At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America

At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America

by Howard Ball
     
 

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· “Comprehensive, thoroughly engrossing, surprisingly balanced!” – Tinsley E. Yarbrough, Emeritus professor of Political Science, East Carolina University

· “Comprehensive and engaging… Timely and informed.” – David M. O’Brien, Spicer Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

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· “Comprehensive, thoroughly engrossing, surprisingly balanced!” – Tinsley E. Yarbrough, Emeritus professor of Political Science, East Carolina University

· “Comprehensive and engaging… Timely and informed.” – David M. O’Brien, Spicer Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

· “An informative, thoughtful and well-documented analysis.” – Daniel Hillyard, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

· “An important contribution… Helpful…careful analysis.” – Library Journal

· “Concise, compelling, and backed with considerable case law… Highly recommended.” – Choice

“Skillfully narrates the history.” – Metapsychology

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"Ball here makes an important contribution to the growing literature on end-of-life issues with this legal history of the right to die in America....Law and political science students, along with activists, will find this a helpful book owing to its careful analysis of legislative and judicial actions across different states over the last 15 years as well as its careful delineation of the legal issues that animate debates over physician-assisted death."-Library Journal,

"Comprehensive, thoroughly engrossing, surprisingly balanced! At Liberty to Die is certain to become the definitive history of the wrenching debate over physician assisted death. Highly recommended!"-Tinsley E. Yarbrough,Emeritus professor of Political Science, East Carolina University

"A comprehensive and engaging history of the legal and political battles in courts and legislatures to recognize terminally-ill individuals' 'right to die with dignity.' A timely and informed contribution to an important and growing debate." -David M. O'Brien,Spicer Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

"Professor Ball provides an informative, thoughtful, and well-documented analysis...deftly set against a portrayal of the changing nature of death and dying in America—especially the locus of death and its attendant circumstances—a back story that is essential for understanding the impetus undergirding rights claims during this period."-Daniel Hillyard,Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Library Journal
Ball (political science, emeritus, Univ. of Vermont; Murder in Mississippi: United States v. Price and the Struggle for Civil Rights) here makes an important contribution to the growing literature on end-of-life issues with this legal history of the right to die in America. He starts with the case of Nancy Cruzan, who was left in a persistent vegetative state after a car accident, and the Supreme Court's ruling that the state had the right to require "clear and convincing evidence" of Cruzan's intentions before removing her from life support. He then traces battles to legalize physician-assisted death (PAD) in Oregon, Washington State, Montana, Vermont, and Hawaii. This state-by-state comparison is what makes the book most valuable, as it shows the development of advocacy for and against PAD. VERDICT Law and political science students, along with activists, will find this a helpful book owing to its careful analysis of legislative and judicial actions across different states over the last 15 years as well as its careful delineation of the legal issues that animate debates over physician-assisted death.—Aaron Klink, Duke Univ., NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479869572
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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From the Publisher

Ball here makes an important contribution to the growing literature on end-of-life issues with this legal history of the right to die in America....Law and political science students, along with activists, will find this a helpful book owing to its careful analysis of legislative and judicial actions across different states over the last 15 years as well as its careful delineation of the legal issues that animate debates over physician-assisted death."-Library Journal,

"Comprehensive, thoroughly engrossing, surprisingly balanced! At Liberty to Die is certain to become the definitive history of the wrenching debate over physician assisted death. Highly recommended!"-Tinsley E. Yarbrough,Emeritus professor of Political Science, East Carolina University

"A comprehensive and engaging history of the legal and political battles in courts and legislatures to recognize terminally-ill individuals' 'right to die with dignity.' A timely and informed contribution to an important and growing debate." -David M. O'Brien,Spicer Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

"Professor Ball provides an informative, thoughtful, and well-documented analysis...deftly set against a portrayal of the changing nature of death and dying in America—especially the locus of death and its attendant circumstances—a back story that is essential for understanding the impetus undergirding rights claims during this period."-Daniel Hillyard,Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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Meet the Author

Howard Ball is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and University Scholar at the University of Vermont and Adjunct Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.

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