With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

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Henry Holt and Company, Oct 25, 2011 - Law - 304 pages
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From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers), a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in America

From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.

Starting with Watergate, continuing on through the Iran-Contra scandal, and culminating with Obama's shielding of Bush-era officials from prosecution, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that have come to shield the elite from accountability. He shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying, and financial fraud.

Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.

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Review: With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Reading this book was infuriating and enlightening, and left me with a shaking head and clenched fists. Greenwald, one of the most important and essential journalists working today, gives a blow by ... Read full review

Review: With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

User Review  - Tommy Collison - Goodreads

Usually, something this well-backed-up is dry, or something this engaging and polemical is unsubstantiated. Not the case here -- hard to argue with his conclusions, which are as inarguable as they are frightening. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Glenn Greenwald is the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. Recently proclaimed one of the "25 Most Influential Political Commentators" by The Atlantic, Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights attorney and a contributing writer at Salon. He lives in Brazil and New York City.

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