47th out of 87 books — 48 voters
Prophets of Regulation
"There is properly no history, only biography," Emerson remarked, and in this ingenious book Thomas McGraw unfolds the history of four powerful men: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, and Alfred E. Kahn. The absorbing stories he tells make this a book that will appeal across a wide spectrum of academic disciplines and to all readers interested in hi...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Harvard University Press
(first published October 15th 1986)
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This is a fantastic non-doctrinaire introduction to the history of US regulatory bodies. I found it tremendously useful in framing my own thoughts about our current and upcoming regulatory and deregulatory projects. Additionally, the book has a wonderful sense of the intersection of politics, policy, and popular opinion. I'm a bit torn given that I would have loved a book that was 50% to 100% longer, but all of the books referenced seemed well beyond my level of interest. Seems like a great plac...more
The book chronicles tidy snapshots of the lives and careers of 4 different men whose influence in corporate regulation remains unrivaled. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Brandeis. It is terribly unfortunate to contemporary American society that a man like Justice Louis Brandeis is not still alive and a sitting judge with the Supremes. Brandeis's intellect and legacy puts the 9 slugs currently sitting on the bench to shame.