Stephen Budiansky is a historian, author, and journalist whose writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, he resides in Loudoun County, Virginia.
A lively and informative portrait of the great justice.--Robert C. Post, Sterling Professor of Law, Yale Law School The longevity and complexity of Holmes's life and judicial philosophy present a formidable challenge to a biographer. Stephen Budiansky has met that challenge in distinguished fashion. Weaving together Holmes's private and public lives with a clarity that reveals what had often seemed obscure in previous biographies, this book also shows how Holmes's experience as a thrice-wounded Civil War officer subtly shaped his social and juridical ideas during the next seventy years.--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era Top-notch....Turning the influential judge's life into a page turner seems a highly difficult task, but journalist and historian Budiansky succeeds admirably....An entirely fascinating biography of one of America's most important legal minds.--Kirkus (starred review)