AAUP Publishes "Books for Understanding: Freedom of Expression"

Latest Bibliographic Resource Focuses on Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment

October 18, 2010—The freedom of expression enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution underpins the rights to self-governance understood around the world: the rights of free speech and dissent politically and religiously, the need for a free press, and the right to petition one's government for redress of grievances.

The latest Books for Understanding bibliographic resource from the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) provides a guide to these freedoms from their ancient and enlightenment roots to how they play out in the culture wars of today.


Featuring more than 100 titles from 30 AAUP member presses, Books for Understanding: Freedom of Expression and the First Amendment includes such works as:

  • From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of Free Speech in America by Chris Finan (Beacon Press, 2007);
  • Can God and Caesar Coexist? Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law by Robert F. Drinan, S.J. (Yale University Press, 2005);
  • Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age by Dawn C. Nunziato (Stanford University Press, 2009).

Books for Understanding is a free public service of AAUP to help librarians, journalists, educators, and interested readers find the best books on current events. The program highlights one of the highest values of university presses: to publish top research and scholarship in all fields regardless of immediate commercial potential. Often the most complete and illuminating background research and knowledge for a breaking news story is only available in scholarly books from presses committed to the public interest.

The Association of American University Presses is one of the world's largest organizations of nonprofit scholarly publishers. AAUP is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications. Through its programs and information resources, AAUP helps its members fulfill their common commitments to scholarship, the academy, and society. Visit the AAUP Web site, www.aaupnet.org, to learn more about the association and its members.


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