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Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed (Paperback)
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Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed (Paperback)

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Donald Trump's policies, from his travel ban to his approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline, have prompted an immediate response from concerned liberals. Yet what effect can protest truly have in the face of the awesome power of the executive branch? Do everyday citizens have a role in safeguarding our Constitution? Or must we rely on the federal courts, and the Supreme Court above all, to protect our dearly held rights?

In Engines of Liberty, the esteemed legal scholar David Cole argues that we all have a part to play in the grand civic dramas of our era. Examining the most successful rights movements of the last 30 years, he reveals how groups of ordinary Americans have worked together to defend and expand our civil liberties. The lesson of the fight for marriage equality is the value of strategy of state-level activism. In the NRA's successful efforts to swing elections and influence state and federal law, we can see the power of groups that build loyal, active, and uncompromising memberships. The fight for human rights during the Iraq war illustrates how activist groups can encourage foreign populations and governments to challenge the president when our domestic institutions fail to.

In a new Introduction written for the paperback edition, Cole urges us to view these past efforts as a blueprint for activism in our own era. From travel rights to protections for transgender students, and from voting rights to environmental issues, Engines of Liberty is an essential guidebook for concerned citizens seeking to defend the law of the land.

Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
ISBN: 9781541616578
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 209 x 139 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
One of Washington Post's Notable Nonfiction Books of 2016
"[An] illuminating pieces of opinion journalism" --American Scholar "A convincingly argued book." --Washington Lawyer "[A] riveting book." --Dorf on Law
"Cole's book is compelling, especially in today's climate of gridlock following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia." --Kirkus Reviews (online)
"Activists seeking to advance change in their societies are often so immersed in the 'doing' that--even when they win--they rarely pause to analyze and understand why. Engines of Liberty gives three rights campaigns what the military calls a 'hotwash'--a kind of after-action review of what worked, what didn't, and why-and in the process illuminates the instrumental and often overlooked role of one vital engine of liberty: civil society advocates whose efforts create the political and social environment that make change possible."
--Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First

"Engines of Liberty is a masterful account of how civil society organizations work, and a passionate argument for why they are so important to our democracy. David Cole offers invaluable knowledge and insight about the potential each of us has to shape our nation's laws and public life. My hope is that Engines of Liberty inspires a new generation of activists to rise up and launch their own campaigns for civil liberties."
--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

"No one is better than David Cole at explaining how Americans can fight for civil liberties and civil rights. He is passionate yet careful, accessible yet nuanced. Engines of Liberty wonderfully highlights his intellectual virtues."
--Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School and author of For Discrimination


"In a lively, engaging, and illuminating narrative, David Cole's Engines of Liberty explores the ways in which citizen activists shape American constitutional law by transforming public opinion and national values in ways that ultimately help define the views and understandings of the Justices of the Supreme Court. With a focus on citizen campaigns to promote same-sex marriage, the right to bear arms, and the protection of human rights in the age of terrorism, Cole brings to life this often underestimated element of American constitutional law."
--Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago

"David Cole's fair-minded narrative is a must read for anyone who desires to change constitutional law. As a lawyer who challenged the federal ban on medical marijuana, and Obamacare's individual insurance mandate, I can personally attest to the vital role that individual citizens and civil society groups play in making such change possible by shaping public opinion outside the courts."
--Randy E. Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory and Director, Georgetown Center for the Constitution


"In Engines of Liberty, David Cole turns constitutional law on its head. With his characteristic intelligence and clarity, Cole demonstrates that the law changes from the bottom up, not the top down, and that it is citizens, not judges, who are the ultimate custodians of our nation's laws."
--Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine

"David Cole is one of our most astute and perceptive constitutional commentators. His work is indispensable."
--Robert Post, Dean, Yale Law School


PRAISE FOR LESS SAFE, LESS FREE

Winner of the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize


"David Cole and Jules Lobel have crafted in Less Safe, Less Free one of the most important critiques to be put forward so far from the civil libertarians. They offer unsparing criticism, muster their arguments with skill and artistry, and most importantly they offer constructive criticism of the current Bush Administration model."
--Harper's

"David Cole and Jules Lobel... argue eloquently and forcefully that preventive war makes flawed foreign policy."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Cole and Lobel offer reasoned alternatives based on noncoercion, diplomacy, multilateral solutions and a return to the rule of law."
--Sunday Oregonian

"A resounding argument contra administration policy."
--Kirkus Reviews


"A timely and unsparing exposure of the disastrous consequences of the 'war on terror' demagogy of the Bush administration."
--Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter

"A powerful and systematic analysis...Cole and Lobel offer a positive strategy for making the nation safer from terrorist attacks."
--Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson Schools

"Everyone who cares about democracy after 9/11 should read this book."
--Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights


"Genuinely inspiring, Less Safe, Less Free brilliantly combines critique with proposal and should be required reading for any serious citizen."
--Dr. Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice emeritus, Princeton University

"This compelling, necessary volume demolishes the doctrine of preemptive self-defense as a dangerous oxymoron."
--Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Human Rights


PRAISE FOR ENEMY ALIENS

Winner of the American Book Award


"[A] powerful work and amply documented.... Cole's indictment of the way we have handled foreign captives is accurate and sears the conscience."
--New York Times

"Remarkable and fascinating."
--The New York Review of Books

"If there is a flaw in Cole's logic, it escapes me."
--John W. Dean, Los Angeles Times Book Review


"Quietly and movingly, with evidence from history and recent legal cases that he has been involved with, Cole awakens our conscience for what is being done to foreign nationals in America, and argues that their treatment makes us less safe, and is, finally, 'morally and constitutionally wrong.'"
--Boston Globe

"Enemy Aliens is laudable for making a clear case that the civil and human rights violations that immigrants have endured during the war on terror are egregious constitutional transgressions with global implications."
--Colorlines Magazine

"David Cole is one of the country's greatest voices for civil liberties today."
--Anthony Lewis, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Freedom From the Thought We Hate


"A welcome corrective to a conventional way of narrating constitutional law as being the work of federal courts... This book leads one gently toward a pair of conclusions: first, that constitutional law is a form of politics, and second, that this fact should be somewhat heartening at the present moment... It isn't David Cole's goal, in this valuable book, to answer the deeper question of when, exactly, a democratic society should want its courts to second-guess its elected lawmakers and when it should tell judges to stand down. But it is part of the question the rest of us confront."--American Prospect
"[Cole's] narratives weave a compelling portrait of advocacy-driven constitutional change... the collection certainly stands apart from dense and dry legal texts in being readable, accessible and at times even gripping... a deeply hopeful book about an institution in which our hope may be dwindling."--Washington Post
"Transforms one's understanding of the contributions of other forums-state legislatures, for example, and public opinion (at home and abroad)-in campaigns that eventually culminate in Supreme Court decisions."--New York Review of Books
"A fresh and revelatory account of constitutional reform from the bottom up. The book carries a hopeful message: Despite the undue influence wielded by elite institutions, ordinary citizens can and do drive constitutional change...Cole's examples of constitutional reform, on both the left and the right, bear out his claims."--Nation
"[An] illuminating pieces of opinion journalism"--American Scholar
"A convincingly argued book."--Dorf on Law
"Cole's book is compelling, especially in today's climate of gridlock following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia."--Kirkus Reviews (online)
"In Engines of Liberty, David Cole turns constitutional law on its head. With his characteristic intelligence and clarity, Cole demonstrates that the law changes from the bottom up, not the top down, and that it is citizens, not judges, who are the ultimate custodians of our nation's laws."
--Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Oath and The Nine
"Engines of Liberty is a masterful account of how civil society organizations work, and a passionate argument for why they are so important to our democracy. David Cole offers invaluable knowledge and insight about the potential each of us has to shape our nation's laws and public life. My hope is that Engines of Liberty inspires a new generation of activists to rise up and launch their own campaigns for civil liberties."--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
"In expertly demonstrating how ordinary people can make a huge difference on defining issues in our nation, David Cole has written an important, inspiring, and essential book!"--Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
"A skilled human rights practitioner unveils a characteristically thoughtful, balanced anatomy of successful constitutional advocacy, which focuses less on winning court battles than on shaping the popular sentiments that critically drive or obstruct political change."--Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
"No one is better than David Cole at explaining how Americans can fight for civil liberties and civil rights. He is passionate yet careful, accessible yet nuanced, Engines of Liberty wonderfully highlights his intellectual virtues."--Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School and author of For Discrimination
"Anyone who doubts the ability of Americans to change both policy and law should read David Cole's book. His analysis of how we go about protecting the rights of gun owners is the most accurate I have ever read. This is a must read."
--David Keene, former president of the NRA
"David Cole is one of our most astute and perceptive constitutional commentators. His work is indispensable."
--Robert Post, Dean, Yale Law School

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