May 18, 2015 Articles

Book Review: Scalia: A Court of One

This is truly a bad book.

By Dennis Owens

Bruce Allen Murphy
Scalia: A Court of One
Simon & Schuster

Justice Antonin Scalia is certainly the best writer of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also the most controversial and, we think, the most interesting. He could write an enthralling autobiography, full of provocative nuggets. He would not need to depend on any biographer, given how elegantly he writes.

Professor Murphy of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, has undertaken to write this book with the objectives of no less than to show how the justice’s religious faith, political views, and personality have influenced his judicial decisions and speeches. This would call for remarkable sophistication, insight, and a gift of nuance.

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