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My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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About the Author
Clarence Thomas is Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Born in Pinpoint, Georgia, he is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Yale Law School. He lives with his wife and great nephew in northern Virginia.
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Justice Thomas takes us from his humble beginnings in the racist Deep South, raised by a tough love grandfather, to his days as a seminarian, to college and law school, and to government service that ultimately led him to the US Supreme Court.
Most important, he provides his account of the Anita Hill fiasco. I think any objective reader will be hard pressed to read this account and not come away with a sense that what happened to Justice Thomas ranks among one of the most low down, dirty things our elected officials have done to any one individual.
Whether or not one agrees with his judicial philosophy, this autobiography is an important book. It reveals a very thoughtful, complex, almost anguished man in such a way that I think both critics and supporters will be surprised. Regardless of one's point of view, Justice Thomas can and should be viewed as an example to people of all colors that economic disadvantage can be overcome.
Thomas chronicles his rise from poverty, his upbringing by his grandfather who taught him lessons of personal responsibility, and his up-and-down road to the Supreme Court. All the while Thomas honestly depicts the barriers he faced and the hurdles he had to overcome.
Of course, Thomas also finally speaks about the Anita Hill charges. With candor about the pain and with substantiating evidence about the facts, his side of the story is finally told.
But the greater message of the book is the story of how Thomas moved beyond suffering and prejudice and bias to live the America dream. It is a story filled with hope and dignity. It is a story worth telling and worth reading.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction , Spiritual Friends, and Soul Physicians.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first read this book a few weeks after attending the funeral of Senator Clementa Pinckney in Charleston. I was full of anger and sorrow, and was ready to hate this book. Why not? Read morePublished 1 day ago by Fizzygirl717
An excellent book for young and old. It is especially important in showing young people that education and hard work are necessary to achieve one's goals in life.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
You'll be amazed at what Joe Biden and Juan Williams do to this great man.Published 4 months ago by Michael Fillinger
Justice Thomas is wrongly criticized for his conservative views. This book explains the process in not only how he became a Supreme Court Justice but also his transformation from... Read morePublished 5 months ago by McKay
Am incredible journey from dire poverty to the Supreme Court with tremendous obstacles in his path. Inspirational and eye-opening.Published 6 months ago by Lungdoc
Excellent book that provided key elements into his life that made him the person that he is today.Published 6 months ago by Ken Lofton
Wonderful book detailing Justice Clarence Thomas' rise from poverty in the South through the nomination process to the Supreme Court. Read morePublished 6 months ago by TSW Eagle
I bought the paperback as a gift, after listening to the audiobook. Listening to it in the author's own voice really adds to it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by daniel