My Grandfather's Son

My Grandfather's Son

A Memoir

Book - 2007
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The Supreme Court justice recounts his life story, from his impoverished childhood in Jim Crow-era Georgia and his struggles to acquire an education, to his publicly contested confirmation to the nation's highest court.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2007.
ISBN: 9780060565558
0060565551
Characteristics: xii, 289 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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wutitiz
Dec 09, 2019

I read it a while back, and just re-read it. Usually don't do that with a DC memoir, but this one is excellent.

It's written with brutal honesty, and IMO that is the key to writing an engaging memoir. For example, he talks about his drinking problem, among other things.

He names names of several people who knew that Anita Hill basically begged to follow him to the EEOC, purportedly after his harassment of her. It's hard to read this and not come away with the belief that she was lying.

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jackhwolf
Nov 19, 2018

Only knowing Thomas' history through his public stereotype, as the current most conservative member of the Court, it was educational for me, as a liberal, to hear his own words, and get his version with a lot more depth. In giving his view of the history, in particular with Anita Hill, he promotes his version and leaves little question of his correctness, but still comes out very sympathetic.

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dreloise
Sep 29, 2018

This is an excellent, heartfelt, and honest book about a fine man’s journey in life and what our current political system will do to try to destroy another human being. Everyone should read this book if you are at all interested in the fairness of the treatment of others. Especially enlightening in the face of what is currently happening to Mr. Kavenaugh.

What has this world come to?

RoninDRE Mar 08, 2013

This was a very good, inspiring memoir of Judge Thomas' grandparents, humble origins, trails and tribulations in Washington and dedication to the plight of his fellow black Americans.

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