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5.0 out of 5 stars A much-needed glimpse at the life of Justice Thomas, October 1, 2007
This review is from: My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir (Hardcover)
Not since his confirmation hearing have we heard directly from Justice Thomas about his life, background and formative experiences. This autobiography is a much-needed retrospective and, in many ways, a refutation of those critics who question his intellect and depth.

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.
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Showing 1-10 of 30 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 1, 2007 8:19:42 AM PDT
albarino says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2007 8:36:17 AM PDT
Dead Leaf says:
The point of my review was to address the substance of the book, not Justice Thomas's judicial philosophy. Fuglie is critical of issues that have absolutely nothing to do with this book. If you want to read something written by "journalists" or "legal scholars," go buy the New York Times or read Jeff Toobin's book. I don't claim to be either.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2007 9:55:03 AM PDT
Dead Leaf,
just out of curiousity, how did you get a copy of the book so early?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2007 10:15:10 AM PDT
D says:
I find your review of the review suspect because it is masked in objectivity (oh, and not to mention, you are obviously a big-government left wing loonie).

Posted on Oct 2, 2007 6:27:06 PM PDT
ironman96 says:
Check out this interview of Justice Thomas by Jan Crawford Greenberg of ABC. It's a great interview--if you find it interesting, I'm sure you'll love the book too.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3664143&page=1

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2007 11:47:32 AM PDT
Kris Teng says:
How can a book review be "masked in 'objectivity'?" Book reviews are, almost by definition, subjective. A book review is a report of one person's opinion of a book. A personal opinion is never objective.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 3, 2007 3:04:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 3, 2007 3:05:28 PM PDT
"...has been a major factor in pushing the Supreme Court further to the right."

Thank God, but you probably don't believe in God.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2007 11:51:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2007 1:51:23 PM PDT
albarino says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2007 12:22:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 4, 2007 1:56:15 PM PDT
Dead Leaf says:
1. All reviews and comments are subjective, including yours and including mine. I never claimed to be objective. You pinned that label on me. My opinion was subjective, based upon my reading of the book. Subjectively, I think Justice Thomas should be an inspiration for all people. Subjectively, I don't see how any person, with access to all of the facts, can objectively conclude that the manner in which the whole Anita Hill mess was handled was justifiable.

2. I would agree with you that so many of the reviews on either side of the issue are emotional and miss the point. That is to be expected - just take a look at some of the reviews posted regarding so many other books by or about polarizing figures. In most cases it is clear the reviewer didn't read the book but just wants to slam one side or the other.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2007 1:53:43 PM PDT
albarino says:
Dead Leaf ~ I didn't mean to leave the impression that your review was like the others you cite in your last sentence. I edited my last paragraph to clarify my position.

Regards,

GLF
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