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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Geoffrey R. Stone  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

From 1993 to 2002 Geoffrey R. Stone served as Provost of the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Geoffrey Stone has been a member of the law faculty since 1973. From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Stone served as Dean of the Law School, and from 1993 to 2002 he served as Provost of the University of Chicago. Mr. Stone received his undergraduate degree in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree in 1971 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Mr. Stone served as a law clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to Justice William J. Brennan Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Stone was admitted to the New York Bar in 1972.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism
ISBN: 0393327450

W. W. Norton. 2005

"A masterpiece of constitutional history, Perilous Times promises to redefine the national debate on civil liberties and free speech."―Elena Kagan, Harvard Law School

Geoffrey Stone's Perilous Times incisively investigates how the First Amendment and other civil liberties have been compromised in America during wartime. Stone delineates the consistent suppression of free speech in six historical periods from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the Vietnam War, and ends with a coda that examines the state of civil liberties in the Bush era. Full of fresh legal and historical insight, Perilous Times magisterially presents a dramatic cast of characters who influenced the course of history over a two-hundred-year period: from the presidents―Adams, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Nixon―to the Supreme Court justices―Taney, Holmes, Brandeis, Black, and Warren―to the resisters―Clement Vallandingham, Emma Goldman, Fred Korematsu, and David Dellinger. Filled with dozens of rare photographs, posters, and historical illustrations, Perilous Times is resonant in its call for a new approach in our response to grave crises.
63 illustrations

War and Liberty: An American Dilemma: 1790 to the Present
ISBN: 0393330044

W. W. Norton & Company. 2007

An essential work on the challenges of preserving civil liberties in wartime by a preeminent scholar of constitutional law.

Winner of eight national awards for his magisterial work Perilous Times, Geoffrey R. Stone has now created a condensed, updated, and more accessible history of civil liberties in wartime. With an in-depth examination of how our constitutional rights have fared during the presidency of George W. Bush, Stone reveals how the federal government has suppressed civil liberties in times of war throughout American history. A sparkling historical narrative, War and Liberty is the perfect book for any reader who wants to understand the current national debate and assess the state of our freedoms.

Top Secret: When Our Government Keeps Us in the Dark
ISBN: 0742558851

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2007

Since September 11, 2001, the United States has investigated and prosecuted public employees, journalists, and the press for the dissemination of classified information relating to the national security. What is the cause of the recent tension between the government and the press? Perhaps the media are pressing more aggressively to pierce the government's shield of secrecy. Perhaps the government is pressing more aggressively to expand its shield of secrecy. Perhaps both factors are at work. Top Secret explores not why this is happening, but whether the measures taken and suggested by the executive branch to prevent and punish the public disclosure of classified information are consistent with the First Amendment.

This book, the first in the Free Expression in America series, addresses four critical issues: a public employee's right to disclose classified information to a journalist, the government's right to punish the press for publishing classified information, the government's right to punish a journalist for soliciting such information, and a journalist's right to keep his sources anonymous.


  • Robert F. Kennedy Book Award , ''Perilous Times

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