Abe Fortas: a Biography

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Yale University Press, 1990 - 499 pages

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Fortas distinguished himself as a government official during the New Deal, as founder of a powerful Washington law firm that represented both business interests and societal underdogs, as a long-time ... Read full review


ONE Outsider
TWO The Greatest Law Firm in the Country
THREE Professor and Inquisitor
FOUR The Lawyer as Bureaucrat
FIVE Under Secretary
s1x From Public Service to the Private Sector 1
SEVEN Cold War Distractions
EIGHT The Washington Lawyer
ELEVEN New Roles
TWELVE The Lawyer as Justice
THIRTEEN Revolution
FOURTEEN The Adviser H
FIFTEEN On the Defensive
SIXTEEN From Public Service to the Private Sector n
SEVENTEEN Suddenly Everything Seems OldFashioned

NINE The Actor
TEN The Adviser I

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