This is a definitely book for serious lovers of history, legal arguments, or journalism. If it isn’t required reading at the college level, it should be. Did you know Americans have not always had a free press? At one time, to speak or write about government corruption, even when it was true, could get you jailed. The judge had the right to chose whether or not you had a jury present, or whether he would decide your fate. Thank goodness for James Alexander, William Smith, those behind Zenger’s newspaper, and Andrew Hamilton, attorney extraordinaire.
Those who know me well, know I love a good (factual, not emotional) debate. So, rest assured, I loved this account of the trial that provided Americans with a truly free press that would hold our government accountable for its actions. Peter Zenger suffered months in jail so that we could have this freedom. Thank you, Mr. Zenger. To read my review click right here.