Justice Stevens’ Biographers Detail His Legacy, the Battle for His Replacement
CHICAGO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ — The debate over replacing Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court and retrospectives about his 34-year tenure are being assisted by Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman, authors of a new biography of Stevens.
Their book, John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life, being published in May by Northern Illinois University Press, is the product of eight years of research, including interviews with Justices Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as dozens of former Stevens law clerks, law partners, Navy buddies and family members. Intense documentary investigations into Stevens’ life and work on the Court enliven the book.
Legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court, calls the book “terrific.” John Podesta, chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, calls it, “a valuable window” into Justice Stevens’ work. Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum, calls the book, “a completely original and readable approach that connects the life and career of a future Supreme Court justice with his distinguished contributions on the Court. A new direction for legal scholarship and a great service to our democracy.”
The book, Barnhart’s blog and interviews with the authors were featured in coverage this weekend by The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and www.politicsdaily.com, as well as in the March 22 profile of Justice Stevens by Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker. Barnhart’s reactions to the retirement news are featured on the National Law Journal‘s web site, www.law.com in the “Speaking of Stevens” forum.
Barnhart is an award-winning Chicago newspaper journalist. Schlickman is a distinguished retired Illinois legislator. Their first book, Kerner, the biography of former Illinois Governor Otto Kerner, received critical acclaim.
SOURCE Northern Illinois University Press