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...

  • Christine

    Is it too early in the year to say that if you buy one book this year, it should be this one? Yes, I know Mantel’s conclusion is coming out next month, but you should really consider this one. I fir...

  • Porter Broyles

    This book has multi personality disorder. Every chapter is written by a different position/person. Every chapter is read by somebody else. Some are told in first person, other in 3rd. Some are serious...

  • Donna Davis

    In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union, a large cross section of the finest writers alive have written essays, each about one landmark case. Chabon and his co-ed...

  • Erik

    If you were to take a moment and consider what life would be like in the United States had 100 years ago the founders of the ACLU not realized the necessity for a legal organization to protect our civ...

  • Thomas

    Some of these "reflections" are about the cases themselves, and others are about the societal conditions that gave rise to them, with equal parts constitutional analysis and passionate rant. Neil Gaim...

  • Noelia Alonso

    RATING: 3.5 STARS (7/10)This was very interesting indeed. A bunch of essays around different law cases where the ACLU has taken part. I enjoyed the majority of them but it's true that a few were too h...

  • Kirsty Mcdougall

    ⁣The list of authors that contributed to this essay collection is amazing! ⁣⁣The book celebrates 100 years of ACLU case law. Each essay is inspired by a landmark US case but there are so many wi...

  • 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...