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“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s matters and historical past is clear on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with realizing and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her therapy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
Washington Times

“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the e-book is a magnificent addition to the nation’s written history.”
Oklahoma urban Oklahoman

Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No traditional Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… fascinating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the USA, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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50 Several of the justices—Black and Douglas in particular—held that national security could not be a mask for suppressing the press. ”51 Justice Douglas added that “[s]ecrecy in government is fundamentally anti-democratic, perpetuating bureaucratic errors. ”53 Sympathy for the government’s need for secrecy grew as other justices weighed in. ”54 The Pentagon Papers ascended into the pantheon of First Amendment cases protecting freedom of the press. But it, too, left many questions unanswered. When is the publication of classified information sure to lead to “immediate and irreparable” national injury?

But . . ”60 So, the first pillar of First Amendment jurisprudence in the twentieth century reflected a clear choice on the part of the Court to extend freedom of the press to its outer limits. Every decision that contributed to this pillar was qualified in ways that would make pulling back in the future possible. But the overall thrust of these holdings, underscored by a passion for a largely unbounded national forum, has created an extraordinary zone of protection for the press. The Second Pillar: No Right of Access to Information When it comes to the second pillar of freedom of the press, we find that the Court, in interpreting the First Amendment, has gone in the opposite direction.

By refusing carriage of broadcasters’ signals, cable operators . . 113 [ 37 ] u n i n h i bi t e d, robus t, a n d w i de - ope n In such circumstances, “Congress concluded that unless cable operators are required to carry local broadcast stations, ‘[t]here is a substantial likelihood that . . the economic viability of free local broadcast television . . ’ ”114 The justices issued multiple opinions, but there was general agreement that cable television regulation should be subject to a different standard than broadcast regulation under the First Amendment.

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