I just finished Mel Urofsky’s new biography of Justice Brandeis and it’s terrific. I must admit (sheepishly) that I had never focused on Brandeis and his career before. The sweep of his achievements is truly astounding. I was especially fascinated by the discussion of his career in practice, as the judicial part is more accessible through his opinions.
My only quibble (a minor one in a book hundreds of pages long) is that no explanation is given for why Brandeis joined Holmes’ opinion in Buck v. Bell. Perhaps that is because no information exists on this point, but I would be curious to know whether Brandeis had any enthusiasm for eugenics or just went along because sterilization of the mentally retarded was an “experiment” in the states that deserved judicial deference.
BTW, I’m having Lasik tomorrow. Thus, I’ll be offline (hopefully not for long) until I heal up.