First : Sandra Day O'Connor

by Thomas, Evan, 1951-

Format: Large Print [2019]
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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O'Connor, America's first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O'Connor's archives--by the New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas.

"She's a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time."--Walter Isaacson

She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her law school class in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings--doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness.

She became the first ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the Court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise.

Women and men who want to be leaders and be first in their own lives--who want to learn when to walk away and when to stand their ground--will be inspired by O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family, who believed in serving her country, and who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for all women.

Praise for First

"Cinematic . . . poignant . . . illuminating and eminently readable . . . First gives us a real sense of Sandra Day O'Connor the human being. . . . Thomas gives O'Connor the credit she deserves." -- The Washington Post

"[A] fascinating and revelatory biography . . . a richly detailed picture of [O'Connor's] personal and professional life . . . Evan Thomas's book is not just a biography of a remarkable woman, but an elegy for a worldview that, in law as well as politics, has disappeared from the nation's main stages." -- The New York Times Book Review
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Although a child of a flinty Arizona desert ranch, O'Connor was equally at home in Washington, D.C.'s glittering country clubs and salons. The dichotomy of her existence was one that served her well, providing her with the grit and determination to blaze trails as a woman in what was then known as a man's profession, the law. It also gave her the ability to inform a broad and empathic view of life's most complex problems, from racial and gender inequality to reproductive rights to freedom of speech. O'Connor's 1981 appointment as the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court was the culmination of a hard-fought battle for professional advancement, beginning with an unpaid position in a county district attorney's office and culminating in becoming the first woman majority leader in Arizona's state senate. By thoroughly mining O'Connor's archives and interviewing the trail-blazing justice's family, friends, and former clerks, the award-winning Thomas (Ike's Bluff, 2012) creates a fully realized portrait of this heroic, stalwart, and pioneering lawyer and Supreme Court justice, whose contributions to American jurisprudence are legendary and enduring.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Thomas (Being Nixon) offers a well-sourced and sympathetic biography of Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and frequently the tie-breaking vote in pivotal decisions on divisive social issues. Utilizing Supreme Court internal records and interviews with his subject and many of her clerks, friends, and family, Thomas draws a three-dimensional portrait of O'Connor that reflects the importance of her personal relationships, as well as the judicial philosophy she employed to craft her opinions on such issues as a woman's right to choose, affirmative action, and the separation of church and state. Thomas identifies O'Connor's genius in her pragmatism, her ability to look beyond abstract legal concepts and instead focus on how the outcome of a particular ruling would affect the litigants and the public at large. Readers will appreciate the gossipy intrigues of the Supreme Court, including the mutual dislike between O'Connor and Antonin Scalia that was kept under a lid at work, but became obvious during a doubles tennis match. In 2006, O'Connor resigned from the Court to care for her husband, who was suffering from Alzheimer's, and the years after her resignation are poignantly and affectingly described. This insightful account is worthy of its subject. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects O'Connor, Sandra Day, -- 1930-
United States. -- Supreme Court -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Women judges -- United States -- Biography.
Large type books.
Biographies.
Publisher New York :[2019]
Edition First large print edition.
Language English
Description xix, 770 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 709-713) and index.
ISBN 9781984887009
1984887009
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