Archive for October, 2009

Mel Urofsky visited Brandeis University on September 29 and gave a speech about his new biography Louis D. Brandeis: A Life. He doesn’t read from the book, but he does do a good job covering all of the themes of the book, while throwing in some good anecdotes.  The speech is included in its entirety […]


I just finished the chapter in Melvin Urofsky’s biography of Brandeis on Brandeis’ creation of Savings Bank Life Insurance.  What I thought would be a dry chapter instead had a number of interesting parallels to today’s fight over health insurance.  Near the start of the 20th century abuses in the life insurance industry were exposed […]