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Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice

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"With celebrations, tributes and toasts to O'Connor on indefinite hold, Joan Biskupic's biography is a most welcome prelude....[H]ighly readable and engaging....What emerges is a powerful and persuasive account of O'Connor as the most astute political leader on the court since Justice William J. Brennan." Kathleen M. Sullivan, the Washington Post (read the entire Washington Post review)

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Sandra Day O'Connor, America's first woman justice, became the axis on which the Supreme Court turned. She was called the most powerful woman in America, and it was often said that to gauge the direction of American law, one need look only to O'Connor's vote. Then, just one year short of a quarter century on the bench, she surprised her colleagues and the nation by announcing her retirement.

Drawing on information from once-private papers of the justices, hundreds of interviews with legal and political insiders, and the insight gained from nearly two decades of covering the Supreme Court, Joan Biskupic examines O'Connor's remarkable career, providing an in-depth account of her transformation from tentative jurist to confident architect of American law. The portrait that emerges is of a complex and multifaceted woman: lawyer, politician, legislator, and justice, as well as wife, mother, A-list society hostess, and competitive athlete. To all appearances, she was the polite lady in pearls, handbag on her arm. But in the back rooms of politics and the law, she was a determined, focused strategist. O'Connor was the feminist who, rather than rebel against the male-dominated system, worked from within — and succeeded.

As Biskupic demonstrates, Justice O'Connor became much more than a "first." During her twenty-four-year tenure, she wrote the decisions on some of the most controversial social battles of our time. O'Connor's tie-breaking opinions on issues such as abortion rights, affirmative action, the death penalty, and religious freedom will have a lasting effect far into the future. O'Connor also cast one of the five votes that cut off the Florida recounts and allowed George W. Bush to take the White House in the 2000 contested presidential election. With an eye to the American people and a keen sense of public attitudes, she worked behind the scenes to shape the law and transform the legal standards by which future cases will be decided.

From O'Connor's isolated upbringing on the Lazy B ranch in Arizona through her time as a state legislator to her rise as a justice — along the way confronting her own personal challenges and crises, including breast cancer — Biskupic presents a vivid, astute depiction of the justice — and of the woman beneath the black robe. In so doing, Sandra Day O'Connor also provides an unprecedented look inside the exclusive, famously secretive High Court.

Review:

"In the late 1980s, as the Supreme Court justices were discussing a case, Antonin Scalia ranted against affirmative action. Sandra Day O'Connor, the first and then still the only woman on the High Court, replied, 'Why, Nino, how do you think I got my job?' This is one of the few revelatory moments in Biskupic's bio of the retiring O'Connor as sharp-tongued, humorous and utterly realistic. It's also, as Biskupic shows in a close study of O'Connor's jurisprudence, a bit misleading: for most of her career on the Court, the conservative O'Connor voted against affirmative action. With access to justices' once private papers, longtime court observer Biskupic, now with USA Today, sheds light on the internal workings on the Court, but not much on the internal workings of the very private O'Connor's mind and heart. Biskupic does show the justice gaining confidence and force on the Court, particularly after her fight against breast cancer in 1988. As O'Connor faces retirement, Biskupic clarifies her judicial legacy, sometimes seeing the glass as half full, sometimes as half empty: praising her lack of ideology but also noting a lack of vision in a justice who often 'step[s] to the brink, and then back[s] away' — a mixed legacy that will be debated for years to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Journalist Biskupic (USA Today) presents an in-depth account of Sandra Day O'Connor's 24-year career as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews with legal and political insiders as well as recently released private papers, she describes how O'Connor's tie-breaking opinions on issues such as abortion, affirmative action, and the death penalty shaped American jurisprudence. Background information on O'Connor's early career and personal life is also provided. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Joan Biskupic writes for USA Today and is a frequent guest on PBS's Washington Week. She previously wrote for the Washington Post. Biskupic earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and she lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060590185
Subtitle:
How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice
Publisher:
Ecco
Author:
Biskupic, Joan
Author:
by Joan Biskupic
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Judges
Subject:
Courts - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Judges -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20051025
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.34695 in 25.2 oz

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Biography » Women
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Product details 432 pages Ecco - English 9780060590185 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the late 1980s, as the Supreme Court justices were discussing a case, Antonin Scalia ranted against affirmative action. Sandra Day O'Connor, the first and then still the only woman on the High Court, replied, 'Why, Nino, how do you think I got my job?' This is one of the few revelatory moments in Biskupic's bio of the retiring O'Connor as sharp-tongued, humorous and utterly realistic. It's also, as Biskupic shows in a close study of O'Connor's jurisprudence, a bit misleading: for most of her career on the Court, the conservative O'Connor voted against affirmative action. With access to justices' once private papers, longtime court observer Biskupic, now with USA Today, sheds light on the internal workings on the Court, but not much on the internal workings of the very private O'Connor's mind and heart. Biskupic does show the justice gaining confidence and force on the Court, particularly after her fight against breast cancer in 1988. As O'Connor faces retirement, Biskupic clarifies her judicial legacy, sometimes seeing the glass as half full, sometimes as half empty: praising her lack of ideology but also noting a lack of vision in a justice who often 'step[s] to the brink, and then back[s] away' — a mixed legacy that will be debated for years to come." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "With celebrations, tributes and toasts to O'Connor on indefinite hold, Joan Biskupic's biography is a most welcome prelude....[H]ighly readable and engaging....What emerges is a powerful and persuasive account of O'Connor as the most astute political leader on the court since Justice William J. Brennan." (read the entire Washington Post review)
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