Author(s): Edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
A unique collaboration between the American Civil Liberties Union and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Fight of the Century features original essays by the most influential writers at work today--including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, and more--each writing about a landmark ACLU case, published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the organization.
The American Civil Liberties Union began as a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller and Jane Addams. A century after its founding, the ACLU remains the nation's premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution.
In collaboration with the ACLU, prizewinning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU's 100-year history. In Fight of the Century, bestselling and award-winning authors present unique literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, the Scopes trial, Roe v. Wade, and more. Contributors include Geraldine Brooks, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Morgan Parker, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, and more.
Fight of the Century shows how throughout American history, pivotal legal battles, fought primarily by underdogs and their lawyers, have advanced civil rights and social justice. The ACLU has been integral in this process. The essays range from personal memoir to narrative history, each shedding light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country.
Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance and any subsequent proceeds connected to the book to the ACLU, and the contributors are forgoing payment.
Contributions by Geraldine Brooks; Yaa Gyasi; Sergio De La Paya; Dave Eggers; Timothy Egan; Li Yiyun; Meg Wolitzer; Héctor Tobar; Aleksandar Hemon; Elizabeth Strout; Rabih Alameddine; Moriel Rothman-Zecher; Jonathan Lethem; Salman Rushdie; Lauren Groff; Jennifer Egan; Scott Turow; Morgan Parker; Victor Lavalle; Michael Cunningham; ; Neil Gaiman; Jesmyn Ward; George Saunders; Marlon James; William Finnegan; Anthony Doerr; C. J. Anders; Brenda J. Childs; Andrew Sean Greer; Louise Erdrich; Viet Thanh Nguyen; Adrian Nicole LeBlanc; Jacqueline woodson; Ann Patchett; Brit Bennett; Steven Okazaki; David Handler
Foreword by David Cole