Based on exclusive interviews and access to the Supreme Court archives, this is the intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of America's first female Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor--by New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.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 ulti...
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This was one of those surprises - an available book at the library! Not one waved at me on FB or Audible or GR or Kindle sellers. . . .sometimes I worry that all I'm reading is what is being marketed at me. . . .so this was fun. A library book waiting for check-in, that I got to scoop up!
This was fantastic - it was SOC's (Sandra O'Connor) story from the very beginning to now - all she has been through, and although it is a biography and not autobiographical, I think it is as close as she would c ...more
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Top five of the biographies I’ve read in the past five years.
The cyclical storytelling of this phenomenal account of SOC’s life, does not feel like the momentous (nearly) 500 page monster that it is, because it flows so wonderfully.
Each segment is hinted at in the chapter’s title page, and the photographs included drew me into each section, anticipating the details.
This book had so many pieces of incredibl ...more
Evan Thomas has written a biography of Sandra Day O’Connor that is well worth reading for many reasons. The title hints at the importance of her role as the first female Supreme Court Justice, but following her life story in many ways is to follow the part of United States history that occurs in her lifetime.
Born in El Paso in 1930, her life on a cattle ranch came at a time when girls were expected to grow up and settle into good marriages as gracious hostesses for ambitious husbands. She sets h ...more
A very readable biography of a truly remarkable woman and Supreme Court Justice. The court lost its way and restraint after her retirement.
I was very excited to receive a free copy from netgalley for an honest review.
Short answer- I loved this book!
Long answer- I grew up wanting to be this woman, and after studying law, and reading countless briefs written by her as well as seeing documentaries throughout my life, I felt like I knew a fair amount about who she was. But, this book showed what shaped her and how irreverent she is, but also showed how seriously she took her calling. There’s a difference in knowing what to do, and kno ...more
One of the better biographies I have read in a while. I knew very little about Sandra Day O'Connor other than the fact that she was the first female Supreme Court Justice. I really enjoyed learning about her life in the Southwest and appreciated her approach to work and success. She never made excuses, was direct in her approach, was disciplined in her habits, and she expected others to be the same in these areas. She was tough on her clerks, but also tried to mentor and look out for them. In he ...more
This could possibly be the best biography I’ve read. Besides the detail of her life there’s a pervasive sense of her personality and her strength. For such a forthright woman’s story the book is nuanced and challenging to my preconceptions of this woman. She is indeed an icon and a unique woman who unabashedly had it all through hard work and a sense of her worth.
Evan Thomas did an excellent job in this authorized biography of the first on so many levels. While the book for me started slow, it quickly gained traction and Evan does an outstanding job of discussing her career, her family and her Supreme Court interactions and rulings. It is a wonderful addition to my collection of Supreme Court biographies and books.