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Anthony Lewis: Free Speech

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As political discourse in America becomes diminishingly civilized, understanding the role of free speech in a nation nominally governed by its citizens is tremendously important. "Freedom for the Thought We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment" is Anthony Lewis' wise and insightful examination of the essential nature of this basic freedom ... and the obligations it imparts. Mr. Lewis points to the pivotal New York Times v. Sullivan case as a prime example of the importance of free speech and of a free, unfettered and responsible press.

Anthony Lewis' professional integrity, diligence and intelligence serve as a model to reporters, editors and publishers. His example also serves as a rebuke to the main stream media which too regularly fall far short of his standards. His quest has been truthfulness, not profits.

An award-winning reporter and author, the Pulitzer Prize has twice been awarded to Mr. Lewis over his long and distinguished journalistic career. "Gideon’s Trumpet", his book on the important right to legal counsel, has been in print for almost half a century. Mr. Lewis was columnist for The New York Times op-ed page from 1969 through 2001 and for many years the paper’s London correspondent. He has also been a lecturer at Harvard’s Law School, a visiting professor at the Universities of California, Illinois, Oregon, and Arizona, and since 1983, the James Madison Visiting Professor at Columbia University. He and his wife, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, live in Cambridge.

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