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That Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist's analysis of civil liberties in wartime is entitled All the Laws but One hints where he comes down on the subject. Rehnquist acknowledges and criticizes the excesses of civil liberties violations in wartime--during World War I, for example, editorial cartoonists critical of the government were prosecuted for sedition. But he defends the need to curtail some liberties in emergency situations--including, surprisingly, some instances of the evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans that took place during World War II. Rehnquist's style can be disjointed at times--as when cursory biographical information of key players seems to have been tacked on to fill out the otherwise slim volume--but the historical analysis of martial law and other Civil War controversies, which comprises the overwhelming majority of the book, remains fascinating. --Ted Frank --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book deserves a bit more than 3 stars, maybe 3.5. It's a bit simplistic for those with a legal background, but it gives a nice overview of a limited set of legal issues facing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Elliott
Excellent, historical work. To understand a thing, we must first reverse-engineer it --- get to the root. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael Chatfield
I purchased this assuming that the former SCOTUS judge would provide new legal insight and obscure information on the topic, but instead most of the examples he cites are fairly... Read morePublished 22 months ago by intrigued
Really excellent book, would recommend for anyone wanting to read up on the history of the laws, really good read.Published on October 1, 2012 by J. Kearney
This is an excellent book concerning civil laws in war time, everyone should read it, most especially those who believe that we have "lost" our civil liberties during the past... Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Marjorie K. Chamberlin
This is a brief book written by the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Rehnquist. If you want a brief overview of U.S. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by William J. Romanos
Chief Justice William Rehnquist's "All the Laws But One: Civil Liberties in Wartime" is one of those books that doesn't live up to its potential. Read morePublished on May 22, 2008 by A. Courie
"Without question the government's authority to engage in conduct that infringes civil liberty is greatest in time of DECLARED war" (emphasis added). Read morePublished on September 11, 2006 by brian komyathy