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The Rehnquist Choice: The Untold Story of the Nixon Appointment That Redefined the Supreme Court

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In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared many of President Richard Nixon's philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward. Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the improbable story of Rehnquist's appointment.

Dean weaves a gripping account packed with stunning new revelations: of a remarkable power play by Nixon to stack the court in his favor by forcing resignations; of Rehnquist himself, who played a role in the questionable ousting of Justice Abe Fortas; and of Nixon's failed impeachment attempt against William 0. Douglas. In his initial confirmation hearings, Rehnquist provided outrageous and unbelievable responses to questions about his controversial activities in the '50s and '60s — yet he was confirmed with little opposition. It was only later, during his confirmation as Chief Justice, that his testimony would come under fire — raising serious questions as to whether he had perjured himself

Using newly released tapes, his own papers, and documents unearthed from the National Archives, John Dean offers readers a place in the White House inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process, and a stunning expose of the man who has influenced the United States Supreme Court for the last thirty years.


Synopsis:

In 1971, Richard Nixon's nominee for the Supreme Court was little-known assistant attorney general William Rehnquist. Dean packs his behind-the-scenes tale with revelations, including Nixon's outrageous plan to pack the court by forcing resignations, and provides a look at the secretive governmental process that turned the nomination into a typical Nixonian roller coaster ride.

Synopsis:

In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared many of President Richard Nixon's philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward. Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the improbable story of Rehnquist's appointment.

Dean weaves a gripping account packed with stunning new revelations: of a remarkable power play by Nixon to stack the court in his favor by forcing resignations; of Rehnquist himself, who played a role in the questionable ousting of Justice Abe Fortas; and of Nixon's failed impeachment attempt against William 0. Douglas. In his initial confirmation hearings, Rehnquist provided outrageous and unbelievable responses to questions about his controversial activities in the '50s and '60s — yet he was confirmed with little opposition. It was only later, during his confirmation as Chief Justice, that his testimony would come under fire — raising serious questions as to whether he had perjured himself

Using newly released tapes, his own papers, and documents unearthed from the National Archives, John Dean offers readers a place in the White House inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process, and a stunning expose of the man who has influenced the United States Supreme Court for the last thirty years.

About the Author

John W. Dean appears frequently on television, discussing matters relating to the Nixon presidency. He regularly reviews books for The New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tiibune, and Salon.com. He writes a regular column on legal, government, and political matters for the Internet publication Writ at wwwfindlaw.com

Table of Contents

Contents

Cast of Characters

A Note to the Reader

1.Introduction: The Backstory

PART ONE

2.The Games Begin (September 17, 1971)

3.Priority One: A Southerner (September 18)

4.The Push for Poff (September 20)

5. Priority Two: Two Conservatives (September 23-28)

6.Poff Goes Poof (September 29-October 2)

PART TWO

7.Testing How Byrd Might Fly (October 2-11, 1971)

8.Going with Friday and Lillie (October 12-14)

9.The Chief Justice and Other Problems (October 14-18)

PART THREE

10.Powell and Baker (October 19, 1971)

11.While Howard Baker Dithered (October 20)

12.The Rehnquist Choice (October 21)

13.Afterword

A Note on Sources

Chronology

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Copyright © 2001 by John W. Dean

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743233200
Author:
Dean, John W.
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Dean, John Wesley
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Courts - Supreme Court
Subject:
Political questions and judicial power
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Judges -- Selection and appointment.
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 15.89 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In 1971, Richard Nixon's nominee for the Supreme Court was little-known assistant attorney general William Rehnquist. Dean packs his behind-the-scenes tale with revelations, including Nixon's outrageous plan to pack the court by forcing resignations, and provides a look at the secretive governmental process that turned the nomination into a typical Nixonian roller coaster ride.
"Synopsis" by , In 1971, William Rehnquist seemed the perfect choice to fill a seat on the United States Supreme Court. He was a young, well-polished lawyer who shared many of President Richard Nixon's philosophies and faced no major objections from the Senate. But in truth, the nomination was anything but straightforward. Now, for the first time, former White House counsel John Dean tells the improbable story of Rehnquist's appointment.

Dean weaves a gripping account packed with stunning new revelations: of a remarkable power play by Nixon to stack the court in his favor by forcing resignations; of Rehnquist himself, who played a role in the questionable ousting of Justice Abe Fortas; and of Nixon's failed impeachment attempt against William 0. Douglas. In his initial confirmation hearings, Rehnquist provided outrageous and unbelievable responses to questions about his controversial activities in the '50s and '60s — yet he was confirmed with little opposition. It was only later, during his confirmation as Chief Justice, that his testimony would come under fire — raising serious questions as to whether he had perjured himself

Using newly released tapes, his own papers, and documents unearthed from the National Archives, John Dean offers readers a place in the White House inner circle, providing an unprecedented look at a government process, and a stunning expose of the man who has influenced the United States Supreme Court for the last thirty years.

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