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Review of Murphy Biography of Scalia


Having highlighted the ill-deserved praise that Bruce Allen Murphy’s new biography of Justice Scalia has received from Dahlia Lithwick and Andrew Cohen, I’m pleased to note this review by University Bookman editor Gerald Russello.

As Russello puts it, the book is “[f]illed with errors of logic and analysis and a clear bias against Justice Scalia and what he supposedly stands for,” and Murphy’s claim about the influence of Scalia’s religious beliefs on his judging “nicely combines a caricature of conservatism with a revival of old-fashioned anti-Catholicism.”

My own review—which draws from my series of blog posts (see Parts 1234, 5, 6, 7, and 8)—will be in the next issue of National Review, I believe.


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