Washington Post correspondent and TV commentator Juan Williams has produced an illuminating look at a true giant of 20th-century American politics. Williams retells the story of Thurgood Marshall's successful desegregation of public schools in the U.S. with his victory in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, followed by his appointment to the Supreme Court in 1967 for a 24-year term. But he also recounts how W.E.B. Du Bois, then the head of the NAACP, gave a cold shoulder to the younger Marshall (who eventually helped oust Du Bois from the organization), and describes the tug of war between Marshall and FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, as well as the mind games Lyndon Johnson played on Marshall before nominating him for the Supreme Court. Readers also learn about Marshall's relationship with his replacement, Clarence Thomas, which was surprisingly civil given their contrary views on affirmative action. Williams has captured many examples of Thurgood Marshall's heroism and humanity in this comprehensive yet readable biography of a complex, combative, and courageous civil rights figure. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Thirteen years before becoming the first African-American justice on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall's place in American history was secured, with his victory over school segregation in Brown v. Board of Education. Williams (Eyes on the Prize) offers readers a thorough, straightforward life of "the unlikely leading actor in creating social change in the United States in the twentieth century." Although he was denied access to the files of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where Marshall devoted more than 40 years of his law career, and worked without the cooperation of Marshall's family, Williams has managed to fill in the blanks with over 150 interviews, including lengthy sessions with Marshall himself in 1989. Marshall is portrayed as an outspoken critic of black militancy and nonviolent demonstrations. Williams mentions, but does not dwell on, Marshall's history of heavy drinking, womanizing and sexual harassment. But his private contacts with J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, even while that organization was working to discredit Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, receives critical attention. This relationship "could have cost him his credibility among civil rights activists had it become known," writes Williams. Likewise, it would appear that his extra-legal activities and charges of incompetence and Communist connections would, if publicized, have kept him from the Supreme Court, as he himself admitted. Nevertheless, this work will stand as an accessible and fitting tribute to a champion of individual rights and "the architect of American race relations." Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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Great book! Very well written and nuanced. This book creates a context for the life and work of Justice Marshall that only enhances ones understanding of the enormity of his role... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Devin
Great work. by Williams .Must read for young adults that don't know struggle s of black citizens in united states.Published 6 months ago by Tommie R.
This book was covered in red marking pen with coments and drawings on most of the pages. It is not suitable for my library. Please send me a good hard-cover copy.Published 9 months ago by Marianne L.
Long before he was a controversial commentator on NPR and then FOX News, Juan Williams was a distinguished chronicler of the US Civil Rights era. Read morePublished 12 months ago by T. Graczewski
Justice Marshall's victories as the lead NAACP lawyer in dozens of civil rights cases, beginning in the late-1920s, are astounding when one considers that most of the cases were... Read morePublished 17 months ago by epm54338
Thurgood Marshall is one of the primary movers of the United States in the twentieth century. He was a trailblazer who challenged racial segregation head-on in the courts and won. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeremy A. Perron
This seems to be a very thorough book but I have to guess because I want to leave the wrapping on it since it is a Christmas gift. Read morePublished 21 months ago by shopaholic1
Juan Williams plows through the 'hard shell' of the late Justice Marshall and drives right into the deepest parts of Marshall's demons and skeletons. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by LaSonya Thompson, Esq.