The authors of this book are a defendant and a defense attorney from the trial in question, The Great Sedition Trial of 1944, also known as United States v. McWilliams. Lawrence Dennis was one of the 30 people charged with violating the Smith Act; Maximilian St. George was defense attorney for Joseph McWilliams, another of the defendants in the trial. The book provides a detailed dissection of the proceedings, as well as background on the case against the accused seditionists. The authors summarize their cautionary tale: "The moral is one of the major points of this book: laws intended to get one crowd may well be used by them to get the authors and backers of the law. This just another good argument for civil liberties and freedom of speech." 9.5 in.