Books by James F. Simon

A nationally recognized scholar of constitutional law and awardwinning author of six books on American history, law, and politics, James F. Simon uses issues that surface in his classroom as a jumping-off point for his academic research. “It’s a natural

Released: April 3, 2018

"A well-written, salutary illustration of the principle that honorable men can disagree about the pace and the means of effecting social change."
Two midcentury giants clash behind the scenes over civil liberties. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"A fair assessment of Hughes' eminent career and an accessible, knowledgeable consideration of the important lawsuits of the era."
An instructive, vigorous account of FDR's attempt at court-packing, and the chief justice who weathered the storm with equanimity. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"Though the pairing of Lincoln and Taney seems at first unpromising, this story is as timely as it is well-written."
An examination of the differences over the Constitution's meaning that separated Abraham Lincoln, most revered president, from Roger Taney, most reviled Chief Justice. Read full book review >
Released: March 7, 2002

"Simon's excellent venture in legal and political history illuminates both the roots of an ongoing controversy and the characters of two great historic figures."
From NYU law professor Simon: a lucid account of the clash between two strong-willed men and two sharply divergent political tendencies. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >