One of the best history books of the month of February.

Reviews for The House of Truth:

— Amazon

“Snyder’s account usefully maps a hinge moment in American political history.”

— Franklin Foer, The Atlantic

“Brad Snyder . . . has used their common living quarters and intimate fellowship as an organizing principle for a lengthy,
lively and exhaustively researched study of their impact on American liberalism from 1912 to 1934.”

— Lewis L. Gould, The Wall Street Journal 

“An accomplished, authoritative history of American liberalism.”

Kirkus Reviews

Advance reviews for The House of Truth:

“For the first time, we have the real story of this incredible little galaxy that included such disparate figures as Felix Frankfurter, Walter Lippmann, and Gutzon Borglum, and reached out to cultivate and invigorate the aged Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes–with profound and lasting influence on the course of American politics. Brad Snyder tells this story with verve and insight. This is a major work in the history of this nation’s public life.”

— John Milton Cooper, Jr., author of Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

“With his deep understanding of history and the law, Brad Snyder has crafted a notably illuminating and refreshing book. Deeply researched and finely written, The House of Truth brings to life a group of brilliant friends whose passion for justice helped shape what became known as the American Century.”

— David Maraniss, author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

“This dazzling book provokes reconsideration of the Progressive era, legal reform and modern American liberalism. I know of no other work that so ably transports its readers into the packed and exciting years of the early twentieth century.”

— Laura Kalman, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Reviews of A Well-Paid Slave:

“Justice Blackmun’s Lengthy Ode to Baseball,” Wall Street Journal, Oct. 27, 2006

“The Player Who Hit One Out of the Park,” Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2006

“Fielders’ Choice,” New York Times Book Review, Oct. 8, 2006

“Before You Could Say Jackie Robinson,” New York Times Book Review, May 25, 2003 (paywall)


The Washington Salon That Saved LiberalismPolitico, Feb. 5, 2017

“Was Louis D. Brandeis ‘the Jewish Jefferson’?”Washington Post, June 10, 2016

“Jackie Robinson Myth-Busting Gone Wrong,”Slate, Apr. 15, 2016


“What Politicos Are Reading This Summer,” Politico Magazine, July 18, 2017

Q&A with Brad Snyder, CSPAN, Mar. 23, 2017

“What’s Brad Snyder Reading?” Tampa Times, Mar. 23, 2017

“What’s On The Nightstand of Brad Snyder ’94,” Duke Magazine, March 2017

Jim Engster Show, 107.3, Baton Rouge, LA, Mar. 8, 2017

“Keeping Democracy Alive,” Burt Cohen, Mar. 8, 2017

“The Public Eye,” NPR, Boston, WICN, 90.5 FM, Mar. 5, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Book TV, Feb. 26, 2017, C-SPAN2, 9:30 a.m.

“The House of Truth and Justice Holmes,” Feb. 22, 2017, Concurring Opinions

“The Red and the Black: Sacco and Vanzetti’s lesson for Justice Holmes,” Scotusblog, Nov. 21, 2016

“Sacco-Vanzetti Murder Case,”, Nov. 16, 2016

“Sports courses at UW-Madison emerging due to relevance, resources,” Sconnie Sports Talk, Apr. 28, 2016

“Roger Goodell has the power, court rules in upholding Tom Brady suspension,”Washington Post, Apr. 25, 2016

“Deflategate Evidence is Circumstantial,”Washington Post, May 12, 2015

“National Football League and the Courts,” C-SPAN, Washington Journal, Sept. 13, 2015

“The Legacy of Curt Flood,” ESPN, Outside The Lines, July 25, 2015

“Unsealed testimony throws doubt on conviction of Ethel Rosenberg,” The Australian, July 16, 2015.

“MLB HOF Honors Curt Flood,” ESPN, Outside the Lines, June 26, 2015

“Tom Brady Swears His Innocence,”Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2015

“Stevens Takes Swing at Baseball Antitrust Exemption,”National Law Journal, May 19, 2015 (paywall)

“The 50 Greatest Baseball Books of All-Time,”Huffington Post, Apr. 6, 2015

“Curt Flood: The Man Who Gave Rise to the Powerful Athlete,”Huff Post Live, Oct. 6, 2014

“The Supreme Court Paper Caper,”New Yorker, Dec. 1, 2014

Chattanooga versus the Supreme Court: The Strange Case of Ed Johnson,” Nov./Dec. 2014

“Rebel Without a Clause,”New York Times, Retro Report, Oct. 5, 2014

“MLB’s Antitrust Shield Likely To Survive San Jose Cert. Bid,” Law360, Aug. 14, 2014,

“Babe Ruth, Knocked Out,”New York Times, May 16, 2014

“Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Soldier, pragmatist, jobist, skeptic,” Scotusblog, May 14, 2014.

“Justice Holmes and the Civil War,” C-Span, May 8, 2014

“Ahead of baseball season, famed Jewish executive remains out of Hall of Fame,”, Mar. 16, 2014

“Justice Sotomayor Takes Aim at Famous Baseball Case,”, May 23, 2013

“New Look at an Old Memo Casts Doubt on Rehnquist,”New York Times, Mar. 19, 2012

“The Beginning of the End of the NCAA,” Grantland, Nov. 11, 2011

“The Curious Case of Curt Flood,” HBO Sports, July 13, 2011

“Is LeBron James a ‘runaway slave’?”Salon, July 12, 2010

“As Marshall Clerk, Kagan Was Wary of Conservatives,”Associated Press, May 25, 2010

“High Court’s liberal leader to retire,”Wall Street Journal, Apr. 10, 2010