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.
"This brilliantly written and eminently readable introduction to the right of privacy as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution is written for upper-level high school and college students; however, its scholarly and well-balanced research penned in both legal terminology and everyday English translation make it a suitable vehicle for all but the most advanced students of the topic…strongly recommended for all high school libraries, undergraduate college libraries, and all but the smallest public libraries." -
American Reference Books Annual
"Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates." -
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