This is a major biography of one of Americas most influential and respected Supreme Court justices by a leading law scholar. In the late 1970s, Earl Warrens papers were opened and G. Edward White, a former law clerk of Warren, was given complete access to research this book. The result is the first study of the Chief Justice to cover his entire political career and to examine aspects of Warrens character that have seemed paradoxical. White goes back to Warrens roots in California Progressivism to illuminate his mid-century liberalism and the controversial decisions over which he presided in the Supreme Court. Based on a wealth of newly available information and Whites understanding of Warrens work and personality, this is a fascinating, original portrait of Chief Justice Earl Warren.