Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment

(Viking, 2005)

Book Forum
May 9, 2005
4:00PM to 5:30PM
1st floor/Wintergarden
Featuring the author, Floyd Abrams, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Columnist Nat Hentoff says, “No one has been more vital in protecting the First Amendment—the core of our Constitutional democracy—than Floyd Abrams.” In this book, Abrams re-creates eight of the most important cases of his career. With adversaries as diverse as Richard Nixon, Wayne Newton, and Rudy Giuliani, and allies as unlikely as Kenneth Starr and Senator Mitch McConnell, Abrams takes readers behind the scenes to examine his strategies, the ramifications of each of the decisions, and the long-term significance of each case, while presenting a clear and compelling look at the law in action.

In his discussion, Abrams seeks to convey the dramatic immediacy of the trials and appeals in which First Amendment law has been created—and addresses the continuing importance of upholding America’s constitutional right to free speech.