From the blurb for Joel Richard Paul, Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times (Riverhead Books, 2018):
This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman – born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education – invented himself as one of the nation’s preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation. Without Precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, who with cunning, imagination, and grace shaped America’s future as he held together the Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the country itself.
H/T to Did Chief Justice Marshall Suborn Perjury in Marbury v Madison? by Anthony Gaughan, The Faculty Lounge, Oct. 24, 2018