Dy powerful RATING 35 STARS 710This was very interesting INDEED A BUNCH OF ESSAYS AROUND DIFFERENT LAW CASES A bunch of essays around different law cases the ACLU has taken
I enjoyed the of them but it s true that a few were too heavy on the legal technicalities and I felt they weren t friendly to those who like me are not familiar with legal language However I do recommend it I learnt a lot In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union a large cross section of the finest writers alive have written essays each about one landmark case Chabon and his co editor Ayelet Waldman contributed their advance to the organization and all of the contributing authors did so free of charge As for this reviewer I d have been interested in an ACLU publication even if I hadn t heard of the writers involved and I d have been interested in anything written by Chabon even if the story or topic wasn t in my lane As it is I count myself beyond lucky to have scored a review copy courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Schuster It s for sale now This is the sort of book that invites skipping around either according to subject or according to the authors you love best Because of this I recommend buying it in paper rather than digitally because flipping around out of order in digital format is a pain in the butt Also this is the sort of classical reference material that you d want on your shelf In fact I want a physical copy myself I haven t read all of the entries but I ve read enough of them to recommend it to you The cases discussed are meaty and interesting and they aren t the standard fodder that shows up in every undergraduate course on Constitutional law Each entry is succinct and the writers refrain from self promotion The entries I appreciate most so far are by Jesmyn Ward who discusses the use of anti loitering laws to transform free Black boys and men into slave laborers Timothy Egan who details a 1962 decision regarding the right to receive Communist literature in the US mail and Louse Erdrich who discusses digital snooping and surveillance used against the Dakota Pipeline protesters in 2016 I now there are many I want to read but I am posting this now so that you can get a copy while it s in the stores Here s your chance You can get an outstanding addition to your home library while contributing to a worthwhile organization whose work is crucial now than ever Highly recommended This book is a conglomeration of essays by generally famous and excellent writers and artists Each essay writer takes on one of the ACLU s most famous cases and describes the case and it s effects sometimes in a macro level and other times micro and personal Often the shorts are uite moving and beautiful This is a great read. Iet Thanh Nguyen Morgan Parker Ann Patchett Salman Rushdie George Saunders Elizabeth Strout Jesmyn Ward Meg Wolitzer and Fight of the Century shows how throughout American history pivotal legal battles fought primarily by underdogs and their lawyers have advanced civil rights and social justice The ACLU has been integral in this process The essays range from personal memoir to narrative history each shedding light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.Part I Enjoyed The
Michael Chabon ï 0 ReadSay was a reflection on an anti gang loitering law that disproportionately targeted youth on racial grounds and the impact of this Robbing The Community Of The the community of the human pleasure of gathering in public and sharing community The legal history component is balanced with the very personal reflections shared by these authors making this an incredibly moving and informative collection I can not recommend it highly enoughThanks to nycbookgirl avidreaderpress for sending me a review copy The list of authors that contributed to this essay collection is amazing The book celebrates 100 *years of ACLU case law Each essay is inspired by a landmark US *of ACLU case law Each essay is inspired by a landmark US but there are so many wide ranging perspectives Some authors use the case to tell anecdotes from their own life others have used it to express their views on a topic I love that in putting this collection together essays were included that greatly critiue some of the positions the ACLU have taken This is a really well rounded collection and I recommend it to everyone I have too many favourite essays to name I thought I would slip in and out of this book reading an essay a If you were to take a moment and consider what life would be like in the United States had 100 years ago the founders of the ACLU not realized the necessity for a legal organization to protect our civil liberties you might have shivers sent down your spine In Fight of the Century a litany of heavyweight writers scholars and lawyers recount a small fraction of the countless cases the ACLU has use Is it too early in the year to say that if you buy one book this year it should be this one Yes I now Mantel s conclusion is coming out next month but you should really consider this one I first read about in the NYT Book Review That day I went out and brought it mostly because of Marlon James and Victor LaValle the reviewer really liked those essays Then I pulled the book down from the shelf and so who else is it in Jacueline Woodson Geraldine Brooks Neil Gaiman Salman Rushdie George Saunders Jesmyn Ward The book is a collection of essays celebrating the ACLU and famous cases And there really isn t a bad essay in the bunch Each author takes a case and the essay is mediation
it Perhaps the most is Woodson s essay on the Scottsboro Boys The cases go up to the present day and the essays are understandably political The politics run from the border wall to free speech to the taking of Native American children The best essay in the collection is the one by Morgan Parker which strangely was not mentioned in the NYT Review I haven t read Parker before His essay is the one you want everyone to read You want to make copies and hand them out on the street Honesty read it It s just so bloo. S the nation’s premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution In collaboration with the ACLU prize winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU’s 100 year history In Fight of the Century bestselling and award winning authors present uniue literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v Board of Education the Scopes trial Roe v Wade and Contributors include Geraldine Brooks Michael Cunningham Jennifer Egan Dave Eggers Louise Erdrich Neil Gaiman Lauren Groff Marlon James Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 11 28 19 finished 12 7 19 Excellent history of the most influential ACLU cases as well as a history of the last 100 years of the United States As a reference book it s a great companion piece to How to Read the Constitution and Why by Kim Wehle Both help you to understand our country its good points and its flaws and its efforts to live up to its ideals even if it has to be forced by legal action The stories behind these cases are truly fascinating Some seem so obvious now but they certainly weren t obvious in their time Also points up the importance of intelligent empathetic and future thinking judges Some of these reflections are about the cases themselves and others are about the societal conditions that gave rise to them with eual parts constitutional analysis and passionate rant Neil Gaiman s and George Saunders essays are reasonably even handed The ones about civil rights are the most heated and justifiably so But the best is the one that This book has multi personality disorder Every chapter is written by a different positionperson Every chapter is read by somebody else Some are told in first person other in 3rd Some are serious expirations into the case others are simply people telling personalOn It Perhaps The Most
anecdotes This creates a disjointed feel in the book Some of the stories I really likedThis creates a disjointed feel in the book Some of the stories I really liked some were disapointingI don t now how much of Ulysseys v US is true but I hope it is Same with the closing argument for Brandenburg v OhioReno v ACLU And Ashcroft v ACLU was possibly my favorite story it was also the most serious in tone What is the relationship between freedom of speech when measured against responsibility to protect minors Excellent discussion This belief that black people brown people ueer people trans people disabled people women are perpetually less is the great American Gorgon and these endless terrible laws and behaviors are its myriad heads regenerating one after another Rooting us in place with one glance miring us in ineuality Jesmyn Ward s ESSAY WE GATHER REFLECTING ON THE 1999 DECISION IN We Gather reflecting on the 1999 decision in of Chicago v MoralesFIGHT OF THE CENTURY edited by Michael Chabon Ayelet Waldman is an anthology of essays penned by writers reflecting on landmark decisions that *the ACLU have been involved with over the last 100 years I ve *ACLU have been involved with over the last 100 years I ve the stories behind some of the circumstances of the decisions many will be well nown to readers though there were definitely many that I found myself learning about for the first time Lauren Groff writes about Norma McCorvey the Jane Roe in Roe v Wade and the two young and green attorneys from the University of Texas Law School that took her case to the Supreme Court The uote shared above from Jesmyn Ward s es. A uniue collaboration between the American Civil Liberties Union and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman Fight of the Century features original essays by the most influential writers at work today including Jennifer Egan Neil Gaiman Marlon James Viet Thanh Nguyen Salman Rushdie Jesmyn Ward and each writing about a landmark ACLU case published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the organizationThe American Civil Liberties Union began as a small group of idealists and visionaries including Helen Keller and Jane Addams A century after its founding the ACLU remain.