Making Sense of Oliver Wendell Holmes

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) is often said to be up there with John Marshall as one of the greatest justices of the United States Supreme Court. Many biographies have been written about him; what could another possibly add?

Well, Oliver Wendell Holmes: A Life in War, Law, and Ideas is a graceful account that informs general readers in areas that may have escaped them—the jurist as a son of Unitarian Boston, the jurist as a soldier—while not neglecting the jurist as jurist, author of famous legal scholarship and quotable Supreme Court opinions.

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