Why Dissent Matters (Because Some People See Things the Rest of Us Miss)

A wide-ranging and provocative work on controversial 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, inconvenient, 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.

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Books by William Kaplan

Everything that Floats

“Provocative – a fascinating read.” (Irving Abella)

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State and Salvation: The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Their Fight for Civil Rights

“..essential reading for anyone interested in Canadian history, law and civil rights.” (John Bainbridge)

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Bad Judgment: The Case of Mr. Justice Leo A. Landreville

“An exceptionally well-told cautionary tale.” (Toronto Star)

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Presumed Guilty: Brian Mulroney, The Airbus Affair, and the Government of Canada

“A rigorous, concise, and fair account of a disgraceful abuse of police and ministerial powers.” (The National Post)

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A Secret Trial, Brian Mulroney, Stevie Cameron And The Public Trust

“William Kaplan’s A Secret Trial is quite possibly the most important book on public life in Canada that has been published this year.” (Andrew Potter, This Magazine)


“I can’t imagine a more entertaining political book than William Kaplan’s A Secret Trial” (Paul Wells, Macleans)


“Powerful” (Michael Bliss, The National Post)

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Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand

For anyone interested in the development of legal thinking in twentieth century Canada, this is required reading.” (Colin Campbell)

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Book Reviews


Edited Books

  • Moscow Despatches: Inside Cold War Russia (co-edited with Dean Beeby) (Toronto: James Lorimer & Company) 1987.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (I) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack and Morley Gunderson) (Toronto: Butterworths) 1991.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (II) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack and Morley Gunderson) (Toronto: Butterworths) 1991.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (III) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack and Morley Gunderson) (Toronto: Butterworths) 1992.
  • Belonging: The Meaning and Future of Canadian Citizenship (editor and contributor) (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press) 1993.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (IV) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack and Morley Gunderson) (Toronto: Butterworths) 1993.
  • Law Policy and International Justice: Essays in Honour of Maxwell Cohen (co-edited with Donald McRae) (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press) 1993.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (V) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack and Morley Gunderson) (Toronto: Lancaster House) 1995.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (VI) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack, Morley Gunderson & Roy Filion) (Toronto: Lancaster House) 1996.
  • Labour Arbitration Yearbook (VII) (co-edited with Jeffrey Sack, Morley Gunderson & Roy Filion) (Toronto: Lancaster House) 1998.