Redeeming the Dream

  • by David Boies, Theodore B. Olson
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The riveting inside story of the Supreme Court's landmark rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 - by the two lawyers who argued the case.
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United Statesissued a pair of landmark decisions, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and eliminating California's discriminatory Proposition 8, thereby reinstating the freedom to marry for gays and lesbians in California.
Redeeming the Dream is the story of how David Boies and Theodore B. Olson - who argued against each other all the way to the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore - joined forces after that titanic battle to forge the unique legal argument that would carry the day. As allies, they tell the fascinating story of the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry,from Proposition 8's adoption by voters, in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry, in 2013.
Boies and Olson guide listeners through the legal framing of the case, making crystal clear the constitutional principles of due process and equal protection in support of marriage equality while explaining, with intricacy, the basic human truths they set out to prove when the duo put state-sanctioned discrimination on trial.
Redeeming the Dream offers listeners an authoritative, dramatic, and up-close account of the most important civil-rights issue - fought and won - since Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia.

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What did you love best about Redeeming the Dream?

Not only does it tell the back story of the California Prop 8 case but it provides insight by world class supreme court attorneys on the foundational strategy necessary to target propulsion to the U.S. Supreme Court. Seems to me as a recent law school graduate that this book is a must read for aspiring attorneys.


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- Ricky Verret

Wonderfully engrossing and often emotional book

What did you love best about Redeeming the Dream?

How everyone in the book was treated with respect by the authors. The activists on both sides, the opposing lawyers, the LGBT community as a whole, and even those who backed Prop 8 were given a fair deal. Some didn't come across very well, but it was on their own merits, not by being run down by the authors.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Redeeming the Dream?

The build up to the Supreme Court case and the actual proceedings inside the Supreme Court. It was unbelievable the amount of work that goes into preparing for the Supreme Court and then how very fast the actual appeal goes in the Courtroom. The fact that each lawyer has a prepared argument, but rarely gets past the first line or so before being interrupted by one of the justices.


What about Mike Chamberlain’s performance did you like?

His ability to make what could have become dry legal mumbo jumbo and bring it to life.


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- A. Moose

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.