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"A first-rate prose stylist, [Holmes] was perhaps the most quotable of all judges, as this ably edited volume shows."—Washington Post Book World
"Brilliantly edited, lucidly organized, and equipped with a compelling introduction by Judge Posner, [this book] is one of the finest single-volume samplers of any author's work I have seen. . . . Posner has fully captured the acrid tang of him in this masterly anthology."—Terry Teachout, National Review
"Excellent. . . . A worthwhile contribution to current American political/legal discussions."—Library Journal
"The best source for the reader who wants a first serious acquaintance with Holmes."—Thomas C. Grey, New York Review of Books
An anthology of selections from the letters, speeches, judicial opinions, and other writings of the great jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Spanning the half century from 1881, this collection reveals Holmes not only as a powerful legal scholar and intellectual, but as a preeminent figure in American thought, sensibility, and expression.