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In Scalia: Rise to Greatness, 1936 to 1986, James Rosen writes an incredible biography of Justice Antonin Scalia’s first fifty years of life up until his ascension to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1986. Rosen will describe Scalia’s tenure on the court in the second volume.
This first installment focuses on Scalia’s childhood in Queens, New York as an Italian American, his time at Harvard Law School, and his rise to prominence in the legal world. The book tells the story of how he persisted through constant hardships and challenges.
Rosen does an excellent job of portraying the Justice's character, intellect, and wit, highlighting his unwavering commitment to originalism and textualism—which Scalia believed were essential for ensuring the rule of law and protecting individual rights. The book provides a comprehensive overview of his legal philosophy and how it evolved throughout his career.
Justice Scalia’s opinions were marked by their clarity and precision, and his writing was often characterized by a sharp wit and a keen sense of humor. He had a remarkable ability to distill complicated legal arguments into simple and persuasive language, making his opinions accessible to a wide audience.
Rosen also explores Justice Scalia's time as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, after which he was confirmed by the Senate on a 98-0 vote to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rosen portrays Scalia as an endearing soul, and one who was deeply committed to his beliefs.
In addition to his legal scholarship, Justice Scalia was known for his commitment to public service and his deep sense of patriotism. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Justice Scalia's legacy is one of integrity, intelligence, and dedication to the rule of law. His impact on American jurisprudence will be felt for generations to come, and his contributions to the legal field will continue to inspire and inform the work of lawyers and judges around the world.
Overall, Scalia: Rise to Greatness, 1936 to 1986 is an engaging read for anyone interested in the life and legacy of one of the most influential Supreme Court justices in American history.