Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rosen on Biskupic on Scalia

Today's Sunday NYT Book Review features a review by Jeffrey Rosen on Joan Bikuspic's new biography of Scalia, American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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Rosen calls Biskupic's book "impressively balanced and well reported," which shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has read Biskupic's previous biography of Sandra Day O'Connor.

Rosen writes:

By letting Scalia describe himself in his own words, Biskupic offers a profile of a man who, at the age of 73, sometimes appears smug and self-satisfied — adjectives he has used to describe critics of using torture in the war on terror — but not especially self-aware. Scalia thinks of himself as a pleasant fellow, and Biskupic reports that he was dumbfounded when Jon Stewart, in response to a Daily Show guest who suggested that John Roberts was nicer than Scalia, replied, “Aren’t we all nicer than Scalia?”

The review is worth a read, and is persuasive that the book will likewise be worth a read.

RR

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