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The first full-scale biography in twenty-five years of one of the most important and distinguished justices to sit on the Supreme Court—an audiobook that reveals Louis D. Brandeis the reformer, lawyer, and jurist, and Brandeis the man, in all of his complexity, passion, and wit.

As a lawyer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Brandeis pioneered how modern law is practiced. The author of the right to privacy, he led the way in creating the role of the lawyer as counselor and pioneered the idea of pro bono publico work by attorneys. Named to the Supreme Court, Brandeis, ranked as one of the nation’s leading progressive reformers. He invented savings-bank life insurance in Massachusetts and was a driving force in the development of the Federal Reserve Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the law establishing the Federal Trade Commission.

As an economist and moralist, Brandeis warned in 1914 that banking and stock brokering must be separate, and twenty years later, during the New Deal, his recommendation was finally enacted into law—only to be undone by Ronald Reagan, which led to the savings-and-loan crisis in the 1980s and the world financial collapse of 2008.

At age fifty-eight Brandeis became the head of the American Zionist movement. During the next seven years, Brandeis transformed it from a marginal activity into a powerful force in American Jewish affairs.

This is a huge and galvanizing biography, a revelation of one man’s effect on American society and jurisprudence, and an electrifying story of his time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Will likely stand as the definitive Brandeis biography for many years.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Melvin Urofsky’s lapidary new biography is a rich study of a remarkable life.”


  • “Conveys the vast scope of Brandeis’s fascinating life with energy, verve, and immediacy…Brandeis comes alive as a passionate progressive who dedicated his life and career to improving the lives of others. Comprehensive and highly readable.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “[A] monumental, authoritative, and appreciative biography of the man Franklin D. Roosevelt called ‘Isaiah’…[Urofsky] demonstrates, deploying a Brandeisan array of factual material, why Brandeis still matters, nearly seventy years after his death.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An authoritative, impressive assessment of a man whose legal reasoning continues to influence our republic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2010 Ambassador Book Award for Biography/Autobiography
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2009
  • A 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography
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