Judging Thomas (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Clarence Thomas, the youngest and most controversial member of the Supreme Court, could become the longest-serving justice in history, influencing American law for decades to come. Who is this enigmatic man? And what does he believe in?

Judging Thomas tells the remarkable story of Clarence Thomas's improbable journey from hardscrabble beginnings in the segregated South to the loftiest court in the land. With objectivity and balance, author Ken Foskett chronicles Thomas's contempt for upper-crust blacks who snubbed his uneducated, working-class roots; his flirtation with the priesthood and, later, Black Power; the resentment that fueled his opposition to affirmative action; the conservative beliefs that ultimately led him to the Supreme Court steps; and the inner resilience that propelled him through the doors.

Based on interviews with Thomas himself, fellow justices, family members, and hundreds of friends and associates, Judging Thomas skillfully unravels perhaps the most complex, controversial, and powerful public figure in America today.

  

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One of many books on the topic. A fairly pedestrian and outdated treatment. Read full review

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User Review  - Yvonne Carter - Goodreads

Great biography of Judge Clarence Thomas. Great read! What makes it incredible is his beginnings in the deep South, the strikes against him, to what he is now. A very controversial person and position. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
CLARENCE THOMAS
8
SANDY WILSON
20
MYERS ANDERSON
33
BLACK AND WHITE
54
THE ISLE OF NO HOPE
73
READY FOR WAR
92
IVY LEAGUE FAILURE
117
FAST TRACK
182
VIRGINIA
193
RELUCTANT JUSTICE
203
TRIAL OF HIS LIFE
227
WOUNDED BEAR
255
REHABILITATION
274
CHILDREN
300
Epilogue
319

NOT BAD FOR A STARVIN MAN
134
BLACK CONSERVATIVE
148
THE DUNGEON
160
Notes
320
Index
329
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Ken Foskett, an investigative reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covered legal affairs and state politics before serving as the newspaper's Washington correspondent from 1996 to 2001. Prior to joining the Journal-Constitution in 1989, Foskett worked for three years in southern Africa for Save the Children. A graduate of Yale and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, he is married and lives with his wife and son in Georgia.

For his biography of Justice Thomas, Foskett interviewed more than 300 people from every phase of Thomas’ life. Justice Thomas sat for interviews and is quoted in the book, along with Justice Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two of his closest colleagues. Foskett interviewed Thomas’ family members, schoolmates, college classmates and numerous officials from the Reagan and Bush administrations. “Part of the reason I wanted to write about Justice Thomas is that most people with first hand knowledge of his life were around to talk about him,” says Foskett. “They provided details, nuance and texture that isn’t always available to biographers relying on letters, personal papers or secondary sources.”

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