Emergence of a Free Press Revised, Enlarged Edition
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Beyond these groundbreaking historical insights, which once again are essential to the interested student of First Amendment theory, this book has some real readability issues. First, Levy is unnecessarily obsessed with brain drain words like "calumniate," "animadvertive," "contumacious," and my personal favorite "ipsedixitism." But that's merely a cosmetic quibble. More fundamentally, Levy's historical construction of the book results in a highly repetitive and interminable list of historical events and court cases in which the outcomes were largely the same - a lack of protection for a free press. This is inherently tiresome for the reader because you can figure out the point near the beginning of the book, so the historical coverage becomes mere information overload at a ridiculous level. For the passionate researcher, I would recommend consulting portions of this book individually as robust and authoritative sources on First Amendment history. For the interested reader, prepare for an eventually rewarding read after a long struggle. [~doomsdayer520~]