Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court Justice

Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court Justice

by Christopher E. Henry

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School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-This book follows Thomas's life from his childhood in Georgia to his appointment as Supreme Court Justice. Most of the text deals with experiences that influenced him; this focus on his early life results in a simple and incomplete picture of the man. Macht certainly presents the subject's admirable qualities, but leaves unexplored important facets of his personality. The basis and extent of his work in the legal arena is largely ignored. However, the investigation of his views is especially timely, echoed in the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action. The controversy with Anita Hill is addressed, but the emphasis is on the confirmation process and its effect on Thomas and his family. The writing style is inviting and easy to read. Occasionally, however, odd, seemingly unrelated facts are interjected and minor stories sometimes ramble. Black-and-white photos are informative and well placed. Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson's Strange Justice (Houghton, 1994) investigates Thomas's road to the Supreme Court in a more critical fashion, and serves as a mirror opposite in developing a picture of the man's success.-Carrol McCarthy, Tower Hill School, Wilmington, DE

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Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
Chelsea House Black Americans of Achievement Series
Product dimensions:
7.03(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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