The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan's Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan
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The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan's Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brennan's landmark opinion, New York Times v. Sullivan with this fascinating and insightful book! Beautiful hardcover book with dust-jacket and photo inserts!
The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan's Fight to Preserve the Legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan
Product Code: 5550031
Authors: Lee Levine, Stephen Wermiel
Publication Date: February 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62722-449-9
Page Count: 473
Trim Size: 6 x 9 Hardcover, with Dust Jacket
Sponsoring Entities: Forum Committee on Communications Law, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
Topics: Biographies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Courts
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About The Progeny: Justice William J. Brennan's fight to preserve the legacy of New York Times v. Sullivan

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, credited with defining the central meaning of the First Amendment, has protected the freedom of expression for the past 50 years. This compelling work of historical non-fiction focuses on the progeny of that decision examining how Justice Brennan nurtured and developed the constitutional law of defamation and related claims from this important milestone.

The book draws on the previously unreported papers of Justice Brennan and several of his colleagues and, through them as well as author Stephen Wermiel's private interviews with Brennan, provides the authoritative historical account of how an important body of constitutional law came to be. In so doing, The Progeny offers fresh insights with respect to both what the law means and the process by which it was formulated. This text tells a compelling story in which the Brennan and his fellow justices are the lead characters. It is your window into a process that has rarely been open previously.

The authors deconstruct the internal machinations that resulted in the historic line of cases that now governs the law of defamation as well as closely related claims such as invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. In addition to New York Times v. Sullivan, this work examines the following well known cases:
  • Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.

  • Hustler Magazine v. Falwell

  • Bartnicki v. Vopper

  • and many more!

Given Sullivan's enormous impact on the development of our rights to freedom of speech and press, this book is a must read for Supreme Court watchers, journalists, fans of legal history, constitutional scholars and, of course, First Amendment enthusiasts.
Praise for The Progeny

"This is an extraordinary chronicle of how Justice William J. Brennan fought to remake and sustain libel and defamation law. Any devotee of the First Amendment will find it shines new light on this subject in unexpected ways."
--Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent, NPR

"For anyone with any interest in the Supreme Court, the First Amendment, or libel lawor all of themThe Progeny is an intellectual treasure chest. Based on papers of members of the Supreme Court and drafts of their opinions, many never before disclosed, the book offers a more revealing and fascinating depiction of the development of constitutionalized American libel law from New York Times v. Sullivan onward than has yet been offered anywhere."
--Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
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Table of Contents PDF
Acknowledgements PDF
About the Authors PDF
Authors' Note PDF

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