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My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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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.
Justice Thomass memoir relates his rise from poverty to the elite circles of Washington as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, with a particular focus on the events that surrounded his confirmation hearings. He clearly feels a strong desire to tell his story, not only in his own words, but also in his own voice in this audiobook. Although his narration is clear and articulate, it is also studied and deliberate. He reads in a relatively flat tone that seldom varies, even in portions of the book in which his written words express strong emotions and firm convictions. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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All I knew about Justice Thomas is that people seem to love him or hate him. But I was determined to learn more about him since I liked what I read about him in "The Nine." This book gave me insight into the life of Clarence Thomas like I had not known before.
He was born in Pin Point, GA, a "town" that barely shows up on Google maps. His father was never in his life and mother couldn't afford to raise both him and his brother so she dropped them off at their Grandparents house one day and so begins the journey of Justice Thomas.
Thomas' Grandfather worked hard to send him to Catholic school throughout his secondary education career. The first half of the book chronicles the different schools Thomas went to and how he had to overcome discrimination in the segregated Deep South.
Second half of the book is about Justice Thomas' struggles after graduating law school, trying to make ends meet as he was married with a child making a menial salary while paying off student loans he accumulated.
The last 2-3 chapters, Thomas tells his side of the "Anita Hill" scandal and what he and his family went through personally. It was a scandal that nearly derailed his Supreme Court nomination (as if he hadn't run into a stonewall before that).
Overall, while reading "My Grandfather's Son", I believe I got an in-depth never before seen account of Justice Thomas' life and career. I admire his courage and ability to overcome all obstacles he has faced. It is a terrific book that I highly recommend.
Written with great humility, gratitude, and candor, Justice Thomas lays bare his shortcomings, and his fears but through all the hardships and attacks, he was able to persevere and rise beyond all expectations. Using the lessons learned from his Grandfather who raised him and whom he called Daddy, he learned to remain true to his beliefs despite the attacks aimed at him for going his own way. His story forcefully disputes the idea that all Blacks must think the same way. His life is a testament to individualism, hard work, and personal responsibility.
His recounting of the confirmation hearings where he was unmercifully attacked by partisan politicians who cared more about their own power than about the truth, showcases the lack of integrity that many politicians have. What was done to Clarence Thomas was a disgrace-an outrage to the confirmation process. It shows clearly that those involved in maligning his character and trying to destroy him have no scruples and no sense of decency.
His final appearance before the panel, will become legend and a turning point in America's perception of what it takes to be authentic. Better than anything Hollywood could produce, his final words to the panel, will serve as a beacon of courage, truth and inner fortitude. This book would be a great gift to any high school or college student.