An interesting head-to-head biography about two gentlemen who went head-to-head quite often during the Civil War.
James F. Simon's Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney shines an interesting light on two overlooked aspects of 19th century American history.
The first overlooked aspect is the Supreme Court, specifically the person of Roger Taney (pronounced Tawney), the Chief Justice most famous for what may be known for all time as his single worst legal opinion, and one of the most controversial and ill-considered opinions of all time - Dred Scott.
|Roger Taney |
|Abraham Lincoln |
Lincoln, on the other hand, is, seemingly, the subject of a new biography every week. What has not been written about Lincoln? In this case, there is nothing new, but the focus on his administration's interactions with the Taney Court is interesting and thought-provoking.
This is a good, small dual biography of two of the towering political figures of their time. Not so much detail that the general history reader is bored, not so little that the serious reader of history is turned off.
I rate this biography 4 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney.
Reviewed on May 15, 2011.