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Brandeis and Frankfurter: A Dual Biography
Their story embraces the significant moments in the first six decades of 20th century American history: the "melting pot" the First World War, the Bisbee and Mooney cases, the first free-speech cases to come before the Supreme Court, the Balfour Declaration, Sacco and Vanzetti, the New Deal, the rise of Nazism, the birth of Israel, the internal security cases following the ...more
Hardcover, 567 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by Harper & Row
(first published 1984)
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Enlightening is the best description for this biography/history of the supreme court's most influential justices in the first half of the twentieth century. Naturally, that is debatable but is my opinion after reading the book. The period covers a lot of consequential rulings by the court regarding Women's right to vote, WWI, WWII, segregation and others. The two justices did not overlap too much in their careers, it was more a father-son relationship. Frankfurter was heavily influenced by ...more
I started and stopped this book several times, although it is very well and clearly written. Leonard Baker follows the lives of two interesting and truly great American jurists.Although both came from educated and successful Jewish families of European background, their lives and their legal stances were often quite different. Together, however, much of modern American life is the result of what these two men accomplished with their progressive agendas.