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Guarding Life's Dark Secrets: Legal and Social Controls over Reputation, Propriety, and Privacy Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0804757393 ISBN-10: 0804757399 Edition: 1St Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1St Edition edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804757399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804757393
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,950,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a wise, learned, and memorable text by one of the leading historians in America." —James Whitman, Yale Law School

"As always, Friedman's wonderful eye for historical detail and his deep and wide research provide the reader an engaging and highly readable narrative ... The manuscript is a characteristically excellent piece of work by one of the very best practitioners of legal history." —John Fabian Witt, Columbia Law School

"In his new book, Stanford legal historian Lawrence M. Friedman does not address these questions directly, but lays some useful groundwork for their contemplation by providing a social history of the legal remedies most commonly associated with protecting the privacy of personal information and behavior The book tells its main story clearly, entertainingly, and persuasively." —James A Gardner, University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York

"Friedman provides a detailed history of various legal concepts related to privacy and personal reputation. The strongest parts of the book attempt to address intriguing puzzles such as why truth has emerged as an absolute defense for libel, but truth makes blackmail a more serious offense Friedman's command of the material and many interesting examples make much of this story interesting." —CHOICE

"To a cultural historian interested in the social construction of privacy Friedman's book offers an interesting and useful discussion of how the law has worked to protect reputation and privacy for some while leaving others unprotected."
American Historical Review

About the Author

Lawrence M. Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. His books include Private Lives: Families, Individuals, and the Law (2005), American Law in the Twentieth Century (2004), and Legal Culture in the Age of Globalization (2003).

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By B. Tolen on February 18, 2010
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Good book, I would recomend it to any one interested in law, privacy, and history.
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