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The Right To Privacy

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  255 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In what is certain to be one of the most talked-about books of the year, Alderman and Kennedy examine one of our basic--and most contested--legal and constitutional rights: the right to privacy. Through a seamless interweaving of landmark cases, lesser-known trial decisions, and dozens of anecdotal narratives, the authors make an urgent, complicated issue more absorbing an ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published October 31st 1995 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1995)
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Nov 28, 2014 Antigone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: governance
Apart from the fact that I'm central to my own life, and somewhat of a principal performer therein, my importance to the larger world is relatively negligible. No one's going to hang out in a nearby tree waiting for my lover to appear, or press his pedal to the metal to tail my very old SUV. My most valuable asset is probably my brain, and it's never busy masterminding clever urban crime. I haven't run for office, or killed the campaign of anyone who has. Notorious is a movie I saw once. The red ...more
Aug 03, 2007 Nicko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lawyers
In Chicago, a law dating from 1952 mandated that all women arrested there, no matter how trivial their crime, *must* be strip searched by prison matrons. Not only were most of the matrons brutal in carrying out this law, but male officers routinely secretly watched this degrading, humiliating, unconstitutional action via video camera--effectively turning every Chicago police station into a producer of rape pornography for the prurient delectation of its male staff. Tragically, it was not until t ...more
May 19, 2012 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite interesting. It is dated since it was published in 1995, but it still helps with the "Right to Privacy" dilemma. Since the word "privacy" does not appear in the Constitution, each state is left to determine what the right to privacy is, it seems. There is so much inconsistency, As i understand it, no state can make what is in the Constitution less, but they can make things more strict. So, abortions are legal in every State, but each state can make it almost impossible to get ...more
Aug 07, 2007 Inggita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought Media and the Law will not be a favorite course - it's like being reminded of the unsexy part of the industry and our passion. But as this book, the required reading of the course reflects the complicated relations between stakeholders in the world that the media industry depicts and covers, us readers will never be the same. there's no right or wrong answer, each of the case is a delicate interplay between a community sense of justice, human dignity, and practical solution. And foreig ...more
Jan 19, 2009 Monique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Also, one of my favorites. Goes through some actual cases and interpretations by the courts. It discusses what WE think our right to privacy is and how the courts see society's right to privacy (since it does not actual state in the constitution what OUR rights are in reference to privacy). It would be a great follow-up to this book to have a 2nd book discussing and giving some additional, more recent cases and the courts interpretation, given the Bush administrations views on a persons right to ...more
My favorite book-signing :)
May 01, 2008 Jarome rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When honorable, yet powerful, humble, yet strong women have something to say, I usually listen. This is pure truth and well said. Filed in the library of my mind I feel like I've taken a class on law, history and psychology taught by Caroline Kennedy herself. For these authors to take a second and memorialize where we've come, will hopefully help the next generation not make the same mistakes.
Sep 19, 2007 Rosie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non-lawyers interested in constitutional rights, Americans
For those people who aren't super familiar with legal concepts surrounding the right to privacy, this lays out a lot of complex information in a clear, simple, and engaging way.

I think it's a good selection of cases, including a few that may have been passed over even by the lawyers and law students out there. Privacy 101 without the media hype.
Jan 11, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just unpacked this book too and I remembered loving it. I don't always agree with Caroline Kennedy's political views, however I wholeheartedly agreed with much of what she shared in this book. The book shares many small stories and vignettes of examples of our privacy at risk. Great book and recommend to all.
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Jul 12, 2008 B. Hallward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: law, all, ethics
A very good survey of the development of a constitutional right to privacy, covering strip searches, reproductive freedom and right-to-die issues by looking at important cases. A great strength of this book is that it isn't polemical, but a fair-minded look at a controversial subject.
James Cooper
Aug 22, 2013 James Cooper rated it really liked it
Great, informative, summer reading. Who would have thought a book on law would have read this quickly? Don't know that much about Ellen Alderman but love, love Caroline Kennedy! Will look forward to obtaining and reading their 1st book!!
Courtney Stirrat
Dec 18, 2007 Courtney Stirrat rated it really liked it
Shelves: law
While certainly not a scholarly analysis of the various aspects and treatments of a constitutional and common law right to privacy, it is a great read for a broad perspective. I read it prior to law school and was both entertained and fascinated.
Dave Peticolas

A history of the court cases which have shaped our right to privacy. A good and sometimes scary read.

Marti Garlett
Jan 05, 2013 Marti Garlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a shocking, if not horrifying, treatise on how in a democracy like ours the police state still rules.
I've started reading this book twice. If I don't make it through it this time, I'm giving up.
Nov 10, 2007 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A great, easily accessible primer on one of the most contested rights in America today.
Apr 11, 2007 Andie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's fascinating to see what you can and can't keep private in this country!
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loved it!
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