New York Times Review

Press Excerpt:
By Jeannette Catsoulis
Without Barney Rosset, the pioneering founder of Grove Press and The Evergreen Review, you might never have been able to hide that copy of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” from your parents or plaster that ubiquitous poster of Che Guevara on your dorm-room wall. And while those might not seem like the most critical rites of passage, they’re the result of nothing less than a cultural earthquake.
“Obscene” is the story of that seismic shift, viewed primarily through the gimlet eyes of its instigator. Mr. Rosset’s remorseless crusade against obscenity laws and his championing of the avant-garde would bring Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller and William Burroughs to American bookstores and “I Am Curious (Yellow)” to movie theaters. It also brought death threats, bomb attacks, government surveillance and near-penury to its indefatigable sponsor, a feisty octogenarian whose backbone was honed during World War II as a military photographer alongside Frank Capra and John Huston.
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