In the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision regarding restrictions on political campaign contributions, which was argued as an infringement of First Amendment rights, I thought it was about time to take this book off the shelf and finally read it. No doubt, since its publication in 2007, events have occurred to further alter our perceptions of those 45 words in the First Amendment of our United States Constitution that otherwise seem so simple, direct, and straightforward. Reading this book, I became better acquainted with terms such as “seditious libel”, “right to privacy”, and “reporter’s privilege”, not to mention our judicial system’s general response to them. The book is slow reading and heavy in parts. It could possibly elicit a “ho-hum” response, though inevitably proves to be interesting, and thought-provoking. I would recommend this book for librarians, journalists, and anyone interested in application and protection of our First Amendment rights.
--Rosemary Szczygiel, Hilliard Branch Library
Find Freedom for the Thought that We Hate in the Nassau County Public Library System catalog.