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Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality [Kindle Edition]

Theodore B Olson , David Boies
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The riveting inside story of the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on Proposition 8—by the two lawyers who argued the case

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a pair of landmark decisions, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and eliminating California’s discriminatory Proposition 8, reinstating the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California.

Redeeming the Dream is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson—who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore—joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. As allies and not foes, they tell the fascinating story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8’s adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.

Boies and Olson guide readers through the legal framing of the case, making crystal clear the constitutional principles of due process and equal protection in support of marriage equality while explaining, with intricacy, the basic human truths they set out to prove when the duo put state-sanctioned discrimination on trial.

Redeeming the Dream offers readers an authoritative, dramatic, and up-close account of the most important civil rights issue—fought and won—since Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia.


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''A carefully crafted, high accessibly play-by-play of the complex four-and-a-half year legal battle over the gay and lesbian right to marry. . . . Their clear explanations about the landmark case and the judicial process in general will leave readers well-prepared to follow the subtleties of the discussion as individual states take on the gay marriage issue.

--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

David Boies is the most prominent trial lawyer in the United States and has litigated some of the highest-profile cases in recent history, including Westmoreland v. CBS, United States v. Microsoft, and Bush v. Gore. He was selected as one of the one hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010. Also appearing on that list was Theodore B. Olson, the premier appellate lawyer in the country. Olson has argued sixty cases before the Supreme Court, including Bush v. Gore and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

Theodore B. Olson was selected as one of the one hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010. He is the premier appellate lawyer in the country and has argued sixty cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Bush v. Gore and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

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  • File Size: 12442 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670015962
  • Publisher: Viking Adult (June 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G3L6JR8
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Story June 20, 2014
Format:Hardcover
The authors of Redeeming the Dream have given the reader a very understandable yet detailed account of their mammoth undertaking. As a lawyer, I found the behind the scenes legal story and the explanations of the judicial process fascinating. Any non-lawyer will find this book fascinating because you will come away understanding how and why Mr. Boies and Mr. Olsen were able to accomplish so much and how they have contributed to not only changing the legal landscape of marriage equality but also turning the tide of public opinion. I recommend this book to anyone who believes in love.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was great June 20, 2014
Format:Hardcover
A finely written book on a topic that shamefully shouldn't even have to be debated.
I honestly believe that these lawyers found this battle to make a difference in the world, and I think they were successful.
I strongly applaud the book and the cause.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
David Boise, Ted Olson, the plaintiffs in this case, and all the people who participated in the years long effort to fight California's Prop 8 should be proud of their hard work and the outstanding result. This book provides so many great insights into how the case came into being, and every step on the journey to the ultimate win...the right for both plaintiff couples to get married, which they were finally able to do in June 2013.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than it appears . . . . June 20, 2014
By R
Format:Audible Audio Edition
Not only does it tell the back story of the California Prop 8 case but it provides insight by world class supreme court attorneys on the foundational strategy necessary to target propulsion to the U.S. Supreme Court. Seems to me as a recent law school graduate that this book is a must read for aspiring attorneys. Where else can a legal scholar obtain such a priceless lecture on legal strategy (12 hours with Audible) for under $20.00?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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In mostly layman's terms, Olson and Boies have managed to construct a very readable and moving account of their fight to overturn California's infamous proposition 8. At times as gripping as a Grisham courtroom novel, it is even more moving when considered against the background of the actual people's lives it describes. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for their tireless work in changing the course of history in our time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this historic case. Obviously educational, it is also beautiful written and passionately explains the case for marriage equality.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A critical issue June 21, 2014
By LZ
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an important issue of this century, told by two of the central characters in its recent developments. An important read if you want to understand how change can be made.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to accept June 25, 2014
Format:Hardcover
The world is moving forward and Redeeming the Dream outlines the case for civil rights among gay marriage and I am in agreement . This horse has left the barn and is not going back. The country needs to move forward on this issue and worry about more productive problems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book for the history, but nothing too new or insightful.
Published 13 days ago by David H. Luellen
5.0 out of 5 stars I have revised some personal views about the subject after ...
I have revised some personal views about the subject after reading this admirable book. I always thought marriage equality was a sound public policy but now I recognize it is much... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ricardo Gomez-Barreda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight on history in the making
This book provides a deeply moving inside look at the people who made a dream reality for millions. It is a testament to the best of humanity that so many would take it upon... Read more
Published 1 month ago by grasshopper619
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written. Informative and unbiased
Published 2 months ago by Brady Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Opposites Can Agree
Olson and Boies come from opposite ends of the political spectrum as is evidenced by their stands in the Bush Vs. Gore case in the election of 2000. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Fagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-told chronicle
This is an exceptionally well-written and riveting book that is hard to put down. The two attorney-authors have a mutual admiration society, but it's easy to see why. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dallas
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for those wanting more information on the challenge to...
This book is a good and easy read. By now, given the controversy surrounding Forcing the Spring and the debut of HBO's The Case Against 8, many people are familiar with the story... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ChuckDallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great tribute to two fantastic attorneys and a great cause !
Published 4 months ago by Dee Olsom
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book. This book demonstrate civility. Two attorneys ...
Superb book. This book demonstrate civility. Two attorneys who members of opposing political parties (Democrat and Republican) have come together to work on a common cause,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas P. Johnson, III
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be on the reading list for every high school ...
Should be on the reading list for every high school civics class and college governmental studies courses. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Susan Hayward
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