The editors have amassed 15 federal court decisions illustrating the extent to which the First and 14th Amendments protect free speech and the expression of sexually explicit material published in various media formats. The legalese of the justices has been edited and annotated to give lay readers a firm grasp of pertinent concepts without losing them in a forest of juridical semantics. This selection is especially useful as it incorporates the widest possible range of forums in which allegedly objectionable expression can appear, thus giving us a hint of the future direction of the law in this area. The 20th century witnessed intriguing challenges to books (e.g., James Joyce s Ulysses), theatrical performances, radio shows, and a vague and hastily enacted act of Congress in 1996 that attempted the impossible: to stop the flow of explicit expression on the Internet. The editors show the common threads interwoven among these and other court challenges to thought and expression in a free society as the law attempts to meet the confluence of social change, community values, the maturation of culture, and the growth of technology. Recommended for public libraries and academic libraries at the undergraduate level. Philip Y. Blue, New York State Supreme Court Criminal Branch Law Lib., First Judicial District Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.