AN AFFAIR WITH FREEDOM by Stephen J.-Ed. Friedman


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This is the first collection of public speeches and Judicial opinions of Justice Brennan, a member of the United States Supreme Court since 1956. There is a short, moving foreword by Ambassador Arthur Goldberg, and an extended introduction succinctly summarizing Justice Brennan's career: as a labor lawyer on the employer's side; in the army dealing with personnel and labor-relations problems; as anew Jersey state Judge, and the context of his appointment to the Supreme Court. There then follow thirty-four opinions by the Justice dealing with such aspects of the Bill of Rights as obscenity, criticizing the government, freedom of speech and the privilege against self-incrimination. The text of several addresses concludes Brennan's contribution and the volume ends with three short appreciations by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Lord Chief Justice of England, the Dean of the Harvard Law School, and a final piece by the book's editor. This last work is easily the best essay published to date on the Justice's Supreme Court career and correctly concludes that ""he has been true to his vision of a society in Which personal liberty is sacred."" Special market.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1967
Publisher: Atheneum