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Free Speech For Me - But Not For Thee: How the American Left and Right Relentlessly Censor Each Other.
New York: Harper Collins, 1992. New York: Harper Collins,, 1992. Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket. A fine copy in fine jacket. First edition, first printing, the copy of the Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, with his annotations to the text. Hentoff (1925-2017) was a frequent contributor to Playboy, and like Hefner, a champion of civil liberties. In 1980, he received one of the first Hugh H. Hefner First Amendment Awards for his book The First Freedom. The present book is a strident defence of free speech, laying the blame for its suppression at both sides of the political spectrum. Hefner has underlined various passages, and has marked certain pages with paperclips, as was his custom. He takes particular interest in the section covering the attempt by the American Family Association of Florida to boycott stores selling Playboy, which led 7-Eleven to cease stocking the titles - Hefner has written "No! Threats of boycott are [the word "illegal" crossed out] wrong in First Amendment Cases" (p. 292), along with various exclamation marks in the margins. Following the death of Hefner in 2017, his library was sold with proceeds going to the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, dedicated to promoting and preserving individual liberty, with a focus on sexual freedom and drug decriminalization. His posthumous bookplate is affixed to the front pastedown.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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