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Thurman Arnold: A Biography Hardcover – December 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814793924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814793923
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,817,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Soebce Wakker has written a useful biography of Thurman Arnold, collecting in one place the available materials and adding the results of his own research.”:
-The American Journal of Legal History

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“Waller has succeeded in capturing the essence of a lawyer, often described as a blend of Voltaire and a cowboy, who made such important contributions to twentieth century jurisprudence.”:
-The Law and Politics Book Review

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“Waller’s biography captures the energy, creativity, sense of humor and commitment of this original legal scholar and the nation's greatest anti-trust lawyer, who had the guts to battle the McCarthy scourge of the 1950s. Every law student should read this book about a genuine legal hero. It will give them a sense of lawyering as a noble profession.”:
-Joseph A. Califano, Jr.,The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

“Antitrust is a dry subject, but fortunately Waller knows it, and so did Arnold. Both have the flair to make it come alive.”:
-Chicago Tribune

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“The tale is nicely told and brings out the complications of being an aggressive antitrust enforcer in a political administration deeply ambivalent about competition policy.”:
-Antitrust Review

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About the Author

Spencer Weber Waller is professor of law and director, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, Loyola University Chicago.


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Spencer Weber Waller is the Director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches antitrust, procedure, and international business courses. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal and the World Competition Law and Economics Review. Professor Waller is the author of 5 books and over one hundred articles on United States and international antitrust, including the third edition of Antitrust and American Business Abroad, the leading treatise in the field, and the first full-length biography of Thurman Arnold. Professor Waller previously taught and served as associate dean at Brooklyn Law School.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald H. Clark VINE VOICE on March 17, 2006
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Thurman Arnold (1891-1969) is a rather interesting figure we don't hear much about today; those of us in Washington, however, are constantly reminded of him due to the "Thurman Arnold Building" which houses the law firm of Arnold & Porter. Until now, those interested in Arnold were limited to his autobiography ("Fair Fights and Foul") and a collection of his letters ("Voltaire and the Cowboy"). That limitation has now been corrected with the publication of this informative biography.

The book covers all stages of Arnold's life, accomplishments, and personal involvements. That is, it traces his early years in Wyoming, his education at Princeton and Harvard Law, initial practice in Chicago, his return to Wyoming and his transition thereafter to Dean of the University of West Virginia College of Law. The book hits is stride when it follows Arnold to Yale Law School and his period interacting with the legal realists. It also does a solid job of discussing Arnold's two master works: "The Symbols of Government" and "The Folklore of Capitalism"--both important books not often mentioned today.

Arnold's service in the New Deal also is discussed, particularly his 5-year tenure as Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust. The author, who apparently teaches antitrust, has presented a very professional analysis of Arnold's career and contributions to the development of antitrust law in that position as a "trustbuster." Eventually, Arnold moves on to a short stint at the D.C. Circuit. The highpoint of book is when Arnold joins Paul Porter and Abe Fortas to build Arnold, Fortas and Porter. The early government security program cases are discussed, as is the evolution and growth of the firm.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. W. Arnold on May 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Waller is to be commended for bringing to his labor and hence the reader a sense of balanced realism and kind good humor that enlivens our review of the life of the unique Wyoming iconoclast who was Thurman Arnold. Mr. Waller's prose, beyond the story of the life and events he recounts, is also important as a fine "how to" example of thorough research and honest portrayal of a subject and his times.

Thurman W. Arnold III

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on March 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this biography shortly after I'd completed "Titan" about John D. Rockefeller. It was interesting to see how two men on different sides of the antitrust issue grew up and what influenced them. This book is well-written and very accessible. I highly recommend it as a good introduction to law students and anybody else who is interested in antitrust law.
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