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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742562905
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Arch Puddington is director of research at Freedom House. He previously worked as research director for the A. Philip Randolph Institute, as executive director for the League for Industrial Democracy, and as a bureau manager for Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. Thomas O. Melia is the deputy executive director of Freedom House and teaches at Georgetown University. Jason Kelly is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Today's American: How Free? Chapter 3 The Civil Liberties Inplications of Counterterrorism Policies Chapter 4 Rule of Law: Criminal Justice and Property Rights Chapter 5 Immigration: Despite Challenges, a Source of Strength Chapter 6 Racial Inequality: America's Achilles' Heel Chapter 7 The Press: Still Free and Independent Chapter 8 Religious Liberty: Still a Beacon Chapter 9 Academic Freedom: Withstanding Pressures from Left and Right Chapter 10 Equality of Opportunity in an Age of Globalization Chapter 11 Political Process: Needs Repair Chapter 12 Corruption: Money and Politics

What People are Saying About This

P.J. O'Rourke

Honesty is the most important part of freedom. Material, moral, and intellectual honesty define a free society. This is an honest assessment. It bears no grudges, holds no axes to be ground, and carries no water for any ideology or ideologue. You don't have to agree with every bit of Today's American: How Free? (and I don't) to agree that it is honestly conceived and executed. It's the best we fallible humans can do — and the best we can do is one more way to define a free society.

Francis Fukuyama

This is an honest, balanced analysis of American democracy. Its comprehensive nature, global comparisons, and historical context make Today's American: How Free? an essential document in the dialogue over the American future.

Mike McCurry

For America to advance democracy abroad, we need to acknowledge our shortcomings as well as tout our achievements. In Today's American: How Free? Freedom House provides a forthright and illuminating look at our present condition. This is an authoritative discussion of the state of freedom in the United States.

Tom Lantos

Freedom House has produced excellent annual assessments of the state of political rights and civil liberties worldwide, so it is appropriate at this juncture in our nation's history that this respected organization turns its attention to the matter of freedom in the United States. Only by ensuring the liberty of our own institutions and practices can we serve as an honest exemplar to-and critic of-other nations.

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