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Abe Fortas
Author: Laura Kalman

ISBN: 9780300052589
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 538
Published: 14 July 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 3.81 x 15.88 x 23.5
Abe Fortas was a New Dealer, a sub-cabinet official, the founder of an eminent Washington law firm, a lose adviser to Lyndon Johnson, and a Supreme Court justice. Nominated by Johnson to be Chief Justice, he was rejected by Congress and resigned from the Court early in the Nixon administration under a cloud of impending scandal. This engrossing book-the first full biography of Abe Fortas-tells his dramatic story. Drawing on Fortas's previously unavailable personal papers, on numerous archives, and on extensive interviews with his family and associates, Laura Kalman, a historian and lawyer illuminates Fortas's evolution from New Dealer to Washington lawyer to Great Society liberal, and in so doing also provides a unique view of American liberalism from the 1930s through the 1960s. "There was no single Abe Fortas," writes Kalman. "There was a variety of personae, and Fortas moved comfortably from one to another." Kalman describes Fortas's various personae: The boy who as "Fiddlin' Abe" played the violin in dance bands to earn spending money and who grew to consider chamber music the love of his life; The Jew who cared more about Israel than Judaism; The civ...

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