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John Paul Stevens


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Bill Barnhart was a columnist and editor for the Chicago Tribune for nearly 30 years. He has made frequent appearances on Chicago cable news channel CLTV and the national PBS program, Nightly Business Report. He lives in Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. The late Gene Schlickman (1929–2014) was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1964 until his retirement in 1981 and a partner in the law firm of Burfeind and Schlickman. Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman are also the authors of Kerner, a biography of former Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner.


In rich detail, John Paul Stevens, tells the story of a Navy veteran, lawyer, judge and justice who has shaped American law for over three decades. It is a valuable window in Justice Stevens's often-unpredictable understanding of the Constitution and the law.--John Podesta, President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and former White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton

John Paul Stevens' judicial philosophy may be hard to label but his integrity is rock solid. A lifetime in the law and the courage to speak his mind (see Bush v. Gore) make him a national treasure on our highest court.--Richard J. Durbin, United States Senator An excellent, well-written, and fascinating book that does a fabulous job of presenting Justice Stevens's biography in all its complexity and multiple dimensions. I learned a remarkable amount about Justice Stevens that I had not known before.--Bernard Harcourt, The University of Chicago

Terrific.--Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine Justice John Paul Stevens combines a towering intellect with courageous independence. Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman combine their exhaustive research with insightful analysis to give readers a splendid biography of the Supreme Court's most respected member.--Newton N. Minow, former FCC chairman A completely original and readable approach that connects the life and career of a future Supreme Court justice with his distinguished contributions on the Court. A new direction for legal scholarship and a great service to our democracy.--Gary T. Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum

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