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Abe Fortas was a New Dealer, a sub-cabinet official, the founder of an eminent Washington law firm, a close adviser to Lyndon Johnson, and a Supreme Court justice. Nominated by Johnson to be Chief Justice, he was rejected by Congress and resigned from the Court early in the Nixon administration under a cloud of impending scandal. This book tells his dramatic story.;Drawing on Fortas' previously unavailable personal papers, on archives, and on interviews with his family and associates. Laura Kalman, a historian and lawyer, illuminates Fortas' evolution from New Dealer to Washington lawyer to Great Society liberal, and in so doing also provides a view of American liberalism from the 1930s through the 1960s.