Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment (Google eBook)
The First Amendment puts it this way: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Yet, in 1960, a city official in Montgomery, Alabama, sued The New York Times for libel -- and was awarded $500,000 by a local jury -- because the paper had published an ad critical of Montgomery's brutal response to civil rights protests. The centuries of legal precedent behind the Sullivan case and the U.S. Supreme Court's historic reversal of the original verdict are expertly chronicled in this gripping and wonderfully readable book by the Pulitzer Prize -- winning legal journalist Anthony Lewis. It is our best account yet of a case that redefined what newspapers -- and ordinary citizens -- can print or say.
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Review: Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First AmendmentUser Review - Hu Xiaodi - Goodreads
Finally finished reading this book. I'm really glad that the frist book about law I read is this one. I was shocked, excited, touched and inspired while reading it. It's amazing that there's so much ... Read full review
Review: Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First AmendmentUser Review - Randy Carlson - Goodreads
Incredibly complex topic. One of the best books I have read because it shows the importance of history in the creation of law. Lewis is not pollyannish about the backfire effect that the Sullivan Case ... Read full review
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