Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times


The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the United States.

No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle. As Chief Justice of the United States - the longest-serving in history - he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts. As the leading Federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in influence. As a diplomat and secretary of state, he defended American sovereignty against France and Britain, counseled President John Adams, and supervised the construction of the city of Washington. D.C.
This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman - born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education - invented himself as one of the nation's preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation. Without Precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, who with cunning, imagination, and grace shaped America's future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.

Read & Download Book Online
Title:Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times
Format Type:PDF | Epub | Mobi | iBook
4.8 of 5 stars (Votes: 871)

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Related Books

    Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times Reviews

  • Jean Poulos

    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams’ Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Su...

  • Andrienne

    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall’s a...

  • Diana

    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jac...

  • Alex O'Donnell

    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it. ...

  • J. David  Knecht

    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and ...

  • D.J. Hamon

    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America’s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias....

  • Ninja

    the worst...