Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48Frances Kelsey was a quiet Canadian doctor and scientist who stood up to a huge pharmaceutical company wanting to market a new drug – thalidomide – and prevented an American tragedy. The nature writer Rachel Carson identi- fied an emerging environmental disaster and pulled the fire alarm. Public protests, individual dissenters, judges, and juries can change the world – and they do. A wide-ranging and provocative work on con- troversial subjects, Why Dissent Matters tells a story of dissent and dissenters – people who have been attacked, bullied, ostracized, jailed, and, sometimes when it is all over, celebrated. William Kaplan shows that dissent is noisy, messy, incon- venient, and almost always time-consuming, but that suppressing it is usually a mistake – it’s bad for the dissenter but worse for the rest of us. Drawing attention to the voices behind international protests such as Occupy Wall Street and Boycott, Divest, and Sanction, he contends that we don’t have to do what dissenters want, but we should listen to what they say. Our problems are not going away. There will always be abuses of power to confront, wrongs to right, and new opportunities for dissenting voices to say, “Stop, listen to me.” Why Dissent Matters may well lead to a different and more just future. “A brave and powerful book.” Constance Backhouse, University of Ottawa William Kaplan is a lawyer and author of many books, including, A Secret Trial: Brian Mulroney and the Public Trust. He lives in Toronto. 1 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 P U B L I C P O L I C Y • C U R R E N T E V E N T S Why Dissent Matters Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss william kaplan An inquiry into dissent and how it might save the world. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S June 2017 978-0-7735-5070-4 $34.95T CDN, $29.95T US, £25.99 cloth 6 x 9 360pp 5 photos, 1 map eBook available