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Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (review)

Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (review) and important intellectual history, Benjamin Balint's Running Commentary is highly recommended. Saul Lerner Purdue University Calumet Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin I. Urofsky. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009. 953 pp. $40.00. Psychoanalysts would call this magisterial and compelling biography "over-determined." Its author has already co-edited (with David W. Levy) a five-volume edition of the Letters of Louis D. Brandeis. In A Mind of One Piece (1971), Melvin I. Urofsky explored important facets of the jurist's career as a reformer and his effort to reconcile Zionism with progressivism. A decade later came a crisp and lucid contribution to the Library of American Biography series, Louis D. Brandeis and the Progressive Tradition. Each of its chapters, Urofsky once told this reviewer, had been written on a weekend; after ten weekends, the book was done. Such fluency testifies to mastery of the subject and to a flair for writing at Mach 2 speed. He is also the author of the standard twovolume history of American Zionism (1975, 1978), and has published extensively--both books and articles--on American Constitutional and legal history and issues. No scholar has therefore been more prodigiously prepared to write a definitive biography of "the people's attorney" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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and important intellectual history, Benjamin Balint's Running Commentary is highly recommended. Saul Lerner Purdue University Calumet Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin I. Urofsky. New York: Pantheon Books, 2009. 953 pp. $40.00. Psychoanalysts would call this magisterial and compelling biography "over-determined." Its author has already co-edited (with David W. Levy) a five-volume edition of the Letters of Louis D. Brandeis. In A Mind of One Piece (1971), Melvin I. Urofsky explored important facets of the jurist's career as a reformer and his effort to reconcile Zionism with progressivism. A decade later came a crisp and lucid contribution to the Library of American Biography series, Louis D. Brandeis and the Progressive Tradition. Each of its chapters, Urofsky once told this reviewer, had been written on a weekend; after ten weekends, the book was done. Such fluency testifies to mastery of the subject and to a flair for writing at Mach 2 speed. He is also the author of the standard twovolume history of American Zionism (1975, 1978), and has published extensively--both books and articles--on American Constitutional and legal history and issues. No scholar has therefore been more prodigiously prepared to write a definitive biography of "the people's attorney"

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2011

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