Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases

Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases

A unique collaboration between the American Civil Liberties Union and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Fight of the Century features original essays by the most influential writers at work today—including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, and more—each writing about a landmark ACLU case, published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the organization.

The American Civil Liberties Union began as a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller and Jane Addams. A century after its founding, the ACLU remains the nation’s premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.

In collaboration with the ACLU, prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU’s 100-year history. In Fight of the Century, bestselling and award-winning authors present unique literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, the Scopes trial, Roe v. Wade, and more. Contributors include Geraldine Brooks, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Morgan Parker, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, and more.

Fight of the Century shows how throughout American history, pivotal legal battles, fought primarily by underdogs and their lawyers, have advanced civil rights and social justice. The ACLU has been integral in this process. The essays range from personal memoir to narrative history, each shedding light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country.

Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.

Title:Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases
ISBN:9781501190407
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  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)

    “This belief that black people, brown people, queer people, trans people, disabled people, women are perpetually less is the great American Gorgon, and these endless terrible laws and behaviors are ...

  • Ben VonArchimboldi

    This book is a conglomeration of essays by generally famous and excellent writers and artists. Each essay writer takes on one of the ACLU’s most famous cases and describes the case and it’s effect...

  • David V.

    Received as an ARC from the publisher. Started 11-28-19; finished 12-7-19. Excellent history of the most influential ACLU cases, as well as a history of the last 100 years of the United States. As a r...

  • Anna

    As a card-carrying ACLU member whose favorite part of AP Gov in high school was learning about SCOTUS cases, I think it was a foregone conclusion that I was going to like this book. 40 essays from 40 ...

  • Tracy

    Fight of the Century is an excellent book covering 100 years of landmark cases that the ACLU has been involved in. The book was compiled with a brief summary of each case that was followed by an essay...

  • Sarah-Hope

    This is a book I'll be coming back to again and again, both for my own reading and for use in courses I teach. It covers a huge range of civil rights cases, presenting them clearly and offering succin...

  • Shomeret

    What drew me to Fight of the Century edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman was prominent author names. Authors with a legal background, or who had written about topics related to the case, wrote...

  • Sophy

    As you'd expect with any compilation, I enjoyed some essays more than others. I was drawn to the book by the list of big-name-authors who contributed essays, which includes many of the authors of my f...

  • Niamh

    I picked this book up on whim, thinking that I might enjoy some personal takes on landmark rulings of the US Supreme Courts, and I did quite enjoy it. It's impossible to give this book more than a thr...

  • RuthAnn

    Thank you to Avid Reader Press for my free copy!...