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Sandra Day O'Connor
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Author(s): Evan Thomas
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Mar 19, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (16.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100142339
Released: Mar 19, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781984884510
Narrator/s: Kirsten Potter
Publisher: Books on Tape
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The intimate, inspiring, and authoritative biography of Sandra Day O'Connor, America's first female Supreme Court justice, drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O'Connor's archives—by the New York Times bestselling author Evan Thomas. "She's a hero for our time, and this is the biography for our time."—Walter Isaacson NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR The Washington Post She was born in 1930 in El Paso and grew up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. At a time when women were expected to be homemakers, she set her sights on Stanford University. When she graduated near the top of her law school class in 1952, no firm would even interview her. But Sandra Day O'Connor's story is that of a woman who repeatedly shattered glass ceilings—doing so with a blend of grace, wisdom, humor, understatement, and cowgirl toughness. She became the first ever female majority leader of a state senate. As a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, she stood up to corrupt lawyers and humanized the law. When she arrived at the United States Supreme Court, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, she began a quarter-century tenure on the Court, hearing cases that ultimately shaped American law. Diagnosed with cancer at fifty-eight, and caring for a husband with Alzheimer's, O'Connor endured every difficulty with grit and poise. Women and men who want to be leaders and be first in their own lives—who want to learn when to walk away and when to stand their ground—will be inspired by O'Connor's example. This is a remarkably vivid and personal portrait of a woman who loved her family, who believed in serving her country, and who, when she became the most powerful woman in America, built a bridge forward for all women. Praise for First "Cinematic...?oignant...?lluminating and eminently readable...?i>First gives us a real sense of Sandra Day O'Connor the human being...? Thomas gives O'Connor the credit she deserves."—The Washington Post "[A] fascinating and revelatory biography...? richly detailed picture of [O'Connor's] personal and professional life...?van Thomas's book is not just a biography of a remarkable woman, but an elegy for a worldview that, in law as well as politics, has disappeared from the nation's main stages."—The New York Times Book Review

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eBook
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Author(s): Evan Thomas
Product Number EB00727948
Released: Mar 19, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780399589294

Professional reviews

"You know an audiobook is good when you have to choose between listening and sleeping during an overnight transoceanic airplane flight. Kirsten Potter narrates this biography of America's first female Supreme Court justice with enthusiasm and clarity. She adjusts her tone to suit the subject matter, ranging from warmly personal in family sections to evenhandedly serious in discussions of legal cases. The author includes several interesting tidbits about O'Connor's life, and Potter expresses a note of surprise about some of them. There are few extended quotations, so Potter doesn't try to impersonate the speakers, but she makes even partial quotes distinct from the author's text. R.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"

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