Without Precedent by Joel Richard Paul

Without Precedent

The remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, shaped the foundation of the United States.No member of America's Founding Generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political b...

Details Without Precedent

TitleWithout Precedent
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreBiography, History, Nonfiction, Law, North American Hi..., American History, Politics

Reviews Without Precedent

  • Jean Poulos
    This is a major new biography of John Marshall (1755-1835). Marshall was President John Adams’ Secretary of State. As he was going out of office, Adams appointed John Marshall as the Chief of the Supreme Court. Even though Marshall was the fourth Chief Justice, he was the one that transformed the Court into its current role and one of the key balances of power in the government. Paul covers Marshall’s early life and reveals him as a man. Of c...
  • Andrienne
    This is a page turner. I love history but unfortunately most books are told like a textbook-matter-of-fact and dry. This one is a marvelously written account with a flowing narrative of Marshall’s ascent as a frontiersman to one of the longest-serving Chief Justice. This is a book I can give away to history buffs-there’s still plenty to figure out about this great man. I would definitely purchase the hardcover when it comes out.Advance print ...
  • Diana
    When I think about Founding Fathers, I usually only think about the Presidents plus Benjamin Franklin. It turns out John Marshall, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from John Adams through Andrew Jackson (34 years--the record for Chief Justices) is as important as any of them in the forming of our nation.This is the second book I have listened to about Marshall, and it far outshines the other (What Kind of Nation by James F Simon). First of all,...
  • David Dunlap
    Well-done portrait of the life and work of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, the longest-serving (to date) and arguably the most influential. Paul is especially helpful in explaining the reasons for the friction between Marshall and his cousin Thomas Jefferson. He also brings out the crucial role Marshall played in the development of the Bill of Rights, suggesting that he, no less than James Madison, deserves to be thought of as their '...
  • Alex O'Donnell
    This book does a great job at looking at Marshall's life throughout the years. I definitely learned a lot from it.
  • Mike
    I had always wanted to read more about the most important Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and this book was very engaging. This biography of Marshall tells the story of a fascinating historical figure who, for whatever reason, seems to get short thrift in the pantheon of our founding fathers. He was close with Washington, a cousin of Jefferson, Secretary of State and then Chief Justice (even at the same time for a month) for Adams, a state lea...
  • J. David Knecht
    Wonderful read about the crucial member of the revolutionary generation that people forget to speak about. The book paints a vivid picture of the man who established the role of the Supreme Court and catalogs the key cases that have helped the US become the nation that it is today. The author loves his subject and is highly critical of those who spared with Marshall especially Thomas Jefferson and his allies. He makes repeated contrasts between M...
  • Janet
    Paul goes way beyond the typical historical biography in this analysis of Chief Justice Marshall, his times, and his impact. This tome analyzes early American political history in order to define Marshall's part in it. Joel Richard Paul's prose is pretty dense and an understanding of legal principles is required to absorb the analysis of issues confronting the Founders.It does flesh out the foundational Supreme Court decisions anyone who has stud...
  • David Glickman
    As a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, I realized I knew little about this man aside from the fact that he was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States and had written several important decisions of early court history. This is an enjoyable biography that puts Into perspective John Marshall’s role in solidifying the Court’s role as arbiter of Congressional and Executive branch actions and sheds light on Marshall’s re...
  • D.J. Hamon
    Flowing prose & deep esteem for the subject characterize this study on the life of America’s most pivotal jurist. Fair & apportioned look at the whole man with a well-argued Federalist bias.