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With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerfulby Glenn Greenwald
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From "the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years" (Bill Moyers) and the journalist who broke the story on NSA spying programs comes a scathing critique of the two-tiered system of justice that has emerged in America
From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.
Starting with Watergate, continuing on through the Iran-Contra scandal, and culminating with Obama's shielding of Bush-era officials from prosecution, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that have come to shield the elite from accountability. He shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying by the NSA, and financial fraud.
Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.
One of the most prominent voices on LGBT rights boldly confronts the forces still standing in the way of full equality, and charts a course toward victory.
At a moment when marriage equality is secured but dangers old and new still loom, pioneering journalist Michelangelo Signorile offers a provocative and impeccably timed battle plan for the years ahead. It’s Not Over gave the lexicon the now-indelible concept of “victory blindness”: the complacency and trepidation that prevent once-stalwart advocates from pushing for yet more sweeping progressive change. Signorile’s cogent but impassioned argument details how victory blindness operates in Washington, the media, and Hollywood, and reveals how it jeopardizes hard-won gains. He tells the stories of LGBT Americans who still face discrimination in surprising and often subtle ways—and who are finding the strength to fight back—and documents signs of hope in schools and communities across the country. Hotly debated upon its release, It’s Not Over is the must-read book for anyone eyeing the future of the LGBT civil rights movement.
From the author of the groundbreaking bestseller Queer in America, a myth-shattering look at the present and future of gay rights
Marriage equality has surged across the country. Closet doors have burst open in business, entertainment, and even major league sports. But as longtime advocate Michelangelo Signorile argues in his most provocative book yet, the excitement of such breathless change makes this moment more dangerous than ever. Puncturing the illusion that victory is now inevitable, Signorile marshals stinging evidence that an age-old hatred, homophobia, is still a basic fact of American life. He exposes the bigotry of the brewing religious conservative backlash against LGBT rights and challenges the complacency and hypocrisy of supposed allies in Washington, the media, and Hollywood.
Not just a wake-up call, It's Not Over is also a battle plan for the fights to come in the march toward equality. Signorile tells the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans who have refused to be merely tolerated, or worse, and are demanding full acceptance. And he documents signs of hope in schools and communities finding new ways to combat ignorance, bullying, and fear. Urgent and empowering, It's Not Over is a necessary book from one of our most electrifying voices.
About the Author
GLENN GREENWALD is the author of The New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. Recently proclaimed one of the "Twenty-Five Most Influential Liberals in U.S. Media" by Forbes, Greenwald writes for The Guardian, focusing on law, civil liberties and national security issues. A former constitutional lawyer, he has also been a contributing writer at Salon. He lives in Brazil and New York City.
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