Judging Thomas by Ken Foskett
The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas

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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.

 

About Ken Foskett

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Ken Foskett, an investigative reporter for the Atlanta JoKen Foskett, an investigative reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covered legal affairs and state politicsurnal-Constitution, covered legal affairs and state politics before serving as the newspaper's Washington correspondent before serving as the newspaper's Washington correspondent from 1996 to 2001. Prior to joining the Journal-Constitutionfrom 1996 to 2001. Prior to joining the Journal-Constitution in 1989, Foskett worked for three years in southern Africa in 1989, Foskett worked for three years in southern Africa for Save the Children. A graduate of Yale and the Columbia Gfor Save the Children. A graduate of Yale and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, he is married and lives with hraduate School of Journalism, he is married and lives with his wife and son in Georgia.For his biography of Justice Tis wife and son in Georgia.For his biography of Justice Thomas, Foskett interviewed more than 300 people from every phomas, Foskett interviewed more than 300 people from every phase of Thomas' life. Justice Thomas sat for interviews and hase of Thomas' life. Justice Thomas sat for interviews and is quoted in the book, along with Justice Antonin Scalia andis quoted in the book, along with Justice Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two of his closest colleagues. Foskett Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two of his closest colleagues. Foskett interviewed Thomas' family members, schoolmates, college cl interviewed Thomas' family members, schoolmates, college classmates and numerous officials from the Reagan and Bush admassmates and numerous officials from the Reagan and Bush administrations. "Part of the reason I wanted to write about Juinistrations. "Part of the reason I wanted to write about Justice Thomas is that most people with first hand knowledge ostice Thomas is that most people with first hand knowledge of his life were around to talk about him," says Foskett. "Thf his life were around to talk about him," says Foskett. "They provided details, nuance and texture that isn't always avey provided details, nuance and texture that isn't always available to biographers relying on letters, personal papers oailable to biographers relying on letters, personal papers or secondary sources." r secondary sources.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Foskett is occasionally critical of Thomas (he notes a scandal that dogged Thomas when he headed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), but mainly argues that Thomas's legal mind has been unfairly criticized because he's a black conservative.

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Dahlia Lithwick Washington Post 0.5 of 5 Stars "The absence of rigor that characterizes Foskett’s approach to Thomas’s jurisprudence also characterizes his approach to Thomas’s racial politics.

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