The Supreme Court: The Passionate Restrainer

Rarely has the Supreme Court of the U.S. known a richer personality than Mr. Justice Felix Frankfurter. "F.F.," as he was known to his brethren, grated on some of them as a hyperactive pedant: he charmed others as the most rewarding friend of their lives. He was insatiably curious; he knew everyone, read everything. He talked incessantly —warm, wise, witty words about everything under the sun. Dean Acheson said of him: "One needs to see, to hear—particularly to hear his laugh, his general noisiness—to realize what an obstreperous person this man is,...

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