A Government Of Wolves The Emerging American Police State (Hardcover)
|Author: John W./ Hentoff Whitehead|
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In A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, John W. Whitehead charts America's transition from a society governed by "we the people" to a police state governed by the strong arm of the law. In such an environment, the law becomes yet another tool to oppress the people. As a constitutional attorney of national prominence, and as president of The Rutherford Institute, an international civil liberties organization, Whitehead has been at the forefront of the fight for civil liberties in this country.
The recurring theme at the heart of A Government of Wolves is that the American people are in grave danger of losing their basic freedoms. The simple fact is that the Constitution - and in particular the Bill of Rights - is being undermined on virtually every front. Indeed, everything America was founded upon is in some way being challenged. The openness and freedom that were once the hallmarks of our society are now in peril.
We were once a society that valued individual liberty and privacy. But in recent years we have turned into a culture that has quietly accepted surveillance cameras, police and drug-sniffing dogs in our children's schools, national databases that track our finances and activities, sneak-and-peek searches of our homes without our knowledge or consent, and anti-terrorism laws that turn average Americans into suspects. In short, America has become a lockdown nation, and we are all in danger.
A Government of Wolves not only explains these acute problems but is a call to action offering timely and practical initiatives for Americans to take charge of present course of history and stop the growing police state. But time is running out. We are at critical juncture and every citizen who values his or her personal freedom needs to pay close attention to the message in this book!
An expert writer on jazz and country music, a noted civil libertarian, and an authority on the Bill of Rights, Nat Hentoff was born in Boston in 1925. Receiving an early liberal education in music as a disk jockey on radio station WMEX, he graduated from Northeastern University and Harvard, later attending the Sorbonne in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. On his return from Europe, he worked at Downbeat magazine from 1953 to 1956, and upon leaving that publication wrote his first column for the Village Voice in 1957. Since then, in addition to his regular Voice pieces, he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, as well as a syndicated columnist for many other national publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Influenced by Charles Dickens, George Orwell, and Arthur Koestler, he has increasingly specialized in writing about First Amendment issues, civil rights, education, and politics, in addition to his authoritative jazz criticism. He is also well known for his realistic fiction for young adults, publishing his first novel in this vein, JAZZ COUNTRY, in 1965. Two volumes of his autobiography, BOSTON BOY and SPEAKING FREELY, were published in 1986 and 1997, respectively.