Sunday, January 08, 2006

BOOK: Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798

BOOK: Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798
2004 / hardcover / ISBN 0-393-05880-8 / 6" x 9" / 800 pages / History/United States

Geoffrey R. Stone, Author: "Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism"

Geoffrey R. Stone is the Harry Kalven, Jr., Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, was dean of the law school from 1987 to 1993. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

"A masterpiece of constitutional history, Perilous Times promises to redefine the national debate on civil liberties and free speech."
-- Elena Kagan, Harvard Law School

Geoffrey Stone's Perilous Times incisively investigates how the First Amendment and other civil liberties have been compromised in America during wartime. Stone delineates the consistent suppression of free speech in six historical periods from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the Vietnam War, and ends with a coda that examines the state of civil liberties in the Bush era.

Full of fresh legal and historical insight, Perilous Times magisterially presents a dramatic cast of characters who influenced the course of history over a two-hundred-year period: from the presidents.Adams, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, and the Supreme Court justices.Taney, Holmes, Brandeis, Black, and the resisters.Clement Vallandingham, Emma Goldman, Fred Korematsu, and David Dellinger. Filled with dozens of rare photographs, posters, and historical illustrations, Perilous Times is resonant in its call for a new approach in our response to grave crises. 63 illustrations.

"A lively, masterful history.and reminder.of the essential role of the First Amendment during the stresses of war."
-- Bob Woodward, author of Plan of Attack

"Rarely has a work been more timely than Perilous Times. Citing chapter and verse, Geoffrey Stone has provided in plain Americanese the history of Acts endangering our fundamental rights. Covering the bloodied turf from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the current U.S.A. Patriot Act, this book is must reading for every citizen interested in something called the First Amendment.".
-- Studs Terkel

"With deep insight, uncanny analytic power, and extraordinary intelligence, Geoffrey Stone takes us on a fascinating journey through American history.through the successive battles in times of national emergencies that pitted perceived needs for heightened national security against the efforts to preserve our most cherished civil liberties. This is great, dramatic, and absorbing legal history at its best - beautifully written, highly accessible, and critically important for our time.".
-- Jonathan Cole

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