author of Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir.
An important addition to American history....At its core, the book
is not just another memoir from yet another judge. It marks instead
the end of an era on the Supreme Court and in the broader swath of
American law and politics.
--- Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic
Coming from the last of a dying breed of jurists who genuinely believe you can learn something from everyone if you just listen hard enough, it is a lesson in how, at the Supreme Court, civility and cordiality matter more, even, than doctrine.
--- Dahlia Lithwick, Washington Post
Laced with observations on the court's architecture, traditions and even its seating arrangements, it is the collected ruminations of a man who has served his country in war and peace, across the decades... His memoir is as gracious as its author and a reminder that Stevens is more than a longtime member of the nation's highest court. He is a national treasure.
--- Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times
PRAISE FOR THE FIVE CHIEFS:
Informative and very appealing....It's classic justice Stevens:
understated and generous to those he differs with, but absolutely
clear on where he believes justice lies.
--- Adam Cohen, Time