January 3, 2010
Rosen on Biskupic on Scalia
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.
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.
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