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The bitter and protracted struggle between President Thomas Jefferson and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall defined the basic constitutional relationship between the executive and judicial branches of government. More than one hundred fifty years later, their clashes still reverberate in constitutional debates and political battles.
In this dramatic and fully accessible account of these titans of the early republic and their fiercely held ideas, James F. Simon brings to life the early history of the nation and sheds new light on the highly charged battle to balance the powers of the federal government and the rights of the states. A fascinating look at two of the nation's greatest statesmen and shrewdest politicians, What Kind of Nation presents a cogent, unbiased assessment of their lasting impact on American government.
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James F. Simon is the Martin Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at New York Law School. He is the author of seven previous books on American history, law, and politics. His books have won the American Bar Association s Silver Gavel Award and twice been named New York Times" Notable Books. He lives with his wife in West Nyack, New York.
Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.
While casual listeners might find this account of the struggle between Thomas Jefferson and Supreme Court Justice John Marshall too detailed, those with an interest in American history will find it fascinating. Simon does a fine job of spelling out how Jefferson's character and political savvy blended with his republicanism, and how Marshall's likewise blended with his federalism. The narrative requires clarity and balance, and Patrick Cullen's delivery provides both. He sounds concerned, but objective, about this clash of the titans and paces his reading to allow listeners to digest key concepts. However, he mispronounces a few words and emphasizes others oddly, making those phrases hard to follow. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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