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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ memoir serves up calm wisdom

“Beware of glittering generalities,” Nathaniel Nathanson used to warn his Northwestern University law students 70 years ago, stressing the importance of U.S. courts deciding cases on their specific merits, without unnecessary overreaching. One of those students was a young John Paul Stevens, who would later ascend to the Supreme Court in 1975, nominated by President Gerald Ford. 

Justice Stevens, who died on July 16, retired from the court in 2010. His remarkably candid and heartening memoir “The Making of

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