My Grandfather's Son A Memoir (Paperback)
|Author: Clarence Thomas|
|A controversial Supreme Court justice recounts his life story, from his impoverished childhood in Jim Crow-era Georgia and struggles to acquire an education to his publicly contested confirmation to the nations highest court and admiration of his family. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Thomas, Clarence *Subtitle: A Memoir *Publication Date: 2008/10/01 *Number of Pages: 289 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
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A controversial Supreme Court justice recounts his life story, from his impoverished childhood in Jim Crow-era Georgia and struggles to acquire an education to his publicly contested confirmation to the nation's highest court and admiration of his family. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Provocative, inspiring, and unflinchingly honest, My Grandfather's Son is the story of one of America's most remarkable and controversial leaders, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told in his own words. Thomas speaks out, revealing the pieces of his life he holds dear, detailing the suffering and injustices he has overcome, including the acrimonious and polarizing Senate hearing involving a former aide, Anita Hill, and the depression and despair it created in his own life and the lives of those closest to him. In this candid and deeply moving memoir, a quintessential American tale of hardship and grit, Clarence Thomas recounts his astonishing journey for the first time.
In this surprisingly candid memoir from the soft-spoken and controversial Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas provides a revealing look at his formative years, the shaping of his political views, and his rise from poverty in rural Jim Crow Georgia to becoming a member of the highest judicial body of the United States. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Thomas was raised by his grandfather, Myers Anderson, a stern and uncompromising man who beat Thomas, forced him into long hours of manual labor, kept him from playing sports or becoming a Cub Scout, and kicked him out of the house after he dropped out of seminary school. Despite this rough treatment, Thomas feels that his grandfather's tough love allowed him to become a resilient and strong individual in the mode of an Ayn Rand hero--an author he admires. His relationship with his grandfather also helps to explain Thomas's conservative bent, particularly his attacks against affirmative action. Even though an affirmative action program helped Thomas attend Yale Law School, he feels that the program robbed him of his chance to prove himself on his own. Much of the book deals with Thomas's confirmation to the court and his outrage at the "high-tech lynch mob" of the Anita Hill sexual harassment accusations. Thomas does not mince words with his attacks on liberals who attempted to discredit his reputation and dishonor his name. MY GRANDFATHER'S SON is a fascinating book that provides a vivid portrait of a man and shows how his remarkable experiences helped shape his psychology and values system.