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Eric Berkowitz reveals why and how humanity has, from the beginning, sought to silence itself. From the egregious to the absurd, Berkowitz takes the reader on unruly yet captivating ride through history, highlighting the use of censorship to reinforce class, race and gender privilege, and guard against offence; examining these trends as part of a phenomenon that has shaped Western culture across centuries.
Berkowitz’ unique ability to analyse and entertain is once again brought to the fore in this fascinating new work, Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West from the Ancients to Fake News which follows his critically acclaimed history of sexual behaviour and law throughout the ages Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire.
The first cultural history of its kind, Dangerous Ideas offers an energetic deep dive into censorship and the suppression of free speech throughout the ages; illustrating the travails of the people, famous and obscure, who played central roles in the formation of our right to express ourselves.
Eric Berkowitz is a lawyer and journalist. Previously a First Amendment litigator, he now maintains a public interest law practice where he represents victims of sexual violence seeking asylum in the United States, as well as young asylum applicants imprisoned at the US/Mexico border. Berkowitz has published investigative pieces in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times and articles in the Washington Post and The Economist. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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