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Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

A revelatory biography of the first African American Supreme Court Justice--one of the giants of the civil rights movement, and one of the most transforming Supreme Court Justices of the twentieth century.Over the course of his legendary forty-year career, Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, fought for human rights and human dignity. Perhaps more than any other justice in recent history, he used the system to fundamentally change America. Wil Haygood probes Marshall's life on a personal level, recounts the dramatic five-day-long Senate hearing to confirm Marshall's Supreme Court nomination, and delves deeply into the most important legal cases of Marshall's career. And we meet the politicians, lawyers, civil rights activists, and others whose lives were intertwined with Marshall's, including President Lyndon Johnson, Congressman Adam Clayton Powell (whose scandals almost cost Marshall the Supreme Court judgeship), and Harry and Harriette ...

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ISBN : 40921628
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Number of Pages : 418 pages
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Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America Reviews

  • Glen Kizer

    Great book. Biographies can be tough for me because I usually already know a lot about the subject of each biography. But in this book, Wil Haygood did a great job of keeping my interest even though I knew a lot about Justice Marshall before starting the book. Also, if you saw the movie "Marshall" you saw a young Thurgood Marshall defend an innocent man. This biography is about his life but it concentrates a good deal on the politically dangerous move to nominate a Black man to the US Supreme Co ...more

  • Richard Levine

    Thurgood Marshall was an American hero; a great lawyer who did as much as anyone to advance the cause of equal rights under law for black people; and the first black Supreme Court justice. Unfortunately, this book, which is framed around the confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate when LBJ nominated Marshall to the Court in 1967, doesn't do justice to the Justice.

    Author Haygood uses lots of breathless prose to try to build up the tremendous "drama" about Marshall's nomination and the subsequent

  • Paul Womack

    I read this after reading "The Devil in the Grove" and will follow over the next few weeks with several other volumes in which Thurgood Marshall plays a crucial role. What a heroic figure, who in some respects fell into the historical context that propelled him into a greatness lesser men might have avoided. Passionate, courageous, intellectually forceful, we are better as a people for his service. The citations from the Senate transcripts reveal how judicial philosophy could be used to sustain ...more

  • John DiConsiglio

    The story of Thurgood Marshall, civil rights giant & first black Supreme Court Justice, & LBJ, the southern president who appointed him, should be a titanic historical yarn with two outsized personalities battling a judicial committee of foaming-at-the-mouth racists. But we’ll have to wait for Robert Caro to write it. This is a serviceable but uninspiring substitute. Marshall’s confirmation hearing was packed with drama; the chair called blacks an “inferior race”—on the Senate floor! The ...more

  • Katie

    This was a frustrating book. Too much of it was either confirmation testimony offered in direct quotes, with the author breaking in every few exchanges to remind us how exciting we should find it, or the kind of "all the South was outraged" and "all African-Americans felt a swell of pride" kind of history writing that I find lazy and irritating. It does offer an interesting cross-section of where Washington was on race in the 60s, but in a way that seemed more geared toward making legends of rea ...more

  • Melody Riggs

    This one took me awhile to read, but not because it was slow or boring. It was incredibly well researched, and I found myself putting the book down and then getting lost down the rabbit hole of the internet looking up more information about people and events Haygood writes about. I had the opportunity to hear Haygood speak in early January and am looking forward to his forthcoming book.

  • Nicholas Nagykery

    I knew very little about Thurgood Marshall before reading this book, but I developed tremendous admiration for this American hero. Showdown is an in-depth review of the confirmation hearings of Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court Justice. It weaves in the history of the civil rights movement and the brutal prejudice of many white southerners from the plantation holders to the police force to government officials. I also never knew how much President LBJ did for civil rights in this ...more

  • Tim

    Changed? The biography of Justice Marshall moved along fairly well before bogging down 2/3 through. Instead of dealing with his victories and landmark decisions, the author chose to focus too much on squabbles leading up to his confirmation. 6 of 10 stars