Books: Complex Justice

THE ENIGMA OF FELIX

FRANKFURTER by H.N.Hirsch

Basic Books; 253 pages; $14.95

Felix Frankfurter was a Jewish immigrant who became an Anglophile snob. He was a shameless flatterer who fired a secretary for flattering him. He could be sparkling, open and warm. He could also be strident, bitter and neurotic. Fifteen years after his death, Frankfurter remains one of the most influential jurists of this century. Yet while serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, he increasingly failed to sway his colleagues. He was an early supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a defender of Sacco and Vanzetti. Yet, as a Justice, he...

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