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“Important . . . I suspect Shipler’s arguments will speak to . . . most Americans . . . The Rights of the People is timely, eloquent, solid, fair-minded and, on almost every page, upsetting.”
-Craig Seligman, Bloomberg
“If you ever wondered how the erosion of constitutional liberties affects ordinary people, this is the book to read. Shipler shows us, through carefully drawn and often moving accounts of real-life encounters between individuals and the state, the true cost of sacrificing liberty for security.”
-David Cole, author of No Equal Justice
“This powerful book demonstrates the reality behind abstract debates about liberty and security, and shows us what happens when liberty starts to erode.”
-Linda Greenhouse, author of Becoming Justice Blackmun
“David Shipler has done something extraordinary. He took the guarantees in our Constitution and explored, on the ground, how they were actually being applied in the lives of Americans. The result is a wonderful book that shows how large a gap there is between constitutional promises and reality.”
-Anthony Lewis, author of Gideon’s Trumpet
“An insightful analysis of the erosion of basic civil liberties within the past decade . . . A sobering look at the rights Americans take for granted.”
-Starred review, Booklist
“Shipler’s sure grasp of frequently impenetrable Supreme Court decisions (translated nicely for the non-lawyer), his engaged reporting a...