Half Brother, Half Son: The Letters of Louis D. Brandeis to Felix Frankfurter

Half Brother, Half Son: The Letters of Louis D. Brandeis to Felix Frankfurter

by Melvin I. Urofsky
     
 

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Library Journal - Library Journal
This collection of 671 letters from Brandeis to Frankfurter--a third of which are previously unpublished--stretches from June 1910 to August 1941, five weeks before Brandeis's death. Revealing a steadily growing trust and friendship, they also tell something of Brandeis's views on the law, legislation, mutual friends, and judicial decisions. To read them is to be lost in a newsreel archive with American makers and shakers. Then, too, the letters also convey Brandeis's passions and concerns: the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, ``Zionist unity'' and a Jewish homeland, the fortunes of Harvard Law School, civil liberties, the cause of labor and labor unions, et al. Reflecting a busy life, they are spare indeed, not to be prized for their form or their sensibility. Yet they are valuable as testimony of a participant observer of wisdom and humanity. Anyone interested in the Supreme Court or the events of these decades will find these letters illuminating.-- Milton Cantor, Univ. of Mas sachusetts, Amherst
Booknews
agencies, and guiding American Zionism. The 671 letters in the volume were written by Brandeis to Frankfurter between 1910 and 1941. Most of the materials, from the Felix Frankfurter papers in the Library of Congress, have been unavailable to scholars until recently and have never before been published. Editors Melvin I. Urofsky and David W. Levy provide an introduction and explanatory notes to individual letters, which detail Brandeis' extrajudicial activities, among them orchestrating law-review articles on critical issues, prompting publicity for liberal causes, advising Franklin Roosevelt and other government officials, staffing New Deal Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806123035
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.78(d)

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