UCLA professor and author of several well-received books on U.S. public affairs, Sasha Issenberg has written an in-depth account of the many battles encountered for same-sex marriage to finally be sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court in his major new book, The Engagement: America’s Quarter-Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage (Pantheon).
“In this deeply engaging and comprehensively reported work, Sasha Issenberg traces the story of marriage equality from its beginnings as a nearly impossible dream to its current status as an essential right. This engrossing account of social change, political will and human rights arrives at a moment of great urgency. Issenberg’s narrative will inform the efforts of anyone who strives for a more equal country, and touch the heart of anyone who has seen their rights come up for debate.”—Pete Buttigieg.
“At once political history, movement autopsy, legal chronicle, and fly-on-the-wall account, Sasha Issenberg’s latest is one of his most thought-provoking books to date. By reckoning with the stories of those who hoped finally to legalize same-sex marriage, as well as those who were determined to delay, or actively to prevent, such a revolution, Issenberg animates one of this nation’s most recent and dramatic civil rights fights as few others have. And, in doing so, he makes clear not only that its origins were most complex, but also why its legacy remains most uncertain.” —Heather Ann Thompson.
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