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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 ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Avid Reader Press / Simon Schuster
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Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“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 its myriad heads, regenerating one after another. Rooting us in place with one glance, miring us in inequality.” (Jesmyn Ward’s essay “We Gather,” reflecting on the 1999 decision in City of Chicago v Morales).

FIGHT OF THE CENTURY edited by Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman is an anthology of essays
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Ben VonArchimboldi
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 effects sometimes in a macro level and other times micro and personal. Often the shorts are quite moving and beautiful. This is a great read.
David V.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 reference book, it's a great companion piece to How to Read the Constitution and Why by Kim Wehle. Both help you to understand our country, its good points and its flaws---and its efforts to live up to its ideals--even if it has to be forced by legal action. The stories behind these cases are truly ...more
Tracy
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 from a well-known writer discussing the impact of the case on our lives today. Some of the writers even explained h0w the cases had personally affected them. Fight of the Century is such a great collaboration that is sure to keep one's interest while educating them about the history of the ACLU and ...more
Sarah-Hope
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 succinct, engaging reflections on them. This is the kind of writing, involving both research and personal reflection, that I encourage my students to do. If things go as I plan, I will use this as a class text for the first time next winter.
Ebony
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fight of the Century explores landmark cases throughout the past 100 years that were fought with the help of the ACLU. Each essay is written by an author with a personal connection and perspective on each case, all of which are well done. I think this book would be a great addition to anyone's personal library and a good reference point for the work that has been done when it comes to civil rights, as well as what we can continue to do to promote social justice.

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Michael Chabon (b. 1963) is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000). Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty-four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), which was a major critical and commercial success. He then published Wonder Boys (1995), another bestseller, which was ...more