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Stone examines these pivotal episodes with a lawyer's attention to detail and precedence and a writer's focus on character and story structure. From Adams's secretary of state, the "grim-faced and single-minded" Timothy Pickering (who scanned the papers daily looking for seditious language) through John Ashcroft on one side, and the cheeky late-18th-century congressman Matthew Lyon and the Yippies of the 1960s on the other, there are plenty of characters enlivening these pages. Given its publication during the War on Terror, Stone's work feels particularly timely and vital. He devotes only a few pages to the post-9/11 environment, crediting George W. Bush for his refusal to scapegoat Muslims in the immediate aftermath of the attack, but castigating his administration for "opportunistic and excessive" actions centering around the Patriot Act. One wonders if Stone will some day be forced to update Perilous Times with a full chapter on the early 21st century. --Steven Stolder
. The only new thing is the history you don't know
This is a splendid book and given today's politics,truly timeless
This is a good read history repeats itself, history repeats itself. Did i say that?
There is nothing new under the sun. Read more
Geoffrey Stone's Perilous Times is a great book for understanding how free speech is affected during times of war and other periods of unrest. Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by David Montgomery
Perilous times is an in depth review of the repression of free speech and assembly and political affiliation from unmasking Lincolns assumed good intentions, the debauchery of the... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by NY Tude
As recent history attests to, some people act irrationally when under conditions of stress, and frequently do not hesitate to deny others basic human rights or even react... Read morePublished on June 21, 2006 by Dr. Lee D. Carlson
In his book Perilous Times, Geoffrey Stone has given us a history of freedom of speech (or the restrictions placed upon that freedom) during wartime - starting with the Sedition... Read morePublished on October 22, 2005 by Eric Hobart
The lavish reviews for this book are mostly warranted, but in regards to it's treatment of the "Red Scare" of the 20's through the end of the Cold War and how that relates to today... Read morePublished on March 3, 2005 by Fredrick P. Wilson
Professor Stone has provided the most complete review of America's struggle with Free Speech and security. Read morePublished on January 2, 2005 by JL Turner