Louis D. Brandeis

A Life
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (35.22 hours)
Product Number: Z100102682
Released: Oct 13, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781469057330
Narrator/s: Sean Pratt
Publisher: Gildan Media, Inc
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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 audio book 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, he 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. And 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. A huge and galvanizing biography, a revelation of one man's effect on American society and jurisprudence, and the electrifying story of his time.

Author(s): Melvin I. Urofsky
Original Publish Date: Jan 13, 2010

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Author(s): Melvin I. Urofsky
Product Number EB00167618
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Schocken
ISBN: #9780307378583

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"Urofsky's biography of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, ably narrated by Sean Pratt, provides an exhaustive look at a man whose vision changed society. Brandeis is considered the creator of the right to privacy, but he was also a consumer-focused liberal whose efforts led to the passage of the Federal Reserve Act and the Federal Trade Commission. Urofsky never tries to condense Brandeis's story. The audio version of his book requires a performance that holds the listener for more than 35 hours. Pratt accomplishes this feat. His style is steady and engaging, and he moderates his pace and tone so effectively that Brandeis's life seems to glide by. While the length of the book seems daunting, it's a remarkably entertaining account of how Brandeis changed society while also combating intolerance. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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