America's most famous First Amendment litigator chronicles the fight to uphold our most cherished Constitutional rights
The rights guaranteed in the First Amendmentincluding freedom of expressionare among the fundamental touchstones of our democracy. In Speaking Freely, Floyd Abrams, who for over thirty years has been our most eloquent and respected advocate for uncensored expression, recounts some of the major cases of his remarkable careerlandmark trials and Supreme Court arguments that have involved key First Amendment protections. With adversaries as diverse as Richard Nixon and Wayne Newton and allies as unlikely as Kenneth Starr, Abrams takes readers behind the scenes to explain his strategies, the ramifications of each decision, and its long-term significance, presenting a clear and compelling look at the law in action.
“Charming, engaging, and often compelling.”
The Washington Post
“The best litigators are great storytellers, and the stories this litigator tells here are intrinsically interesting.”
The New York Observer
If I were a real lawyer, I'd like to be Floyd Abrams. The most sought-after First Amendment litigator of his generation, he has championed free speech in some of the highest-profile courtroom battles of the past 30 years, several of them on behalf of The New York Times. In Speaking Freely, his first book, Abrams writes engagingly about the First Amendment dramas in which he played a starring role. By the end of the book, though, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that free-speech conflicts today have less easily identifiable heroes and villains than they once did.