From Library Journal
Walker (criminal justice, Univ. of Nebraska), an active American Civil Liberties Union member who had complete access to its archives, has written a comprehensive history of this unique and often controversial organization, which will celebrate its 70th anniversary next month. What emerges is a candid but sympathetic account of the ACLU's triumphs and defeats, its strengths and failings, and fascinating pen pictures of its charismatic but often quarrelsome leaders, particularly Roger Baldwin, who was the ACLU's first executive director until forced out in 1950 after 30 years. Walker makes plain that it was by fearlessly championing unpopular or even "dangerous" ideas of the time that the ACLU became a major force in shaping American attitudes on civil liberties. Highly recommended.- Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll.,
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"This book is more than a compelling history of the ACLU. It is the fascinating story of America's most exciting legal struggles and of rights reviled in one era and vindicated in the next." Eleanor Holmes Norton
"[A] marvelous history of the ACLU. It made me relive some of my past life and taught me things I had either forgotten or never knew." William Kunstler
"[A] fusion of masterful scholarship with libertarian thinking. An indispensable access to the very essence of American ethos."Jerzy Kosinski
"The story is so dramatic it sometimes tells itself."New York Times Book Review
"A definitive history . . . written tightly and well."Washington Post Book World
"A rich, textured history of the ACLU . . . brings the group and its members to life. . . . Walker's discussion of anticommunism within the ACLU is one of the best examples of his own lack of bias and his willingness to present the organization's history, warts and all."Harvard Law Review