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Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice

Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice

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by Joan Biskupic

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Sandra Day O'Connor, America's first woman justice, was called the most powerful woman in America. She became the axis on which the Supreme Court turned, and it was often said that to gauge the direction of American law, one need look only to O'Connor's vote. Drawing on information gleaned from once-private papers, hundreds of interviews, and the insight gained

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Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is 453 pages. It explains not only her life, but a lot of others too. I recomend this book for those who love to read. I got very iterested in this book. I love her life story and am inspired by her hard work and determination. She would not let comments stop her from becoming the best she could be! Very well written book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For many, the political process surrounding the appointment of a United States Supreme Court Justice is nothing short of baffling. In the past year, the public has been reintroduced to the gruesome and painstaking procedures involved in judicial confirmations. For this contemporary generation, which may be unfamiliar with the hearings of such justices as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Steven G. Breyer or for the previous generations ignorant of the plethora of factors involved in these justices¿ appointments, a window overlooking the vast entity that is the Supreme Court, has now been cleansed, allowing light to finally shine through the dust of greatness. Although the Supreme Court is certainly not the most exciting literary subject, Sandra Day O¿Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, is a book worth reading, as it illustrates, in immaculate detail, a world of political correctness, painstaking decision making, and intellectual ability, revealed for all to see. From her ¿pioneer roots,¿ growing up on her family¿s Lazy B Ranch to her ¿personal discovery¿ in her years at Stanford Law School, graduating third in her class to her years as a State Senator, earning the role of Senate Majority Leader to her experience as a County Superior Court Judge, broadening her already expansive grasp of the judicial process and finally to her role as one of the U.S. Supreme Court¿s most influential justices, standing as a beacon of hope and integrity, the life of Sandra Day O¿Connor is described with noticeable evidence of the extensive research conducted by the author, Joan Biskupic. Since 1989, Mrs. Biskupic has covered the activities of the Supreme Court. Her experience as a Georgetown University Law Center graduate, combined with her background as a journalist for USA Today, and her previous job as the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post, is evident in both her literary style and attention to ¿minor¿ details. The path that the author takes to depict Justice O¿Connor¿s life, for example, is one that blends the history of four generations of her family, along with the contributions provided by her education, professions, friendships, relationships, and personal attributes. The reader will learn of O¿Connor¿s grandfather and grandmother, Henry Clay Day and Alice Edith Hilton, who were marked by their thirst for adventure, capitalistic mindsets, and Yankee heritage. We also learn that O¿Connor¿s grandfather was ¿more aloof than affectionate¿ The knowledge gained of this branch of O¿Connor¿s ancestry builds a firm foundation for readers to further understand her father, who as a youth, had a sense for business and handling financial affairs, and was also ¿temperamental, had little money, [and] no college education.¿ The reader also is given insight into the childhood of her mother, Ada Mae Wilkey Day. Ada was born in Mexico in 1904, and soon after, moved to Arizona where her father bought the Duncan Mercantile general store and acquired a cattle ranch. Ada was one that ¿plunged into life with infinite energy and was not afraid¿¿ In giving further details of not only those who affected Justice O¿Connor¿s life, but also background for why those characters acted in the way they did (i.e. the environment that they were raised in), the reader is able to fully grasp the shaping of an American icon. Another feature of Biskupic¿s writing is her willingness and ability to provide the pros and cons of Sandra Day O¿Connor¿s life. Not only did Biskupic highlight O¿Connor¿s positive traits, she also described the various criticisms voiced against her. For example, during the confirmation hearings, some Senators voiced their concern that O¿Connor had never been appointed to a federal judgeship, and therefore didn¿t have the experience deemed necessary. Other Senators strongly disagreed with her legislative record regarding abortion, and would make constant interruptions to further
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
So this book is a pretty straight forward autobiography that sets out the facts of Sandra Day O'Connor's life. There isn't anything spectacular about the writing or storytelling other than Sandra's life is interesting enough to make it a very worthwhile read. Her non-traditional route to the highest court makes her even more interesting to me.
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Also, how long is it??? Is it a chapter book???I'm desperate 'cuz i have a school project and need a book on her. PLEASE ANSWER SOON!!!!!!!! Thx so much if u answer