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Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague, and Their Fight for Justice (Rivergate Regionals Collection) Kindle Edition
Vanderbilt’s power came through mastering the law, serving as dean of New York University Law School, preaching court reform as president of the American Bar Association, and organizing suburban voters before other politicians recognized their importance. Hague, a remarkably successful sixth-grade dropout, amassed his power by exploiting people’s foibles, crushing his rivals, accumulating a fortune through extortion, subverting the law, and taking care of business in his own backyard. They were different ethnically, culturally, and temperamentally, but they shared the goals of power.
Relying upon previously unexamined personal files of Vanderbilt, Johnson’s engaging chronicle reveals the hatred the lawyer had for the mayor and the lengths Vanderbilt went to in an effort to destroy Hague. Battleground New Jersey illustrates the difficulty in adapting government to a changing world, and the vital role of independent courts in American society.
"Nelson Johnson’s Battleground New Jersey takes a fresh look at the personal and political forces that brought the New Jersey Court system from a hodgepodge of ancient rules and 'Dickensian absurdity' to what ultimately became a judicial model envied throughout the country. The book is a compelling narrative that both illuminates and entertains." -- Hon. L. Anthony Gibson, J.S.C. (Ret.)
"Nelson Johnson’s new book is a must for anyone interested not only in two of the most important New Jersey political actors in 20th century New Jersey (including new information on Arthur Vanderbilt) but also in the formative political events in those years that still affect us today."-- Robert F. Williams ― Rutgers University School of Law, Camden
"Battleground New Jersey is an enjoyable romp through an important era about which most people know little. Nelson Johnson brings to life people and events for which we have, at best, a hazy image. His balanced presentation of the two principals, Arthur Vanderbilt and Frank Hague—conflicting in character as they are—is a reflection of his thorough research."-- Governor James J. Florio
"Johnson...disproves the theory that a book about the judiciary can't be crackling good." ― New York Law Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00O3QAAMU
- Publisher : Rutgers University Press (December 5, 2014)
- Publication date : December 5, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 7555 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,270 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Johnson expertly weaves his way through their personal stories and also the political and judicial histories of the state during those years. The book is a well-researched history of their battles for control of the governorship and numerous state and local races and it is also the story of Vanderbilt’s long-running campaign to reform the extremely antiquated and corrupt New Jersey judicial system.
This is an outstanding history of a crucial period in New Jersey's history and should be read by anyone interested in learning about the past politics of New Jersey and how it impacts the politics and judicial system of New Jersey today.
Anyone interested in history, politics, and the law and the people who were at the center of them will enjoy this book.
***Disclosure*** Nelson Johnson cites me and my book The Last Three Miles several times here. Even so, this is a significant contribution to the study of New Jersey history, and a must-read for any future writers who take on the subject of Hague and his influence.