Law School professor Geoffrey Stone receives Los Angeles Times book prize
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Law School professor Geoffrey Stone receives Los Angeles Times book prize

    Perilous Times

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“'Perilous Times': War of Words”
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Nov. 7, 2004

Los Angeles Times 2004 Book Prize Finalists

Geoffrey Stone, the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School of the University of Chicago, has received the Los Angeles Times book prize for Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism.

A study of civil liberties in time of national emergency, the book explores six pivotal national emergencies in the history of the United States: the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War.

“In page after riveting page, Perilous Times describes the ominous threat to free speech when the nation’s leaders in wartime attempt to silence critics under the guise of national security. Geoffrey R. Stone traces the dangerous excesses that have occurred from the time of the Sedition Act of 1798 to the present war on terrorism,” the newspaper said in announcing the award.

“Both heroes and villains march across the pages of this stunning book. Professor Stone has written not only a majestic work about democracy under siege. He has performed a public service by offering a valuable reminder of why we should never take this historic freedom for granted,” the announcement added.

Stone’s book has received much acclaim. On May 24 at a Washington banquet, Ethel Kennedy will present Stone with the Robert F. Kennedy Award for the book. The award is given by the RFK memorial, which annually honors the book that “most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.”

The book has also been placed on the “best book of the year” lists of the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Christian Science Monitor as well as the Los Angeles Times.

Stone is an authority on civil rights, constitutional law and the First Amendment. He has written numerous articles concerning freedom of speech and the press, freedom of religion, academic freedom, and the constitutionality of police using secret agents and informants. He served as Dean of the Law School from 1987 to 1993 and Provost of the University from 1993 to 2002.

He is an editor of The Supreme Court Review and is co-author of Constitutional Law (2001, fourth edition), The Bill of Rights in the Modern State (1992), and Eternal Vigilance: Free Speech in the United States (2001).
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