- Hardcover: 260 pages
- Publisher: Carolina Academic Press (January 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611632463
- ISBN-13: 978-1611632460
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nuanced Absolutism: Floyd Abrams and the First Amendment
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''Floyd Abrams understands that for a society to be free, we must protect the free speech and free press rights of people with whom we disagree. That is not a task that wins popularity contests. As Ron Collins ably demonstrates in this original and impressive work of scholarship, the conviction and hard work of one brilliant, principled lawyer can make a difference in the civic life of every American.'' --Lucy Dalglish, Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland & former Executive Director of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
''Ronald Collins' wonderful new book not only explores the life and intellectual contribution of a remarkable lawyer, Floyd Abrams, but also, in so doing, illuminates the basic questions that underlie all of First Amendment jurisprudence. As Collins makes abundantly clear, Floyd Abrams has long advocated for a nuanced version of the First Amendment, and his advocacy has largely, if not completely, carried the day.'' --Paul M. Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block, Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and Co-Chair of the Media and First Amendment practice
''Ron Collins cogently and eloquently shows that a lawyer's ideas and the gifted advocacy of them can truly be the power behind the throne of free speech jurisprudence.'' --Patricia A. Millett, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
''Ronald K.L. Collins has produced an accessible portrait of a colorful and influential free speech advocate that brings life to theory and theory to life. It is an excellent addition to the wealth of literature on the dynamic First Amendment.'' --Law and Politics Book Review
About the Author
Ronald Collins is the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar at the University of Washington School Law (Seattle) and a fellow at the First Amendment Center at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. His previous books include We Must not be Afraid to be Free (with Sam Chaltain), The Fundamental Holmes, and The Trials of Lenny Bruce and The Death of Discourse (both with David Skover). He is also the editor of Constitutional Government in America.
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