The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts
Is the current chief justice of the United States a conservative activist, or a neutral umpire concerned first and foremost with preserving the institution of the Supreme Court? He may be a bit of both. An acclaimed recent biography, by a journalist who has known and observed Roberts for two decades, contends that Roberts is torn between two, often divergent, priorities: to carry out a conservative agenda, and to protect the court’s image and his place in history—a duality that has sowed distrust among his colleagues and anxiety about where he’s taking the court.
- 2019 Festival