Chris Finan is president of American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, which was established by the American Booksellers Association in 1990 to defend the First Amendment rights of booksellers and their customers. Mr. Finan has been involved in the fight against censorship for over 25 years. He is the chair of Media Coalition, a trade association that defends the rights of businesses that produce and distribute First Amendment-protected material.

A native of Cleveland, Mr. Finan is a graduate of Antioch College. After working as a newspaper reporter, he studied American history at Columbia University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. He is the author of "Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior" (Hill and Wang), a biography of the New York governor who was the first Catholic to run for President. His latest book is "From the Palmer Raids to the PATRIOT Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America" (Beacon Press), the winner of the American Library Associationís Eli M. Oboler Award for the best work on intellectual freedom published in 2006 and 2007.

Mr. Finan is married to Pat Willard, a writer whose most recent book is "America Eats! On the Road with the WPA - the Fish Fries, Box Supper Socials and Chitlin Feasts that Define Real American Food" (Bloomsbury). They have two sons and live in Brooklyn, New York.


Alfred E. Smith: The Happy Warrior
A life of the crusading liberal and first Catholic candidate for President
From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America
The first comprehensive history of the evolution of free speech in the United States
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