The Soul Of The First Amendment: Why Freedom Of Speech Matters by Floyd Abrams

The Soul Of The First Amendment: Why Freedom Of Speech Matters

byFloyd Abrams

Hardcover | April 25, 2017

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A lively and controversial overview by the nation’s most celebrated First Amendment lawyer of the unique protections for freedom of speech in America

The right of Americans to voice their beliefs without government approval or oversight is protected under what may well be the most honored and least understood addendum to the US Constitution—the First Amendment. Floyd Abrams, a noted lawyer and award-winning legal scholar specializing in First Amendment issues, examines the degree to which American law protects free speech more often, more intensely, and more controversially than is the case anywhere else in the world, including democratic nations such as Canada and England. In this lively, powerful, and provocative work, the author addresses legal issues from the adoption of the Bill of Rights through recent cases such as Citizens United. He also examines the repeated conflicts between claims of free speech and those of national security occasioned by the publication of classified material such as was contained in the Pentagon Papers and was made public by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden.

About The Author

Floyd Abrams is senior counsel in the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and author of several books, including Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment (Yale University Press, 2013). Abrams has argued frequently in the Supreme Court in Fi...

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Title:The Soul Of The First Amendment: Why Freedom Of Speech MattersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:April 25, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300190883

ISBN - 13:9780300190885

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“One sign of a good book is its ability to engage readers, to pique curiosity, and to urge one to return anew to something largely known but mostly forgotten. By that measure, Floyd Abrams’ latest book, The Soul of the First Amendment, is a valuable book.”—Ronald K. L. Collins, Concurring Opinions