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With Liberty and Justice for Some How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

Glenn Greenwald




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304 Pages



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From the nation's beginnings, the law was to be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, the principle of equality before the law has been effectively abolished. Instead, a two-tiered system of justice ensures that the country's political and financial class is virtually immune from prosecution, licensed to act without restraint, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world.

Starting with Watergate, continuing on through the Iran-Contra scandal, and culminating with Obama's shielding of Bush-era officials from prosecution, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that have come to shield the elite from accountability. He shows how the media, both political parties, and the courts have abetted a process that has produced torture, war crimes, domestic spying, and financial fraud.
Cogent, sharp, and urgent, this is a no-holds-barred indictment of a profoundly un-American system that sanctions immunity at the top and mercilessness for everyone else.


Praise for With Liberty and Justice for Some

"One of America's forty most popular and widely cited political pundits."—New York magazine

"Perhaps the most influential civil-liberties writer on the Web."—American Prospect

"An absolute must-read. Incredibly persuasive, rigorous and damning." —Christopher Hayes

"Glenn Greenwald is not just the American Left's most fearless political commentator; his fearlessness is such that he has shifted the expectations for everyone else, too. His rock-ribbed principles and absolute disregard for partisan favor have made U.S. political discourse edgier, more confrontational, and much, much better."—Rachel Maddow

"The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald's blog to see what he said. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now."—Michael Moore

"The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years."—Bill Moyers

"One of the smartest new voices to emerge in politics in years."—Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos

"Greenwald lets no one off the hook in demonstrating the vast differences in legal recourse between rich and poor, powerful and weak . . . When the executive, judicial and legislative branches collude to avoid enforcement, lawlessness is the end result."—Kirkus Reviews

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  • Glenn Greenwald is the author of the New York Times bestsellers How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy. Recently proclaimed one of the "25 Most Influential Political Commentators" by The Atlantic, Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights attorney and a contributing writer at Salon. He lives in Brazil and New York City.

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