Hutchinson provides the first definitive biography of Justice Byron 'Whizzer' White -- this century's most famous scholar-athlete -- who served on the Supreme Court for 31 years and was the author of the famous dissenting opinion in 'Roe vs. Wade.' Byron White was not only one of the longest serving Supreme Court Justices in history; he was also ...
Hutchinson provides the first definitive biography of Justice Byron 'Whizzer' White -- this century's most famous scholar-athlete -- who served on the Supreme Court for 31 years and was the author of the famous dissenting opinion in 'Roe vs. Wade.' Byron White was not only one of the longest serving Supreme Court Justices in history; he was also one of the last in an elite group of classic American heroes. Born to near-poverty, he became a college football sensation at the University of Colorado, where he earned the nickname 'Whizzer' White and carried his obscure team to the Cotton Bowl.White went on to become a Rhodes scholar, one of the most brilliant students in the history of Yale Law School, the highest paid rookie in professional football, a World War II hero, and a deeply principled and influential Supreme Court Justice.Written by a former clerk of White's and a distinguished Constitutional historian, this exemplary, flesh-and-blood portrait is based on extensive archival work and scores of interviews with White's former colleagues. Richard Posner calls it one of 'the two best judicial biographies [ever written]...difficult to put down.' Capturing the essence of a principled justice who spent his post-college life dodging the 'Whizzer' myth, this beautifully written biography will stand for years as a model of its genre.
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