Scalia Speaks

Scalia Speaks❮Reading❯ ➶ Scalia Speaks Author Antonin Scalia – This definitive collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law faith virtue pastimes and his heroes and friends Featuring a foreword by This definitive collection of beloved Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's finest speeches covers topics as varied as the law faith virtue pastimes and his heroes and friends Featuring a foreword by longtime friend Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and an intimate introduction by his youngest son this volume includes dozens of speeches some deeply personal that have never before been published Christopher J Scalia and the Justice's former law clerk Edward Whelan selected the speechesAmericans have long been inspired by Justice Scalia’s ideas delighted by his wit and instructed by his intelligence He was a sought after speaker at commencements convocations and events across the country  Scalia Speaks will give readers the opportunity to encounter the legendary man fully helping them better understand the jurisprudence that made him one of the most important justices in the Court's history and introducing them to his broader insights on faith and life. This book is co authored by Scalia’s son Christopher J Scalia and is a collection of Scalia’s speeches on legal issues friends and a variety of topics The book is designed for the general readerJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the foreword to the book Scalia and Ginsburg were great friends and fellow opera fans but one was a liberal the other a conservative Scalia was an articulate speaker who had a way with words He also had a great sense of humor The book is well written and edited Christopher has chosen speeches by Antonin that allows the reader to gain further insight into the man as well as the jurist The book is broken down into categories such as friends law faith and so on The sections I enjoyed the most were the speeches about being an Italian American and the difference between an American and an European Of course I enjoyed most of the sections but those two gave me much to ruminate on I have read all of Scalia’s books and biographies therefore I am familiar with his philosophy of constitutional originalism and his being a textualist in statutory interpretation I know him to be a master of the English language but from this book I learned he was also a gifted grammarian That will make a great trivia uestion I may not always agree with what he said but I love to read or hear what he had to say Scalia was able to state his reasons in a succinct manner and in beautiful prose without the use of rhetoric This will make a great reference bookI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is fourteen hours long Christopher J Scalia does a good job narrating the book Excellent Note this is not a collection of Justice Scalia's Supreme Court opinions which would make an excellent book but rather a diverse collection of speeches he has given over the years which reveal his reflections in the words of the subtitle on Law Faith and Life Well Lived The forward by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose judicial philosophy could not be different than that of Antonin Scalia should be a lesson for all of us in the present time In part she says If our friendship hers and Justice Scalia's encourages others to appreciate that some very good people have ideas with which we disagree and that despite differences people of goodwill can pull together for the well being of the institutions we serve and our country I will be overjoyed as I am confident Justice Scalia would beOh that we could heed that advice Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an extraordinary and influential man well known for his conservatism discipline strong opinions and hard working nature He also had a deep faith a gift passed on to his nine children On a personal note his son Paul was a much admired priest at my local parish most recently appointed vicar for clergy by Arlington’s bishopThis book is a compilation of Scalia’s speeches covering a variety of topics They are entertaining profound and at times deeply personal I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this legendary man who put God family civility and the Constitution at the forefront His insight stories and tributes are truly inspirational and delightful to read It says a lot about Antonin Scalia that fellow Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg whose views are typically the polar opposite of his wrote a warm and heartfelt Foreward to this collection of his speeches Another of his colleagues Samuel Alito had this to say in a Yale Law Review tributeFor those of us who had the privilege of knowing Nino as we called him what will come to mind first are his human ualities He was a delightful friend and colleague He had a big personality; I think he filled every room he entered He was charming engaging voluble learned witty impatient and nearly always very frankThis was a wide ranging and very readable collection of a number of Scalia's speeches compiled and edited by one of his sons Christopher along with Edward Whelan who clerked for Scalia The speeches are grouped under several broad headings including On the American People and Ethnicity On Living and Learning On Faith On Law' On Virtue and the Public Good and On Heroes and Friends Scalia was well known for being a constitutional originalist and that passionate view comes through often in his speechesI wasn't aware that Scalia and his wife had nine children and that he was a devout Catholic I also hadn't realized that his tenure on the Supreme Court was three decades long He was a man of much learning humor insight influence and devotion and I enjoyed each of these speeches The speeches in the Law section can take a bit effort thought certainly lucid and understandable but are well worth it Also once in a while a speech seemed like it ended very abruptly which made me wonder about possible editing issuesStill a very enjoyable read Scalia was clearly one of the great Supreme Court justices and a man who understood and lived the principle of civil discourse I was drawn to this book As a political junkie and ardent supporter of originialism in constitutional interpretation I wanted to read in depth about this particular Justice Antonin Scalia was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States He was appointed in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan He was considered to be a core member of the conservative wing of the court I was happy to see that his son as well as his former law clerk saw fit to honor him by assembling some of his most important speeches The book is broken down into a wide range of categories ie On virtue and the public good On heroes and friends On Law On Faith As I read each speech I found myself re reading them Justice Scalia's writings are not to be read or interpreted at first blush The deeper meanings are only seen when one thoughtfully digests the sum of the parts To say he was well written is an understatement He was a genius in the use of the English language He explains his thoughts feelings and love for the Constitution and our Country beautifully I have bookmarked several speeches to read again as I am not sure I have gained the full value of it's meaning This book is wonderfully insightful While it does not deeply delve into his family life or his deep friendships or his love of travel it does show us a great thinker He was an ardent Historian as well as an accomplished Justice whose wisdom and presence will never be seen on the high court again This book is a must read for those interested in Justice Scalia's views but also by those who love great writing You do not have to subscribe to his conservative views to appreciate what he has to say and the way he chooses to say it I will say that the book must be read in parts slowly for the reader to fully savor the meaning of Justice Scalia's writings His depth of thought while composing these speeches speaks of the learned person he was His wisdom will surely be missedMany thanks to NetGalley and to Crown Forum New York for an ARC Ronald Reagan appointed Antonin Scalia to SCOTUS and that is almost enough reason for me to regard Scalia as a hero And while I am no legal scholar although maybe I will change that autodidactically for the next twenty or so years as I followed in SCOTUS in a cursory kind of way he always seemed to land the way I wanted things to go in major cases The description I heard of his strict constructionist legal philosophy I have subseuently learn this to be an utterly inaccurate label appealed to me deeply Then 2008 came along I actually read every word of the majority opinion he wrote for Heller v DC and Antonin Scalia became an intellectual hero to me It is not just that I liked the disposition set out by the ruling but his thinking and philosophy are inspiring I have read of his opinions and watched hours of interviews with him He became one of the figures in American history that I most admire I cannot express how saddened I was to hear of his death a couple of years ago When I heard his son was publishing Scalia Speaks Reflections on Law Faith and Life Well Lived I had to read itThis book fully lived up to my high expectationsIt has possibly been the most thought provoking secular read of my life I have learn so much in this book I have understood afresh the appalling limits of my knowledge I have developed a hunger to study the law While reading these speeches the volume of things I don’t know but want to know once again daunted me The amount of things I don’t yet know that I want to know is even bigger I have written copious notes on the end papers and in the margins—half of them detailing ideas uestions and legal cases I want to explore I am experiencing all this because of a book of speeches?Scalia’s insights and ideas contain enormous wisdom rationality and faith This book can change perceptions It certainly has changed my philosophical parameters and encouraged me to be a better man Amazing book Any author or in this case speaker who compliments CS Lewis and uotes GK Chesterton will win my regard However in this wonderful compilation of speeches Justice Scalia does than honor their memory; he becomes their intellectual successor Reading this collection I easily imagined Justice Scalia joining the Inklings at the Eagle and Child Although topically he addresses very different things the attitude of academic rigor and spiritual wonder comes across the same He shared their worldview I gained a great deal of insight from this book It started off a little rough and probably could have ended stronger but everything in the middle was wonderful This is Justice Scalia speaking to the common man on subjects ranging from President Taft to Thomas More He brings wit and wisdom to every address My favorites were his commencement speeches This is one I will be coming back to There is too much wisdom to glean from this book to read it only once A great collection of some of Scalia's speeches and writings The only reason this is 4 stars instead of 5 stars is because of the substantial overlap in substance between some of the speeches This memoir reveals the wit and wisdom of Justice Scalia Compiled by his son it is a compilation of his diverse speeches As a west coaster I loved seeing the perspective of an East Coast Italian Catholic who placed great importance on character and virtue A few random notesShould the Constitution mean what it says or what we want it to mean? Should it be adhered to or should it be a living constitution—changing to conform to what we want it to mean? George Washington called religion and morality two great pillars of human happiness“I know of no country in which the churches have grown fuller as the government has moved leftward The churches of Europe are empty” This rating is not a reflection of Scalia's opinions or beliefs just of the book This is a collection of speeches given by Scalia and a lot of them borrow from other ones so read back to back they get kind of redundant