All the Laws But One: Civil Liberties in Wartime

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Vintage Books, 2000 - History - 254 pages
In All the Laws but One, William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States, provides an insightful and fascinating account of the history of civil liberties during wartime and illuminates the cases where presidents have suspended the law in the name of national security.

Abraham Lincoln, champion of freedom and the rights of man, suspended the writ of habeas corpus early in the Civil War--later in the war he also imposed limits upon freedom of speech and the press and demanded that political criminals be tried in military courts. During World War II, the government forced 100,000 U.S. residents of Japanese descent, including many citizens, into detainment camps. Through these and other incidents Chief Justice Rehnquist brilliantly probes the issues at stake in the balance between the national interest and personal freedoms. With All the Laws but One he significantly enlarges our understanding of how the Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution during past periods of national crisis--and draws guidelines for how it should do so in the future.

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ALL THE LAWS BUT ONE: Civil Liberties in Wartime

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An enjoyable historical presentation with a frustratingly judicious conclusion. From the chief justice of the US Supreme Court you anticipate authoritative, decisive, even momentous opinions. In this ... Read full review

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I was very much surprised by how easy this book was to read. In fact, I found it rather fascinating to read Chief Justice Rehnquist's views on this subject. I thought he did a nice job of giving ... Read full review


Mr Lincoln Goes to Washington
Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus
Taney Rebukes Lincoln

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William H. Rehnquist is Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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