Definer of a Nation
Henry Holt and Co., Hardcover, 9780805013894, 752pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 1996
A New York Times Notable Book of 1996
It was in tolling the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835 that the Liberty Bell cracked, never to ring again. An apt symbol of the man who shaped both court and country, whose life "reads like an early history of the United States," as the Wall Street Journal noted, adding: Jean Edward Smith "does an excellent job of recounting the details of Marshall's life without missing the dramatic sweep of the history it encompassed."
"A wholly satisfying modern biography that immediately establishes itself as the authoritative life." --Joseph J. Ellis, The New York Times Book Review
"A richer, more accurate and more balanced view of Marshall and his achievements than we have ever had."--Gordon S. Wood, The New Republic
"Any reader who wishes to watch Marshall work in context can ask for no better source."-- Dennis Hutchinson, Chicago Tribune
"Smith's well-written biography brings Marshall's achievement alive."--Jack N. Rakove, The Boston Globe