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Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
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In this book G. Edward White, the acclaimed biographer of Earl Warren and one of America's most esteemed legal scholars, provides a rounded portrait of a remarkable jurist. White provides a vivid portrait of Holmes's life and an astute commentary on his legal writings, including the classic work, The Common Law. He reveals that some of the themes that have dominated twentieth-century American jurisprudence DS including protection for free speech and the belief that judges make the law DS originated in Holmes's work. Suggesting that understanding Holmes's life is crucial to understanding his work, White continually stresses the connections between Holmes's legal career and his personal life.
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G. Edward White is University Professor and John B. Minor Professor of Law and History at the University of Virginia. A noted legal scholar, his books have won several awards, including a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association in 1983, for Earl Warren, and the James Willard Hurst Prize of the Law and Society Association in 1990, for The Marshall Court and Cultural Change.

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'White produces a quite remarkable book. The most remarkable feature of this study is its detail ... a study, which, for all its detail and complexity, never fails to engage the reader--is an incredible achievement. Rarely do biographies come as good as this'. Law Quarterly Review

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