Clarence Thomas: Supreme Court Justice (People to Know)

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Describes the life of the newest justice of the Supreme Court from his childhood in Georgia, through the years he spent as chairman of the EEOC, to the present.

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A sympathetic, but sloppily written, biography that effectively presents Thomas's background, experiences, and challenges on the Supreme Court. Depicting Thomas's adroit use of his Catholic school connections, Halliburton shows how he progressed rapidly through college and law school on minority student scholarships; he attributes the justice's later beliefs to his difficulty convincing whites that his honors were based on merit, and to his problems with not being taken seriously as a corporate lawyer. Thomas's experiences in opposing the group- oriented goals of civil-rights organizations apparently hardened his positions, even as white conservatives cheered him on. Mentioning, without describing, Anita Hill's testimony, the author portrays Thomas's confirmation hearings as positive until Hill actually appeared. Presenting his subject's personal philosophy, Halliburton brings up some incongruities (like calling himself ``guilty'' of opposing apartheid). But no sources are given for quotations or specific facts (in particular, where did Halliburton get the thoughts he attributes to people?), while the bibliography lists little biographical information on Thomas. Flawed, but usable. B&w photos; chronology; index. (Biography. 12-15) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-7-- This book concentrates on Thomas's roots and how they shaped his judicial and political beliefs. Using quotes and stories to illustrate his familial and educational influences, Halliburton takes a personal look at his subject. He also gives considerable background on the problems of African Americans in our society, the city of Savannah, Georgia, and the workings of the Supreme Court. Thomas's early years are covered fairly well, but the discussion of his nomination to the Court and his stormy Senate confirmation are not explored in any depth. The Anita Hill controversy is given only a brief mention. It is clearly too soon to see what his effect on the Court will be. The book has a clean layout and numerous average-to-poor-quality black-and-white photos. It offers a rather pedestrian profile of the man and his achievements, written in an adulatory tone, and is therefore a marginal purchase at best. Libraries looking for biographies of African Americans in the legal and judicial fields should purchase one of the several fine titles on Thurgood Marshall. --Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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