A Prescription for Perilous Times

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The most up-to-date version of this piece can be found in the Duke Law Scholarship


Review of PERILOUS TIMES: FREE SPEECH IN WARTIME FROM THE SEDITION ACT OF 1798 TO THE WAR ON TERRORISM. By Geoffrey R. Stone. W.W. Norton & Company, 2004. 730 pages.

It seldom happens that a scholar makes a lasting contribution both to legal history and to the most pressing constitutional issues of the day in the same work. It is more rare that an academic does so in a book accessible to a general audience. Perilous Times1 accomplishes that feat. For these reasons, and for another as well, the book should be regarded as a triumph.

Date of Authorship for this Version

November 2005