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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 neThis 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 speeches.    Americans 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 more 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.Original Photograph: Kainaz Amaria/NPR Cover Design: Darren Haggar...

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  • Jean Poulos
    2019-05-28 09:06

    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 reader.Justice 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 question. 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 book.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is fourteen hours long. Christopher J. Scalia does a good job narrating the book.

  • Karen
    2019-06-23 13:16

    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 more personal note, his son, Paul was a much admired priest at my local parish, most recently appointed vicar for clergy by Arlington’s bishop.This 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 more 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.

  • David Huff
    2019-06-19 08:20

    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 tribute:"For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Nino, as we called him, what will come to mind first are his human qualities. 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 frank."This 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 speeches.I 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 more 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 issues.Still, 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.

  • Doreen Prentiss Gabriellini
    2019-06-21 12:05

    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 (i.e. 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 missed.Many thanks to NetGalley and to Crown Forum, New York for an ARC.

  • Jeffrey
    2019-06-07 05:14

    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 subsequently 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. D.C., 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 more 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 it.This book fully lived up to my high expectations.It 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, questions, 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.

  • Joshua Polk
    2019-06-17 11:14

    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.

  • Dan
    2019-05-30 05:24

    If you enjoy hearing well thought out opinions that comprised a number of speeches to varied audiences, you will love this book.Antonio Scalia was a brilliant legal scholar with a dry wit and a wonderful way of using words to paint pictures and tell stories.He was also a man of integrity who loved the law and had a high standard of ethics and character to measure others with.A great read/listen, when you listen to his son narrate the boo,

  • Kathleen
    2019-06-11 11:17

    Collection of speeches given by Judge Scalia showcasing his approach to history and legal reasoning. Extremely well written and thought provoking . should be read by everyone no matter what their take on his opinions .

  • Garret A
    2019-06-01 13:01

    What a loss to the Supreme Court and to the country. His words betray his brilliance, his sense of humor, and his strong faith. This is a must read to get a glimpse of who he was.

  • Vishal
    2019-06-18 13:11

    Just a collection of speeches. Not to be mistaken for a biography.

  • Mike Glaser
    2019-06-08 10:15

    Highly recommended. This set of speeches by Justice Scalia is a must read for anyone who enjoys good writing on many different subjects.

  • John
    2019-06-03 12:28

    Staggeringly good. Some repetitive content, but it gives you a flair for the man and how he thought. Whether you agree with him or not, he is one of those rare examples of someone who can so clearly communicate WHY he's arrived at his conclusion that even if you disagree, you understand and respect how he got there with crisp logic anchored in a philosophical worldview.

  • Emily
    2019-06-07 06:17

    A curated collection of Justice Scalia's speeches. While there was some repetition in the themes, anecdotes, and quotes, the book covers a wide range of topics. Being an attorney, my favorite section was probably that in which Scalia explains his judicial philosophy and excoriates others. However, the sections on faith and ancestry were also very interesting And provide a more holistic view of Scalia, the man, the father, the Italian-American, and the child of God. I would probably recommend this book to anyone, given that Scalia has left such an indelible mark on American history.

  • Colin Cox
    2019-06-16 12:07

    I was attracted to Scalia Speaks for two reasons: first, Justice Scalia is an intriguing figure. I have read several of his dissents, and unlike the small portion of legal scholarship I have read, they burst with clarity, humor, and an unmistakable style. The second reason I was attracted to this book reflects my growing interest in the law. Before his death, Scalia became a celebrity in contemporary politics, particularly on the right (on the left, Ruth Bader Ginsburg occupies a similar position). He developed a reputation for judicial contrarianism best expressed by his approach to Constitutional interpretation: Originalism. He defines Originalism multiple times in Scalia Speaks, but his definition on page 201 is the clearest: "The Constitution, as you know, contains a number of broad provisions...Originalism gives to those terms the meaning they were understood to have when the people adopted them" (201). Simply put, Originalism sees the Constitution as a reflection of the historical and cultural period that produced it. Therefore, Originalism is an ethnolinguistic approach to Constitutional interpretation that appears less interested in the founders' intentions and more interested in how the culture that constituted this moment in history perceived and understood the language of the Constitution. If I didn't think about it too much, I might find this line of reasoning seductive. The problem, of course, is that Originalism presents a myriad of interpretative challenges. According to the tenets of Originalism, as described by Scalia, a Supreme Court Justice must also be a historian, a linguistic, a cultural anthropologist, and a legal scholar. After reading Scalia Speaks, I don't doubt the man's brilliance and intelligence, but that's a tall order. In addition, this approach seems to make a troubling a priori assumption about the moral and ethical supremacy of the moment in history that produced our Constitution. Scalia bypasses this criticism by suggesting that the Supreme Court need not have broad, sweeping authority to enact change. If the people want change, then they should use the vote rather than appeal to the Supreme Court. Once again, this position makes a troubling assumption because it believes the vote has more power than it does. This position ignores the unequivocal efforts to suppress and delegitimize vast swaths of constituents both now and in the past. It would be nice to think the vote is as powerful as Scalia purports it to be.But to the credit of book's editors, Scalia Speaks represents Scalia's charm and humor, and while I find some of his positions unsettling, I cannot help but wonder if the limits of the public speech may explain some of the problems I have with the book. That is not to say that public talks cannot be thorough and rigorous because they certainly can. Most of these speeches, however, feel frustratingly undeveloped and repetitive.

  • Abhishek
    2019-05-29 12:17

    I found the book informative about various legal aspects, especially around the United States constitution. It was also informative about how US contrasts against other countries and what laid that foundation. Justice Scalia also shares some great insights from his experience such as the endurance of teaching a student versus writing an article and others. While the writing is good and speeches informative, I didn’t always find them inspiring. It could be due to the complexity of prose or due to the smell of immense preparation that seems to have gone into creating these speeches, taking away a sense of authenticity of voice. I went through only half the book and my favorite speech was the one comparing European Values to the US Values.

  • Rafael Ramirez
    2019-06-05 12:03

    Extraordinario libro sobre un extraordinario hombre, Antonin Scalia, ministro de la Suprema Corte de los Estados Unidos recientemente fallecido. La lucidez y claridad de sus argumentos, así como su ingenio y buen humor hacen de la lectura de sus escritos una gran experiencia. En este libro se recogen algunos de sus mejores textos, algunos sobre la ley y su filosofía jurídica pero muchos otros sobre el carácter, la familia, los amigos, la fe y el el rol de la religión en la vida pública. Lo recomiendo ampliamente.

  • Mike
    2019-06-22 10:12

    I never would have picked this book up if I hadn't received it as a gift from my Dad. I don't agree with Judge Scalia's beliefs or opinions on most issues. But it was refreshing to read how he arrived at his decisions and his concept of the Constitution in his own words. I still don't agree with him but Judge Scalia raised some very valid points that really made me stop and think about my own beliefs and how I arrived at them. His speeches also allow his wit and humor to shine through. Reading this book was time well spent.

  • Brian
    2019-06-11 12:23

    Rarely do you find a book that is interesting to read but also makes you think as you read it. This book is just a collection of justice Scalia’s speeches, sound simple enough, but put them all together and you have magic. He talks about all the major issues of the last 30 years in a very conversational style. His humor is evident in every speech and really makes topics easily understandable. Highly recommended.

  • Beth Grant DeRoos
    2019-05-25 07:13

    Amazing book in the late Justices own words and informative in so many ways. Now I know what liberal Justice Ginsberg and he were best friends who with their spouses spent holidays together, and cooked the wild game Justice Scalia got on hunting trips. This is one of those books I have kept with me wherever I go, because I wanted to read it every chance I got! And in reading the book I found a Justice Scalia the media never exposed us to.

  • Kevin Estabrook
    2019-06-17 10:05

    A collection of amazing speeches and talks by the good late justice filled with an insight and wit that is sorely lacking these days.I know I will be returning to these talks in the future, for one, because they are just so well written, and two, I know I only absorbed a fraction of the wisdom contained in these pages.

  • Frank Schwarz
    2019-06-01 06:17

    An impressive collection of speeches from someone whom I wish I could have sat with and shared some bourbon and speaking. For my part, I would be listening. He seemed to be a real gentleman, with an intellect far ahead of mine.

  • maria helena
    2019-05-27 05:59

    Scalia was definitely a wordsmith and I did enjoy this collection of speeches. Some of them are definitely above the 3 star rating, but as a whole, the book felt a bit long and repetitive (hard to avoid without excluding more speeches from the selection).

  • Kimbrely
    2019-06-05 11:24

    Wonderful collection of speeches. Since my days as a law student and hearing him speak back then, I have always admired and respected Scalia's work and legal analysis. Clear and well worth the read.

  • Jack Madden
    2019-06-21 13:16

    While I disagree with some of his positions and opinions, it was never unclear where he stood on an issue - legal, philosophical, moral, ethical or religious. A major intellect and, it appears from his speeches, a very warm and caring person. He had a wonderful turn of phrase.

  • William Eshelman
    2019-06-21 08:04

    Perfect, bite sized and longer speeches for a great read on a short schedule.Impossible to read without a pencil in hand to make marginal notes for later reflection or use when Justice Scalia's trenchant words invite deeper thought (They always do!).

  • Mark Mears
    2019-06-06 11:25

    Just finished this audiobook compilation of speeches by Justice Scalia. Very insightful as to his wisdom and thought processes. Also learned history about founding fathers, past justices and court decisions, and more. Well worth the time.

  • Stevejs298
    2019-06-17 13:08

    Reading his speeches greatly increased my opinion of Justice Scalia. Even if you don't agree with his conclusions, you have to admire his clear thinking and writing. Moreover, his ability to disagree without being disagreeable is sorely missed these days.

  • Judy Hardman
    2019-06-06 09:22

    I enjoyed Justice Scalia's great intellect evident in this collection of his speeches. The speeches are grouped according to topic and it is possible to read a few in each section which is what I did.

  • Tom
    2019-05-26 12:59

    I found the format a bit awkward but I found the subject thrilling. We need more Americans like Scalia and especially more Supreme Court justices like Scalia. What a compelling character! I want him in my foxhole, the highest compliment I can give!

  • Marty
    2019-06-16 12:26

    Great book.