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Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Era Hardcover – March 27, 2012
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The book follows Friendly from his childhood in Elmira, NY, to Harvard Law School where his record was so strong as to rival that of Louis Brandeis. Here he encounters Felix Frankfurter and is elected president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. Graduating in 1927, FF sends him off to clerk for Brandeis on the Supreme Court. More than the author, apparently, I think this period of working with LDB shaped Friendly's work habits and personality. Next, Friendly engages in a 32-year private practice career, and helps found the current firm of Cleary Gottlieb. His practice is heavy on administrative law, an area about which he would write extensively while on the bench and in publications. I am always intrigued by how one gets selected for the bench, and the author offers a short but insightful chapter on how Friendly made the cut (it is always helpful to have influential friends).Read more ›
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Fully realizes Judge Posner's amusing blurb: he's against judicial biographies, except for this one.Published 15 months ago by Steven
An outstanding piece of scholarship and a magnificent tribute to an iconic jurist. A must read for all lovers of insightful biography. Readable, engrossing and thought provoking. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by James D. Zirin
This was a very comprehensive bio. Unfortunately Judge Friendly was a great jurist but a relatively uninteresting personality. I M glad I read this book.Published on August 31, 2013 by Christopher Krueger