Dangerous Ideas is a vivid history of censorship and thought suppression, reaching from the origins of language to the current floods of online disinformation, and tracing the ongoing tension between humankind’s basic urge to speak and its compulsion to silence the speech of others.


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"Readers will be sad to arrive at the end of this skillful piece of popular history."


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Author, human rights lawyer, and journalist Eric Berkowitz's articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a range of online outlets. His first two books, about the intersection of sex, marriage and the law over history, earned accolades worldwide. The Sunday London Times, for example, called his first book, Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire, “Enlightening, astounding, broad-ranging and rich in detail, exciting and impressively relentless.” 


Eric has now turned his attention to the history of Western censorship. His new book, Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West from the Ancients to Fake News, brings all of Eric's analytical and storytelling talents to bear, focusing on the travails of the people, famous and obscure, who played central roles in the formation of our right to express ourselves.    

"Enlightening, astounding, broad-ranging and rich in detail, exciting and impressively relentless."


-- The Sunday London Times

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