- Hardcover: 367 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591024277
- ISBN-13: 978-1591024279
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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"This is a highly entertaining and also an important book. It tells the story of attempts to make America comply with ‘ decency ’ - as defined by genuine religious conservatives and by assorted puritans, busybodies, and political hypocrites. The hero is freedom of speech. The struggle goes on, and Frederick Lane has given us an indispensable guide to it."
Anthony Lewis, former New York Times columnist
About the Author
Frederick S. Lane (Burlington, VT) is the author of Obscene Profits and The Naked Employee, among other books dealing with the media, society, and law. He has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, CBS’s 60 Minutes, NPR’s Marketplace, the BBC, and many other television and radio programs as an expert on legal and First Amendment issues.
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When I first started reading this book, my husband noted that the thing he doesn't like about non-fiction books is that they often expose a problem, but not the solution. I read non-fiction a lot, this doesn't bother me, but he is a little bit correct. This is exactly why I was happy that this book devoted the last chapter to a solution for fighting this particular problem. The bullets weren't a stretch to the things I already believe or already do, but what they did do was make me realize that there's more I need to do (without feeling like I wasn't already doing enough).
If you care a lot about anti-censorship, intellectual freedom, and the like, you will certainly enjoy this book.
I'd seen Frederick Lane on Jon Stewart, and he seemed interesting. I've also been interested in censorship for many years, so I thought I'd give it a try.
<cite>Decency Wars</cite> turned out to be the best of the three books--not only does it do a fantastic job of covering the history and development of censorship and the concept of "decency" in America (including an overview of the evolution of American-style christianity, starting with Henry VIII!), but it also does an excellent job of bringing together and illuminating many of the elements making up today's political and cultural landscape, and even has some good suggestions for ways to address the problems that we're facing.
It's also very well written and extremely readable, making it a very enjoyable and valuable read.