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Without Precedent

Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul
Feb 20, 2018 | 512 Pages
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Praise for Without Precedent:
“[Paul] has crafted a scholarly but highly readable and often entertaining chronicle that embeds Marshall among the leading lights of the nation’s founding generation, humanizing him along the way… [Marshall] is justly celebrated as the most far-sighted justice ever to lead the Supreme Court. His lasting achievements are ably served by Mr. Paul’s deeply felt and penetrating biography.” Wall Street Journal

“Law professor Joel Richard Paul brings exactly the kind of perspective that a legal scholar can best provide to this engaging biography of US Supreme Court Justice John Marshall.” Christian Science Monitor

“Engrossing… Paul brings to life Marshall’s seminal cases.” ­The Weekly Standard

“[Paul] has added a well-written and admiring biography to the long line of Marshall scholarship.” San Francisco Chronicle

“[Paul] compellingly details the path that brought Marshall to the Supreme Court and how he was able to achieve so much while there in the absorbing and aptly titled Without Precedent… This engrossing account of a key figure in our early history makes for excellent reading.” —BookPage

“[A] comprehensive and insightful biography… Paul has produced an excellent treatment of an unquestionably impressive life.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A well-informed, perceptive, and absorbing biography of a titan of American history.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This very human story should be of great interest to almost all readers. Well written and drawing on rich primary sources, Without Precedent lives up to its title and will be an excellent addition to American-history collections.” —Booklist

“This masterly work elucidates the indelible imprint that Marshall made on the U.S. Constitution and its subsequent interpretation.” —Library Journal

“Anyone interested in the law and our country’s Founders will find this book revealing and enjoyable.” Jill Abramson, former Executive Editor of The New York Times and co-author of Strange Justice
“You don’t have to be a constitutional law scholar to enjoy this lively, wonderfully engaging account of the life and times of Chief Justice John Marshall.” William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and his Era and Gorbachev: His Life and Times

“Joel Richard Paul has written a fascinating and deeply authoritative biography of one of the most overlooked but important members of the founding generation. John Marshall was a lawyer, justice, and statesman, who as much as anyone else helped shape the nation’s court system and left a lasting imprint on our legal principlesand much more. Here, in Without Precedent, Marshall gets the attention he so justly deserves.” Jay Winik, author of The Great Upheaval and 1944
“I would have predicted that there was nothing worth saying about John Marshall that hadn’t already been said. I would’ve been so wrong. In every chapter of this page-turning account of Marshall’s pivotal place in our nation’s history, even the expert will learn something new. How did Joel Paul figure out, for instance, that the great Chief Justice probably suborned perjury on his brother’s part during the bizarre Marbury v. Madison trial? You owe it to yourself to read Joel Paul’s terrific book to find out.”Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

“Who was John Marshall, really? Thousands meet him anew each year solely through his published opinions. But finally, Joel Richard Paul gives us this captivating, indispensable account, painting a fascinating picture of the frontiersman, soldier, illusionist, strategist, diplomat and international lawyer who became not just the man behind Marbury, but so much more.” Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School

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