Neil Gorsuch's new book, "A Republic, If You Can Keep It," goes on sale Sept. 10.
The publisher, Penguin Random House, offered up a free sample of the words of the Supreme County justice who hails from Colorado, from a family steeped in state and national GOP politics.
Gorsuch was nominated to the high court from the Denver-based U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017.
Gorsuch is the son of the former Colorado state Sen. Anne Gorsuch Burford, who served in the Reagan administration alongside Gorsuch's stepfather, the late Robert Burford, who led the Bureau of Land Management and once was the speaker of the Colorado House.
From a chapter called "The Milkman," Gorsuch writes:
"As the Process of my nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court unfolded, it was an exercise in experiencing the unexpected. Every day brought a new surprise. Take the day when, shortly after my nomination, Louise got a voicemail from the milkman asking if, from now on, could he please make his deliveries during the day- time hours rather than follow his usual predawn schedule? Curious, Louise asked the marshals stationed outside our home if something had happened.
“'There was an incident, ma’am,'” came the reply.
"Louise didn’t think much of it until she got a second voicemail. This one informed her that our familiar deliveryman would no longer bring the milk; someone else would now make the trip. Louise went back to the marshals and asked if by chance the 'incident' with the milkman had been unpleasant.
“'He ended in the prone position, ma’am, yes.'”
"On further inquiry it came out that in the wee hours, something like four in the morning, a van came barreling around the corner of our quiet country road in Colorado and slammed to a stop in front of our house. A man jumped out and ran toward the house carrying a large package that made a clanging sound. Uncertain who the man was, it seems the marshals tackled him. For the marshals’ diligence and care in protecting my family and all my judicial colleagues across the country, I am grateful every single day and beyond words. Still, the milkman was (understandably) shaken by the experience—and I’m not sure the apologies and chocolates Louise sent helped all that much."
Gorsuch borrows his title from a Benjamin Franklin quote from the Continental Convention in 1787.
According to the publisher, Gorsuch "draws on his 30-year career as a lawyer, teacher, judge, and justice to explore essential aspects our Constitution, its separation of powers, and the liberties it is designed to protect.
"He discusses the role of the judge in our constitutional order, and why he believes that originalism and textualism are the surest guides to interpreting our nation’s founding documents and protecting our freedoms. He explains, too, the importance of affordable access to the courts in realizing the promise of equal justice under law — while highlighting some of the challenges we face on this front today."