From commoner to Marquess -- such is the career of Rufus Isaacs, born the second son of a Jewish fruit dealer, who spent a restless youth as mischievous school boy, as reluctant ship's boy, as student-at-law before he came into his rightful estate. Marriage and the law, simultaneously, set him in the path he was to follow with such distinction, until shortly before the world war, he became Lord Chief Justice of England. His political career, as M.P. gave him the standing of a liberal imperialist. In his profession he was a brilliant advocate (and many of his cases are given in some detail), a vindicator of labor and of private rights. This volume takes him up to 1914. Factual rather than human biography.