Nat Brandt is the author of “The Man Who Tried to Burn New York,” which won the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award, and is a former editor at American Heritage. Nat Brandt was born in New York City in 1929. He is a veteran journalist for CBS News and The New York Times, former managing editor of The American Heritage Dictionary, and former editor in chief of Publishers Weekly. Brandt is also an accomplished American history novelist whose work includes the book “Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theater Fire of 1903.”
Ken White explores the origins of the phrase “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” and whether or not it actually calls for exceptions to the First Amendment.
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