A JUSTICE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE: Louis D. Brandeis by David C. Gross

A JUSTICE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE: Louis D. Brandeis

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A sophisticated biography, especially strong in depicting the social and political aspects of the times in which Brandeis lived. Shown as a genuine American hero whose own heroes were Emerson and Lincoln, Brandeis had only one ""wart""--the use, while on the Surpreme Court, of the young Felix Frankfurter as ""a private lobbyist for the liberal political goals that both men felt were eminently worthwhile and important for the nation."" Brande public life, in all other respects, was exemplary. He helped to develop the concepts of a public utility and low-cost savings-bank life insurance, argued for the existence of labor unions and the minimum wage, and worked for the end of child labor and discrimination against working women. Brandeis wrote more than 500 opinions while on the Supreme Court, many of which were ""minority views which were scoffed at but later came to be enacted into law."" He ""rediscovered his Jewishness"" when he was in his 50s and became a devoted Zionist, working ardently for the establishment of a Jewish state. An unusually readable account of the life of an extraordinary man, focusing on his professional rather than his family and home life, suitable for mote advanced readers. No index. Photographs not seen.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1987
Publisher: Lodestar/Dutton