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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 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 listeners 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

©2017 Antonin Scalia (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-17

Excellent

You did both your father and mother proud! Extremely well written and narrated. Thanks for sharing. Justice Ginsberg's remarks were moving. I enjoyed listening to this in one sitting, which I rarely do. I give you all 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 and Mr. Justice Scalia Rest in Peace, you will be surely missed!

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  • Jean
  • 20-10-17

Engrossing

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.

The book is fourteen hours long. Christopher J. Scalia does a good job narrating the book.

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  • John
  • 08-11-17

Great Observations From a Great Man

Antonin Scalia was not only a great judge, he was a great historian, a great Catholic, and a great American. His views on so many subjects seem to reflect how America was when it was more united and had a common purpose, notwithstanding our different faiths and traditions.

And yet he pretty much explains how we have fallen apart. A Nation with no shared values will not be a Nation for much longer. A Constitution that means whatever nine unelected judges think it means (or are willing to accept it means) is not much of a foundational document. After all, why go through the tough process of amending it? That's hard. Opinion polls are easy.

Scalia just nails it again and again. I wish I had met him and I wish I had known him. I will probably order a print copy of this book, so I can read it again and again.

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  • Harry Hodges
  • 29-10-17

A Window into the Mind of a Great American

Agree with his jurisprudence philosophy or not, one can't help gain an immense respect for Justice Scalia's mind, candor and logic. A truly honorable man honored by a very proud son.

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  • Coramdeo540
  • 25-10-18

A True Gift To Our Country & The Supreme Court Loved every Word

As a Constitutional junkie, I found the Speeches of Justice Scalia illuminating more why he was my favorite Supreme Court Justice. I actually will read the opinions handed down and just loved Justice Scalia’s articulations. His use of the Federalist papers though one might think elementary as a foundational opinion forming tool sadly The Justice Said is found in so many law schools today documents the students are estranged too. Buy and Listen to this collection it will enlighten you

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  • Jim
  • 14-11-17

True to Values

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  • Slappy Sullivan
  • 13-11-17

An entertaining piece

A fun and educational book demonstrating the wisdom and humor of a great man well worth the time

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  • Eddie Antoine
  • 29-09-21

Good not great

My expectations were high, but the book was not as engaging as I thought it would be. There is a warning in the beginning that there would be repetition, but unfortunately that was very correct.

I did learn much more about the subject, his sense of humor is admirable, and not something you expect from a man with a razor sharp intellect. Folksy is the impression I got of him. Like Abe Lincoln, he's a historical figure I would like to have a beer with.

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  • William C Cady
  • 07-11-20

Good Story

Another excellent book on the law and telling the how the law. How the law work and explaining how the rules of law for all the people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-20

Wonderful listen

This book was so wonderful because it felt as if I was listening to Scalia himself give speeches all over the country on many different topics. Much different than reading his opinions, it gives insight into who he was as a person. I wish we still had Justice Scalia and this book brings him back in some small part. Loved it!!