The House of Truth: A Washington Political Salon and the Foundations of American Liberalism 1st Edition

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Editorial Reviews


"For the first time, we have the real story of this incredible little galaxy that included such disparate figures as Felix Frankfurter, Walter Lippmann, and Gutzon Borglum, and reached out to cultivate and invigorate the aged Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes--with profound and lasting influence on the course of American politics. Brad Snyder tells this story with verve and insight. This is a major work in the history of this nation's public life." -- John Milton Cooper, Jr., author of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

"With his deep understanding of history and the law, Brad Snyder has crafted a notably illuminating and refreshing book. Deeply researched and finely written, The House of Truth brings to life a group of brilliant friends whose passion for justice helped shape what became known as the American Century." -- David Maraniss, author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

"This dazzling book provokes reconsideration of the Progressive era, legal reform and modern American liberalism. I know of no other work that so ably transports its readers into the packed and exciting years of the early twentieth century." -- Laura Kalman, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

"The author's focus on the significance of the Supreme Court makes the book unusually timely. An accomplished, authoritative history of American liberalism."--Kirkus

"Lengthy, lively, and exhaustively researched... At its best, which is much of the text, The House of Truth does what history can do to evoke the past, explain its issues, re-create its personages and illuminate the present."--The Wall Street Journal

"The legal historian Brad Snyder has reconstructed the glories of this group house in a bulging, careful study of its inhabitants... Snyder's account usefully maps a hinge moment in American political history."--The Atlantic, Franklin Foer

"This is a highly readable volume from which both experts and the merely curious can profit."--CHOICE Reviews

About the Author

Brad Snyder teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, twentieth century American legal history, and sports law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has written two critically acclaimed books about baseball, including A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports, and contributed articles to Slate and the Washington Post. He has also appeared on ESPN, C-SPAN, and in HBO and New York Times documentaries. For many years, he lived two blocks away from the House of Truth in Washington, DC, where he and his family still reside.

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