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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (207 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Lewis Narrator: Stow Lovejoy Publisher: Anthony Lewis Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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More than any other people on earth, Americans are free to say and write what they think. The media can air the secrets of the White House, the boardroom, or the bedroom with little fear of punishment or penalty. The reason for this extraordinary freedom is not a superior culture of tolerance, but just 14 words in our most fundamental legal document: the free expression clauses of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

In Lewis' telling, the story of how the right of free expression evolved along with our nation makes a compelling case for the adaptability of our constitution. Although Americans have gleefully and sometimes outrageously exercised their right to free speech since before the nation's founding, the Supreme Court did not begin to recognize this right until 1919. Freedom of speech and the press as we know it today is surprisingly recent.

Anthony Lewis tells us how these rights were created, revealing a story of hard choices, heroic (and some less heroic) judges, and fascinating and eccentric defendants who forced the legal system to come face-to-face with one of America's great founding ideas. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jon | 2/6/2014

    " Another great book. This is a good book that covers the basic history of the first amendment, which is at the core of what this country is supposed to be about. I'll need read this again to digest all the details. It abstracts a lot of the details of the legal cases but is very clear and easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mac | 2/6/2014

    " A book only a First Amendment geek could love. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 1/26/2014

    " A solid, if unsurprising, history of the First Amendment and the evolution of how it has been understood and applied by the courts, the American public, and the media. Anthony Lewis does a good job of systematically examining this amendment's implications and effects relative to a number of areas of conflict with other rights and some urgent issues. The book is very well organized and its tone is personable and down-to-earth without dumbing down the points being addressed. Excellent, and a good resource for a high school or college civics program, if such a thing still exists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gloria | 1/19/2014

    " This is a masterful book that thoroughly examines the First Amendment and all that has gone right and all that has gone wrong with it since its inception. It is moderately advanced reading, but it is objective and historical. Excellent book for anyone writing a paper on this amendment. "

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