Battle for the Marble Palace: Abe Fortas, Lyndon Johnson, Earl Warren, Richard Nixon and the Forging of the Modern Supreme Court


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Schaffner Press
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6.2 X 9.0 X 1.7 inches | 1.8 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Bobelian is an award-winning author, lawyer, and journalist whose work has covered issues ranging from legal affairs to corporate wrongdoing to human rights. His first book, Children of Armenia: A Forgotten Genocide and the Century-Long Struggle for Justice was published by Simon and Schuster in 2009. As a contributing writer at, Bobelian currently covers the Supreme Court, Wall Street reform, white collar crime, regulatory agencies, human rights, and high-profile trials. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Monthly, California Lawyer magazine, Reuters, Legal Affairs magazine, the New York Law Journal, where he worked as a staff reporter, and various other publications


"An absolute 'must read for Supreme Court watchers as well as political junkies, history buffs, and mystery book readers." --Kevin R. Johnson,
Dean, University of California, Davis School of Law
"This book ranks among the very best chronicles of the politics of judicial selection." --Mark Obbie, Former Executive Editor, American Lawyer magazine & Co-Founder, Syracuse University's Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media

"Battle for the Marble Palace is a brilliant evocation of a critical moment in the Court's history, combining political biography, legal analysis, and insider reporting that will be sure to resonate with the next Supreme Court nomination." --Thomas Brom, Former Senior Editor, California Lawyer magazine
"Beautifully crafted and rooted in deep research, Battle For The Marble Palace conveys the characters, context, and drama of an era whose shadow we have never escaped. I learned something I didn't know on almost every page." --Allen Matusow, author, The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s
"Battle for the Marble Palace will appeal to... everyone interested in a better understanding of how our cantankerous nomination process came to be." --John Kyle Day, author of The Southern Manifesto: Massive Resistance and the Fight to Preserve Segregation
"If you don't like what's become of the process, a pox belongs on both political parties. This thoughtful book explains why." --David A. Kaplan,
author of The most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution
"Battle for the Marble Palace tells a very important story with fresh insight and perspective about a time when a sinkhole first developed at the busy intersection of politics and the judiciary." --Stephen Wermiel, Former Supreme Court reporter at the Wall Street Journal, co-author, Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion
"Michael Bobelian's superbly written and brilliantly contextualized history of Lyndon Johnson's failed nomination of his close friend and confidant, Abe Fortas, for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1968, bears almost inestimable importance and relevance to our own time." --Steve Nathans-Kelly, New York Journal Of