"Alan has a truly brilliant mind, manifest not only in his knowledge of the law, but also in his unique approach to framing issues and crafting arguments, processes that so often have enabled a proper decision or a most reasoned point of view. Love him or hate him, but listen very carefully to what he has to say. You will always learn something of importance."
—Richard C. Mulligan, Mallinckrodt professor emeritus of genetics, Harvard Medical School; visiting scientist, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Life or liberty? One person wants the freedom not to be vaccinated—but at the expense of the life of another? What does equality mean, when access to health care, comorbidities, and ICU beds have never been distributed equally. Who decides who gets what, when, where, and how—when life and liberty are at stake? Whose life gets saved? For over fifty years, Alan Dershowitz has taken on the toughest constitutional issues of our time. Before ‘politically incorrect’ was a slogan, there was Alan. Of course, he’s still at it, tougher, sharper, and more provocative than ever.”
—Susan Estrich, professor of law and political science.
“Professor Dershowitz is one of the most influential civil libertarians of our time. He is also renowned and respected for his brave contrarian perspectives. This book’s advocacy for vaccine mandates is essential reading for all, regardless of your political leanings.”
—Dean Hashimoto, MD, oversees the Workplace Health and Wellness division at Mass General Brigham and is the author of The Case for Masks.
“In an era in which many arguments sound like ‘I’m right, you’re evil,’ legal scholar Alan Dershowitz makes his case without demonizing or dehumanizing those with whom he disagrees. Regardless of what you think about government vaccine mandates, this is the only way to engage in a truly liberal conversation.”
—Pamela Paresky, PhD, author of A Year of Kindness
“The advent of the coronavirus pandemic has faced our society with more difficult questions, and more controversy, than arose during earlier pandemics and epidemics. Opposition to vaccination has arisen within political, religious, and even scientific circles. Alan Dershowitz has tapped into his wide experience as a constitutional scholar and public advocate in order to analyze the issues fairly, often ingeniously. He comes down on the side of compulsory vaccination, (with exceptions as a last resort), but he does so in a manner that should convince even the most diehard skeptic.”
—Harvey A. Silverglate, civil liberties and criminal defense lawyer and author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
“Vaccines protect the individual and the community from infectious diseases. Vaccines can decrease transmission in the community and prevent the overburdening of the healthcare systems (e.g., taking up ICU beds). Vaccine mandates have played a major role in minimizing the burden of many infectious diseases. This book provides strong support for vaccine mandates in protecting communities, particularly from a legal point of view.”
—Kathryn Edwards, Walter Orenstein, David Stephens, authors of The Covid-19 Vaccine Guide
“Alan Dershowitz makes a strong case for vaccine mandates. While it may seem ironic that a long-time civil liberties lawyer would advocate for such mandates, he demonstrates that mandates actually further civil liberties by protecting the most vulnerable in society from potentially life-threatening illness and protecting the rights of the rest of us to function freely in society. He persuasively argues that one’s right to refuse a vaccine cannot trump the right to life and the freedom of movement and association—rights and freedoms that are now being compromised by the preventable spread of COVID-19.”
—Dan Kovalik, human rights and labor lawyer and author of Cancel This Book: The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture