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Alan M. DershowitzMelvin I. Urofsky…the author of this monumental, authoritative and appreciative biography…has devoted much of his career to documenting the personal and professional life of the great lawyer and justice. In Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, he demonstrates, deploying a Brandeisian array of factual material, why Brandeis still matters, nearly 70 years after his death. The First Amendment's right of free expression, the Fourth Amendment's right to privacy and the due process clause's focus on personal liberty (rather than property) all owe their current vitality to the creative genius of Justice Brandeis, whose dissenting opinions have become the law of the land…Although this is an admiring biography, it is far from hagiographic. Urofsky presents the warts, few as there were.
—The New York Times Book Review