Shouting Fire Alan Dershowitz Essay Format

Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age3.93 · Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews

Alan Dershowitz has been involved with so many high profile cases, and has written persuasively about so many issues, that it's sometimes hard to remember that he is, at heart, a legal scholar. He was the youngest professor ever to be given tenure at Harvard Law School. For decades he has been a crusader for civil liberties, often at the forefront of the most important legAlan Dershowitz has been involved with so many high profile cases, and has written persuasively about so many issues, that it's sometimes hard to remember that he is, at heart, a legal scholar. He was the youngest professor ever to be given tenure at Harvard Law School. For decades he has been a crusader for civil liberties, often at the forefront of the most important legal debates and trials in the past few decades. With "Shouting Fire", Dershowitz returns to what he knows best and cares about most. A personal selection of his best and most provocative writings on rights, "Shouting Fire" covers a vast spectrum of civil liberties issues -- everything from the right to choice to the separation between church and state to the Holocaust and its long shadows. But also here, for the first time, is Dershowitz's surprising and brilliantly creative philosophy of rights, an innovative approach developed over nearly four decades and which is sure to cause controversy....more

Hardcover, 560 pages

Published January 9th 2002 by Little Brown and Company

SHOUTING FIRE: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age

Alan M. Dershowitz, Author . Little, Brown $26.95 (560p) ISBN 978-0-316-18141-9

Human rights come from human wrongs, argues famed criminal and civil rights lawyer Dershowitz; only by looking closely at past in justice we can construct a theory and law that attempts a more perfect justice. This collection of 55 short pieces (some new, most reprinted) maps out Dershowitz's thoughts on a wide range of legal and social topics: the role of psychiatry in the legal process, the problems of how the U.S. legal system chooses judges, the misuses of entrapment and "sting" operations even when used to correct an injustice, the history and legal ramifications of the death penalty. Some, like a two paragraph show of support for former Harvard Divinity School dean Robert F. Thiemann, who resigned when pornography was found on his university-owned computer, hardly feel worth reprinting. When Dershowitz is at his best, however, as when defending his defenses of "obviously guilty" clients like O.J. Simpson or asking in a playful and thoughtful essay 'Why Are There So Many Jewish Lawyers?" he is witty, pungent and incisive. Of particular interest are several essays written after September 11, dealing with the danger to civil liberties in time of national emergency and to fair trials for accused terrorists, as well as several ("Wiretaps and National Security Surveillance" and "Torture of Terrorists: Is it Necessary to Do—and to Lie About It?") written before but pertinent now. Some provocative, even essential, material stands out in an uneven collection. (Jan.)

Forecast:This book should do unusually well for a miscellany, spurred by its post-September 11 relevance and Dershowitz's reputation for wit and rigor within his spinning. Look for stepped-up media appearances by the already heavily booked Dershowitz, and short "what's he up to now?" pieces in nonreview venues.

Reviewed on: 01/07/2002
Release date: 01/01/2002

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