Sandra Day O'Connor

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"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 class at law school 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 State Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the Supreme Court, appointed by 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 today will be inspired by how to be first in your own life, how to know when to fight and when to walk away, through O'Connor's example."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780399589287
Branch Call Number: BIO OCONNOR THOMAS
Characteristics: xvi, 476 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Sandra Day O'Connor


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Mar 27, 2020

Readable and informative biography. The details of her choices in choosing clerks and how she interacted with them were particularly insightful. Her relationships with the other justices on the court and how those relationships affected the functioning of the court are the focus of the largest portion of the book and well worth the space.

Nov 04, 2019

I have a friend who clerked for O'Connor on the Supreme Court and is mentioned in the book. That gave me the incentive to read it, but I got a lot more out of it than I expected. It gives the reader an intimate look inside the Court and the relationship between the Justices. It also shows how political the judiciary is, which is unfortunate for our democracy.

Sep 03, 2019


Jul 23, 2019

I enjoyed this book. What a amazing life she led. The chapter on her beginnings in Texas on her parents range are worth the read......

Apr 30, 2019

Dry as dust and very disappointing.


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