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1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev
Gideon's Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
Great Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court by Maureen Harrison
A History of the Supreme Court by Bernard Schwartz
Men in Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America by Mark R. Levin
The Pentagon Papers: As Published by the New York Times by Neil Sheehan
A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Evan J. Mandery

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Abraham "Abe" Fortas (June 19, 1910 – April 5, 1982) was a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1965 to 1969.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Fortas became a law professor at Yale University, and then an advisor for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortas worked at the Department of the Interior under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and during that time President Harry S. Truman appointed him to delegations that helped set up the United Nations in 1945.  In 1968 Johnson tried to elevate Fortas to the position of Chief Justice, but that nomination faced a filibuster at least in part due to ethics problems that later caused Fortas to resign from the Court. Fortas returned to private practice, sometimes appearing before the judges with whom he had served, including his successor, Justice Blackmun.

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