FOR RELEASE: April 8, 2022

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., April 8 – The latest book by Media Institute Distinguished Fellow Stuart N. Brotman offers unique perspectives on the meaning of the First Amendment as seen through the eyes of a “who’s who” of contemporary First Amendment icons.

The First Amendment Lives On: Conversations Commemorating Hugh M. Hefner’s Legacy of Enduring Free Speech and Free Press Values presents conversational interviews Brotman conducted with eight persons who in their lifetimes have come to represent a “greatest generation” of free speech and free press scholars and advocates.

Interview subjects include Floyd Abrams, who represented The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case before the U.S. Supreme Court, prominent First Amendment attorney and author Robert Corn-Revere, former ACLU president Nadine Strossen, and Burt Neuborne, founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice.

“Stuart Brotman brings the First Amendment to life through the words of genuine free-speech legends,” said Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar.  “Stuart’s skillful interview style and meticulous preparation enable him to unlock a storehouse of First Amendment reflections, passions, and war stories from the front-line defenders of this precious freedom.”

Publishers Weekly wrote: “Brotman is an effective interviewer adept at untangling complex legal principles, and his subjects are eloquent advocates for the amendment’s vital role in protecting the ‘marketplace of ideas.’  Free speech advocates will find this a valuable resource.”

Brotman and two of his interview subjects, Floyd Abrams and Robert Corn-Revere, are members of The Media Institute’s First Amendment Advisory Council.

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