Poetic Justice: A Memoir
by Byron Johnson
“Byron Johnson has written a candid, insightful memoir packed with a lifetime of experience as a lawyer, political candidate, civil rights activist and poet. Anyone interested in Idaho politics and the state’s legal community will find Byron’s story fascinating. This is a very good read.”
– Gov. Cecil D. Andrus
In this engaging 250-page memoir, former Idaho Supreme Court Justice Byron Johnson reveals a story of life in Idaho politics, law, and literature, taking us from his Boise High School graduation in 1955, to Harvard, the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, a run for the U.S. Senate, raising a family during turbulent 1960s and 70s, his appointment to the Idaho Supreme Court in 1987, an unsuccessful climb up Mt. McKinley, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, and ultimately his devotion to poetry to explore more deeply the human truth of a time, a place, and a life. Originally penned for his family alone to read, Poetic Justice is for anyone interested in contemporary history and a memorable era of Idaho politics to which many look back upon nostalgically. Writing with great candor and clarity, Johnson weaves a tale of larger-than-life figures on local and national stage, offering a unique addition to the canon of memoirs, biographies, and stories of 20th century Idaho.
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