- Series: Greenwood Biographies
- Hardcover: 172 pages
- Publisher: Greenwood (December 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440828970
- ISBN-13: 978-1440828973
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elena Kagan: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
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Biographies are a staple of any school library, and, luckily, these titles in the Greenwood Biographies series make it easier for teens to discover noteworthy Americans, whether for academic or personal research. The thorough coverage begins with a look at each individual’s formative years—such as Elena Kagan’s Jewish immigrant family—and shows how these events shaped personal and career paths. Elena Kagan focuses on the Supreme Court Justice’s impressive law career, including serving as a law clerk to Thurgood Marshall, becoming the first female dean of Harvard Law School, and being appointed the first female solicitor general. The book also devotes considerable attention to Kagan’s legal arguments and even explains how she did not always agree with her esteemed boss. Black-and-white photos, time lines, and extensive bibliographies round out these solid bios. Grades 9-12. --Angela Leeper
"[T]he bibliography, table of contents, timeline, and index do make it useful for a student or teacher." - Association of Jewish Libraries
"The thorough coverage begins with a look at each individual's formative years―such as Elena Kagan's Jewish immigrant family―and shows how these events shaped personal and career paths. . . . The book also devotes considerable attention to Kagan's legal arguments and even explains how she did not always agree with her esteemed boss. Black-and-white photos, time lines, and extensive bibliographies round out [this] solid bio." - Booklist
"A concise, fairly thorough, and well-written biography." - ARBA
"This biography is a well-written, heavily researched look into the path that Elena Kagan took throughout her life to get to the position of Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. . . . This creates a full, rich context for young readers. . . . Recommended." - Jewish Book Council
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The Soviet Union Flair, May 10-11, 2010
Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court Wannabee
Her first name is written almost in Cyrillic letters and both BBC and The New York Times mentioned that her ancestors coming from the Russian Empire. This figure of speech becomes the euphemism for the Jewish origin. But the word “Jew” was not used by American journalists since it probably sounded a bit like a “Yid” in Moscow. Surprise, surprise... The word “Jew” is a kind of taboo in both countries—the US and the former USSR. A word “Jewish” fares a tad better. The NYT, for a change, does talk about Ms. Kagan's synagogue but avoids even the word “Jewish”. I just hope The Wall Street Journal is not so sensitive to the words "Jew" and "Jewess." Check it out and let us know right here.
on her sunglasses
the unpeeled sticker
Jerusalem Day in Boston Public Library. May 12, 2010
All celebrants got a wake-up call from a group of Muslims, Jews and Christians unfurling their banners “WE WANT IT ALL” and displaying some silent criticism of Israel via their anti-Zionist shirts with some kind of tsitsit, the long threads on garment fringes.
Mr. Jacobson of Zamir Chorale of Boston made a presentation which I did not particularly like because he elected to talk at length about the tune borrowing and the outright plagiarism by composers of the famous Israeli songs performed by Yoram Gaon (“Pisgat haTsofim”) and Shuli Nathan (“Yirushalaim shel Zahav” by Naomi Shemer). Though this piracy could be true, Mr. Jacobson forgot to uplift our mood by the mere fact that the synagogue cantillations were the primary sources for musical culture of Europe including Poland and Portugal!
The virtual Zionist House of New England should be put on notice.
packing in Jerusalem:
from my suitcase the scent
of my Boston basement