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As the protagonist in one of the two leading libel cases, I feel a sort of parental pride and responsibility for the development of a law with respect to defamation. This book, therefore, has a special interest for me. It will hold the interest of others as well, including those who have not personally been involved in litigation.

I like its emphasis on actual trials, rather than exclusively on the reports of appellate reviews. Judge Jerome Frank, one of the most profound students of the law, used to say that schools that purported to teach only through reported cases shortchanged students. He claimed that students would absorb much more of the reality of their intended profession if they poured over transcripts of trials, discovery proceedings, motions, and the like. That is the basis on which I have written my definitive account of my own landmark case, and it is the basis on which the author of this book proceeded.

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  • Errors, Lies, and Libel *
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: The Problem 1
  • 2: Commissioner Sullivan and the New York Times 9
  • 3: Barry Goldwater and Fact Magazine 33
  • 4: Police Defame George Rosenbloom 60
  • 5: The Definitive Definition of a Public Person 78
  • 6: The Rules of Libel—beyond Comprehension 100
  • 7: Defamation Suits as Political Tools 122
  • 8: What to Do About Defamation 139
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  • Annotated Case List 155
  • Selected Annotated Bibliography 167
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