How Free Speech Saved Democracy: The Untold History of How the First Amendment Became an Essential Tool for Secur Ing Liberty and Social Justice

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Steerforth Press / Truth to Power
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5.0 X 7.7 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Christopher M. Finan has been involved in the fight against censorship for 35 years. He is executive director of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the former president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. After working as a newspaper reporter, he studied American history at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. He is the author of Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior, Drunks: An American History, and From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America, winner of the American Library Association's Eli M. Oboler Award.

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School. He is the author of Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture and six previous books.
Finan "issues a full-throated defense of free expression in this sharply focused history . . . Making an airtight case that those who wish to restrict speech will always present their reasons for doing so as a product of extraordinary times, Finan issues a stark warning against encroaching on the freedom of expression. Progressives will want to take heed."
--Publishers Weekly

"A historical demonstration of the indispensability of the First Amendment [and] ... an earnest and timely argument for [its] enduring value."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Accessible, useful, and relevant."

"I can't believe we're in the midst of another struggle over what students can or can't learn or, as Yogi Berra might say, It's deja vu all over again. It's good we have Chris Finan's new book as a reminder that freedom of speech continues to play a critical role in a changing world."
--Judy Blume

"This was a great beach read -- REALLY!"
--Nadine Strossen, law professor and past national ACLU president

"As copies of Toni Morrison's Beloved are pulled from library shelves, Finan offers a brief but timely work on free speech and its discontents."
--Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends

"Great storytelling about the history and importance of the First Amendment, from someone who has spent his life defending -- and using -- it."
--Mary Beth Tinker