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My Grandfather’s Son November 2, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Books.
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This is the autobiography of Clarence Thomas.  It is well written and a quick read, covering Thomas’ life from birth through confirmation to the Supreme Court.

 I was particularly interested in the perspective of a successful, intellectual (black) man who grew up in segregated Georgia, because many of the tribulations he faced in his confirmation hearings were eerily similar to the persecutions he and his family faced several decades earlier.  Both were clearly racist in tone, and Thomas described the confirmation hearings (and the ordeal with Anita Hill) as a “high tech lynching”.

Overall, a great book about someone I respect, and even those who disagree with Thomas’ conservatism will find the book to be a great perspective on life growing up in (and overcoming) the segregated South.

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