Ron Collins and David Skover are friends. Ron lives in the East, David in the West. They have been writing together for almost three decades. Their work is a joint effort, with David manning the keys and Ron pacing. They have coauthored four books together, The Death of Discourse (1996, 2005), The Trials of Lenny Bruce (2002, 2012), MANIA (2013), and On Dissent (2013).
Ron, who grew up in Southern California and graduated from
the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, is the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar
at the University of Washington Law School. David, who grew up in
Wisconsin and earned his law degree from Yale, is the Fredric C. Tausend
Professor of Constitutional Law at Seattle University. Both have
written numerous scholarly articles (often together) in journals such as
the Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and in the Supreme Court Review.
“Detailed, objective, and valuable.” —Kirkus Reviews
“I thought I knew his story pretty well, but I learned a great deal from this book. It is a major contribution…” —George Carlin
10th Anniversary Edition—Includes a New Preface by the Authors
it first came out in 2002, The Trials of Lenny Bruce quickly
established itself as the definitive work on Lenny Bruce’s free speech
battles over his provocative comedy.
The Trials of Lenny Bruce
takes the reader on a wild and tragicomic ride, as the renegade comedian
is tried for obscenity in city after city—San Francisco, L.A., Chicago,
and New York. This book is an essential documentation of the free
speech struggles of an icon of American comedy who, by speaking his mind
and fighting for the right to speak his mind, paved the way for every
standup comedian, satirist, and social critic who followed him.
only did The Trials of Lenny Bruce set the record straight on
Lenny—being named one of the best books of the year by the L.A.
Times—the authors led the successful push for the late comedian’s posthumous pardon
in 2003 for his 1964 conviction on obscenity charges in New York.
From Citizens United to its momentous rulings regarding Obamacare and gay marriage, the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has profoundly affected American life. Yet the court remains a mysterious institution, and the motivations of the nine men and women who serve for life are often obscure. Now, in Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz show the surprising extent to which the Roberts Court is revising the meaning of our Constitution.
This essential book arrives at a make-or-break moment for the nation and the court. Political gridlock, cultural change, and technological progress mean that the court's decisions on key topics—including free speech, privacy, voting rights, and presidential power—could be uniquely durable. Acutely aware of their opportunity, the justices are rewriting critical aspects of constitutional law and redrawing the ground rules of American government. Tribe—one of the country's leading constitutional lawyers—and Matz dig deeply into the court's recent rulings, stepping beyond tired debates over judicial "activism" to draw out hidden meanings and silent battles. The undercurrents they reveal suggest a strikingly different vision for the future of our country, one that is sure to be hotly debated.
Filled with original insights and compelling human stories, Uncertain Justice illuminates the most colorful story of all—how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame the way we live.
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Understand American politics from past to present
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