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Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas

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There is no more powerful, detested, misunderstood African American in our public life than Clarence Thomas. Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas is a haunting portrait of an isolated and complex man, savagely reviled by much of the black community, not entirely comfortable in white society, internally wounded by his passage from a broken family and rural poverty in Georgia, to elite educational institutions, to the pinnacle of judicial power. His staunchly conservative positions on crime, abortion, and, especially, affirmative action have exposed him to charges of heartlessness and hypocrisy, in that he is himself the product of a broken home who manifestly benefited from racially conscious admissions policies.

Supreme Discomfort is a superbly researched and reported work that features testimony from friends and foes alike who have never spoken in public about Thomas before—including a candid conversation with his fellow justice and ideological ally, Antonin Scalia. It offers a long-overdue window into a man who straddles two different worlds and is uneasy in both—and whose divided personality and conservative political philosophy will deeply influence American life for years to come.

Synopsis:

The authors track the personal odyssey of Clarence Thomas from his poor childhood in Georgia to his law school years at Yale and his rise within the Republican political establishment. They offer a portrait of a man who straddles two different worlds and is comfortable in neither.

About the Author

KEVIN MERIDA is an associate editor at the Washington Post. He has been a national political reporter for the paper, a feature writer for its “Style” section, and a columnist for the Posts Sunday magazine. In 2000 he was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. MICHAEL A. FLETCHER covers the White House for the Washington Post, where he has been a reporter since 1995. He has previously covered education and race relations, chronicling issues including the racial achievement gap, racial profiling, criminal justice disparities, and the battle over the future of affirmative action.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767916363
Author:
Merida, Kevin
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Fletcher, Michael
Author:
Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher
Subject:
Lawyers & Judges
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Judges
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States Officials and employees.
Subject:
Thomas, Clarence
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Lawyers and Judges
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.96x5.20x.97 in. .69 lbs.

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