War and Liberty: An American Dilemma: 1790 to the Present

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An essential work on the challenges of preserving civil liberties in wartime by a preeminent scholar of constitutional law.
Winner of eight national awards for his magisterial work Perilous Times, Geoffrey R. Stone has now created a condensed, updated, and more accessible history of civil liberties in wartime. With an in-depth examination of how our constitutional rights have fared during the presidency of George W. Bush, Stone reveals how the federal government has suppressed ...

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Overview

An essential work on the challenges of preserving civil liberties in wartime by a preeminent scholar of constitutional law.
Winner of eight national awards for his magisterial work Perilous Times, Geoffrey R. Stone has now created a condensed, updated, and more accessible history of civil liberties in wartime. With an in-depth examination of how our constitutional rights have fared during the presidency of George W. Bush, Stone reveals how the federal government has suppressed civil liberties in times of war throughout American history. A sparkling historical narrative, War and Liberty is the perfect book for any reader who wants to understand the current national debate and assess the state of our freedoms.

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Karl - Wall Street Journal
“[Stone is] a constitutional scholar and...a great storyteller.”
Ron Collins - Freedom Forum
“Geoffrey Stone's Perilous Times is the most important book of its kind since Zechariah Chaffee Jr. first published his heralded Freedom of Speech in 1920.”
Herbert Mitgang - Los Angeles Times
“One of our foremost scholars on constitutional law.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393330045
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/2/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,497,076
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey R. Stone, the Harry Kalven, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School, was dean of the law school from 1987 to 1993. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Preface: War Fever     xiii
The Half War with France: "The Reign of Witches"     1
The Civil War: "The Man Who Holds the Power"     22
World War I: "Disloyalty Must Be Crushed Out of Existence"     41
World War II: "A Jap's a Jap"     64
The Cold War: "The Scaremongers"     85
The Vietnam War: "To Expose, Disrupt, and Otherwise Neutralize"     107
The War on Terrorism: "Not a Blank Check"     128
Conclusion: A Culture of Civil Liberties     166
Notes     185
About the Author     205
Index     207
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