[Read] ➲ Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases ➮ Michael Chabon – Alwaysonltd.co.uk
Fight of the Century explores landmark cases throughout the past 100 years that were fought with the help of the ACLU Each essay is written by an author with a personal connection and perspective on each case, all of which are well done I think this book would be a great addition to anyone s personal library and a good reference point for the work that has been done when it comes to civil rights, as well as what we can continue to do to promote social justice.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Fight of the Century is an excellent book covering 100 years of landmark cases that the ACLU has been involved in The book was compiled with a brief summary of each case that was followed by an essay from a well known writer discussing the impact of the case on our lives today Some of the writers even explained h0w the cases had personally affected them Fight of the Century is such a great collaboration that is sure to keep one s interest while educating them about the history of the ACLU and the landmark cases that have made American lives what they are today A Unique Collaboration Between The American Civil Liberties Union And Authors Michael Chabon And Ayelet Waldman, Fight Of The Century Features Original Essays By The Most Influential Writers At Work Today Including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, And Each Writing About A Landmark ACLU Case, Published In Conjunction With The Th Anniversary Of The OrganizationThe American Civil Liberties Union Began As A Small Group Of Idealists And Visionaries, Including Helen Keller And Jane Addams A Century After Its Founding, The ACLU Remains The Nation S Premier Defender Of The Rights And Freedoms Guaranteed By The Constitution In Collaboration With The ACLU, Prize Winning Authors Michael Chabon And Ayelet Waldman Have Curated An Anthology Of Essays About Landmark Cases In The ACLU S Year History In Fight Of The Century, Bestselling And Award Winning Authors Present Unique Literary Takes On Historic Decisions Like Brown V Board Of Education, The Scopes Trial, Roe V Wade, And Contributors Include Geraldine Brooks, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Morgan Parker, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, And Fight Of The Century Shows How Throughout American History, Pivotal Legal Battles, Fought Primarily By Underdogs And Their Lawyers, Have Advanced Civil Rights And Social Justice The ACLU Has Been Integral In This Process The Essays Range From Personal Memoir To Narrative History, Each Shedding Light On The Work Of One Remarkable Organization As It Shaped A Country Chabon And Waldman Are Donating Their Advance To The ACLU And The Contributors Are Forgoing Payment This is a book I ll be coming back to again and again, both for my own reading and for use in courses I teach It covers a huge range of civil rights cases, presenting them clearly and offering succinct, engaging reflections on them This is the kind of writing, involving both research and personal reflection, that I encourage my students to do If things go as I plan, I will use this as a class text for the first time next winter. What a great idea These are essays by modern writers about the landmark legal cases the ACLU was involved in during their first 100 years Like all such collections, some individual parts stand out For me, those were Tony Doerr s piece on the creationist school board and poet Morgan Parker on the Bob Jones university case Also, I appreciate that they included Scott Turow s intelligent anger toward the ACLU for their stance on campaign finance law.An interesting read and a great reminder of some of the legal highlights of the last century Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. What a joy, to read some of my favorite authors essays on some of the most important civil rights and protections rulings in United States history, that were fought for by the ACLU The cast of contributors is diverse and talented, each writing on a topic that is important to them Seeing a handful of the sheer number of important cases the ACLU has had a hand in shaping in one place, brought to life by people they are important to, is pretty awe inspiring.Like any anthology, there s some stories that are better than others, and some cases are sure to be important to some readers than others But no essay goes on too long, and there s sure to be something here for everyone I also appreciated that at least one essay was dedicated to questioning the ACLU s position on a subject, not just a heap of praise.It s important to periodically reflect on how far civil rights and protections have come in the 100 years since the ACLU was formed, as well as how far we have left to go Instead of just reciting history, this provided first hand narratives about how these rulings can and are impacting people positively everyday. This is an interesting collection of essays from a variety of writers discussing, celebrating, and sometimes criticizing landmark ACLU cases It is an easy book to read in small amounts, one essay at a time I enjoyed this collection a lot and recommend it.Read on audiobook. Another must read for people who want to understand the USA So well written Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 11 28 19 finished 12 7 19 Excellent history of the most influential ACLU cases, as well as a history of the last 100 years of the United States As a reference book, it s a great companion piece to How to Read the Constitution and Why by Kim Wehle Both help you to understand our country, its good points and its flaws and its efforts to live up to its ideals even if it has to be forced by legal action The stories behind these cases are truly fascinating Some seem so obvious now, but they certainly weren t obvious in their time Also points up the importance of intelligent, empathetic and future thinking judges. This book is a conglomeration of essays by generally famous and excellent writers and artists Each essay writer takes on one of the ACLU s most famous cases and describes the case and it s effects sometimes in a macro level and other times micro and personal Often the shorts are quite moving and beautiful This is a great read.