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    DescriptionWinner of Polemic of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, and the advent of the Web which allowed for even the smallest voice to be heard, everywhere you turned you were told that we were living in an age of unparalleled freedom. You Can't Read This Book argues that this view is dangerously naive. From the revolution in Iran that wasn't, to the Great Firewall of China and the imposition of super-injunctions from the filthy rich protecting their privacy, the traditional opponents of freedom of speech - religious fanaticism, plutocratic power and dictatorial states - are thriving, and in many respects finding the world a more comfortable place in the early 21st century than they did in the late 20th. This is not an account of interesting but trivial disputes about freedom of speech: the rights and wrongs of shouting 'fire' in a crowded theatre, of playing heavy metal at 3 am in a built-up area or articulating extremist ideas in a school or university. Rather, this is a story that starts with the cataclysmic reaction of the Left and Right to the publication and denunciation of the Satanic Verses in 1988 that saw them jump into bed with radical extremists. It ends at the juncture where even in the transgressive, liberated West, where so much blood had been spilt for Freedom, where rebellion is the conformist style and playing the dissenter the smart career move in the arts and media, you can write a book and end up destroyed or dead.


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    Title
    You Can't Read This Book
    Subtitle
    Censorship in an Age of Freedom
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nick Cohen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 330
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 380 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007308903
    ISBN 10: 0007308906
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPVH2
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    LC classification: Z
    B&T General Subject: 650
    DC22: 323.443
    Abridged Dewey: 363
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL039000
    DC23: 323.443
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/POLTAS
    Thema V1.0: JBFV
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    FOURTH ESTATE LTD
    Publication date
    18 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Nick Cohen is a journalist and commentator for the Observer and Evening Standard. He is also the author of 'What's Left'? - the most important and provocative commentaries on how the Left lost its way.
    Review quote
    'Cohen is perhaps the most insightful, thought-provoking and entertaining political writer in Britain today, and comes from the honest tradition of English liberal thought that threads from John Milton to John Stuart Mill and George Orwell' Telegraph, Ed West 'Nick Cohen's books are like the best Smiths songs; however depressing the content, the execution is so shimmering, so incandescent with indignation that the overall effect is transcendently uplifting' Julie Burchill, Prospect 'It is useful to have all this material in one place, particularly for the benefit of young people, who must be taught about previous disputes over free expression' Hanif Kureishi, Independent 'You can read this book, and you probably should' Hugo Rifkind, The Spectator 'Into the space vacated by the controversialist Christopher Hitchens we might recruit the sardonic, sceptical columnist Nick Cohen' Iain Finlayson, The Times 'Nick Cohen's new book is a corrective to the tendency of internet utopians to think that the web has ushered in an "age of transparency" New Statesman 'Writing with passion, wit and erudition, Cohen draws upon the spirit of Orwell and Milton in his call for a fightback against the onslaught on free speech' Metro, 4 stars 'You Can't Read This Book. You can, OF COURSE. And you should. Cohen is right about everything that matters.' Standpoint, Anthony Julius