• Law

Strange Justice

The Selling of Clarence Thomas
Author: Jane Mayer,Jill Abramson
Publisher: Graymalkin Media
ISBN: 163168163X
Category: Law
Page: 358
View: 2187
Now a New York Times Best Seller and a National Book Award finalist. Charged with racial, sexual, and political overtones, the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court justice was one of the most divisive spectacles the country has ever seen. Anita Hill’s accusation of sexual harassment by Thomas, and the attacks on her that were part of his high-placed supporters’ rebuttal, both shocked the nation and split it into two camps. One believed Hill was lying, the other believed that the man who ultimately took his place on the Supreme Court had committed perjury. In this brilliant, often shocking book, Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson, two of the nation’s top investigative journalists examine all aspects of this controversial case. They interview witnesses that the Judiciary Committee chose not to call, and present documents never before made public. They detail the personal and professional pasts of both Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill and lay bare a campaign of lobbying, public relations, and character assassination fueled by conservative power at its most desperate. A gripping high-stakes drama, Strange Justice is not only a definitive account of the Clarence Thomas nomination hearings, but is also a classic casebook of how the Washington game is played by those for whom winning is everything.


    • Biography & Autobiography

Speaking Truth to Power


Author: Anita Hill
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307779663
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 384
View: 4800
See the new HBO movie CONFIRMATION about the Clarence Thomas hearings, starring Kerry Washington in the role of Anita Hill—then read Hill’s own life story. After her astonishing testimony in the Clarence Thomas hearings, Anita Hill ceased to be a private citizen and became a public figure at the white-hot center of an intense national debate on how men and women relate to each other in the workplace. That debate led to ground-breaking court decisions and major shifts in corporate policies that have had a profound effect on our lives--and on Anita Hill's life. Now, with remarkable insight and total candor, Anita Hill reflects on events before, during, and after the hearings, offering for the first time a complete account that sheds startling new light on this watershed event. Only after reading her moving recollection of her childhood on her family's Oklahoma farm can we fully appreciate the values that enabled her to withstand the harsh scrutiny she endured during the hearings and for years afterward. Only after reading her detailed narrative of the Senate Judiciary proceedings do we reach a new understanding of how Washington--and the media--rush to judgment. And only after discovering the personal toll of this wrenching ordeal, and how Hill copes, do we gain new respect for this extraordinary woman. Here is a vitally important work that allows us to understand why Anita Hill did what she did, and thereby brings resolution to one of the most controversial episodes in our nation's history. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • History

Real Anita Hill


Author: David Brock
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0029046564
Category: History
Page: 472
View: 1818
More than a year and a half after the dramatic confrontation between Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill, opinions remain sharply divided on which one was telling the truth, and on the episode's significance and meaning for American society. Opinion polls conducted on the first anniversary of the hearings showed that public sentiment in Thomas' favor had weakened, while Anita Hill has become a national celebrity, a heroine credited with putting sexual harassment on the national agenda and thus a symbol of the feminist and civil rights movements who is said to have inspired a political "year of the woman."

    • Political Science

Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power

Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Construction of Social Reality
Author: Homi K. Bhabha,Kimberlé Crenshaw,Margaret A. Burnham,Paula Giddings,A. Leon Higginbotham,Claudia Brodsky Lacour,Wahneema H. Lubiano,Manning Marable,Nellie Y. McKay,Nell Irvin Painter,Gayle Pemberton,Andrew Ross,Christine Stansell,Carol Miller Swain,Michael Thelwell,Kendall Thomas,Cornel West,Patricia J. Williams
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0679741453
Category: Political Science
Page: 475
View: 1992
Eighteen essays by prominent scholars reflect on the cultural, historical, political, personal, legal, sexual, and linguistic implications of the Thomas hearings and Hill's accusations

    • Political Science

Reimagining Equality

Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Author: Anita Hill
Publisher: Beacon Press
ISBN: 0807014370
Category: Political Science
Page: 195
View: 1809
Looks at the housing crisis in the United States and provides details on the lives of several African American women and their journeys to find a home.

    • Social Science

The Complete Transcripts of the Clarence Thomas - Anita Hill Hearings

October 11, 12, 13, 1991
Author: Anita Miller
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 0897334086
Category: Social Science
Page: 450
View: 9732
This volume contains not only the complete verbatim transcript of the testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 11, 12 and 13, 1991, but, as Nina Totenberg points out in her preface, "the important exhibits that were submitted - affidavits aimed at discrediting Hill, and the sworn testimony of the so-called "other woman," Angela Wright, who had worked for Thomas and, like Hill, claimed he made lewd and inappropriate remarks to her." Wright herself was never called to testify before the cameras. But she did give telephone testimony to the committee staff - as did her friend Rose Jourdain - and that testimony is included here. Although more that two years have passed since these hearings were held, public interest remains high. With their implications for attitudes toward race, gender and sexual harassment, the issues and emotions created by the hearings are still of vital importance to literate, thinking Americans. History, someone said, is what happens before you know it. Thus, many events come clear only in retrospect. This book will at last allow the general interest reader the opportunity to develop a calm and reasoned insight into those explosive and historic three days.

    • History

Landslide

The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988
Author: Jane Mayer,Doyle McManus
Publisher: Graymalkin Media
ISBN: 1631681923
Category: History
Page: 395
View: 1657
For six years, Ronald Reagan seemed invincible. But behind the glowing image of success was an administration courting disaster. In this spellbinding book, two top Washington reporters trace the origins of the Iran-contra affair and the unraveling of the Reagan presidency, taking us deep inside a white house that care more for stagecraft than statecraft and that mistook a landslide reelection for an unlimited mandate. Here is the startling illumination of power and personality, an explosive tale of a president’s unmaking—and a landmark book about the current state of the American presidency. “Many readers will savor Landslide simply for its high-level gossip. But the book has the far deeper value of exposing the ever-increasing discrepancy between substance and image in the American presidency.” –Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

    • History

The Dark Side

The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307456501
Category: History
Page: 432
View: 3184
The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made self-destructive decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment. With a new afterward. One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year National Bestseller National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

    • Social Science

I Still Believe Anita Hill


Author: Amy Richards,Cynthia Greenberg
Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558618104
Category: Social Science
Page: 320
View: 935
In the fall of 1991, Anita Hill captured the country's attention when she testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee describing sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who had been her boss and was about to ascend to the Supreme Court. We know what happened: she was challenged, disbelieved, and humiliated; he was given a life-long appointment to decide America's judicial fate. What is lesser known is how many women and men were inspired by Anita Hill's bravery, how her testimony changed the feminist movement, and how she singlehandedly brought public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment. Twenty years later, this collection brings together three generations to witness, respond to, and analyze Hill's impact, and to present insights in law, politics, and the confluence of race, class, and gender. With original contributions by Anita Hill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Catharine MacKinnon, Patricia J. Williams, Eve Ensler, Ai Jen Poo, Kimberly Crenshaw, Lynn Nottage, Gloria Steinem, Lani Guinier, Lisa Kron, Mary Oliver, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Powell, and many others.

    • Biography & Autobiography

My Grandfather's Son

A Memoir
Author: Clarence Thomas
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006056556X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
View: 2765
Provocative, inspiring, and unflinchingly honest, My Grandfather's Son is the story of one of America's most remarkable and controversial leaders, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told in his own words. Thomas speaks out, revealing the pieces of his life he holds dear, detailing the suffering and injustices he has overcome, including the acrimonious and polarizing Senate hearing involving a former aide, Anita Hill, and the depression and despair it created in his own life and the lives of those closest to him. In this candid and deeply moving memoir, a quintessential American tale of hardship and grit, Clarence Thomas recounts his astonishing journey for the first time.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Capitol games

the inside story of Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, and a Supreme Court nomination
Author: Timothy M. Phelps,Helen Winternitz
Publisher: Perennial
ISBN: 9780060975531
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
View: 8229
A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, told by the first print journalist to break the story of Hill's allegations of sexual harassment. Based on extensive interiews and prodigious research, this definitive account of these history-making hearings presents far-reaching implications for the political landscape of our country.

    • History

Battle for Justice

How the Bork Nomination Shook America
Author: Ethan Bronner
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781402752278
Category: History
Page: 390
View: 7608
An affecting testimonial to the bond between American soldiers in Vietnam and their canine helpers, A Soldier's Best Friend is veteran John C. Burnam's account of his tenure as a scout dog handler patrolling the jungles of Vietnam with his German shepherd, Clipper, at his side. There were 10,000 soldiers in Vietnam like Burnam, accompanied by these intelligent, adaptable scout dogs. Between hazardous missions, the dogs were loving, playful friends who shared the lives of their human squadmates, while in the combat zone they were all business. Routinely braving danger, the canines searched for injured GIs, probed for potentially lethal booby traps, located underground weapons caches and warned of approaching enemy attacks and ambushes. So valuable was the dogs' service that the Viet Cong offered a hefty bounty for their lives. Despite their heroism, many of these dogs were abandoned at the conflict's end, left to fend for themselves. Since the 1990s, this book has had two runs as a self-published book, and one as a trade title, with all three of these print runs selling out.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Judging Thomas

The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas
Author: Ken Foskett
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006173733X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 368
View: 2958
Clarence Thomas, the youngest and most controversial member of the Supreme Court, could become the longest-serving justice in history, influencing American law for decades to come. Who is this enigmatic man? And what does he believe in? Judging Thomas tells the remarkable story of Clarence Thomas's improbable journey from hardscrabble beginnings in the segregated South to the loftiest court in the land. With objectivity and balance, author Ken Foskett chronicles Thomas's contempt for upper-crust blacks who snubbed his uneducated, working-class roots; his flirtation with the priesthood and, later, Black Power; the resentment that fueled his opposition to affirmative action; the conservative beliefs that ultimately led him to the Supreme Court steps; and the inner resilience that propelled him through the doors. Based on interviews with Thomas himself, fellow justices, family members, and hundreds of friends and associates, Judging Thomas skillfully unravels perhaps the most complex, controversial, and powerful public figure in America today.

    • Judges

Advice & Consent

Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, and the Intriguing History of the Supreme Court's Nomination Battles
Author: Paul Simon
Publisher: National PressBooks
ISBN: N.A
Category: Judges
Page: 328
View: 2613
Chronicles the Senate's role in confirmation proceedings since the George Washington administration and suggests changes in the process

    • Biography & Autobiography

Blinded by the Right

The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative
Author: David Brock
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 1400047285
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 378
View: 2435
The author describes his disenchantment with the neo-conservative movement and offers an insider's view of the hypocrisy and treachery of the right-wing political force that abandoned its principles to sabotage the Clinton presidency.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Drive Yourself Sane

Using the Uncommon Sense of General Semantics
Author: Susan Presby Kodish,Bruce I. Kodish
Publisher: Extensional Publishing
ISBN: 9780970066466
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 237
View: 2266

    • Political Science

Dark Money

The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Author: Jane Mayer
Publisher: Anchor Books
ISBN: 0307947904
Category: Political Science
Page: 576
View: 6771
Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? --Publisher.

    • History

Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas


Author: Dale Carpenter
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393081966
Category: History
Page: 384
View: 2373
“A highly informative, detailed, even thrilling account of how the Supreme Court arguments reshaped American law.”—Michael Bronkski, San Francisco Chronicle No one could have predicted that the night of September 17, 1998, would be anything but routine in Houston, Texas. Even the call to police that a black man was "going crazy with a gun" was hardly unusual in this urban setting. Nobody could have imagined that the arrest of two men for a minor criminal offense would reverberate in American constitutional law, exposing a deep malignity in our judicial system and challenging the traditional conception of what makes a family. Indeed, when Harris County sheriff’s deputies entered the second-floor apartment, there was no gun. Instead, they reported that they had walked in on John Lawrence and Tyron Garner having sex in Lawrence’s bedroom. So begins Dale Carpenter’s "gripping and brilliantly researched" Flagrant Conduct, a work nine years in the making that transforms our understanding of what we thought we knew about Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2003 that invalidated America’s sodomy laws. Drawing on dozens of interviews, Carpenter has taken on the "gargantuan" task of extracting the truth about the case, analyzing the claims of virtually every person involved. Carpenter first introduces us to the interracial defendants themselves, who were hardly prepared "for the strike of lightning" that would upend their lives, and then to the Harris County arresting officers, including a sheriff’s deputy who claimed he had "looked eye to eye" in the faces of the men as they allegedly fornicated. Carpenter skillfully navigates Houston’s complex gay world of the late 1990s, where a group of activists and court officers, some of them closeted themselves, refused to bury what initially seemed to be a minor arrest. The author charts not only the careful legal strategy that Lambda Legal attorneys adopted to make the case compatible to a conservative Supreme Court but also the miscalculations of the Houston prosecutors who assumed that the nation’s extant sodomy laws would be upheld. Masterfully reenacting the arguments that riveted spectators and Justices alike in 2003, Flagrant Conduct then reaches a point where legal history becomes literature, animating a Supreme Court decision as few writers have done. In situating Lawrence v. Texas within the larger framework of America’s four-century persecution of gay men and lesbians, Flagrant Conduct compellingly demonstrates that gay history is an integral part of our national civil rights story.

    • Biography & Autobiography

The Justice of Contradictions

Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption
Author: Richard L. Hasen
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300228643
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 248
View: 5962
An eye-opening look at the influential Supreme Court justice who disrupted American jurisprudence in order to delegitimize opponents and establish a conservative legal order Engaging but caustic and openly ideological, Antonin Scalia was among the most influential justices ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. In this fascinating new book, legal scholar Richard L. Hasen assesses Scalia's complex legacy as a conservative legal thinker and disruptive public intellectual. The left saw Scalia as an unscrupulous foe who amplified his judicial role with scathing dissents and outrageous public comments. The right viewed him as a rare principled justice committed to neutral tools of constitutional and statutory interpretation. Hasen provides a more nuanced perspective, demonstrating how Scalia was crucial to reshaping jurisprudence on issues from abortion to gun rights to separation of powers. A jumble of contradictions, Scalia promised neutral tools to legitimize the Supreme Court, but his jurisprudence and confrontational style moved the Court to the right, alienated potential allies, and helped to delegitimize the institution he was trying to save.