The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges by G. Edward WhiteThe American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges by G. Edward White

The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American Judges

byG. Edward White

Paperback | January 25, 2007

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 241 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


In this revised third edition of a classic in American jurisprudence, G. Edward White updates his series of portraits of the most famous appellate judges in American history from John Marshall to Oliver W. Holmes to Warren E. Burger, with a new chapter on the Rehnquist Court. White traces thedevelopment of the American judicial tradition through biographical sketches of the careers and contributions of these renowned judges. In this updated edition, he argues that the Rehnquist Court's approach to constitutional interpretation may have ushered in a new stage in the American judicialtradition. The update also includes a new preface and revised bibliographic note.
G. Edward White is University Professor and David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. He is author of several works of biography and law that include the award-winning Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., and most recently, Alger Hiss's Looking Glass Wars.
Title:The American Judicial Tradition: Profiles of Leading American JudgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.5 inPublished:January 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195139631

ISBN - 13:9780195139631


Table of Contents

Preface to Third EditionPreface to Expanded EditionPrefaceIntroduction1. John Marshall and the Genesis of the Tradition2. Kent, Story, and Shaw: The Judicial Function and Property Rights3. Roger Taney and the Limits of Judicial Power4. Political Ideologies, Professional Norms, and the State Judiciary in the Late Ninteenth Century: Cooley and Doe5. John Marshall Harlan I: The Precursor6. The Tradition at the Close of the Nineteenth Century7. Holmes, Brandeis, and the Origins of Judicial Liberalism8. Hughes and Stone: Ironies of the Chief Justiceship9. Personal versus Impersonal Judging: The Dilemmas of Robert Jackson10. Cardozo, Learned Hand, and Frank: The Dialectic of Freedom and Constraint11. Rationality and Intuition in the Process of Judging: Roger Traynor12. The Mosaic of the Warren Court: Frankfurter, Black, Warren, and Harlan13. The Anti-Judge: William O. Douglas and the Ambiguities of Individuality14. The Burger Court and the Idea of "Transition" in the American Judicial Tradition15. The Unexpectedness of the Rehnquist Court16. The Tradition and the FutureAppendix: Chronology of Judicial ServiceNotesBibliographical NoteIndex

Editorial Reviews

Acclaim for previous editions "[P]rovide[s] a trenchant insight into the professional background, commitments, and jurisprudence of those jurists as well as a genuine understanding of the historical periods in which they functioned. We are all in Professor White's debt for a major achievement."--Virginia Law Review