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JEWI SH BOOK ANNUAL
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tion, at finance, at management, to which had been added a
sense of honor and integrity th a t came straight from the religious
teachings of his father and a “ sense of awareness” th a t came from
his wise mother.
Like Mr. Ochs, his eminent contemporary Louis D. Brandeis
had come from the South. Each in his own way contributed to
the development of American social ideas and ideals. In
Brandeis
,
a free man’s life (New York, Viking, 1946), Alpheus Thomas
Mason deals with the role the eminent ju ris t played, largely as an
attorney in New England, and in national affairs as a force in
politics as a member of the United States Supreme Court. I t is a
very ably documented study which reads like a novel. W ith
exclusive access to Brandeis’ letters and papers and with nearly
fifteen years’ study of his career, Mason is offering the first full-
scale biography of Brandeis. His is the rich and fascinating story
of a single-minded fight to make law serve democratic need and a
constant struggle to preserve the good by continual adaptation to
changing circumstance. Mason reveals profundities of Brandeis’
character and capacities in his intellect which greatly affected his
own times and which have become a living pa r t of the American
tradition. He also sheds light on the background of the Balfour
Declaration and on the beginnings of Roosevelt’s anti-Zionist
policy.
Tha t the social ideas and ideals as well as the Zionist aspirations
of the late Justice Brandeis are fully shared by his friend Albert
Einstein, the internationally famous scientist, is a well known
fact. Surely, the story of the la tte r is of no small interest to
hosts of readers.
Einstein: his life and times
by Philipp F rank;
translated from a German manuscript by George Rosen; edited
and revised by Shuichi Kusaka (New York, Knopf, 1947) presents
a biography of the distinguished physicist and philosopher, by
a long-time intimate friend. Dr. F rank describes for layman, the
personal life, the political and social background of Einstein and
explains his discoveries and formulations: his contributions to
scientific thought. In his endeavor to clarify Einstein’s theories
and findings, Dr. Frank included earlier concepts of the physical
world and went on to the atomic age and Einstein’s contribution
to it. All this information is intertwined with biographical detail
more complete and revealing than in any previous biography of
Einstein. His negative attitude to Jewish religious life is accounted
for as is his complete identification with the people of Israel. His
family affairs, travels, pacifism, humor, aloofness and all else
are fully presented.
Bernard M . Baruch
, financial genius, statesman and adviser to
presidents by Harry Irving Shumway; foreword by James F.