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5 Best Books To Read On Freedom Of Speech

Freedom of speech is an integral part of American society to this very day. If you want to learn more about the history of Freedom of Speech and it’s ever important role today then these are the 5 books you should read.

#1 Rise and Decline by Bruce Thatcher

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Through case studies, this book examines the history of six nations, showing that honoring and then dis-honoring founding values drove their rise and decline.  For three of the cases -- France, United Kingdom, United States of America  -- freedom of speech was one of their founding values.

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Contributors: Bruce Thatcher  from History Speaks Today

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#2 Make no Law Freedom by Anthony Lewis

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This is the story of NY Times v. Sullivan, a landmark First Amendment case. The case set some national standards for the law of defamation. It was a Warren Court decision in the early 1960s. Lewis writes is an elegant but simple style that recreates the history of the event. His writing identifies the important actors and participants surrounding the case. Lewis is a writer for the legal scholar or the person just wanting a good story.

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Contributors: Stuart Shiffman (Retired Judge)

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#3 Freedom for the Thought That We Hate by Anthony Lewis

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Freedom for the Thought we Hate is more nuts and bolts story of the First Amendment and what it means in our lives, how it came to be part of the Bill of Rights and why it should be a basic part of our lives.

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Contributors: Stuart Shiffman (Retired Judge)

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#4 Bill of Rights, Bills, Quills, and Stills by Robert J. McWhirter

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I am the author of a well-regarded history of the Bill of Rights, Bills, Quills, and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights (2015) originally published by the American Bar Association. The first chapter of the book is largely devoted to the history of freedom of speech.

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Contributors: Robert J. McWhirter from The Law Offices of Robert J. McWhirter

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#5 Death of Democracy by Ian Simon

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The book looks at why the political systems in Western democracies are crushing genuine freedom of speech and risking the future of democracy.

Page 1 Quote: In years to come we'll look back on the post-2016/2017 decade as a defining time in history, no less important than the world wars or the Industrial Revolution. The question is though, what will it define a brave new world or a slide into chaos? Will we look back, content with the decisions we made, or will we be filled with despair at how it all went so horribly wrong?

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Contributors: Ian Simon from Ian Simon

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