Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream

Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream

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by Antonia Felix
     
 

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"Necessary reading" (Booklist) from a New York Times bestselling biographer.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with Sonia Sotomayor's former colleagues, family, friends, and teachers, New York Times bestselling biographer Antonia Felix explores Sotomayor's childhood, the values her parents instilled in her, and the events that

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"Necessary reading" (Booklist) from a New York Times bestselling biographer.

Drawing on in-depth interviews with Sonia Sotomayor's former colleagues, family, friends, and teachers, New York Times bestselling biographer Antonia Felix explores Sotomayor's childhood, the values her parents instilled in her, and the events that propelled her to the highest court in the land. With insight and thoughtful analysis, Felix paints a revealing portrait of the woman who would come to meet President Obama's rigorous criteria for a Supreme Court justice, examining how Sotomayor's experiences shed light on her Supreme Court rulings-and how she will continue to write her great American legacy.

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Publishers Weekly
Because Sotomayor's mother was raised in Puerto Rico in "a context of poverty" unseen in the United States, she worked hard to instill in her daughter, Sonia, the believe that "education was the key to everything." Even so, when Sotomayor arrived at Princeton and realized the gap between her skills and those of students from elite high schools, she spent the next summer reading classics and reviewing grammar books. Felix, who has written biographies of Laura Bush and Condoleeza Rice, provides anecdotes to illustrate Sotomayor's pluck and perseverance. During a recruiting dinner with a large law firm, for instance, Sotomayor accused the interviewer of asking discriminatory questions, filed a complaint against the firm, and petitioned Yale to drop their recruiting privileges. Sotomayor's impressive resume includes jobs with the Manhattan DA's office (the first time she "had given any thought to public service other than the State Department"), Pavia & Harcourt, where she worked on the "Fendi contra counterfeiting program," and the distinction of becoming the first Hispanic judge on a federal bench in New York. Readers looking for a riveting and meticulously researched book on the Supreme Court Justice will be engrossed.
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Library Journal
In this pleasant biography, Felix (Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story) recounts Sotomayor's remarkable life so far. A daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Sotomayor was raised in public housing in New York and gained admission to Princeton and then Yale Law School, successfully combating discrimination within these two elite institutions. After a tour as an assistant district attorney (ADA) under Robert Morgenthau and eight years in a private law firm, she was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to a federal district court in 1992, inaugurating her judicial career, with President Clinton elevating her to the federal appeals court in New York. Last year, America's first black President named Sotomayor the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice and only its third woman. VERDICT Felix offers substantial detail about some of Sotomayor's cases as an ADA and as a judge along with perhaps more background on her personal life than has been aired, but by and large there's little new in this telling. The legal detail makes it unsuitable for most readers below college age. Recommended for large public libraries and all college and university collections.—Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425242957
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,330,834
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Antonia Felix is the author of more than fifteen nonfiction books, including bestselling political biographies of Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and many other networks. She lives in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anatole_France More than 1 year ago
Justice Sotomayor is a truly remarkable and likable woman. This short book encapsulates her life and achievements and adds details that will be new to most readers. I did not get a better understanding of or insight into her as a person; this was undoubtedly due to the author's having to rely on secondary sources rather than the Judge's own telling. The quotes from friends and coworkers describing her personal traits tended to be repetitive and read more like letters of reference than affording one glimpses into what has made her such a high achiever. It's easy to say it was her mother's example, or her fascination with Perry Mason, but there's got to be more to it than that. Or not. Her mother, Celina, is an incredibly strong and inspiring example. Benjamin Carson's mother, Sonya, comes to mind. A not so minor point: I was delighted to read that her hemoglobin A1c has been consistently less than 6.5%. That low value reflects excellent control that minimizes her risk of complications from Type I diabetes and greatly increases the likelihood that she'll serve a long and healthy term on the Court. A final thought ... This story of adversity, challenges and triumphs of the human spirit reminded me of the biography of Marie Curie, written by her daughter, that was such an inspiration for proto-feminists in the last century. Justice Sotomayor's own inspiring story cries out for telling in a format tailored for children and adolescents!
Sandrakjb More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Important for women to be informed of our leaders. The legal field is very competitive. So much for her to overcome. I have so much respect and admiration for her after this reading!
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The review of Anonymous (of curse) who write "A PUFF PIECE" just show obvious racism. That's why is Anonymous and possible white men. WHAT A SHAME! You have to write a review on the book no the woman.
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drwrock More than 1 year ago
It is always wonderful to hear a story of anyone with such a background achieving in America. That being said, there is truly nothing here that is new about Justice Sotomayor nor anything overly praiseworthy. It is clearly true that she is a Justice on the SCOTUS only for being a Latina. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just not using common sense. There was/are many more judges much more qualified and talented, male and female. For a story of a highly talented lawyer and hispanic immigrant, one should look at Miguel Estrada instead. Summary: inspiring story for anyone who has multiple minority statuses and are openly liberal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a completely biased account of a judge whose professional accomplishments and qualifications did not merit her appointment for a seat on the SCOTUS. She was gender and ethnic selected (a "wise Latina") and she will unfortunately be a real low light in the history of the court. This book attempts to showcase the feel-good aspects of a very modestly talented lawyer reaching a postion for which so is so unqualified on many levels. There is much more information available on Sotomayor where one can see a more complete persona than to waste your time with this inflated and biased bio by an author who is obviously very much in awe for reasons that are never developed. Skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
only to be read by those who want to know more about what's already known. Nothing new here-move along