Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases

Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases by Michael Chabon

Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases

  • Paperback
  • Avid Reader Press (2021)
  • SKU: 9781501190414
Regular price $17.00
/

To mark its 100-year anniversary, the American Civil Liberties Union partners with award-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman to bring together many of our greatest living writers, each contributing an original piece inspired by a historic ACLU case.

On January 19, 1920, a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller, Jane Addams, Roger Baldwin, and Crystal Eastman, founded the American Civil Liberties Union. A century after its creation, the ACLU remains the nation’s premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

In collaboration with the ACLU, authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the organization’s one-hundred-year history. Fight of the Century takes you inside the trials and the stories that have shaped modern life. Some of the most prominent cases that the ACLU has been involved in—Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Miranda v. Arizona—need little introduction. Others you may never even have heard of, yet their outcomes quietly defined the world we live in now. Familiar or little-known, each case springs to vivid life in the hands of the acclaimed writers who dive into the history, narrate their personal experiences, and debate the questions at the heart of each issue.

Hector Tobar introduces us to Ernesto Miranda, the felon whose wrongful conviction inspired the now-iconic Miranda rights—which the police would later read to the man suspected of killing him. Yaa Gyasi confronts the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education, in which the ACLU submitted a friend of- the-court brief questioning why a nation that has sent men to the moon still has public schools so unequal that they may as well be on different planets. True to the ACLU’s spirit of principled dissent, Scott Turow offers a blistering critique of the ACLU’s stance on campaign finance.

These powerful stories, along with essays from Neil Gaiman, Meg Wolitzer, Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Louise Erdrich, George Saunders, and many more, remind us that the issues the ACLU has engaged over the past one hundred years remain as vital as ever today, and that we can never take our liberties for granted.

Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.

More from Staff Picks
A Girl Called Echo Vol 1: Pemmican Wars by Katherena Vermette
A Girl Called Echo Vol 1: Pemmican Wars
Katherena Vermette
$18.95
Anishinaabe Syndicated - A View from the Rez
Anishinaabe Syndicated: A View from the Rez
Jim Northrup
$17.95
Atlas Obscura by Joshua Foer et al.
Atlas Obscura
Joshua Foer
$37.50
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary by Joe Jackson
Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary
Joe Jackson
$25.00
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Black Sun
Rebecca Roanhorse
$16.99
Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial That Forged a Nation by Paul VanDevelder
Coyote Warrior: One Man, Three Tribes, and the Trial That Forged a Nation
Paul VanDevelder
$21.95
Recently viewed