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First : Sandra Day O'Connor / Evan Thomas.

Thomas, Evan, 1951- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781984887009
  • ISBN: 1984887009
  • Physical Description: xix, 770 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First large print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note: "An intimate portrait of the first woman supreme Court Justice." - cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 709-713) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Lazy B -- Stanford -- The golden couple -- Majority leader -- Arizona judge -- The president calls -- Inside the marble palace -- Scrutiny -- FWOTSC -- Cancer -- A woman's role -- Civic religion -- Bush v. Gore -- Affirmative action -- End game -- Labor of love.
Summary, etc.: "She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her class at law school in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings--doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness. She became the first-ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise. Women and men today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family and believed in serving her country, who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for the women who followed her"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #2
    Although a child of a flinty Arizona desert ranch, O'Connor was equally at home in Washington, D.C.'s glittering country clubs and salons. The dichotomy of her existence was one that served her well, providing her with the grit and determination to blaze trails as a woman in what was then known as a man's profession, the law. It also gave her the ability to inform a broad and empathic view of life's most complex problems, from racial and gender inequality to reproductive rights to freedom of speech. O'Connor's 1981 appointment as the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court was the culmination of a hard-fought battle for professional advancement, beginning with an unpaid position in a county district attorney's office and culminating in becoming the first woman majority leader in Arizona's state senate. By thoroughly mining O'Connor's archives and interviewing the trail-blazing justice's family, friends, and former clerks, the award-winning Thomas (Ike's Bluff, 2012) creates a fully realized portrait of this heroic, stalwart, and pioneering lawyer and Supreme Court justice, whose contributions to American jurisprudence are legendary and enduring. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Evan Thomas is the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestsellers John Paul Jones, Sea of Thunder, and Being Nixon. Thomas was a writer, correspondent, and editor for thirty-three years at Time and Newsweek, including ten years as Washington bureau chief at Newsweek, where, at the time of his retirement in 2010, he was editor at large. He wrote more than one hundred cover stories and in 1999 won a National Magazine Award. He wrote Newsweek’s election specials in 1996, 2000, 2004 (winner for Newsweek of the National Magazine Award), and 2008. He appears on many TV and radio talk shows, including Meet the Press and Morning Joe. Thomas has taught writing and journalism at Harvard and Princeton, where, from 2007 to 2014, he was Ferris Professor of Journalism.

Subject: O'Connor, Sandra Day, 1930-
United States. Supreme Court > Officials and employees > Biography.
O'Connor, Sandra Day, 1930-
United States. Supreme Court.
Women judges > United States > Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
LAW / Legal History.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
Employees.
Women judges.
United States.
Genre: Biographies.
Biography.
Large type books.
Biographies.

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