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The Right to Privacy: Rights and Liberties Under the Law (America's Freedoms)by Richard A. Glenn
Synopses & Reviews
The Right to Privacy: Rights and Liberties under the Law measures the impact of what Louis Brandeis called, "The most comprehensive of rights and the most valued by civilized man." As the book shows, an individual's right to privacy is not a written-in-stone concept, but one that emerged from the "shadows" of a number of amendments and court decisions. The book traces that concept to its philosophical and common law roots, then looks at how privacy rights have been interpreted, expanded, and sometimes curtailed throughout the 20th century.
It concludes with a review of privacy rights today, examining landmark recent cases involving euthanasia, polygamy, reproductive rights for inmates, same-sex unions, adoption by gays and lesbians, the right to withhold personal information, and more.
Book News Annotation:
Glenn (government and political affairs, Millersville U.) examines "the most abstract, most broad, most ill-defined, and what many consider to be the most difficult to grasp of America's freedoms<-- >the right to privacy." Coverage includes the significance of the right to privacy and its implications for the American political system, the origins and early development of this right, analysis of significant judicial decisions relating to its evolution during the 20th century, and discussion of issues and controversies in recent debates which suggest general trends in privacy jurisprudence. Written for upper-level high school and college students with no background knowledge of the topic. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A thorough introduction to privacy law, covering landmark cases, important themes, historical curiosities, and enduring controversies.
• A source materials section consisting of critical primary documents, court decisions, statutory provisions, etc., reprinted in excerpted form and preceded by brief headnotes explaining the significance and background of the reproduced material
• A background reference section—alphabetically arranged entries, combining scholarship with insight, on important people, laws, events, legal issues, constitutional issues, judicial decisions, statutes, places, institutions, offices, organizations, terms, and concepts that are central to understanding the right to privacy
• Discusses the often-overlooked common law heritage of privacy and its development from tort law to constitutional protection
• Highlights the role of particular individuals and decisions in establishing the parameters of privacy law, from Lewis Brandeis to Jack Kevorkian
• Contemplates the future of privacy law by looking at recent cases involving abortion rights, same-sex families, and privacy in the digital age
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